1971's The Grass Harp is a hot mess of a show, and the story of its failure is well documented in Ken Mandelbaum's indispensable book "Not Since Carrie: 40 Years of Broadway Musical Flops." That said, the original cast recording offers many pleasures, including Karen Morow's indescribable 12-minute tour-de-force, "The Babylove Miracle Show," Carol Brice's several soulful songs and Barbara Cook's remarkably crystalline "Dropsy Cure Weather" and "Chain of Love." She shimmers. It's what Julie Andrews would have sounded like if she'd had talent. Stunning.
When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life.