That richly topical musical, which opened at New York's Players Theatre on Jan. 20, 1960, starred Dody Goodman, Richard Tone, Fia Karin, Charles Nelson Reilly and Lester James and helped solidify Herman's reputation as a fresh, young composer. Before Parade, songs by the future composer-lyricist of Hello, Dolly! and Mame had been heard in revues at Theatre de Lys in 1954 (I Feel Wonderful) and at Showplace in 1958 (the nightclub show, Nightcap).
Parade's CD has been unavailable since 1961. Decca Broadway will rectify that situation when it releases the recording — on CD for the first time — Oct. 22.
An attentive listener will hear strains that were later recycled for tunes in Mame and Mack and Mabel (the melody of "Show Tune" was later used for Mame's "It's Today," and a piece of the Parade overture would later become M&M's "I Like to Make the World Laugh") . Parade star Charles Nelson Reilly would go on to star as Cornelius Hackl in Herman's Hello, Dolly! The complete track listing for Jerry Herman's Parade follows:
Finale: "Parade" (Company) The Decca Broadway catalogue continues to expand. Recent releases include Mamma Mia!, Seussical, Babes in Toyland (1944), Desert Song (1944) and the 1963 London cast recording of The Boys From Syracuse.
—By Andrew Gans
and Kenneth Jones