2-for-1 day here at me2ism. I love both of these songs so much, I didn’t want to have to wait 24 hours to share the next one. ”On My Way” is probably in my Top 10 favorite songs. You know (or may have figured out) how much I love me a good choral arrangement, and boy-oh-boy does this deliver. And every person on that stage get’s some great lines in this song. But Michael McElory’s duet with the title character (that follows “Too bad we don’t see eye to eye Lord / We could pass the time of day”) hits me in my emotions spot.
"Let it Sing" is also fantastic—a solo for the phenomenally talented McElory.
I enjoy most of VIOLET, and if most of the remainder of the score doesn’t quite hit the heights of these two numbers, these two are also good enough to raise the bar of an entire production. (I contend that if “Leap of Faith” had not changed a single thing but added one number as good as either of these it would be whole different ball game.)
To a Small Degree, Angela Lansbury, Prettybelle (1971)
So far I’ve posted some of the “larger” songs from Prettybelle, but the show has some lovely songs, such as To a Small Degree, where upon Leroy’s passing, Prettybelle Sweet reflections upon their marriage.
this is one of the most beautiful melodies Jule Style ever wrote.
(ps: how have i not been tracking Bob Merrill and Prettybelle tags until now!?!?!)
Prettybelle | When I’m Drunk I’m Beautiful Angela Lansbury on the 1982 cast recording
Music: Jule Styne Lyrics & Book: Bob Merrill
Note: It needs to be said — I am cheating a bit with this post as the show never made it to Broadway. Given the fact that it would have under different circumstances, the great score, and the Broadway legends involved with the show, I feel it is a necessary share.
I feel like we always live under threat of a CARNIVAL revival, though I’m not sure the material is strong enough for one to truly succeed. All the music for Alberghetti is lovely, but poor Jerry Orbach is stuck with a series of formless, recit-like ballads with almost no accompaniment support.
This is slowly turning into a Bob Merrill appreciation blog. DEAL WITH IT.