With book by Moss Hart, lyrics by Ira Gershwin and music by Kurt Weill, this psychological musical opened on January 23, 1941, to thunderous applause at the Alvin Theatre in New York, and enjoyed a respectable run of 407 performances, in spite of the fact that – like Pal Joey – it broke the traditional mold of Broadway shows at the time.
The story of a stylish fashion magazine editor undergoing psychoanalysis, it starred the radiant Gertrude Lawrence, with Bert Lytell, Macdonald Carey, Victor Mature, and Danny Kaye as the four men of the four dreams that haunt her. The multi-tiered structure, in which each song is part of a particular dream, gave Weill the opportunity to write two of his most memorable compositions, “The Saga Of Jenny” and “My Ship.” Gershwin’s sophisticated lyrics included the tongue-twister “Tschaikovsky,” which would become a runaway hit single for Danny Kaye.
This 1963 studio cast album, starring Risë Stevens, John Reardon, Adolph Green, Stephanie Augustine, Kenneth Bridges, and Roger White, under the musical direction of Lehman Engel, vividly recreates this true masterpiece. It was first released in October, 1963. The reissue also includes five 1941 mono recordings of songs (including Tschaikowsky) sung by Danny Kaye.
|1||Oh Fabulous One||5:34|
|3||One Life To Live||2:32|
|4||Girl Of The Moment||2:26|
|6||Mapleton High Chorale||2:29|
|7||This Is New||2:58|
|8||The Princess Of Pure Delight||5:33|
|9||The Greatest Show On Earth||5:26|
|10||The Best Years Of His Life||2:45|
|12||The Saga Of Jenny||5:54|
Selected Songs From Lady In The Dark
|14||One Life To Live||2:48|
|15||The Princess Of Pure Delight||2:44|
|16||It's Never To Late To Mendelssohn||2:23|
|17||Tschaikovsky And Other Russians||3:15|
Kurt Weill - Lady In The Dark - The Original 1963 Studio Cast Recording - Recordings by Danny Kaye
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