Here's Love [Original Broadway Cast]

Here's Love [Original Broadway Cast]

     
 
The least successful of Meredith Willson's three Broadway efforts -- though it still ran for nine months, despite no more than middling reviews, and yielded this cast album -- Here's Love has been mostly obscured by its more enduring siblings, The Music Man and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, both of which were not only hits on the stage but also

Overview

The least successful of Meredith Willson's three Broadway efforts -- though it still ran for nine months, despite no more than middling reviews, and yielded this cast album -- Here's Love has been mostly obscured by its more enduring siblings, The Music Man and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, both of which were not only hits on the stage but also turned into vastly popular movies. Here's Love had the reverse genesis, based on the 1947 Oscar-winning movie Miracle on 34th Street. It was approached with some uncertainty by Willson, who pondered abandoning it at various points but managed to find his inspiration at a pivotal moment. It doesn't start off in too promising a manner, with an overture that includes a "76 Trombones"-style treatment of a handful of Christmas carols. "Arm in Arm," sung by Janis Paige and Valerie Lee, is a bouncy, light-as-air opener, but "You Don't Know," an achingly beautiful ballad sung by Paige, is far more substantial, giving the actress/singer a chance to show what she can do in a more operatic mode around some hauntingly beautiful lyric. "The Bugle" and "Here's Love" both feature Laurence Naismith, a superb British actor, best remembered today for his portrayal of Lord Stanley in Laurence Olivier's Richard III and his major supporting roles in Ray Harryhausen's Jason & the Argonauts and The Valley of Gwangi. He only partly sings the first of his songs, choosing instead to talk his way through in the manner of Rex Harrison while those around him, Kathy Cody and the ensemble, handle most of the actual intonation. He does actually sing on "Pine Cones and Holly Berries" (which includes "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"), alongside Paige and Fred Gwynne, and "Expect Things to Happen." Craig Stevens acquits himself surprisingly well as a singer on "My Wish" and "Look, Little Girl," of which the latter refers back to The Music Man in no uncertain terms. The waltz "Love Come Take Me Again," which closes the first act, is one of the better parts of the score, and one wishes that the Michael Kidd choreography for this and the other dances in the piece had survived on video to examine. The biggest surprise in the score comes in the second act, with a pair of beautiful performances by actor Paul Reed (best remembered as Captain Block from Car 54, Where Are You), one of them the rousing and delightful "My State," which also includes Jackie Gleason alumnus Cliff Hall plus Gwynne, Paige, and Arthur Rubin. The CD remastering is very clean and the packaging is very satisfying, with several production shots supporting an informative text regarding this curio from early-'60s Broadway.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/24/1992
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074644820423
catalogNumber:
48204

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Performance Credits

Bobby McClure   Vocals
Michael Bennett   Vocals
Cliff Hall   Vocals
Dave Doyle   Vocals
Arthur Rubin   Vocals
Janis Paige   Vocals
Gene Kelton   Vocals
Baayork Lee   Vocals
David Lober   Vocals
Kathy Cody   Vocals
Suzanne France   Vocals
Penny Gaston   Vocals
Fred Gwynne   Vocals
Reby Howells   Vocals
Bill Louther   Vocals
Patti Pappathatos   Vocals
Paul Reed   Vocals
Mara Landi   Vocals
Mary Louise   Vocals
Bill Stanton   Vocals
Leesa Troy   Vocals
Don Walker   Performing Ensemble
Hal Norman   Vocals
Sal Lombardo   Vocals
Diane Ball   Vocals
Larry Douglas   Vocals
Duane Bodin   Vocals
Craig Stevens   Vocals,Track Performer
John Sharp   Vocals

Technical Credits

Elliot Lawrence   Director,Vocal Arrangements,Musical Director
Mike Danner   Contributor
Didier C. Deutsch   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Peter Howard   Arranger
Goddard Lieberson   Producer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Murray Zimney   Engineer
Tim Tiedemann   Remixing
Floriana Bivona-Lockner   translation
Don Walker   Orchestration

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