Great Performances: Season 27, Episode 7

The Rodgers & Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty (6 Jan. 1999)

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Episode credited cast:
Larry Adler ...
Kira Burke
Ayodele Casel
Mary Cleere Haran
Rob Fisher ...
'Sing for Your Supper' Rehearsal Pianist
Jennifer Frankel
Debbie Shapiro Gravitte


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Mountain Greenery
(from "The Garrick Gaieties")
by Richard Rodgers (music) and Lorenz Hart (lyrics)
Sung by Susan Egan and Brian d'Arcy James
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1999 -- I am still fascinated ...
15 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can't believe it was as long ago as 1999 that I saw this documentary. I think it was the "Sing for your supper" performance -- the original "show-stopping" arrangement by Hugh Martin (who is interviewed in the program) that hooked me. I have been buying librettos, scores, and recordings of Rodgers & Hart shows since.

Get hooked -- you will love these shows. An adventure through REAL musical theater. See the TV show, then start listening to Rodgers and Hart CD's, original cast (few and far between), studio or revival. Listen to the singing actors performing the great lyrics and music in character, in context of show.

E.g.: Pal Joey -- the last Hart lyric was in the hit revival of this show: "To Keep My Love Alive", written for and archly, perfectly performed by Vivian Segal, forgotten, great musical comedy star.

Connecticut Yankee, Boys from Syracuse, Babes in Arms ... I have been having a great time learning about this team for 6 years now, and not done yet.

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