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DAMES AT SEA Original TV Soundtrack
Music by Jim Wise
Lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller
Starring Ann-Margret, Ann Miller, Harvey Evans, Anne Meara, Fred Gwynne, and Dick Shawn
Dames At Sea, after a small Off-Off-Broadway production, opened Off-Broadway at the Bouwerie on December 20, 1968 and was so successful that just a few months later it moved to the larger Theatre de Lys. Audiences and critics fell in love with Bernadette Peters and loved the little pastiche of a show. In 1971, a television adaptation was done, becoming an all-star TV event spectacular on the Bell System Family Theatre on NBC. Airing on November 15, 1971 the cast featured Ann-Margret, Ann Miller, Anne Meara, Harvey Evans, Fred Gwynne, and Dick Shawn. They also added a full chorus of dancers doing full production numbers, thereby turning the TV version into the type of thing the show was spoofing. The TV version was produced by Joseph Cates and Martin Charnin, directed by Walter Miller and Charnin, and choreographed by Alan Johnson. Elliot Lawrence handled the musical direction and bigger arrangements.
The cast delivers delightful and fun performances. Ann-Margret is bubbly, Harvey Evans is charming, Ann Miller taps those feet like nobody’s business, and Fred Gwynne and Dick Shawn are clearly having a grand old time. The bigger band sounds great and as these TV versions of musicals go, especially those cut down to one hour, it’s a whole lot of fun.
This is the first CD release of the TV soundtrack, issued only heretofore as a promotional LP in mono. We had a mono tape of it, which is what was used for this CD.
I’M A FAN Original TV Musical Special – Demo Recording
Music by LeRoy Holmes
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Featuring the LeRoy Holmes Singers and Carolyn Leigh
I’m A Fan was a frothy look at sports and sports fans that starred Dick Van Dyke, Carol Channing, Rod Barry, MacIntyre Dixon, Lu Leonard, Brandon Maggart, Donna McKechnie, Karen Morrow, and Mary Louise Wilson. The music was by LeRoy Holmes, a man primarily known as an arranger/conductor on many 1950s and 1960s LPs. The lyrics were by the brilliant Carolyn Leigh (Wildcat, Little Me, “Witchcraft”). The writer was Bob Ellison, the choreographer was Bob Herget, and the director was Clark Jones. No one seems to remember much about it, but the songs are fun, especially Ms. Leigh’s lyrics, which are, as always, smart and funny and clever. LeRoy Holmes’ melodies are quite catchy.
While no actual TV soundtrack was released, there was a demo recording of all the songs, sung by a chorus and soloists. There can’t really be enough Carolyn Leigh in the world, so we hope everyone will enjoy this bonus curio.
DAMES AT SEA
2. Wall Street
3. It’s You
4. That Mister of Mine
5. Good Times Are Here to Stay
6. Raining in My Heart
7. Dames At Sea
8. It’s You (reprise)
9. Star Tar
10. Let’s Have a Simple Wedding
I’M A FAN
11. When The Play the Star-Spangled Banner
12. I’m A Fan
13. All the Way Home
14. Dump the Ump
16. My Cousin Beauregard
17. Basketball is His Game
18. Time Out
20. At the Hockey Game
21. The Sport Star of TV Today
22. Ten Strokes Under Par