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This is the Army (Original All-Soldier Cast); Call Me Mister (Original Cast Members)
     

This is the Army (Original All-Soldier Cast); Call Me Mister (Original Cast Members)

 
In 1942, Irving Berlin organized This Is the Army, an all-soldier musical to benefit war relief that updated his similar World War I show Yip! Yip! Yaphank. It ran on Broadway from July 4 to September 26, then toured the U.S. and around the world over the next three years. Berlin himself reprised "Oh, How I Hate to Get up in the Morning" from Yip! Yip

Overview

In 1942, Irving Berlin organized This Is the Army, an all-soldier musical to benefit war relief that updated his similar World War I show Yip! Yip! Yaphank. It ran on Broadway from July 4 to September 26, then toured the U.S. and around the world over the next three years. Berlin himself reprised "Oh, How I Hate to Get up in the Morning" from Yip! Yip! Yaphank, and other songs included the stirring "This Is the Army, Mr. Jones," the romantic "I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen," and the African-American-oriented "What the Well Dressed Man in Harlem Will Wear." Songwriter Harold Rome's 1946 musical revue Call Me Mister successfully commented on the immediate postwar world, opening on Broadway on April 18, 1946, and running 734 performances through January 10, 1948. Betty Garrett achieved stardom singing the hit "South America, Take It Away," in which a USO hostess complains about rhumba rhythms, and she also had fun with "Little Surplus Me," while "Military Life" took a less-than-reverent look at veterans. Decca Records recorded both shows and issued 78 RPM albums in 1942 and 1946, respectively. Columbia Special Products and the bootleg label JJA have combined them on single LPs since then, and now that the recordings are out of copyright in Europe, Jasmine has done the same on this CD, which also adds later material such as "My British Buddy," which Berlin wrote for the London opening of This Is the Army. (The JJA LP also featured this material.) Paul Pelletier's liner notes are informative, and since the recordings had been out of print in the U.S. for a long time before this release, they are welcome.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/2002
Label:
Jasmine Music
UPC:
0604988011524
catalogNumber:
115
Rank:
176503

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Irving Berlin   Vocals
Lehman Engel   Conductor
Milton Rosenstock   Conductor
Stuart Churchill   Vocals
Harry Clark   Vocals
John Watt   Announcer
Earl Oxford   Vocals
Betty Garrett   Vocals
Paula Bane   Vocals
Bill Callaghan   Vocals
Lawrence Winters   Vocals
Jules Munshin   Vocals
All-Soldier Chorus   Choir, Chorus
All-Soldier Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
All-Soldier Swing Band   Ensemble
Cote Glee Club   Choir, Chorus
Chandler Cowles   Vocals
Danny Scholl   Vocals
This is the Army Cast Ensemble   cast
Robert Shanley   Vocals
Call Me Mister Cast Ensemble   cast
Call Me Mister Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Ezra Stone   Spoken Word
Philip Truex   Spoken Word
Julie Oshins   Spoken Word
James "Stump" Cross   Vocals

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer,Lyricist
Harold Rome   Lyricist
Lehman Engel   Orchestra Director
Paul Pelletier   Liner Notes,Annotation
Mick   Graphic Design
John Watt   Introduction

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