Li'l Abner (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Songwriter Johnny Mercer did not have much luck writing for Broadway, but the exception was Lil' Abner, based on the satiric Al Capp comic strip about the rural residents of Dogpatch. Mercer wrote the song lyrics to music by Gene DePaul, with whom he had worked on the movie musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. After the show opened on November 15, 1956, it became the only stage work with which Mercer was associated to turn a profit, running 693 performances. Actually, the score isn't as strong as that for one of Mercer's flops, St. Louis Woman, but it is appropriate to the subject matter. The songs "Jubilation T. Cornpone," "The Country's in the Very Best of ...
See more details below
CD (Remastered / Bonus Tracks)
$8.54
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$8.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (11) from $1.99   
  • New (7) from $5.00   
  • Used (4) from $1.99   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Songwriter Johnny Mercer did not have much luck writing for Broadway, but the exception was Lil' Abner, based on the satiric Al Capp comic strip about the rural residents of Dogpatch. Mercer wrote the song lyrics to music by Gene DePaul, with whom he had worked on the movie musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. After the show opened on November 15, 1956, it became the only stage work with which Mercer was associated to turn a profit, running 693 performances. Actually, the score isn't as strong as that for one of Mercer's flops, St. Louis Woman, but it is appropriate to the subject matter. The songs "Jubilation T. Cornpone," "The Country's in the Very Best of Hands," and "Progress Is the Root of All Evil" wittily capture Capp's sense of humor and dim view of politics. There are also some attractive romantic ballads, notably "Namely You" and "Love in a Home," both of which became minor hits. Edith "Edie" Adams and Stubby Kaye lead a cast of unknowns who give their all to the show's broad comedy. A key element of Lil' Abner's success was the staging and choreography of director Michael Kidd, not available on record, although the 2002 reissue adds the main dance number, "Sadie Hawkins Day Ballet." The disc is, in fact, full of new material, including a stereo version of the "Overture" Li'l Abner was Columbia Records' last cast album not recorded in stereo, but the label was experimenting; the previously unreleased song "What's Good for General Bullmoose"; an expanded version of the finale, "The Matrimonial Stomp"; "There's Room Enough for Us," from the 1959 soundtrack album; and pop versions of two songs cut from the score, Percy Faith's "The Way to a Man's Heart" and Rosemary Clooney's "It's a Nuisance Having You Around."
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/28/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998770027
  • Catalog Number: 87700
  • Sales rank: 5,721

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (5:09)
  2. 2 It's a typical day (4:39)
  3. 3 If I had my druthers (3:35)
  4. 4 Jubilation T. Cornpone - Stubby Kaye (4:54)
  5. 5 Rag offen the bush (4:02)
  6. 6 Namely you (3:01)
  7. 7 Unnecessary town (2:45)
  8. 8 What's good for General Bullmoose - Lanier Davis (0:27)
  9. 9 The country's in the very best of hands (5:17)
  10. 10 Sadie Hawkins Day ballet (7:25)
  11. 11 Oh, happy day (3:34)
  12. 12 I'm past my prime (2:46)
  13. 13 Love in a home (3:16)
  14. 14 Progress is the root of all evil (3:04)
  15. 15 Put 'em back (1:46)
  16. 16 The matrimonial stomp - Stubby Kaye (4:04)
  17. 17 There's room enough for us (bonus track) - Li'l Abner Chorus (1:16)
  18. 18 The way to a man's heart (bonus track) (2:57)
  19. 19 It's a nuisance having you around (bonus track) (2:54)
  20. 20 Overture (bonus track) - Lehman Engel (5:09)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Percy Faith Conductor
Rosemary Clooney Vocals, Track Performer
Bobby McClure Vocals
Lehman Engel Conductor, Musical Direction
Percy Faith & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Carmen Alvarez Track Performer
Pat Creighton Vocals
Edith Adams Vocals, Track Performer
Anthony Saverino Vocals
Peter Palmer Vocals, Track Performer
Stubby Kaye Vocals, Track Performer
Jim Hurst Vocals
Stanley Simmonds Vocals, Track Performer
Jeanette Scovotti Vocals
Deedee Wood Track Performer
Marc Breaux Vocals, Track Performer
George Ritner Vocals
Lanier Davis Vocals
Technical Credits
Didier C. Deutsch Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Lehman Engel Director, Vocal Arrangements, Continuity
Philip J. Lang Orchestration
Goddard Lieberson Producer
Johnny Mercer Lyricist
Fred Plaut Engineer
Edward T. Graham Engineer
Darcy Proper Reissue Producer
Ken Mandelbaum Liner Notes
Ken Fredette Art Direction
Stacey Boyle Tape Research
Abe Vélez Packaging Manager
Darcy M. Proper Reissue Producer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously