Sunglasses at Midnight
Russell Link presents a show that focuses on the history of the American Musical Theatre.
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9/12/21 Musical Theatre #309:
Today I'm devoting my program to Emmerich Kalman's SARI or DER ZIGEUNERPRIMAS in German and to his music from two other operettas, COUNTESS MARITZA and THE GYPSY PRINCESS. I'm especially fond of Kalman's music and so I'm pleased to be able to do this program. SARI was successful when it appeared on Broadway in 1914, playing 151 performances. I hope you enjoy this gorgeous music and the lovely pictures I have been able to get from YOU TUBE. Enjoy!
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9/5/21 Musical Theatre #308:
Today, just music and me, no video. But I have a 26 minute radio broadcast from Australia featuring a shortened version of Rudolf Friml's HIGH JINKS. Not at all a successful as his THE FIREFLY, its songs are quite delightful, worth listening to. In addition I have an Irving Berlin song, sung by Irving, "Follow the Crowd", which was interpolated into THE QUEEN OF THE MOVIES, with a score by Jean Gilbert. I conclude today with a gorgeous waltz from Emmerrich Kalman's SARI, which played for 151 performances, and was based based on his operetta DER ZIGEUNERPRIMAS. Enjoy!
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8/29/21 Musical Theatre #307:
From September to December 1913 there were shows by Reginald De Koven, Jerome Kern, Ivan Caryll, Victor Herbert and Rudolf Friml. I have music and some photos from these shows. There are performances by Billy Murray, Henry Burr, and Elizabeth Spencer and the Eastman-Dryden Orchestra. I'm especially pleased to include Bill Murray's performance of "Get Out and Get Under". Enjoy!
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8/22/21 Musical Theatre #306:
Today I'm at the audio-video studio and so I'll be able to show you some excellent photos of the 1913 era from You Tube.  It's not always easy to tell what the photo portrays though, because the photos are not annotated.  So enjoy the photos even though we don't know who or what they depict.  Most of my show today is devoted to Victor Herbert's wonder operetta SWEETHEARTS which opened in September, 1913 and played 136 performances.  I'm happy to have several recordings by Christie MacDonald from th original cast of the show.  She was a beautiful woman and had a glorious voice and Herbert was especially happy to compose this operettas songs for her and her two octave voice. Enjoy!
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8/8/21 Musical Theatre #304:
Today I have music and songs from several shows of 1913: THE ISLE OF DREAMS, THE SUNSHINE GIRL, THE HONEYMOON EXPRESS, THE AMERICAN MAID, THE BEGGAR STUDENT and THE GEISHA. The songs include "When Irish Eyes Are Smilin'" and "Mother Machree", the latter sung by Chauncey Olcott and several sung by Al Jolson, including "You Made Me Love You". I also have some music by John Philip Sousa from his last Broadway show, THE AMERICAN MAID. There's also a wonderful march from Carl Millocker's BEGGAR'S STUDENT and some music from Sidney Jones' THE GEISHA. Enjoy!
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8/1/21 Musical Theatre #303:
Today I'm in the video studio and I'm able to show you some lovely videos of scenes from the film version of Rudolf Friml's glorious operetta THE FIREFLY, one of the truly great American operettas. Starring Jeanette Mac Donald and Allan Jones, this film used many of the original songs from the 1912 Broadway production, and so we hear "Love Is Like a Firefly", and "Sympathy" but also "The Donkey Serenade" which was written for the film. Also have music from two Franz Lehar's EVA and THE MAN WITH THREE WIVES. Enjoy!
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7/25/21 Musical Theatre #302:
Today I'm in the audio studio, so no photos; but I have some superb music, especially some songs from Rudolf Friml's THE FIREFLY and Jerome Kern's "Ragtime Restaurant" from THE RED PETTICOAT, both from 1912. I've also included another early Kern song, "I've Taken Such a Fancy to You", from THE GIRL FROM MONTMARTRE as well as songs from Victor Herbert's THE LADY OF THE SLIPPER, ROLY POLY and THE SUN DODGERS. There's much to enjoy, so please ENJOY!
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7/18/21 Musical Theatre #301:
Today I'm at the audio-visual studio, but the photos and videos I showed you did not really capture the entire picture, some of the top and sides were cut off. Sorry for that, but the music came out well. So! the two shows I featured today were from THE ZIEGFELD FOLLIES OF 1912 and Victor Herbert's THE LADY OF THE SLIPPER, Herbert's take on the Cinderella story. THE LADY played 232 performances and included lovely songs, although the songs did not make the long list of Herbert's great music. Elsie Janis and Dave Montgomery and Fred Stone starred in the show, and although they were popular in the day they were not really great Herbert singers. THE FOLLIES starred Leon Errol and Bert Williams, and many beautiful girls, aong them Lillian Lorraine, Ziegfeld's mistress. She had one wonderful number, "Row, Row, Row" which she didn't record, but Ada Jones and others did record. But Bert Williams DID record many of his songs and I have for you "My Landlady" and "You're on the Right Road". Enjoy!
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7/11/21 Musical Theatre #300:
Today I'm in the audio only studio, so no pictures; but I have some CHARMING music for you. It seems that today I'm intoxicated with the charming word; everything is charming. But the word fits the music: especially the selections from Ivan Caryll's THE PINK LADY and the "Brighton Beach Rag" by William Becker. But the word for the Waltz Ballet and Rudolph Schock's performance of Lehar's "Trefle Incarnat" from THE COUNT OF LUXEMBOURG is glorious. I've made it quite clear that I love Lehar's music and so I have four recordings of his music from THE COUNT. Enjoy!
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7/4/21 Musical Theatre #299:
Just audio today, no pictures. But the music I have for you today is quite excellent, ranging from songs by Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin to a wonderful performance of the "Czardas" from DIE FLEDERMAUS by Rachel Willis-Sorenson (although the song was sung in English in an adaptation of DIE FLEDERMAUS called THE MERRY COUNTESS.) Two songs by Louis Hirsch, who died much too young in 1924 of pneumonia, from THE PASSING SHOW OF 1912. And a song by Irving Berlin from HANKY PANKY, the amusing Opera Burlesque on the Sextette from LUCIA by Donizetti. There was another set of revivals of Gilbert and Sullivan, including THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, HMS PINAFORE and THE MIKADO, and I have scenes from all three. Enjoy!
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6/27/21 Musical Theatre #298:
Today I'm in the audio-video studio and I have some wonderful music and photos for you. Here's some more music from Heuberger's THE OPERABALL as well as the first act of Cohan's 45 MINUTES FROM BROADWAY as performed on Alistaire Cooke's OMNIBUS. Several songs from A WINSOME WIDOW and THE WALL STREET GIRL are followed by a scene from the 2007 National Gilbert and Sullivan production of PATIENCE, starring Simon Butteris. Enjoy!
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6/20/21 Musical Theatre #297:
Today I'm in the audio studio, so no pictures. But I have some wonderful music for you, including Chauncey Olcott in four songs from the 1912 musical MACUSHLA, which is the name of a horse and means "Pulse of my Heart". I also have one of the few records I can find of Lillian Russell, singing "Come Down Ma Evenin' Star", originally sung in TWIRLY WHIRLY and revived in Weber and Fields' Jubillee Company in a Pot-pourri of Weber and Fields' Reminiscences. Fay templeton was also in that show, but I wasn't able to find any recordings by her. And last but not at all least I have the Overture and a song from Richard Heuberger's beautiful THE OPERA BALL. Enjoy!
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5/16/21 Musical Theatre #296:
Back after two weeks, not well, some time in the hospital, but recuperating. I'm also back in the audio-visual studio, and I have some excellent photos and music to play and show you. I'm very fond of Viennese operettas, although I prefer the songs in German rather than English. When Lehar's GYPSY LOVE (ZIGEUNERLIEBE in German) was presented on Broadway it wasn't given a good production and it failed, only 30 or so performances. I gave you some of its music two weeks ago, but here is some more. Following GYPSY LOVE came several musicals that starred, among others, Raymond Hitchcock, Al Jolson, Stella Mayhew, Emma Carus and Ina Claire. I have some music from THE QUAKER GIRL, THE THREE ROMEOS, and PEGGY. Enjoy!
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5/16/21 Musical Theatre #295:
In the video studio today with some lovely photos as well as some lovely music. I have jerome Kern's intoLeo Fall'sTHE SIREN, some music from Victor Herbert's WHEN SWEET SIXTEEN. George Cohan's "Any Place the Old Flag Flies" form THE LITTLE MILLIONAIRE, and Irving Berlin's interpolation into Balwin Sloane's THE NEVER HOMES, "There's a Girl in Havana". Incidentally, that song was sung in the show by ayoung Helen Hayes. But the best thing I've got for you is a documentary about Julian Eltinge, the great female impersonator of the early twentieth century. An finally some waltzes from Franz Lehar's GYPSY LOVE. Enjoy!
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5/9/21 Musical Theatre #294:
I'm in the audio studio today, so no pictures, but I have music from several shows performed at the end of the 1911 season and the beginning of the 1912 season. Gerald Bordman in his wonderful book AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE; A CHRONICLE tells us that this season had over 40 musicals, the largest up to that time, but with "a disastrous slump in quality". So be it! I have music from DOCTOR DELUXE, HELL/TEMPTATIONS/GABY ( for which Irving Berlin contributed "A Spanish Love"), THE RED ROSE, and the ZIEGFELD FOLLIES OF 1911. Enjoy!
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5/2/21 Musical Theatre #293:
Today I'm in the audio-video studio and I have three 1911 musicals for you. the first one is Ivan Caryll's THE PINK LADY, starring Hazel Dawn. Unfortunately I don't have any recording of Miss Dawn, but I have some lovely music from the show. LA BELLE PAREE followed THE PINK LADY. It starred Stella Mayhew and Featured Al Jolson, starting his long career. It also included songs by Jerome Kern, and I have two of those songs for you. Then came LITTLE MISS FIX-IT starring Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth. They sang "Turn Off Your Light, Mr. Moon Man". When the show went on tour it included some songs by Rosamond and James Weldon Johnson, I have "Excuse Me, Mr. Moon" Enjoy!
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4/25/21 Musical Theatre #292
Today I'm going to play two songs from ALMA, WHERE DO YOU LIVE that I missed when I was going through show by show, sung by Truly Shattuck, a name I've not come across before. Then a few selections from shows I did last week, THE SPRING MAID and THE SLIM PRINCESS, but found this week, especially Chauncey Olcott singing "I Love the Name of Mary" from BARRY OF BALLYMORE. I'm closing with selections from Paul Ruben's THE BALKAN PRINCESS and a revival of Michael Balfe's THE BOHEMIAN GIRL, including Jessye Norman's (pictured) glorious singing of "I Dreamt I Dwelled in Marble Halls". Enjoy!
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4/18/21 Musical Theatre #291
Today I'm back in the video-audio studio and so I've got some lovely photos as well as some wonderful songs for you. I'm especially pleased to be able to show you some photos of Christie McDonald and play three of her songs from THE SPRING MAID a 1910 musical with music by Heinrich Reinhart. I've also got some songs from THE SLIM PRINCESS and BARRY OF BALLYMORE, with Chauncey Olcott. Enjoy!
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4/11/21Musical Theatre #290
Today I'm at the audio only studio, but I continuing with Victor Herbert's NAUGHTY MARIETTA, one of my favorite musical scores. Many shows have one or two really great songs, few have as many as MARIETTA, Between the stage show and the movie version there are at least a dozen or more truly wonderful songs, most of which you've heard last week and today. My very favorite is Jerry Hadley's version of "Softly, as in a Morning's Sunrise". Today I'm also catching up with afew songs from shows I've already done, including "Chinatown, My Chinatown" and "Put Your Arms Around Me Honey". Enjoy!
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4/4/21Musical Theatre #289
Today I'm going to devote my program To music from Victor Herbert's wonderful operetta NAUGHTY MARIETTA. it was a hit in 1910, starring Emma Trentini as Marietta. Unfortunately, Trentini did not make any recordings of Herbert's glorious songs; fortunately Jeannette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy made a movie of the operetta. So today I'll be showing you scenes from the movie version with Macdonald and Eddy singing "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life" and "i'm Falling in Love with Someone" as wells 'The Italian Street Song" and "Chansonette". Enjoy!
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3/28/21Musical Theatre #288
Today I'm back in the audio-video studio, after a two week "vacation" recuperating from a heart valve replacement. It's so great to be able to do a show again, especially since I'll be starting my survey of Victor Herbert's great operetta NAUGHTY MARIETTA. This score has so many beautiful songs (with lyrics by Rida Young) such as "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life" and "I'm Falling in Love with Someone". I also have some songs from some musicals of the time as well as an early recording by Inez Barbour of "My Hero" from THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER. This 1910 production was a revival of Oscar Straus' operetta. Enjoy!
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3/7/21Musical Theatre #287
I'm in the audio-video studio today and I hope with sound and not too many mistakes. After the ZIEGFELD FOLLIES OF 1910, UP AND DOWN BROADWAY, starring Eddie Foy and Emma Carus, with songs by Jean Schwartz and two interpolations by Irving Berlin, opened at the Casino Theatre. I've got those two interpolations for you today, as well as several songs from OUR MISS GIBBS, with songs by Lionel Monckton; and some songs from Karl Hoschna's MADAME SHERRY. That show had the crazy but wonderful song, "Every Little Movement Has a Meaning All Its Own". It's amazing how many songs from the early 1900s are still with us today. So please enjoy these and all the songs I've included at the beginning of this program, the most popular songs of 1900 to 1910. Enjoy!
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