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The Adventures of Marco Polo (Original 1956 Television Cast) Original recording remastered, Soundtrack

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Overture
  2. Beyond The Sunrise
  3. You'll Be Seeing Me
  4. Market Day
  5. Xanadu
  6. Population
  7. Silver Bells
  8. The Tartar Song
  9. The Garden Of Imagining
  10. Who, Me?
  11. Uneasy Lies The Head
  12. Worlds
  13. Is It You
  14. You'll Be Seeing Me (Reprise)
  15. Epilogue

Product Details

  • Composer: Edward Eager, Clay Warnick, Mel Pahl
  • Audio CD (May 6, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: Drg
  • ASIN: B00008XERK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,553 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. T Waldmann on July 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
During the golden age of television, CBS was in the habit of broadcasting full-scale musicals. 1958 saw Cole Porter's ALADDIN (an orginal for TV starring Cyril Ritchard, Anna Maria Alberghetti, and Sal Mineo in the title role) and Rosiland Russell repeating her Broadway triumph in WONDERFUL TOWN. In 1957 Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote CINDERELLA for Julie Andrews. And in 1956 we had THE ADVENTURES OF MARCO POLO, written for Alfred Drake and Doretta Morrow.
Drake and Morrow had just ". . . returned to America after more than a year in London, rousing British audiences to wild applause for their notable performances in KISMET." MGM's 1955 film version of the musical featured Howard Keel and Ann Blyth in the roles Drake and Morrow originated on Broadway two years earlier, which may be one of the reasons CBS sought an original vehicle for their talents.
Just as Robert Wright and George Forrest adapted the music of Alexander Borodin for KISMET, Clay Warnick and Mel Pahl turned to the music of Rimsky-Korsakov for POLO. And a fine job they did! The book (by William Friedberg and Neil Simon) was merely a pretext for the popular couple to wander through some sumptuous sets and display their ample vocal abilities to the gorgeous melodies with clever lyrics by Edward Eager.
The musical numbers are strung together with a narration by Mr. Drake in his role as the world traveler, so you really don't need a plot analysis. In Miss Dorrow's opening song, she sends Marco Polo off to see the world, knowing he will become involved with other women. She sings, "When you look into their eyes, you'll be seeing me." And indeed he does. Whatever the locale, the women he meets are all played by Doretta Morrow.
If MARCO POLO reminds you of KISMET, well . . . so what!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAME on April 5, 2005
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THE ADVENTURES OF MARCO POLO, a 1956 made-for-television musical, features a fantastic score by Edward Eager, Clay Warnick and Mel Pahl, and reunited the original leads of Broadway's KISMET - Alfred Drake and Doretta Morrow.

The music was based around existing Rimsky-Korsakov themes (the same idea adopted from KISMET), and the entire score is quite lovely, up to Broadway standard in every respect. Alfred Drake (at the zenith of his career) is great in the title role with Doretta Morrow as his love interest. Morrow gets the achingly-poignant "You'll Be Seeing Me" and Drake is at his best with "Worlds".

This was one in a positive cavalcade of lavish TV musicals, mostly produced by Max Leibman, which also included Betty Hutton in SATINS AND SPURS (available from DRG), and Ann Sothern in LADY IN THE DARK (available from AEI).

Congratulations to DRG for releasing this much sought-after recording on CD for the very first time, in glorious monoaural.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Binnielula on March 14, 2007
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This is one of a number of CDs I've been looking for w/o much hope. I only checked periodically because the 1956 television musical was not that well known. The music, based on work of Rimsky-Korsakov, is wonderful, the lyrics witty, and Alfred Drake absolutely superb. I was idly searching titles a few weeks ago and was astounded to find the CD. It is a real treasure for anyone who likes musical theater.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gordon G. Foulds on November 27, 2009
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I first saw "Kismet " in London in the early 1950s following its previous New York presentation. The music was based on the works of the Russian composer Borodin, and was beautiful, lyrical and powerful. It was a magnificent production and starred the Americans Alfred Drake, Doretta Morrow and Joan Diener in the leading roles. Drake was a very well established Broadway star, but Morrow was a recent addition to the Broadway scene. Following the London production,they returned to the States where Drake and Morrow worked together again in the television production titled "The Adventures of Marco Polo" based on the equally beautiful music of the Russian composer Rimsky-Korsakov, much of it being from "Scheherazade" and the "Antar Symphony". Both stars shone in this production. Soon after this, Morrow played opposite Mario Lanza in the MGM film "Because You're Mine", a film well worth seeing for the music alone. Her voice was pure glory. Soon after this we were deeply saddened to hear of her early death at the age of 39. Had she lived she would have become a very big musical star; sadly, these three productions present a wonderful, but sadly shortened public record of her brief but spectacular career. This CD is a must for all lovers of Music Theatre, and a monument to the life of Doretta Morrow.
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