As the woman who sang Irving Berlin’s lynching-themed ballad “Suppertime” on an album titled Happy Songs, Audra McDonald has always had a whimsical relationship with the concept of happiness. This lush and somewhat melancholy arrangement of the-only-song-from-Do-Re-Mi-that-anyone-has-heard-of is a welcome addition to the cannon of Audra’s bittersweet/joyous songs.
A Live recording of I Met a Man, made during the 1971 Boston tryouts of Bob Merrill and Jule Styne’s PrettyBelle. Angela Lansbury’s huge Broadway “belt” is vividly captured here. I love her and i love this song.
One of my favorite songs of all time. Definitely top 10
Tony-winner Leslie Uggams sings the hell out of ”Being Good” and “Hallelujah, Baby!” from Hallelujah, Baby!
Music: Jule Styne, Lyrics: Comden and Green. Choreography by Kevin Carlisle. Uggams is joined by Winston DeWitt Hemsley and Alan Weeks for the title song.
Incidentally, Hallelujah, Baby! opened at the Martin Beck Theatre on this night in 1967. At 293 performances, it is the second shortest running Best Musical Tony winner (Passion holds the dubious honor at 280).
You Never Looked Better, Angela Lansbury, Prettybelle (1971)
One of my favourite songs from Prettybelle, I wish they’d left it in the show! A lovely song about how her dead husband looks the best he ever has, in his coffin bed, ahaha. Get a load of that final belt though!
I haven’t posted an MP3 in a few days because I felt like I kept posting beautiful lush ballads by middle-aged ladies. And though there’s nothing wrong with that (and, in fact, everything right with that), I think it’s good to mix things up every now and then. So I’ll try to do a week’s worth of somewhat uptempo song sung by fellas! This particular track was inspired by the jaunty Peter Allen cover of “Losing My Mind” that crossed our dashes recently. And because I haven’t posted a Prettybelle anything in waaaaaaay too long.