Songs by Kander & Ebb, Jones and Schmidt, Jerry Herman, Bock & Harnick, and others.
Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Margaret Whiting, Anthony Perkins John Reardon, Fay De Witt, Kaye Ballard, Helen Gallagher, and more.
Ben Bagley’s Contemporary Broadway Revisited was a brief respite from Bagley’s usual single composer/lyricist tributes, this one featuring some, at the time, rare material by Kander & Ebb, Schmidt & Jones, Bock & Harnick, Jerry Herman, and others, and featuring one of his starriest casts, what with Miss Katharine Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Margaret Whiting, Anthony Perkins, John Reardon, Fay De Witt, Kaye Ballard, Helen Gallagher, and more.
The majority of the songs on this CD are by Kander & Ebb and Schmidt & Jones and there are some real gems. There are cut songs from Flora, the Red Menace, The Act, 110 in the Shade, The Rink, and Chicago, plus rare gems from shows that were, at the time of this album, not well known at all. Of course, here we are, all these years later, and several of these songs have become cabaret staples and little classics on their own.
Contemporary Broadway Revisited is one of the best of the Bagley series. As always, we’ve cleaned up the sound, corrected booklet errors, and have recreated the amazing art of Harvey Schmidt. -KRITZERLAND
1. The Kid Herself Judy Gilmer and the Boys
2. The Room Is Filled with You John Reardon
3. A Horse Named Margaret Katharine Hepburn
4. Please Sir Fay De Witt
5. Growing Older Alan Arkin
6. Sweet River Margaret Whiting
7. All My Friends Have Gone to California Anthony Perkins
8. The Girls Who Sit and Wait Fay De Witt
9. Wine and Peaches John Reardon
10. I Hate Spring Katharine Hepburn
11. Who Would Have Dreamed? Diana Carnevale
12. What a Wonderful Way to Die Alan Arkin
13. Love Is Not a Sentiment Worthy of Respect Kaye Ballard
14. Here I Come Helen Gallagher
15. Merry Little Minuet Katharine Hepburn
16. The Only Game in Town Judy Gilmer
17. Ten Percent/Loopin’ the Loop Mark Sendroff, Susan Stroman, Jan Newberger
18. You Could Hurt Me K.T. Sullivan
19. Earthly Paradise Patricia Hoag
20. Phonograph Harvey Schmidt
21. Where Do I Go from Here? Diana Carnevale
22. I’m Going to Wear Your Love K.T. Sullivan
Vocal and Musical Arrangements by Dennis Deal