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Mame (1966 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording

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Audio CD, Cast Recording, May 18, 1999
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With her beguiling presence, Angela Lansbury belts out the playful lyrics of Jerry Herman's 1966 musical, Mame, based on the hilarious and outrageous Patrick Dennis novel Auntie Mame. Lansbury plays the ribald flapper Mame, bucking her age and station to live her life as she pleases, with her young nephew Patrick in bewildered tow. Lansbury's mature yet chipper singing voice is perfectly complemented by the vocals of Bea Arthur as Mame's best friend, Vera. Arthur's hearty, irascible voice adds a classic edge to the lighthearted musical fare, while Frankie Michaels as Patrick provides a youthful purity, conveying an awe and admiration for the aunt he follows through life. The relentlessly carefree theme of this musical diminishes as Mame ages and Patrick grows up, but they are singing zestfully to the end. The 1999 remastered version includes five demo recordings by Herman and Alice Borden, with Herman at the piano. --Bryony Angell

1. Overture
2. St. Bridget
3. It's Today
4. Open A New Window
5. The Man In The Moon
6. My Best Girl
7. We Need A Little Christmas
8. Mame
9. The Letter
10. My Best Girl (Reprise)
11. Bosom Buddies
12. Gooch's Song
13. That's How Young I Feel
14. If He Walked Into My Life
15. Act 2: Finale - Angela Lansbury/Original Broadway Cast
16. St. Bridget--Jerry Herman and Alice Borden
17. It's Today--Jerry Herman and Alice Borden
18. Camouflage--Jerry Herman and Alice Borden
19. Open a New Window--Jerry Herman and Alice Borden
20. Mame--Jerry Herman and Alice Borden

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 18, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • ASIN: B00000J28R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,162 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The fictional character of Mame Dennis has been one of the most beloved figures in American entertainment. The Patrick Dennis novel AUNTIE MAME was a runaway bestseller of the 1950s. Playwrights Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee quickly adapted the novel to the stage, where it became a smash with Rosalind Russell in the leading role. In 1958 Russell recreated her acclaimed performance for the screen, and the result was yet another smash.

In 1966 Jerry Herman, creator of such Broadway hits as the earlier HELLO DOLLY and the later LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, turned his attention to the Lawrence and Lee script. The result was MAME, and every musical actress jumped at the thought of playing the title role--including the legendary Judy Garland. In the end, however, it was Angela Lansbury who walked off with the role.

Lansbury was not an actress associated with musicals in the public mind, but the choice was not actually as radical as it may have seemed. Lansbury had a fair amount of dance and vocal training, and she had indeed made use of them on the screen. One of her earliest Hollywood films, TIL THE CLOUDS ROLL BY, featured her as star singer in an elaborate MGM musical number, and she had danced in such films as THE HARVEY GIRLS. In addition to all this, she also had considerable stage experience.

Needless to say, MAME opened to extremely positive reviews and ran close to five years on the New York stage--and to this day it remains an extremely popular choice for both professional and amateur theatres around the world. In addition to its memorable tale of an eccentric aunt unexpected saddled with her orphaned nephew, it has a remarkably memorable score, the sort that is easy to humm as you leave the theatre, plus some of the witty lyrics going.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sean Orlosky on January 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD
"Tune the grand up, dance your shoes off, strike the band up, it's today!"
So begins Mame Dennis' (Angela Lansbury) joyous celebration of life, and one of Broadway's greatest musical masterpieces of all time. "Mame", the story of Mame Dennis and her orphaned nephew Patrick building a colorful life together, sparked one of the most enjoyable musicals of all time with a perfect cast, dynamite songs, and the joy and pratfalls of life to add glitter to the beloved story.
Starring as Mame, four-time Tony-winner Angela Lansbury gives a sensational, brilliant performance as the golden embodiment of life lived to the fullest. Lansbury sings with great strength, full-throated joy, and genuine warmth and tenderness, instilling the character of Mame with an endearing humanity and joy of being alive: "I have the feeling that time has halted; I'd like two straws and a chocolate malted..." Co-starring Beatrice Arthur in her greatest theatrical role as Mame's "cobra-tongued" best friend, Vera Charles, Arthur is absolutely delicious in her Tony-winning performance of Vera, the uppity gin-soaked prima donna. Arthur gets to toss off great acerbic, witty phrases with Lansbury in a duet, "Bosom Buddies": "And if I say your sense of style's as far off as your youth, it's simply that who else but a bosom buddy will tell you the whole stinkin' truth!" The stellar supporting cast includes Frankie Michaels (Tony winner) as Patrick, Charles Braswell as Mame's Southern husband Beauregard Burnside, and a perfectly cast Jane Connell as the dazed and befuddled nanny Agnes Gooch.
And the great power behind these magnificent performances is the music and lyrics of the incredible Jerry Herman.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Lehne on January 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I agree with another reviewer who states that this is Jerry Herman's best score, but am inclined to go further with my praise and lable it one of the greatest musicals not only of the 60's (a period of hefty competition; consider Camelot, Hello Dolly, Fiddler on the Roof) but of the entire 20th century. (And the 21st for that matter, i have heard no post 2000 scores that I feel are comparable to the greats of the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s) Like Herman's most famous work, Hello Dolly, Mame is an entirely uplifting and energy-driven piece. There are very few gentle, quiet moments in this brashy, overwhelming score. Those that do exist, serve to strengthen the appeal and the magnitude of the characters, and in so doing add a touching, sentimental elemant to this enchanting score. The music is uplifting from start to finish and the sparkling lyrics only serve to enhance the already dazzling experience. Very few Broadway CDs captivate me from the very beginning. This is one noteworthy exception. Herman is in his element here, he is truly the master of Grande Dame musicals, and this is irrevocably his masterpiece! What is lacking in Hello Dolly,(which is, without doubt another truly great musical) that indescribable something which stops it from being an entirely wondeful experience, has been palpably attained in Mame; Herman's awareness that he is working magic here can be felt in his own enthusiastic renditions of several of the songs. Naturally, he is not the only star in this recording. Angela Lansbury's performance as Mame is quite simply out of this world.Read more ›
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