CD Fly With Me (Original 1980 Columbia University Cast) (CD 1015115), Audio Other
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Fly With Me (Original 1980 Columbia University Cast)

  • 1. Fly with Me, musical: Overture
    2. Fly with Me, musical: Gone Are the Days
    3. Fly with Me, musical: A Penny For Your Thoughts
    4. Fly with Me, musical: Another Melody in F
    5. Fly with Me, musical: Working for the Government
    6. Fly with Me, musical: Inspiration (The Futurist Love Song)
    7. Fly with Me, musical: Don't Love Me Like Othello
    8. Fly with Me, musical: Dreaming True
    9. Fly with Me, musical: Peek in Pekin'
    10. Fly with Me, musical: A College on Broadway
    11. Fly with Me, musical: Finale (Act One)
    12. Fly with Me, musical: Entr'acte
    13. Fly with Me, musical: Moonlight and You
    14. Fly with Me, musical: Always Room For One More
    15. Fly with Me, musical: If I Were You
    16. Fly with Me, musical: Kid, I Love You
    17. Fly with Me, musical: The Third Degree of Love
    18. Fly with Me, musical: Gunga Dhin
    19. Fly with Me, musical: Twinkling Eyes
    20. Fly with Me, musical: Finale
    21. Fly with Me, musical: Reprise (A College on Broadway)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9869

  • Credits
    ProducerChu Yeko, Doris; Howard Shanet; Clinton Atkinson; Andrew B. Harris; Stuart Triff; Bruce Yeko
    EngineerThomas Nelson; Jerry Bruck

    Adapter: Michael Numark.
    Liner Note Author: Lee Adams.
    Recording information: McMillin Theatre, Columbia University, New York, NY (1980).
    Authors: Jack OBrian; Howard Kissel.
    Director: Clinton Atkinson.
    Photographer: Peter Krupenye.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Mark A. Berti; Steven Arenson; Helene Anne Fluhr; Tara Munjee; John C. Liderbach; Kelly Ivie; Erika Pardes; Jackie Bernard; Ginny Grunfeld; Betty Liu; Diana Lustgarten; Robert Greenwald; John Hutcheson; Peggy Sullivan; Simone Couture; Jeffrey Benson; Nancy Maras; Columbia Football Team Members; Steve Miller's Four Barons; Lisa Kaplan; Ruth Goodman.
    Before he scored his first success with the Garrick Gaieties at the age of 22 in 1925, Broadway composer Richard Rodgers had a surprisingly long apprenticeship that included many amateur productions. Fly with Me, the Columbia University Varsity Show of 1920, heard here recorded live at Columbia's McMillan Theater 60 years later, was not his first such show, but actually his fifth, even though he was only 17 when it was produced. By then, he had already met and begun writing with his longtime lyric partner Lorenz Hart, himself a Columbia alumnus. Not surprisingly, Rodgers recycled some material from his earlier shows: "Don't Love Me Like Othello" was interpolated from You'd Be Surprised, a musical he wrote for the Akron Club that was mounted a couple of weeks before Fly with Me; "Always Room for One More" (aka "There's Room for One More") was a song he had written with Oscar Hammerstein II, another Columbia man and a future partner, for Up Stage and Down in 1919, and "Twinkling Eyes" was another song from Up Stage and Down for which Rodgers himself had penned lyrics (something he wouldn't do again for another 40 years or so). The new songs included some excellent tunes, among them "Gone Are the Days," "Another Melody in F," and "Working for the Government," which boasted characteristically witty wordplay from Hart. The show's plot was an absurdity about a time 50 years in the future (1970) when Communism rules the world but love still triumphs. The 1980 Columbia University Revival Cast, playing before an enthusiastic audience, doesn't worry about the silliness, but delivers the 1920s-style tunes with verve. The recording is of only passable quality; it sounds like it was recorded with a few stage microphones and is comparable to a good bootleg. But this is, after all, a college show, and the highlight (repeated more than once) comes with the song dedicated to Columbia: "A College on Broadway." Rodgers and his collaborators would do better work, of course, but this is not bad (and it was good enough to get the composer his first professional job). ~ William Ruhlmann

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