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Mame Original Broadway Cast CD

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  • Format: CD
  • Artist: Angela Lansbury
  • Composer: Jerry Herman
  • Year of Recording: 1966
  • Cat Number: MSWK765728.2
  • Barcode: 886976572822
  • Release Date: April 13, 2005

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 according to Herman's annotations to the 1999 reissue of the 1966 Broadway cast album 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. Herb Alpert later took his version into the Top 40 and Eydie Gorm&eacute reached the Top Ten of the easy listening charts with "If He Walked Into My Life." The show ran over 1 500 performances. 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" which has become a seasonal standard. Add a cast headed by Tony Award winners Lansbury Frankie Michaels and Beatrice Arthur and you have the makings of a terrific cast album.

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