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5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT BROADWAY ONCE WAS, March 2, 2005
This review is from: Guys & Dolls: A Decca Broadway Original Cast Recording (1950 Original Broadway Cast) (Audio CD)
This recording ranks high amongst those which ought to be deployed in an overdue effort to teach younger audiences about the essence of Broadway musicals during their salad days. They were days of luscious words and music, a time of actors who sang and singers who could act. Cartoons? Well, that's exactly what Damon Runyon about --- he took the characters he had observed and wrote a light-hearted story about them! He had no intention of revealing to us the seamier side of life. How else to explain a plot which involves a loony character like "Harry the Horse." or a scheme to deliver a bunch of Broadway schmoes to the sanctuary of a salvation mission? I laughed aloud when I first read of Harry punching the milkman's horse, collapsing it to its knees. I'm sorry folks, but this show was not the precursor of "West Side Story." Frank Loesser was brilliant, but he was not,and did not attempt to be, the other Leonard Bernstein. The reality here, as was the case with many Broadway shows, comes from people such as Robert Alda, who gets the song across while his limited voice makes him so very believable
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