DRG to Release Vintage Barbara Cook Show Flahooley in March

News   DRG to Release Vintage Barbara Cook Show Flahooley in March
DRG Records will release the original cast recording of Flahooley next month.
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On March 23, the 20-track CD — starring Barbara Cook in her Broadway debut — will hit stores. Flahooley features a score by Sammy Fain (music) and E. Y. Harburg (lyrics) and such tunes as "Here's to Your Illusions," "He's Only Wonderful" and the title tune. The DRG release also features a synopsis of the 1951 musical as well as liner notes by Cook. Flahooley played the Broadhurst Theatre May 1951-June 1951. Directed by E. Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy with choreography by Helen Tamiris, the cast included Cook, Ernest Truex, Jerome Courtland, Edith Atwater, Irwin Corey, Fay Dewitt, Marilyn Ross, Louis Nye and Yma Sumac.

The complete track listing for Flahooley follows:
Prologue "You, Too, Can Be a Puppet"
"Here's to Your Illusions"
"Telephone Switchboard Scene"
"B.G. Bigelow, Inc."
"Najla's Lament"
"Who Says There Ain't No Santa Claus?"
"The World Is Your Balloon"
"He's Only Wonderful"
"Najla's Song of Joy"/"Arabian for 'Get Happy'"
"Inner-Office Scene"
"Jump Little Chillun'"
"No More Flahooleys"
"Spirit of Capsulanti"
"Come Back, Little Genie"
"The Springtime Cometh"

Barbara Cook has starred on Broadway in Flahooley, Candide, The Gay Life, The Music Man and She Loves Me. She received a Best Featured Actress in a Musical Tony Award for her performance in The Music Man. Cook recently made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the New Year's Eve gala performance of Franz Léhar's The Merry Widow. Her recordings are numerous; her most recent is titled "Count Your Blessings." Beginning March 19, Lincoln Center Theater will offer 12 performances of Cook's newest show, Barbara Cook's Broadway.

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