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Thanks a lot, but…

Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin (not pictured) congratulates Countervail for the best attempt at identifying the “Brass Divas.”

The full roster of belters, wailers and croakers heard on the quiz is as follows:

01 – “Co-Star” Introduction – Tallulah Bankhead
02 – “It’s Good to Be Here” – Ethel Merman (from Happy Hunting)
03 – “Today I Love Everybody” – Kaye Stevens
04 – “I Travel Light” – Lisa Kirk (Live at the Persian Room)
05 – “Everybody Loves to Take a Bow” – Benay Venuta (from Hazel Flagg)
06 – “Turn Me Loose on Broadway” – Bette Davis (from Two’s Company)
07 – “It’s Good to Do a Lot of Living” – Charlene Bartley
08 – “Lonely Woman” – June Christy
09 – “Sei gut zu Mama” – Isabel Weiken (from Chicago)
10 – “Wenn es Nacht wird in Paris” – Caterina Valente
11 – “You Go to My Head” – Tallulah Bankhead (incomplete unpublished private demo recording)
12 – “Thanks a Lot, But No Thanks” – Dolores Gray (from It’s Always Fair Weather)
13 – “Téléphonez-moi” – Katyna Renieri
14 – “Santiago” – Vikki Carr
15 – “Anything Goes” – Lisa Kirk (Live at the Persian Room; freely adapted from Cole Porter’s Anything Goes)
16 – “Diamond’s Are a Girl’s Best Friend” – Lena Horne (from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes)
17 – “Men” – Susan Johnson (from Whoop-Up)
18 – “The Pleasure Seekers” – Ann-Margret (from The Pleasure Seekers)
19 – “Das Chicago Song” – Madeline Kahn (from New Faces of 1968)
20 – “Sex” – Neile Adams
21 – “Light My Fire” – Shirley Bassey
22 – “What Does It Take?” – Jane Morgan
23 – Good Night – Katyna Renieri

To all the rest of the parterrians, La Cieca will leave you with this.

 

  • Gualtier M

    Where was this woman?

    I heard Miss Marilyn Maye knock the audience on their asses last night at the Metropolitan Room at the age of 86:

    She sang this too:

    • messa di voce

      Morrow is absolutely phenomenal in that clip, as always.

      And what an asshole Hackett is, coming on at the end like that to kill her ovation.

      • Gualtier M

        One thing -- “I Had a Ball” was a flop show running just under 200 performances. Yet the title number on that Youtube clip is more exhilarating than anything seen on the boards On Broadway in years. The jazzy wild orchestration, Onna White’s endlessly inventive choreography, Karen Morrow (still with us at 78) taking the roof off the place -- the combined energy is nuclear. And it flopped….

        Both Maye and Morrow are still performing -- Marilyn Maye in her eighties is now a fixture in various (the few extant) cabaret rooms that are still open around town -- a Birdland gig is coming up for her on Valentine’s Day. Morrow was touring in “White Christmas” and was doing concert shows in Los Angeles as of last November:

        http://www.broadwayworld.com/los-angeles/article/Kritzerland-Tributes-The-Songs-of-Jerry-Herman-1102-20141012

        • mjmacmtenor

          I had the pleasure of seeing Karen Morrow (and Susan Johnson) in Follies at LBCLO in the 80s. For comparison, I am also including Delores Grey who was in the London cast.


    • damekenneth

      I adore(d?) Karen Morrow. Also saw Marilyn Maye at the Metropolitan Room just last year and was astonished how great she was. What an evening!

      • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin

        That’s it: rub it in Gualtier and Dame K.! Cabaret is one of the very few things I really miss about NYC. We really have nothing close in Wien (two mostly mediocre, overpriced jazz clubs).

        • damekenneth

          Well, Marianne dearest, if you make it back to NYC sometime, we’ll get you to the cabaret, old friend, we’ll get you to the cabaret!

          • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin

            Have you considered a career as a lyricist?

    • decotodd

      Ooh, those in the NYC area can see Marilyn Maye tomorrow night at the Metropolitan Room!

  • decotodd

    Marianne, this was GREAT fun! I love it — thanks for putting it together. Right up my alley

    Todd

    • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin

      I’m happy you had as much fun listening to it as I did putting it together! Wishing you Champagne and Telephones! -- JML

  • alejandro

    I find it hard to believe the only thing I’ve seen at the Met this season was Macbeth. Most of it was scheduling/finances, but I just grabbed three cheap seats for Traviata (Yoncheva)/Boheme (Opolais)/Iolanta (some Russian lady Nabisco? Nebraska?)

    • Grane

      Norelco, I believe.

    • antikitschychick

      hey Ale :-). I’m going to see Traviata w Yoncheva on the 17th. When are you going?

      • alejandro

        Oh dang! Next week. :(

        • alejandro

          Will be at Boheme on Thursday though!

        • antikitschychick

          Concho que lástima! I’m only going to be able to go this sat since I’m in school and the trip to NYC is kind of time consuming and expensive for me at the moment but I’m sure we will cross paths soon enough! Hope you enjoy the Boheme :-D.