Cole Porter's 1929 musical comedy, Fifty Million Frenchman resurfaces Dec. 4-16 in a concert presented by Musicals Tonight!, the scrappy piano-and-voice Equity outfit that presents at the YMHA on East 14th Street in Manhattan.
Producer Mel Miller said songs cut from the vintage show — including the cabaret favorite, "The Tale of the Oyster," or the little-known "Why Don't We Try Staying Home?" and "Watching the World Go By" — will be part of the concert. The book, about Americans in Paris, by Herbert Fields, has been slightly altered for the presentation. The score includes "You Do Something to Me," "Let's Step Out," "The Boyfriend Back Home," "Find Me a Primitive Man," "I Worship You," "The American Express," "You've Got That Thing," "You Don't Know Paree," "I'm Unlucky at Gambling," "Please Don't Make Me Be Good," "Why Don't We Try Staying Home?," "A Toast to Volstead" and more.
The Musicals Tonight! company includes Amy Barker, John Alban Coughlan, Renee Ballen, Cindy Collins, Amy Goldberger, Gina Holland, Todd Jones, Nathan Klau, David Macaluso, Matthew Morgan, Susan Owen, Marni Ratner, Julian Rebolledo, Kilty Reidy, Celia Tackaberry and Jeff Wells.
Barbara Anselmi is musical director. Tom Mills directs. Performances are 2 PM Wednesdays and Sundays, 7 PM Tuesdays-Fridays and Sundays, 8 PM Saturdays.
Tickets are $19. The Mainstage of the Sol Goldman YMHA is at 344 E. 14th between First and Second avenues. For reservations, call (212) 362-0713. *
A studio recording of the show was released in 1991 and is cherished by fans as the most complete recording of the score to date. Evans Haile conducted. Kim Criswell, Karen Ziemba, Howard McGillin, Kay McClelland, Susan Powell, Jason Graae, Peggy Cass and others are heard on it.
— By Kenneth Jones