Dear World — Original Broadway Cast Recording
On the heels of the mammoth success of Mame (and indeed while Mame and his previous smash, Hello, Dolly!, were still running) Jerry Herman understandably chose Angela Lansbury once again to star in his new musical, Dear World, based on Jean Giraudoux's The Madwoman of Chaillot. Much has been proffered to explain the quick demise of Dear World, but there can be no doubt that Angela Lansbury's singing — at the vocal peak of her career — was one of the show's chief assets. The cast album offers a myriad of treasures including Lansbury's fervently compassionate opening, "Each Tomorrow Morning," the Brel-ian showstopper, "I Don't Want To Know" and my single favorite Angela Lansbury recording, her ardent, thrilling rendition of the resounding "Kiss Her Now."
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