Sunglasses at Midnight
Russell Link presents a show that focuses on the history of the American Musical Theatre.
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11/28/21 Musical Theatre #319:
Today I'll continue with three more Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, PIRATES OF PENZANCE, HMS PINAFORE, and IOLANTHE. I'll also play music from THE PASSING SHOW OF 1915 and THE ZIEGFELD FOLLIES OF 1915. This edition of the FOLLIES introduced the great scene designer Joseph Urban. His beautiful settings graced Ziegfeld productions for years to come. Louis Hirsch wrote most of the music for this FOLLIES, including the hit song "Hello, Frisco, Hello". Enjoy!
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11/21/21 Musical Theatre #318:
I'm starting today wit another song from Irving Berlin's WATCH YOUR STEP, the delightful "Play Me a Simple Melody", this time sung by Ethel Merman and Dan Dailey from the film THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS. I also have selections from Sigmund Romberg's and Harry Carrol's MAID IN AMERICA and Raymond Hubbell's FADS AND FANCIES as well as scenes from Gilbert and Sullivan's THE SORCERER. THE YEOMAN OF THE GUARD and THE MIKADO. Enjoy!
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11/14/21 Musical Theatre #317:
Today's program continues with some songs from Irving Berlin's WATCH YOUR STEP, and continues with some songs from Paul Rubens' TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT. I have three songs performed by George Grossmith, of the original 1914 cast. The song "Murder" makes me wonder if Larry Hart knew that song when he wrote a song for Vivienne Segal for the revival of THE CONNECTICUT YANKEE in the early '40s. I close with a few songs from George Cohan's HELLO, BROADWAY! Enjoy!
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11/07/21 Musical Theatre #316:
Today's show is devoted to Irving Berlin's WATCH YOUR STEP, which had a score composed totally by Berlin, with no interpolations. Vernon and Irene Castle were starred in this show as well as Charles King and Elizabeth Brice, and I have a recording of "I've Gotta Get Back to Texas" sung by these two vocalists. My favorite selection on today's show is Bing and Gary Crosby's version of "Play a Simple Melody". Enjoy!
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10/24/21 Musical Theatre #315:
Today I'm featuring two Victor Herbert musicals, THE ONLY GIRL, which was very successful, and THE DEBUTANTE, which starred Hazel Dawn and was not successful. But of course, Herbert could not write anything but lovely music, and THE ONLY GIRL featured one of his best songs, "When You're Away". After THE DEBUTANTE Irving Berlin's WATCH YOUR STEP, starring Vernon and Irene Castle, opened to a successful run. It was Berlin's first show to have an entire score written by him, including his wonderful song "Play a Simple Melody". Enjoy! Today I'm featuring two Victor Herbert musicals, THE ONLY GIRL, which was very successful, and THE DEBUTANTE, which starred Hazel Dawn and was not successful. But of course, Herbert could not write anything but lovely music, and THE ONLY GIRL featured one of his best songs, "When You're Away". After THE DEBUTANTE Irving Berlin's WATCH YOUR STEP, starring Vernon and Irene Castle, opened to a successful run. It was Berlin's first show to have an entire score written by him, including his wonderful song "Play a Simple Melody". Enjoy!
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10/17/21 Musical Theatre #314:
Today I have another radio musical theatre program from Sydney, Australia, from the year 1946. of THE LILAC DOMINO, music by Charles Cuvillier and book and lyrics by Harry and Robert Smith. I also have music from Ivan Caryll's PAPA'S DARLING and Victor Herbert's THE ONLY GIRL. One of Herbert's loveliest songs, "When YOU'RE AWAY", from this show, is performed by one of favorite artists, Jerry Hadley. Enjoy!
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10/10/21 Musical Theatre #313:
Today I have songs and pictures from Jerome Kern's THE GIRL FROM UTAH, songs sung by Al jolson from DANCING AROUND, and music and songs from Ivan Caryll's CHIN CHIN. DANCING AROUND had a rather lackluster score by Sigmund Romberg, so Jolson interpolated several songs, including "Sister Susie's Sewing Shirts for Soldiers" and "When Grown Up Ladies Act Like Babies". CHIN CHIN starred Fred Stone and Dave Montgomery and was very successful, playing 295 performances, and was the season's biggest hit. Enjoy!
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10/3/21 Musical Theatre #312:
Today I'm continuing with songs from THE GIRL FROM UTAH, which had songs by Paul Rubens, but also several excellent interpolations by Jerome Kerns, one of which is one of his greatest songs, "They Wouldn't Believe Me". I"ve also included several songs Al Jolson sang in DANCING AROUND, "Sister Susie's Sewing Shirts for Soldiers" and Irving Berlin's interpolated song "When I Leave The World Behind". Enjoy!
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9/26/21 Musical Theatre #311:
Today I'm featuring THE ZIEGFELD FOLLIES OF 1914, starring Bert Williams, and THE PASSING SHOW OF 1914. Williams was the first great African American star of the Broadway stage, and his performances in the FOLLIES were reviewed by the critics as great, and he starred in many of the FOLLIES. Today, from You Tube, I'll be showing youa documentary of his life, as well as a film of his famous poker pantomime. I'll also play some songs from THE GIRL FROM UTAH, in which Jiliua Sanderson starred and which featured Jerome Kern's interpolations and included his greatsong "They Didn't Believe Me". Enjoy!
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9/19/21 Musical Theatre #310:
Although Blanche Ring and Julian Eltinge starred in two of the shows I'm featuring today, and Ivan Caryll wrote the music with Lionel Monckton for THE BELLE OF BOND STREET, I have no recordings of their songs. But I do have recordings of Chauncey Olcoltt singing songs from his show SHAMEEN DHU; also George MacFarlane singing songs from his show THE MIDNIGHT GIRL. Also HMS PINAFORE was revived again and I have some music from that show. And one of Jerome Kern's early songs, "You're Here and I'm Here" which was interpolated into THE LAUGHING HUSBAND. Enjoy!
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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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6/13/21 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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