Sunglasses at Midnight
Russell Link presents a show that focuses on the history of the American Musical Theatre.
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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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2/28/21Musical Theatre #286
Today I'm back in the video-audio studio and I'm on FB. I've got some wonderful photos and songs for you but I've also made a few awful mistakes. Sorry! For the most part I'm dealing with THE ZIEGFELD FOLLIES IF 1910 which .among others Bert Williams and Fannie Brice. While Williams recorded quite a few songs from the 1910 FOLLIES, Brice did not, sad to say. But I've got Williams singing and I've got many photos of Brice, so some compensation. Enjoy!
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2/21/21 Musical Theatre #285
Today I'm in the audio studio, so no photos, but some lovely music and performers. I have several songs from the 1910 musical THE ARCADIANS, a show I missed two weeks ago, so I'm catching up with the songs today, and using an English 2011 recording, pretty decent sound. I'm also including two 1910 recordings, one of Phyllis Dare, the star of the original London performances, and another of Julia Sanderson, the star of the Broadway show. I'm also playing some songs from various musicals with performances by Grace LaRue, Irene Franklin and Valerie Masterson. Enjoy!
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2/7/21 Musical Theatre #284
Today I'm back in the audio-video studio. I have songs sung by Nora Bayes, Jack Norworth, Blanche Ring, Fred Stone, Dave Montgomery, Joan Morris, and Enrico Caruso. Guiseppe Verdi's "La Donna e Mobile" was interpreted into a show in 1910 called THE PRINCE OF BOHEMIA. Caruso was not in the show; a guy named Andrew Mack sang the aria, but since I couldn't find Mack, we get Caruso. Also from a show called TILLIE'S NIGHTMARE, I've got a grand song "Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl", performed both by Joan Morris, seriously, and parodied by the great Bert Lahr. Enjoy!
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1/31/21 Musical Theatre #283
Back in the audio studio today, no photos or videos, only music. But what music! I'm starting off with a medley of music from Victor Herbert's, not very successful operetta, OLD DUTCH, played by Herbert's orchestra in 1910. The from THE GODDESS OF LIBERTY one of those oldies that still lives on, "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now", by Billy Murray and Harry Nillson in a modern recording. Finally, from THE JOLLY BACHELOR, which starred Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth in the last musical of 1909, some songs, including "Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly". Enjoy!
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1/24/21 Musical Theatre #282
Today I'm at the video-audio studio, and I'm still in my mode of contemplation of the recent past, January 6th and January 13th, the inauguration of President Biden. I was so touched by Lady Gaga's singing of the Nation Anthem and Amanda Gorman's poem, as well as Garth Brooks "Amazing Grace" that I have included them today. And then on to more songs from Oscar Straus' THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER and Bert Williams' MR. LODE OF KOAL. Although we have the songs of Bert Williams, we don't have him singing those songs. We have a fairly poor singer but we have the songs. So enjoy what we have!
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1/17/21 Musical Theatre #281
Today I'm in the audio only studio and I'm continuing with my comments on the condition of our country, including some words by Simon Critchfield's article about David Bowie in last Sunday's NEW YORK TIMES, as well a performance by Bowie of his song "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide". In an entirely different mood I'm continuing my journey with early 20th century musical theatre music with selections from THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER, an English version of Leo Fall's 1908 Viennese operetta, DER TAFERE SOLDAT. I'm including a version of the wonderful "My Hero" sung by Joan Sutherland, truly one of the great voices of the last century. Enjoy!
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1/10/21 Musical Theatre #280
Today, because of last Wednesday, and the assault on the Capitol, I have departed from my usual playing music of the early 1900s to a discussion of that event and its impact on me. I hope not too egocentric, but the event had such a powerful effect on me that I couldn't do my regular show. Marian Anderson has been one of my heroines for decades,and so I include some of her music to help me explain my feelings. I cannot say enjoy this program as I usually do, but I hope you will listen to the glorious music and shed a tear for our Democracy.
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1/3/21 Musical Theatre #279
This afternoon I am back in the audio studio, and I have some wonderful music for you to listen to. Added to THE ZIEGFELD FOLLIES of 1909 after it opened was the lovely "By the Light Of the Silvery Moon", sung by Lillian Lorraine, but here by Ada Jones. I love Ada Jones and am glad that she and Bill Murray recorded so much theatre music, but oh how I wish that Lorraine, Anna Held, Eva Tanguay, Blanche Ring and others had recorded their songs. So be it! Murray and Jones team up in another song of the theatre in 190, "What Makes the World Go Round" Edgar Van Alstyne's song from A BROKEN IDOL. The largest portion of today's program is devoted selections from Emmerich Kalman's and Franz Lehars' operettas, sung in Hungarian. The reason for this inclusion is Kalman's THE GAY HUSSARS, from which I have no music. so the next best thing I could do was to give you ten selections in Hungarian from as I have stated other operettas by Kalman and Lehar. The 1909-1910 season was extremely devoted to quite a few operettas. So enjoy!
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12/20/20 Musical Theatre #278
Today I'm back at the video-audio studio, so people who listen to this on FB will be able to see a few photos that are quite excellent. I love the old photos as much as the old records, so I'm delighted to have this opportunity to have video access every once in awhile. I'm starting today with the first recording ever made of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game". It was not in any show, but it was an extremely popular song of 1908, and I love the song a lot. So! I end today with the "I Don't Care" lady, Eva Tanguay(pictured),who starred in the ZIEGFELD FOLLIES OF 1909. In between I have music and photos of quite a few musicals from 1908. Ada Jones and Billy Murray are joined by Elizabeth Wheeler and the Light Opera Company to perform the songs. Enjoy!
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12/13/20 Musical Theatre #277
Today I'm back to the audio only studio, so I'll play some CDs. No pictures. Hopefully, next week I'll be back to the audio-video studio. It's a bit difficult manipulating all the buttons on the computers for an old man, but it's worth the effort, I think. I'm going back to some shows I've presented in the past because I've found some songs I didn't have when I first presented the shows. Today I have a delightful Bert Williams song he wrote for BANDANALAND'S tour, "I'm Tired of Eating in Restaurants", which I think is sort of pertinent today, Covid-19 having closed so many restaurants. Iv'e also got "Rose of the World" Victor Herbert's beauty from ALGERIA, sung the excellent James Melton. I also have selections from THE THREE TWINS, FLUFFY RUFFLES, PRIMA DONNA and THE PIED PIPER. Enjoy
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12/6/20 Musical Theatre #276
Today I'll be playing music from Cohan's AN AMERICAN IDEA, Victor Herbert's LITTLE NEMO and Ludwig Englander's MISS INNOCENCE, although that show included songs by other song writers, including Jean Schwartz. Ada Jones figures again singing songs that were performed by others in their original shows, such as Marie Cahill and Blanche Ring. Why these ladies, as well as Anna Held, didn't record some of their songs is something i don't understand. At least, if they did, I can't find them. However. please ENJOY the recordings and singers I can find. I'll keep looking.
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11/29/20 Musical Theatre #275
Today I'll be doing several shows back in the audio-video space, with a special documentary about Julian Eltinge th great female impressionist of the turn of the century. Those of you who will listen on the audio shoe will of course not see the wonderful photos from Mr. Eltinge's career, but you can always catch the video on You Tube, which as usual has the most remarkable songs and images from the past. I also have some music from THE ZIEGFELD FOLLIES OF 1908 and Victor Herbert's operetta ALGERIA, Enjoy!
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11/22/20 Musical Theatre #274
Today I am back at the audio-video room and I am quite fortunate to have You Tube songs and photos that I can share with you. Two George Cohan shows, one closely following the other are here today for you to listen to. The first one, FIFTY MILES FROM BOSTON, was not at all successful, although it contained one of his best songs, "Harrigan". I have a recording of Cohan singing it as well as "Small Town Girl" from the same show. The next show, THE YANKEE PRINCE was more successful, and although cohan starred in the show, it didn't produce any really lasting popular songs. One other show, THE THREE TWINS introduced a couple of songs, "The Yama Yama Man" and "Cuddle Up a Little Closer", that became quite popular, with "Cuddle Up" still popular today. Enjoy!
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11/15/20 Musical Theatre #273
This week some catching up on Past show music, but most of all I've devoted alomost a half hour to the Australian Radio adaptation of Oscar Straus' A WALTZ DREAM. I only know that on YOU TUBE every once in a while a half hour radio adaptation of shows like THE ORCHID and MISS HOOK OF HOLLAND show up. I love them and like to share them with you, even though I really find it difficult to understand some of the singers; they are singing in English, but sometimes it might as well be another language. I've also included two versions of Straus's ( he uses only one “s” in his name to distinguish himself from the Waltz King Strauss) great aria, one by the great Richard Taubner and the other by the great Fritz Wunderlich. I close today's show with a medley of music from George Cohan's FIFTY MILES FROM BOSTON, played the Peacherino Ragtime Orchestra. Enjoy!
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11/8/20 MUSICAL THEATRE #272
Today I'm back at the audio video studio, which means that I can show both pictures and play music. It also means that I can make more mistakes than usual. Well, tomorrow I'll be 88 and so it's amazing that I'm even here. I have two very different shows for you, a Viennese operetta, Oscar Straus' A WALTZ DREAM, in German EIN WALZERTRAUM, and a Bert Williams, George Walker, Aida Overton WALKER musical, BANDANA LAND. with music be Will Marion Cook. Both shows opened in early 1908 on Broadway. And I have a theme song now, Cohan's "Give My Regards to Broadway". My favorite pieces today are Fritz Wunderlich's singing and the tribute to Williams, Walker and Overton. Enjoy!
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11/1/20 MUSICAL THEATRE #271
I'm back on the video-audio today with some some lovely songs and some lovely pictures. Two shows today: Paul Ruben's MISS HOOK OF HOLLAND and THE PARISIAN MODEL, starring Anna Held (pictured). I don't have any records of Mis Held, but I do have one of her songs from THE PARISIAN MODEL, "I Just Can't Make My Eyes Behave", sung by Ada Jones. But I do have some wonderful photos of Miss Held. Also some songs and photos of MISS HOOK OF HOLLAND, which starred Christie Macdonald. Why I can't get any recordings her and Miss Held is beyond me. So be it! Enjoy what I have, please.
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10/25/20 MUSICAL THEATRE #270
Today I'm back in the video-audio studio and so I get to show you some wonderful pictures of THE MERRY WIDOW in the 2014 Metropolitan Opera production with Renee Fleming and Nathan Gunn as well as a 1977 New York City Center Opera production with Beverly Sills. In addition I have the finale of an Australian Ballet Company production of THE MERRY WIDOW with Lisa Pavanne and Steven Heathcote dancing. I also have for a Waltz Song from Edward German's operetta TOM JONES and some music from De Koven's THE GIRLS OF HOLLAND. I close with the overture to George Cohan's THE TALK OF NEW YORK played be the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra conducted by Rick Benjamin. Enjoy!
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10/18/20 MUSICAL THEATRE #269
Today I'll devote most of time to Franz Lehar's THE MERRY WIDOW, or in German DIE LUSTIGE WITWE. Already a great success in Europe it appeared on Broaway on October 21,1907 at the Knickerbocker Theatre for 416 performances. In the early 1900's not many shows reached that number. I've included quite a few numbers here, including a lovely performance of "Vilja" by Joan Sutherland and the riotous Can Can as well as the Waltz. In addition to THE MERRY WIDOW music, I've included an early Jerome Kern song "How'd You Like to Spoon with Me?", which was interpolated into Ivan Caryll's THE EARL AND THE GIRL, and "The Glow Worm", by Paul Lincke, interpolated into THE GIRL BEHIND THE COUNTER. Enjoy!
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10/11/20 MUSICAL THEATRE #268
I'm back to just audio today, and I have some wonderful songs for you, especially early Jerome Kern, "The Subway Express", interpolated in FASCINATING FLORA, and "Never Marry a Girl with Cold Feet", from THE DAIRYMAIDS. We all know the catchy song "School Days", but did you know it came from a show back in 1907 called THE HIRED GIRL'S MILLIONS? I've also some lovely ballet music and couple of fun songs from a revival of Victor Herbert's MLLE. MODISTE. From a show called THE GIRL BEHIND THE COUNTER I have Ada Jones and Billy Murray singing "When You Steal a Kiss Or Two Making Love". Enjoy!
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10/4/20 MUSICAL THEATRE #267
Today I'm back on the video audio, that is I'm able to show you pictures as well as play songs. The shows I'm able to discuss today include THE SHOO-FLY REGIMENT and THE ZIEGFELD FOLLIES OF 1907. THE SHOO-FLY REGIMENT was written by Bob Cole with songs by Rosamund and James Weldon Johnson; he was more famous for his poetry, but he also wrote lyrics for many early 20th century musicals. Rosamund wrote the music. Their most famous song was "Lift Every Voice and Sing", sometimes known as the Black national anthem. The FOLLIES' geat star was Grace La Rue: I've include a lengthy biography of her. She was a White woman who not only was a great star of musicals and vaudeville, but was, in vaudeville, who starred with two Black Africans who were called Her Inkey Boys. She certainly was the first White women to play with Black African men. Remember that these were the days of Whites playing Blacks with blackfaces. Also the days of the so-called "Coon" songs. Regrettably I don't have any photos or song of the people. But it is interesting to note that there were some shows by Black Africans and at least one group of mixed race. Racism still exists although we have come a long way. Enjoy what I have been able to get for you.
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