Li'l Abner (1956 Original Broadway Cast)
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Li'l Abner (1956 Original Broadway Cast)
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  • Originally Released: 2002
  • Label: Sony


  • Buy for $0.991.Overture - (previously unreleased, binaural version)
  • Buy for $0.992.It's A Typical Day
  • Buy for $0.993.If I Had My Druthers
  • Buy for $0.994.Jubilation T. Cornpone
  • Buy for $0.995.Rag Offen The Bush
  • Buy for $0.996.Namely You
  • Buy for $0.997.Unnecessary Town
  • Buy for $0.998.What's Good For General Bullmoose - (previously unreleased)
  • Buy for $0.999.The Country's In The Very Best Of Hands
  • Buy for $0.9910.Sadie Hawkins Day Ballet - (previously unreleased, binaural version)
  • Buy for $0.9911.Oh, Happy Day
  • Buy for $0.9912.I'm Past My Prime
  • Buy for $0.9913.Love In A Home
  • Buy for $0.9914.Progress Is The Root Of All Evil
  • Buy for $0.9915.Put 'Em Back
  • Buy for $0.9916.Matrimonial Stomp, The - (expanded version)
  • Buy for $0.9917.There's Room Enough For Us
  • Buy for $0.9918.Way To A Man's Heart, The - (previously unreleased, binaural version)
  • Buy for $0.9919.It's A Nuisance Having You Around
  • Buy for $0.9920.Overture

Product Description:

Such were the riches of a Broadway spoiled by the successes of Show Boat and Carousel in the 1950s that many a worthy show could get historically short shrift. That may well have been the case with the stage musical adaptation of Al Capp's wildly popular syndicated comic strip, which had a run of nearly 700 performances starting in 1956. The show (music by Gene de Paul, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, book by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank) leaned smartly on Capp's hillbilly-humor-as-contemporary-satire bent, even if its well-crafted songs and score belied a musical sophistication that was anything but Ozarkian.

Mercer's lyrics are playful and sharp (particularly on the political jab "The Country's in the Very Best of Hands"), and he and de Paul provide the show with both comic showstoppers (Stubby Kaye's "Jubilation T. Cornpone") and romantic ballads (highlighted by the zest of veteran trouper Edith Adams and newcomer Peter Palmer's "Namely You"). Previously released on CD only briefly in 1990, this newly restored and supplemented edition contains a wealth of rare materials: a rehearsal recording of the "Sadie Hawkins Day Ballet," a rousing reprise of "Jubilation T. Cornpone," the brief "What's Good for General Bullmoose." There are also two songs cut before the show's opening: "The Way to a Man's Heart" and "It's a Nuisance Having You Around," performed by Percy Faith and Rosemary Clooney, respectively. The "Hawkins Day Ballet" and overture are both presented in their original '50s binaural recordings. --Jerry McCulley

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  • UPC: 696998770027
  • Shipping Weight: 0.22/lbs (approx)
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