DRG Releases Three Vintage Musicals on CD February 11

News   DRG Releases Three Vintage Musicals on CD February 11
Paris '90, Plain and Fancy and By the Beautiful Sea are the latest titles to hit stores in DRG's Broadway Collector Series. Paris '90 was originally released by Columbia Records, and both Plain and Fancy and By the Beautiful Sea were originally preserved by Capitol Records.

Featuring music and lyrics by Kay Swift, 1952's Paris '90 was a solo show written and performed by Cornelia Otis Skinner about the colorful Parisian scene of the 1980's. Skinner portrays 13 women in the show, and the score features such tunes as "Tourne Mon Moulin," "Lend Me a Bob," "Calliope," "St. Lazare" and "Mme. Arthur." The recording features both the tunes and sketches that comprised Skinner's one-woman show. Theatrical legend Barbara Cook was among the cast of 1955's Plain and Fancy, which also included Richard Derr, David Daniels, Shirl Conway, Daniel Nagrin, Stefan Schnabel, Gloria Marlowe, Douglas Fletcher Rodgers and Sammy Smith. With a book by Joseph Stein, the musical concerned two sophisticated New Yorkers who visit a farm in Pennsylvania. The Albert Hague (music) and Arnold B. Horwitt (lyrics) score included such songs as "You Can't Miss It," "It Wonders Me," "Plenty of Pennsylvania," "Young and Foolish," "Plain We Live," "Follow Your Heart," "I'll Show Him" and "Take Your Time and Take Your Pick." The release boasts an eight-panel color folder with new liner notes by Tony winner Cook.

About the Dorothy Fields-Arthur Schwartz score for By the Beautiful Sea, New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson wrote, "It is a pleasure to encounter a melodious score like the one Arthur Schwartz has written here, and original lyrics like the ones Dorothy Fields has composed." The 1954 play starred Emmy and Academy Award winner Shirley Booth as a vaudeville star who finds love in Coney Island. Featuring a book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields, the musical also starred Wilbur Evans, Cameron Prud'Homme, Mae Barnes, Richard France, Carol Leigh and Anne Francine. The score includes "The Sea Song," "Old Enough to Love," "Alone Too Long," "Good Time Charlie," "I'd Rather Wake Up By Myself," "More Love Than Your Love" and "Throw the Anchor Away."

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