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Flora The Red Menace: The Original Broadway Cast Recording (1965) [Cast Recording]

Cathryn Damon, Mary Louise Wilson, Robert Kaye, Fred Ebb, Dortha Duckworth, John Kander, Flora The Red Menace (Related Recordings), Liza MinnelliAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Prologue/UnafraidHarold Hastings;Liza Minnelli 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. All I Need (Is One Good Break)Liza Minnelli;Harold Hastings 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Not Every Day of the WeekLiza Minnelli;Bob Dishy;Harold Hastings 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Sign HereBob Dishy;Liza Minnelli;Harold Hastings 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The FlameMary Louise Wilson;Bob Dishy;Harold Hastings 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Palomino PalDortha Duckworth;James Cresson;Harold Hastings 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. A Quiet ThingLiza Minnelli;Harold Hastings 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Hello, WavesBob Dishy;Liza Minnelli;Harold Hastings 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Dear LoveLiza Minnelli;Harold Hastings 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Express YourselfCathryn Damon;Bob Dishy;Harold Hastings 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Knock KnockMary Louise Wilson;James Cresson;Harold Hastings 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Sing HappyLiza Minnelli;Harold Hastings 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. You Are YouJoe E. Marks;Liza Minnelli;Robert Kaye;Stephanie Hill;Jamie Donnelly;Marie Santell;Danny Carroll;Harold Hastings 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 10, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: RCA Victor Broadway
  • ASIN: B000003F51
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,290 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars endlessly enjoyable Kander-Ebb score August 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
FLORA THE RED MENACE features an endlessly-delightful score by John Kander and Fred Ebb. It marked the Broadway debut of Liza Minnelli in the title role (following her acclaimed performance in an off-Broadway revival of BEST FOOT FORWARD the previous year), and netted the young belter her first Tony Award. FLORA was a middling failure, running only 87 performances at the Alvin Theatre (by the time Minnelli received her Tony, the show had well and truly vanished into the void). As mentioned above, the score is endlessly delightful, there is not a single clinker here. The beautiful ballad "A Quiet Thing", the manic "Sign Here" and the waltz-like "Dear Love" are only a few of the big stand-outs. There are also hilarious numbers like "The Flame", "Express Yourself" and "Palomino Pal". The supporting cast includes Bob Dishy with Mary Louise Wilson (CABARET) and Cathryn Damon (THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE) as the two main female comrades, Ada and Charlotte respectively. The cast album for FLORA THE RED MENACE is a must-own for all serious Broadway fans.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Love Again !!! April 17, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Heard this recording originally about 20 years ago and fell in love with it, and ... it happened again !!! What a voice that Liza had at that tender age !! (A few of us may recall her ample warble in The Rink.) I know some of her delivery here is brash and brassy, but I find her enthusiasm, energy, and sense of humor absolutely captivating. As a fan of K&E scores, I find this one as beautiful and fun as any of their others.
Buy this CD and get carried away with its fun. I highly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kander, Ebb, and Minnelli: Three Great Talents February 17, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
FLORA, THE RED MENACE was not a hit on Broadway, but one would never guess that from listening to the original cast recording. The young composer and lyricist team of John Kander and Fred Ebb created a score that is catchy, melodious, clever, and witty, with wonderful songs like "All I Need Is One Good Break," "Not Every Day of the Week," "Dear Love," "Sing Happy," and (my favorite) "A Quiet Thing." Even the opening sequence ("Waiting all day, waiting in line") is distinguished. The title role gives Liza Minnelli (who was only nineteen years old when FLORA opened) ample opportunity to display her exceptional talent. Although her vibrant voice, which can be both brassy and tender, is often hauntingly reminiscent of Garland's, Liza has a personality all her own: loveably and adorably vulnerable. The supporting cast members are, if not up to Liza's level vocally, all fine; Bob Dishy as Flora's Communist suitor, Harry, is hilarious in "Sign Here," in which he tries to convince Flora to join the Party.
I understand that FLORA was recently revised and revived with success. It would be nice if the show could achieve some popularity, as it would be a shame to let such a terrific score go to waste. In the meantime, the original Broadway cast recording may be the best way to enjoy FLORA, THE RED MENACE.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Show! Liza Minnelli, Superb December 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I remember seeing Liza Minnelli on Ed Sullivan singing "A Quiet Thing" and I went out and bought the lp. I didn't live in NY at the time, so the record was all I had. I loved it.
After reading the other reviews, I want to hear the later version, but I cannot imagine anyone playing or singing Liza's part. Her voice, and her approach to singing, is for me, similar to Ethel Merman's. Yes, she shouts and is abrasive, but for me, the voice is the thing. I loved Merman and I love Minnelli...not matter what.
Bob Dishy was wonderful ("Sign Here"). I just wish I could have seen this on stage. Judy Garland got the chance to see Liza step out of her shadow...they said she cried all during the performance.
If the other reviewer is correct and the 1987 version is better, so be it. Nothing can make me like this score and the performance less.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe my expectations were wrong August 31, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If you search on Amazon for all Flora, The Red Menace recordings, then you'll find a 1987 Off-Broadway recording, and there you'll find my review of that version of this score.
I know the 1987 version of this show very well, but had never taken the time to listen to the original 1965 version, until now that is. This show marked a turning point in the career of Liza Minnelli. No longer would she just be Judy Garland's daughter, now she could be her own person.
She stamps her authority throughout this recording, at times almost shouting through numbers, showing little sensitivity for the romance of the piece. Judging from the booklet though, this version of the show was played rather less seriously than the 1987 re-write. Beautiful songs such as Dear Love and A Quiet Thing are unnecessarily beaten into submission by Liza's vocal.
Perhaps it is wrong to compare the two recordings, but on almost every count the 1987 version wins. The one area in which this recording has the edge is the fact that it has an orchestra, and some of these songs, though perfectly acceptable accompanied by just a piano, deserve a good rich string sound.
The songs used in the 1965 version but later cut, show exactly the angle that the original production was aiming for. Palomino Pal is a corny pastiche of a 1930s radio song, whilst Knock Knock has worryingly corny lyrics, and Hello Waves a corny presentation.
This review probably comes across as knocking the recording completely, but that is not what I was aiming for. I do have a deep affection for the 1987 version, but if you are a Liza fan, or a Kander & Ebb fan and want to hear something that you have not heard before, then go ahead and buy this CD. It should bring you enjoyment. If however, you are a Kander & Ebb fan, but not particularly looking for Liza, then go for the calmer, deeper 1987 version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting first star show
I would recommend it for Liza fans since it is one of her first recordings. I never saw this show, but i enjoyed the music and hearing early Liza. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tom Moon
5.0 out of 5 stars Liza, Kander and Ebb really shine on this album
This 1965 original Broadway cast recording of the all too short lived Flora the Red Menace showcases a 19 year old Liza Minnelli belting out her songs with a cast of wonderful... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Matthew G. Sherwin
5.0 out of 5 stars flora the red menace
a very good cast album which features ;iza Minnelli in her broadway debut a must for any fan of miss liza minnelli
Published 17 months ago by William Orr
4.0 out of 5 stars lizas first
This was liza minnellis first musical. The songs are not memorable but fun to listen to a young liza. The supporting cast is very good but again the songs are only fair
Published 18 months ago by David Epstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Liza was made to sing Kander & Ebb
Fantastic recording. It's great to hear Liza when she was younger. And Kander and Ebb are always great. I'd love to see the show sometime but for now I'm happy with the recording
Published 19 months ago by Shawn Holman
3.0 out of 5 stars Early Kander & Ebb
There are only three reasons to even consider purchasing this cd. One, it's Liza Minnelli pre-"Cabaret," and every once in a while you can hear her more familiar tones popping out. Read more
Published on March 21, 2012 by Anthony J. Adam
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Fresh to Me
I somehow missed this recording back during the LP days, and only heard it a few weeks ago for the first time. Liza has never sounded more more sincere. Read more
Published on November 1, 2009 by Bruce Balick
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste money on this one
Recently I saw a revival of FLORA and loved it. I was fooled to buy the original version, and I can see why it closed after playing 87 performances. Read more
Published on March 14, 2007 by Seymor
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS MUSICAL
Gosh,I wish I could have seen this in person.

Liza was only about 17 if I remember.She was mesmerizing when

she was young and a star ready to burst in her own... Read more
Published on October 30, 2005 by C. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars liza kander and ebb- the early years
WHat fun...bright brassy...at times it appears that liza may be auditioning for the road tour of funny girl. For shear energy and and fun show music..don't miss it. Read more
Published on August 26, 2005 by Greg Bateson
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