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Sail Away (1961 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording


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Audio CD, Cast Recording, May 2, 2006
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1. The Passenger's Always Right
2. Sail Away
3. Beatnik Love Affair
4. Later Than Spring
5. Go Slow, Johnny
6. You're A Long, Long Way From America
7. The Customer's Always Right
8. Something Very Strange
9. Useful Phrases
10. Where Shall I Find Her?
11. When You Want Me
12. Why Do The Wring People Travels?
13. Don't Turn Away From Love
14. When You Want Me
15. Why Do The Wring People Travels?
16. This Is A Night For Lovers*
17. Bronxville Darby And Joan*

Product Details

  • Performer: Noel Coward, Elaine Stritch
  • Audio CD (May 2, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Drg
  • ASIN: B000EUMK90
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,824 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. T Waldmann on May 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This show belongs to Elaine Stritch, all the way, and it's great to have the original Broadway cast recording of SAIL AWAY - finally - on CD. I can't think of anyone who could deliver Noel Coward's witty and urbane lyrics better than Miss Stritch, except perhaps for Mr. Coward himself. And this he does, on the companion CD "Noel Coward Sings His Broadway Hit SAIL AWAY." At two for the price of one, this offering can't be beat. (As an additional bonus, Mr. Coward & Joe Layton also perform two songs -- "This Is a Night for Lovers" and "Bronxville Darby and Joan" -- which were cut from the Broadway production.)

Not that every song is a masterpiece. "Later Than Spring" might sound more comfortable in Coward's 1930 operetta BITTER SWEET than in a 1962 musical comedy. And nothing, not even Miss Stritch's peerless delivery, can save a lyric as wretched as this one from "Something Very Strange": "All the sounds I hear/the buses changing gear/suddenly appear to be beguiling." And: "Every cat I see/seems to be purring. I can clearly tell/in every clanging bell/some forgotten melody recurring." Perhaps the song should have been cut in Philadelphia, but it is, after all, the star's only ballad.

It's the ballads that don't fare too well, but thank goodness there aren't that many of them. Charles Braswell and the Stewards show their contempt for their charges with "The Passenger's Always Right;" Patricia Harty & Grover Dale make literary references during their two numbers, "Beatnik Love Affair" and "When You Want Me;" and the formidable Elaine Stritch brings down the house with "Come To Me," "You're a Long Way from America," The Little Ones ABC," and "Why Do the Wrong People Travel?" (I've not decided yet if I'm offended or not with Mr. Coward's contempt for the citizens of Omaha.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 21, 2006
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It's a story Elaine Stritch loves to tell. In 1957, during the run of the disastrous Broadway musical "Goldilocks", Stritch was visited backstage by the one and only Noel Coward, who assured her that the problems in "Goldilocks" had absolutely nothing to do with her, and promised that the next musical she'd star in would be written by him - and it would be a hit.

Three years later, Noel Coward made good on that promise, and Elaine wowed the critics and audiences as Mimi Paragon in SAIL AWAY, which boasts a fantastic score that has now been reissued on compact disc by DRG. There are several bonafide gems in this score, most notably the tour-de-force "Why Do the Wrong People Travel?", but even better in my opinion is the aching 11 o'clocker "Something Very Strange", easily one of my all-time favourite Coward songs.

While Coward originally intended the musical for two co-starring leading ladies (operatic soprano Jean Fenn starred alongside Stritch for the out-of-town tryouts); producers decided the show simply would not work that way; and Fenn was quietly dismissed after the Philadelphia previews.

Stritch subsequently starred in the London production (cast album available on the Fynsworth Alley label), where the reception for the show was even more rapturous than in New York. SAIL AWAY was written by Coward with Stritch in mind, so it's hard to imagine a production without her, simply because the role of Mimi is so perfectly tailored to Stritch in voice, manner and personality.

This reissue of SAIL AWAY comes with a bonus disc of Noel Coward performing the songs from the show.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alan W. Petrucelli on May 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Noel Coward conquered movies, TV, cabaret, the stages of the West End and Broadway. He published a novel, several volumes of short stories and composed a ballet. He wrote, he directed, he starred, but, mostly he twinkled like some Olympian wit, and chased his talent to amuse all of his life. Late in his career, he wrote and directed and cast his only completely American work, Sail Away. (He even designed the show's poster!)

DRG has finally reissued the cast album to the 1961 musical, along with a companion disc of Coward himself singing the material. Although the cast is strewn with popular performers of the day, the only one remembered nowadays is the indestructible Elaine Stritch in this, her second Broadway musical.

There are some nifty songs here--none ever reached the hit parade, but the ballads "Later Than Spring" and "Something Very Strange" are quite moving, and Stritch is hysterical in the novelty numbers, especially "Useful Phrases" (combining phrases from a Berliz Book with very funny, very obscene results) and "Why Do the Wrong People Travel (When the Right People Stay Back Home?)," pretty much a searing indictment of American tourists. A perfect companion for a relaxing cruise!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By george on November 11, 2011
Format: Audio CD
The show is just "Great", but:
What ever posessed the DRG company for picking this CD cover for their re-issue of the light hearted Noel Coward musical romp (as they say) of "Sail Away"? What does this cover possibly have to do with this show? Is this a picture of a Pirate's "long ship", against a dark blue background or what? Yes, the show's theme has something to do with the sea and water, but this is stretching the point a bit too far.

Maybe DRG could'nt afford the "user fee" (just joking) for the show's logo. The proper show's logo for this particular musical CD would have certainly been a plus for collectors.

This cover is definitely more suited for the book cover of "Moby Dick" or for the DVD artwork for "Mutiny on the Bounty" or for the catalogue of the mail order company, L.L.Bean, but certainly not a cover for a "Musical". Noel Coward deserves better, Geez.

What's the BIG price about?
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