The recording will be available in stores and on the Fynsworth Alley website (www.fynsworthalley.com) that day. This marks the first time that the musical recording — starring Tony Award winner Elaine Stritch — has been available on CD. The CD reissue — produced by Bill Meade — boasts a song that was cut from the Broadway run ("Bronxville Darby and Joan") but reinstated for the London run. Elaine Stritch starred as cruise director Mimi Paragon in Sail Away, which played New York's Broadhurst Theatre for 167 performances from October 1961 to February 1962. The musical then opened at London’s Savoy in June 1962, where it was recorded and ran for 252 performances.
Featuring a score and a book by Noel Coward, Sail Away concerns cruise hostess Paragon on a Mediterranean voyage. The score includes such tunes as “Why Do the Wrong People Travel?,” “Later Than Spring,” “Don’t Turn Away From Love,” “Sail Away” and “Something Very Strange.”
Elaine Stritch, whose triumphant return to Broadway in Elaine Stritch At Liberty was greeted with raves from the critics, also received a Tony Award for that performance. Her many theatre credits include Pal Joey, Sail Away, Company, Bus Stop, Show Boat and a Tony-nominated turn in Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance. Elaine Stritch At Liberty is available from DRG Records.