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The Words and Music of Jerry Herman: Tap Your Troubles Away


  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. It's Today - Karen Morrow (from "Mame")
    2. Kiss Her Now - Brian Lane Green (from "Dear World")
    3. Just Leave Everything To Me (from "Hello, Dolly!") / I Want To Make The World Laugh (from "Hello, Dolly!") - Jo Anne Worley
    4. Look Over There - Rod McKuen (from "La Cage Aux Folles")
    5. Where in the World Is My Prince? - Nancy Dussault (from "Miss Spectacular")
    6. Loving You - Kym Hoy (from "Mame")
    7. You I Like - Jason Graae (from "The Grand Tour")
    8. Little More Mascara, A - Wilson Cruz (from "La Cage Au Folles")
    9. I Will Follow You - Michael McGuire (from "Milk & Honey")
    10. Chin up, Ladies - Charlotte Rae/Lauri Johnson/Marsha Kramer/Kathryn Skatula/Mary Van Arsdel (from "Milk & Honey")
    11. Song on the Sand - Davis Gaines
    12. If He Walked Into My Life - Leslie Uggams (from "Mame")
    13. I Am What I Am - Ken Page (from "La Cage Au Folles")
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Just Go to the Movies - Jane A. Johnston (from "A Day In Hollywood/A NIght In The Ukraine")
    2. Tap Your Troubles Away - Cynthia Ferrer & Reece Holland (from "Mack & Mabel")
    3. I Won't Send Roses - Rita Moreno (from "Mack & Mabel")
    4. La Cage aux Folles - Lee Roy Reams (from "La Cage Aux Folles")
    5. Love Look in My Window - Dale Kristien (from "Hello, Dolly!")
    6. We Need a Little Christmas - Gene Harbin & Marcia Rodd (from "Mame")
    7. Tomorrow Morning / And I Was Beautiful - Tyne Daly
    8. Take It All Off - Mary Jo Catlett/Melanie Nicholson/Lise Simms (from "Jerry's Girls")
    9. I Promise You A Happy Ending / Movies Were Movies (from "Mack & Mabel") - Douglas Sills
    10. It Only Takes a Moment - Hugh Panaro (from "Hello, Dolly!")
    11. Before the Parade Passes By - Carole Cook (from "Hello, Dolly!")
    12. I Don't Want to Know - Sam Harris (from "Dear World")
    13. Time Heals Everything - Bernadette Peters (from "Mack & Mabel")
    14. Hello, Dolly! (from "Hello, Dolly!") / Mame (from "Mame") - Angela Lansbury & Carol Channing
    15. Best of Times, The - Jerry Herman & Company (from "La Cage Aux Folles")
    16. I'll Be Here Tomorrow - Jerry Herman (from "The Grand Tour")
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 302

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    Full Title: Tap Your Troubles Away: The Words & Music Of Jerry Herman.
    Musical theater songwriter Jerry Herman (Hello, Dolly!, Mame, La Cage aux Folles) is celebrated in this two-hour concert benefiting the Actors' Fund of America, held in Los Angeles. Despite his Broadway pedigree, Herman has a pronounced affinity for the movies expressed in his work on such shows as Mack & Mabel (a musical biography of silent film director Mack Sennett and silent film actress Mabel Normand) and A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine. That affinity is accentuated in the performances by a bevy of performers who straddle the worlds of musical theater, film, television, and nightclubs. As such, the performances, with each singer getting one song, often lack the particularity and subtlety of theater renditions. Jo Anne Worley (best known for TV's Laugh-In) engages the audience in a medley of "Just Leave Everything to Me" and "I Want to Make the World Laugh," and Jason Graae brings so much comic stage business to "You I Like" that he nearly forgets to sing the actual song. It isn't only the humorous material that gets over-the-top performances, however. In ballad after ballad, the singers come off hammy and histrionic as they swing for the fences in songs like "Kiss Her Now," "Loving You," and "Song on the Sand." All of these turn up in the first act, which has more of Herman's obscure songs than the second. And, to be sure, subtlety is not always a Herman hallmark. One can hardly sing the anthemic "I Am What I Am" or "If He Walked into My Life" in an understated way and have them come across. But still, there are better performances that demonstrate what can be done even with unfamiliar material. Nancy Dussault has fun with the newest song in the show, "Where in the World Is My Prince?," from Miss Spectacular. Rita Moreno, charged with a man's song, "I Won't Send Roses," turns it into a three-act play in a risky interpretation that pays off. Tyne Daly dons a French accent and sings a medley of two songs from Dear World in character as the Madwoman of Chaillot. Lee Roy Reams makes a phrase like "over the top" seem completely inadequate by adding his impersonations of Tallulah Bankhead and Marlene Dietrich, among others, to "La Cage aux Folles." But the real fireworks are reserved for the end as the big female stars who benefited from Herman's best writing come on stage to pay him tribute: Bernadette Peters, Angela Lansbury, and Carol Channing. Herman himself is properly overwhelmed and appreciative by the end. ~ William Ruhlmann

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