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Mr. President (1962 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording, Original recording remastered

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Editorial Reviews

This 1962 show was the last with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. The original-cast LP, starring Robert Ryan and Nanette Fabray, has long been hunted by collectors (it's been out of print for years): The Secret Service; Glad to Be Home; The Only Dance I Know , and more!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Act 1. Overture
  2. Act 1. Let's Go Back To The Waltz
  3. Act 1. In Our Hide-Away
  4. Act 1. The First Lady
  5. Act 1. Meat And Potatoes
  6. Act 1. I've Got To Be Around
  7. Act 1. The Secret Service
  8. Act 1. It Gets Lonely In The White House
  9. Act 1. Is He The Only Man In The World
  10. Act 1. They Love Me
  11. Act 1. Pigtails And Freckles
  12. Act 1. Don't Be Afraid Of Romance
  13. Act 1. Laugh It Up
  14. Act 1. Empty Pockets Filled With Love
  15. Act 2. Glad To Be Home
  16. Act 2. You Need A Hobby
  17. Act 2. The Washington Twist
  18. Act 2. The Only Dance I Know
  19. Act 2. I'm Gonna Get Him
  20. Act 2. This Is A Great Country / Finale

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 24, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Drg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,779 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAME on March 2, 2010
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The last major Broadway score from the pen of Irving Berlin, MR. PRESIDENT is a charming throwback to his earlier musical hits ("Call Me Madam" in particular), though of course this was precisely why it failed to find it's key audience in 1962, closing after eight months and 265 performances.

Broadway musicals of the early Sixties were in a definite state of flux. "Bye Bye Birdie" virtually reinvented the sound of musicals, so when the audiences of MR. PRESIDENT were invited, in the opening number, to "go back to the waltz", you can imagine their confusion!

Cast members Nanette Fabray and Anita Gillette (playing the first lady Nell Henderson and her teenage daughter Leslie) manage to keep their songs nice and bouncy; but they can only do so much to give the score, as a whole, it's needed lift. I agree with previous reviewers who've recommended listeners to programme the CD with just Fabray's musical numbers--it does make for a far more pleasurable experience! This was Fabray's long-awaited return to Broadway after a ten-year absence (her last role had been as Janette in 1951's "Make a Wish", another show which flopped badly); in between, Fabray had made a success in movies with "The Band Wagon" and established herself as a popular TV personality. MR. PRESIDENT is sadly Fabray's final Broadway musical appearance to date.

I also own the original Columbia LP with it's silver foil cover and colour-tinted cast photo inside the gatefold; a real treasure (the same photo is replicated on the back of the CD booklet). This is the second major CD reissue of the MR. PRESIDENT cast album (following a long-deleted release on the old Sony Broadway label), so grab it before it disappears...again.

[DRG 19124]
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Irving Berlin was a Russian immigrant who loved his adopted country and spent an entire career singing its praises with the highest being the up-lifting and beautiful "God Bless America" and the lowest being "This is a Great Country." Never heard of This is a Great Country?" Well it's from "Mr President" and it's bland and corny and almost sounds as if it was put in as the finale to lift the audiences spirits as they left the theatre since the previous two hours must have put them to sleep. Robert Ryan plays a president in his last few months in office with Nanette Fabray as his ever so chipper first lady.

The best that can be said about the music and lyrics is their pleasant and the worst predictable. Did you ever wonder what a first lady thinks? It's all there-"The First Lady" What does the president think about when he is away from his cabinet and world leaders--"It Gets Lonely in the White House" When the love-sticken but poor secret service agent is trying to court the presidents daughter-"Empty Pockets Filled With Love". Showing he was up to the times Mr Berlin even tries a twist number called "The Washington Twist"--this is the twist with a twist-hmmm.

One little theatrical antecdote. Joshua Logan the director(he must have this in his contracts)always had to have a scene or two where either the leading man or the chorus boys were down to their undies. Now how to do this in a show about a President, his wife and two grown children. Eureka! Have the first lady go on a world-wide tour "They Love Me" featuring native dancers, a kabuki spider and some "tanned Tahitians".

"Mr President" was Irving Berlins last show and although the critics jeered, any man who is responsible for "God Bless America" is ok by me.
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This score is filled with memorable music and lyrics that only Iring Berlin could give us.
It is a very old-fashioned musical that just made you smile. The critics were very harsh to this sweet little show. But, the score here is what counts and its a good one. There are some very precious Irving Berlin standards. THIS IS A GREAT COUNTRY, IN OUR HIDE AWAY, and PIGTAILS AND FRECKLES to name a few and one song I love just listening to IT GETS LONELY IN THE WHITE HOUSE. No one writes scores like this anymore. Its' worth having it, just to remember what good scores used to be. There are real melodies here, there a great orchestrations and wonderful lyrics. When was the last time you had all three in a Broadway musical today. I love this score. I saw the show at the St James theatre with a bus trip with my aunt. I was so glad I did. Enjoy it, you will never hear the likes of it again. You will smile and it will bring a tear to your eye. You will wish that musicals like this would come back to Broadway. As one song in the show, goes LETS GO BACK TO THE WALTZ. Shall we!
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I gave the previous Sony Broadway release 3 stars, saying:

"The score by Berlin is pleasant enough, but lacks a really dynamic song or two. Robert Ryan was a fine actor but a poor singer and his "It Gets Lonely in the White House" is quite painful.

The original LP was packaged in a gatefold jacket with 4 pages of notes and pictures inside. The cover was a foil-like material that glittered. It's not an essential cast album, and the show will never be revived, but it has enough of Berlin's old-fashioned melodies (and Nanette Fabray) to make it worthwhile."

Fabray's contributions add sparkle to the recirding: "The First Lady" and "They Love Me" are both great fun, as is Anita Gillette' "The Secret Service (makes me Nervous.)"

DRG deserves credit for giving collectors a chance to get this score without paying obscene prices.
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