Sally Mayes, currently starring the satiric pop culture revue, Pete 'n' Keely Off-Broadway, has a new CD of obscure show tunes on store shelves.
"Boys and Girls Like You and Me," on the Bayview label, was originally conceived as an album of songs cuts from musicals, but the disc now also includes a few new numbers mixed in with show-tune arcana.
For example, the disc opens with "I Dream in Technicolor," and new song from Carol Hall, the songwriter known for her zesty and rueful score to The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. The song is from Hall's next musical, Technicolor: Ten Love Stories.There is also a new Amanda McBroom-Michele Brourman song, "In His Hands."
The 15-track recording includes the title song, a number cut from Rogers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! (it subsequently found life in other R&H projects). Boyd Gaines and Brent Barrett are guests on the disc. The album also offers the world premiere recordings of "Now I Really Know" (cut from Maltby and Shire's Big) and "Just One Day" (cut from Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party).
The album includes: • "Everything I Want Is in Manhattan, by Cy Coleman and Ira Gasman (cut from The Life).
• "Think How Many People Never Find Love," by Jule Styne and Bob Hilliard (cut form Hazel Flagg).
• "Nice She Ain't" by Styne and Stephen Sondheim (cut from Gypsy; sung by Boyd Gaines)/"You're Awful" by Roger Edens, Betty Comden and Adolph Green (from the film, "On the Town").
• "Love Songs (Contradictions)" by John Kander and Fred Ebb (cut from The Act).
• "Your Eyes Are Blue" by Sondheim (cut from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum)/"All Things Bright and Beautiful" by Sondheim (cut from Follies; sung by Brent Barrett).
• "I'm Lost" by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (cut from The Apple Tree).
• "Buds Won't Bud" by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg (cut from Hooray For What).
• "Today I'm Gonna Think About Me" by Jerry Herman (cut from Mack & Mabel).
• "I Never Know When to Say When" by Leroy Anderson, Walter & Jean Kerr, Joan Ford (from Goldilocks).
• "If I Can't Take It With Me" (cut from Goldilocks).
• "Now I Really Know" by David Shire and Richard Maltby (cut from Big).
• "Just One Day" by Andrew Lippa (cut from The Wild Party).
• "Boys and Girls Like You and Me" by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II (cut from Oklahoma!).
Mayes was nominated for a Tony Award for playing Ilona in the Broadway revival of She Loves Me. The onetime rock singer from east Texas is a fixture in New York cabarets. Because her usual musical director, Patrick Barnes, was involved in other projects at the time, the new disc's musical director and arranger is Dick Gallagher.
In Off-Broadway's Pete 'n' Keely, Mayes plays an Eydie Gorme-like singer who is reunited with her singer ex husband on a 1968 TV special. New and classic American pop songs are mixed with satire and spangled gowns by Bob Mackie in the new conceptual show by writer James Hindman and director-lyricist Mark Waldrop.
— By Kenneth Jones