Mame [Original Broadway Cast] [Bonus Tracks]

Mame [Original Broadway Cast] [Bonus Tracks]

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The idea of turning Mame, which had already been a successful novel, straight play, and film (the last two under the title Auntie Mame), into a musical comedy was a great one, since it provided the opportunity to do what the musical theater does so well: showcase the talents of a major female actress/singer. The choice of composer/lyricist Jerry HermanSee more details below

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The idea of turning Mame, which had already been a successful novel, straight play, and film (the last two under the title Auntie Mame), into a musical comedy was a great one, since it provided the opportunity to do what the musical theater does so well: showcase the talents of a major female actress/singer. The choice of composer/lyricist Jerry Herman to do the score was obvious; Herman had just scored a hit with Hello, Dolly!, another period story of an eccentric, larger than life female character. And everything else went well, too, including the felicitous casting of Angela Lansbury and a smooth out-of-town tryout period. By opening night, May 24, 1966, Bobby Darin and Louis Armstrong had reached the charts with single recordings of the title song (which is self-consciously similar to the Hello, Dolly! title song), and Eydie Gormé has covered the torchy ballad "If He Walked into My Life," which works equally well as a romantic lament as it does, in the show, as Mame's self-recrimination over the loss of her adopted son. Herman's score hasn't a weak song, and it has some very strong ones, not only those already mentioned, but also "We Need a Little Christmas," soon to be a seasonal standard. Add a cast headed by Lansbury, Frankie Michaels, and Beatrice Arthur, and you have the makings of a terrific cast album, which this is. [The cast recording was also released with bonus tracks.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2010
Label:
Masterworks
UPC:
0886976572822
catalogNumber:
765728
Rank:
9374

Tracks

  1. Act 1. Overture
  2. Act 1. St. Bridget
  3. Act 1. It's Today  - Angela Lansbury
  4. Act 1. Open A New Window  - Angela Lansbury
  5. Act 1. The Man In The Moon  - Angela Lansbury
  6. Act 1. My Best Girl  - Angela Lansbury
  7. Act 1. We Need A Little Christmas  - Angela Lansbury
  8. Act 1. Mame
  9. Act 2. The Letter
  10. Act 2. My Best Girl (Reprise)  - Angela Lansbury
  11. Act 2. Bosom Buddies
  12. Act 2. Gooch's Song
  13. Act 2. That's How Young I Feel  - Angela Lansbury
  14. Act 2. If He Walked Into My Life  - Angela Lansbury
  15. Act 2. Finale  - Angela Lansbury
  16. St. Bridget (from Mame)
  17. It's Today (from Mame)
  18. Camouflage (from Mame)
  19. Open a New Window (from Mame)
  20. Mame (from Mame)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Original Cast Recording   Primary Artist,Indexed Contributor
Jerry Herman   Piano,Vocals
Angela Lansbury   Vocals
Bea Arthur   Vocals
George Coe   Vocals
Charles Braswell   Vocals
Sab Shimono   Vocals
Jane Connell   Vocals
Charlotte Jones   Vocals
Alice Borden   Vocals
Jerry Lanning   Vocals
Frankie Michaels   Vocals
Willard Waterman   Vocals
Donald Pippin   Conductor
Diana Walker   Vocals
Mame Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Diane Coupe   Vocals
Margaret M. Hall   Vocals
John C. Becher   Vocals
Johanna Douglas   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jerry Herman   Composer,Lyricist,Liner Notes
Philip J. Lang   Orchestration
Goddard Lieberson   Original Album Producer
Thomas Z. Shepard   Reissue Producer
Charles Burr   Synopsis
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction
Roger Adams   Dance Arrangement
Eleanor Becker   Editorial Production
Jerome Lawrence   Book
Donald Pippin   Vocal Arrangements,Music Direction
Robert E. Lee   Book
Elisabeth Ladwig   Graphic Design

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