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Forgotten Broadway classics: Bloomer Girl February 1, 2008

Posted by Jeff in Harold Arlen, Musicals, Theater.

Bloomer Girl album cover

Obviously influenced by the success of Oklahoma!, this 1944 musical featured two of that show’s stars, Celeste Holm and Joan McCracken, and its choreographer Agnes De Mille, in a show with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by Yip Harburg, the team best remembered for The Wizard of Oz.

Forgotten Broadway classics: St. Louis Woman January 30, 2008

Posted by Jeff in Harold Arlen, Musicals, Nicholas Brothers, Theater.

“St. Louis Woman” sheet music

Forgotten by myself, amongst others.

When I did my series of non-posts about the Nicholas Brothers, I forgot that they co-starred in a musical by one of my favorite Broadway composers.


The genesis of a Broadway number September 25, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Harold Arlen, Musicals, Theater.
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Truman Capote’s novella, House Of Flowers, is the story of Ottilie, a young girl who works in a Haitian bordello under the name of Violet, and how she finds true love. In 1951, Capote recorded this excerpt:

Three years later, Capote wrote the book and lyrics to a Broadway musical of the same name, with music by Harold Arlen. When they started the collaboration, Capote was stuck in Rome with John Huston, rewriting the script for the movie Beat The Devil, and he and Arlen collaborated by mail. At one point, Arlen sent Capote the following recording, with an idea he had for the scene we just heard:


Harold Arlen sings Harold Arlen May 18, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Harold Arlen, Jazz, Music, Musicals, Theater.
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Harold Arlen

I don’t know why no one ever put out an album of Cole Porter doing his own songs — by all accounts he was a wonderful performer. On the other hand, if you ever heard Irving Berlin’s rendition of “Oh, How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning,” it would be obvious why he never did an album 😉

Almost none of the classic Broadway songwriters were known for performing their own works — with the conspicuous exceptions of Comden and Green and Harold Arlen.