“Conga!” from Bernstein’s musical Wonderful Town, with Bea Arthur, June Anderson, Debbie Shapiro Gravitte, Howard McGillin, Jason Graae and George Dvorsky, John Williams conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1991
I was listening to Lucky Stiff today and thought “I wonder if Donald has heard this Debbie Gravitte performance?” and also “Gee, I bet her French accent will horrify Benjamin,” so naturally I had to post it.
But first I had to spend 20 minutes searching Tumblr to see if I (or anyone else) already had, which is hard given the various versions of Debbie’s name that could be tagged.
WOW. Just a few days ago I was talking to Kevin about how bizarre it is that Lucky Stiff is being made into a movie, and how I had never heard a single song from the score, despite the fact that my darling DSG was in the cast. So now I can cross that off my bucket list!
But seriously though, why is this being made into a movie?
This song is originally from Carnival in Flanders, which is apparently not a very good musical, despite what this song might indicate. However, Dolores Grey sang this in the 6 performance run of original Broadway run and took home a Tony award, giving her the distinction of shortest-lived Tony-winning performance.
DSG, a broad where a broad should be broad, gives a perfect amount of sass and brass.