Program 165
"A Broadway Valentine"


MUSIC: Frank Loesser (arranged by William Broughton: “A Bushel and a Peck” from Guys and Dolls performed by the Orchestra of the Americas conducted by Paul Freeman [Intersound ProArte CDB 8308, excerpted from track 1] [under the following]

Hello and welcome to Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman, and I’m calling this program “A Broadway Valentine” -- an hour of love songs originating on the Broadway musical stage.

And, for those of you with easy access right now to a paper and a pen or a computer and who would like to test your knowledge of Broadway musicals, we’re going to play a game. I’m going to give you the name of each piece I play for you, as usual, but I won’t tell you what musical it is from. You write that down and check your answers with me at the end of the hour or on the CompactDiscoveries.com website, where you’ll find the complete script for this program, which is number 165. You’ll also find a link there to play the entire program again if you want to play “Name That Musical!” some other time.

MUSIC: fades out

First let me tell you about the high-tech manner in which I selected the songs for this program. I walked over to the Musicals section of my CD collection and went through my favorite Broadway musicals, picking out my favorite love songs. Then here comes the high-tech part: I loaded them into my computer until I had enough great tunes to fill the hour.

I came up with beautiful songs from Annie Get Your Gun, Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, Kismet, The Music Man, Oklahoma, Show Boat, and West Side Story. So if I’m going to get them all in, let’s get started right away with “If I Loved You.” Do you know what show this is from? You’ll hear it from a newly orchestrated version as sung by Barbara Cook on a 1987 MCA Classics recording.

MUSIC: Rodgers and Hammerstein: “If I Loved You” from Carousel, performed by Barbara Cook with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Paul Gemignani [MCA Classics MCAD-6209, track 3] [2:02]

“If I Loved You” performed by Barbara Cook with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Paul Gemignani. If you know or care to guess what Broadway musical that is from, write it down and I’ll give you the right answer at the end of this hour.

They say that falling in love is wonderful, and that’s the title of our next selection. Can you name what musical it is from? The composer? Here it is sung by Kim Criswell and Thomas Hampson on an EMI American Classics CD.

MUSIC: Irving Berlin: “They Say It’s Wonderful” from Annie Get Your Gun, sung by Kim Criswell and Thomas Hampson with the London Sinfonietta conducted by John McGlinn. [EMI Classics 50999 6 95230 21, track 8] [5:27]


“They Say It’s Wonderful” sung by Kim Criswell and Thomas Hampson with the London Sinfonietta conducted by John McGlinn. I’ll let you know what Broadway musical that song is from and who wrote it at the end of this hour.

You are listening to “A Broadway Valentine” on this hour of Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman, and I invite you to play “Name That Musical!”

For example, take “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.” What musical is that from? Who wrote the music? Who wrote the words?

MUSIC: Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein: “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” from Show Boat performed Constance Towers, Rosetta Le Noire, WIlliam Warfield and Chorus in the Lincoln Center 1992 production [RCA Victor 09026-61182-2, track 5]
[4:36]

“Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” performed Constance Towers, Rosetta Le Noire, WIlliam Warfield and chorus in a 1992 Lincoln Center production recorded by RCA Victor.

Yes, but a Lincoln Center production of what musical, by whom? Write down your best guess and stayed tuned to the end of the hour to see if you got it right! Or, if you can’t stay with us that long, you can go at your convenience to compactdiscoveries.com to find the answer in the script for program 165.

In the meantime I’ll continue with this “Broadway Valentine” and a happy love song from another famous Broadway musical: “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy”

MUSIC: Rodgers & Hammerstein: “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy” from South Pacific performed by Kiri Te Kanawa and the Ambrosian Singers with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jonathan Tunick [CBS MK 42205, track 10] [3:43]

“I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy” performed by Kiri Te Kanawa and the Ambrosian Singers with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jonathan Tunick. That was from a CBS compact disc.

Next on our “Broadway Valentine,” “Name that Musical!” edition of Compact Discoveries: a tribute to young lovers. That will be followed immediately by a testament of sorts to mature love.

MUSIC: Rodgers & Hammerstein: “Hello, Young Lovers” from The King and I performed by Julie Andrews with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by John Mauceri [Philips D 100860, track 8] [3:11]

MUSIC: Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick: “Do you Love Me?” from Fiddler on the Roof performed by Zero Mostel and Maria Karnilova from the original Broadway cast recording [RCA Red Seal RCD1-7060, track 11] [3:09]

“Do you Love Me?” performed by Zero Mostel and Maria Karnilova from the original Broadway cast recording on an RCA Red Seal compact disc. And before that you heard “Hello, Young Lovers” performed by Julie Andrews with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by John Mauceri on a Philips compact disc.

I’ve told you as much as I’m going to say about these two pieces. It’s up to you to tell me the name of the Broadway musicals that they appeared in originally. And who wrote the music and the lyrics for those musicals? Answers at the end of this hour and at compactdiscoveries.com.

MUSIC: Rodgers and Hammerstein: “People WIll Say We’re in Love” from Oklahoma performed by Laurence Guitard and Christine Andreas {RCA Red Seal RCD1-3572, track 9] [4:20]

“People WIll Say We’re in Love” performed by Laurence Guitard and Christine Andreas from a 1980 RCA Red Seal recording. If you’re playing “Name That Musical” with me, write down the name of the Broadway musical that song comes from and the name of the composer and lyricist. I’ll have the answers for you at the end of this hour and at compactdiscoveries.com.

You are listening to “A Broadway Valentine” on Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman.

[optional one-minute break not included in the total timing of the program]


MUSIC: Rodgers & Hart: “Bewitched” from Pal Joey performed by Jane Froman from the 1952 Broadway Cast Recording [Angel Broadway BMG D 103147, track 8] [3:50]

“Bewitched” performed by Jane Froman from the 1952 Broadway Cast Recording. Can you name the musical? The composer? The lyricist? I’ll have the answers for you at the end of this “Broadway Valentine” Compact Discoveries hour.

Sometimes people are in love without realizing it, as in our next selection. Here the lady doth protest too much.

MUSIC: Richard Adler and Jerry Ross: “I’m Not at All in Love” from The Pajama Game performed by Janis Paige [Columbia Broadway Masterworks 89253, track 4] [3:54]

“I’m Not at All in Love” sung by Janis Paige from the original Broadway cast recording on the Columbia label. Do you know what musical that song is from and who wrote the music and the lyrics? Stay ‘till the end of the hour and I’ll tell you the correct answer to those questions!

MUSIC: Leonard Bernstein: “Tonight” from West Side Story sung by Kiri Te Kanawa and José Carreras [Deutsche Grammophon 415 253-2, CD 1, track 11] [5:44]

“Tonight” sung by Kiri Te Kanawa and José Carreras. We’re approaching the end of this Compact Discoveries hour devoted to “A Broadway Valentine” and our game of “Name That Musical!” My guess is that you know both the name of the musical this song came from and also the composer. Am I right? Incidentally the composer conducted this recording for Deutsche Grammophon.

Next, “Till There Was You” as sung by Barbara Cook and Robert Preston from the original Broadway cast of which musical by what composer?

MUSIC: Meredith Wilson: “Till There Was You” from The Music Man sung by Barbara Cook and Robert Preston [Angel Broadway ZDM 7 64663 2, track 17] [2:44]

“Till There Was You” sung by Barbara Cook and Robert Preston. It’s up to you to name the Broadway musical and the composer. Answers coming soon!

MUSIC: Wright and Forrest: “This is My Beloved” from Kismet sung by Valerie Masterson, David Rendall, Donald Maxwell, and Richard Van Allan [Jay CDJAY2 1251, CD2, track 7] [5:17]


“This is My Beloved” sung by Valerie Masterson, David Rendall, Donald Maxwell, and Richard Van Allan. If that music sounds familiar to you classical lovers, that’s because it is based on music by Alexandr Borodin.

O.K., it’s time to end our game of “Name That Musical!” on Compact DIscoveries which we have been playing while presenting “A Broadway Valentine” of love songs from Broadway musicals. This program is dedicated to budding 12-year-old actress Kaitlin Rose Jencks, my granddaughter, who would like nothing better than to appear in a Broadway musical herself some day.

Here is a list of the music I presented during this hour in the order I played the tracks for you. If you need to see this list in writing, go to compactdiscoveries.com, click on “Program Descriptions” and scroll down until you get to program number 165. Click on the title and the script will come up, including this list:

1. “If I Loved You” is from Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

2. “They Say It’s Wonderful” is from Annie Get Your Gun by Irving Berlin.

3. “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” is from Show Boat by Jerome Kern, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein.

4. “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy” is from South Pacific by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

5. “Hello, Young Lovers” is from The King and I by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

6. “Do You Love Me?” is from Fiddler on the Roof by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick.

7. “People Will Say We’re in Love” is from Oklahoma by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

8. “”Bewitched” is from Pal Joey by Rodgers and Hart.

9. “I’m Not At All in Love” is from The Pajama Game by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross.

10. “Tonight” is from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

11. “Till There Was You” is from The Music Man by Meredith Wilson.

12. “This is My Beloved” is from Kismet by Wright and Forrest.

How did you to? Did you get all 12 right?

In any case I hope you had fun and enjoyed the music. This is Fred Flaxman thanking you for listening.

MUSIC: Frank Loesser (arranged by William Broughton: “A Bushel and a Peck” from Guys and Dolls performed by the Orchestra of the Americas conducted by Paul Freeman [Intersound ProArte CDB 8308, excerpted from track 1]

ANNOUNCER (Steve Jencks): Compact Discoveries is made possible in part by Story Book Publishers and their latest offering, a tongue-in-cheek memoir by Compact Discoveries host Fred Flaxman called “Sixty Slices of Life ... on Wry: The Private Life of a Public Broadcaster.” Information and ordering at sixtyslices.com.

Total Program Timing: 57:57

 
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