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The Mad Show (1966 Original Off-Broadway Cast) Soundtrack

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Best known for its hilarious bossa nova send-up "The Boy From...," the musical revue The Mad Show ran off-Broadway for three years in the late 1960s. With music by Mary Rodgers (daughter of Richard, mother of Adam Guettel) and lyrics by, among others, Marshall Barer (Rodgers's collaborator on Once Upon a Mattress) and Steven Vinaver, the show musicalized material from the satirical MAD magazine. Some of the material is of the guess-you-had-to-be-there variety, but Linda Lavin's lyrical "Looking for Someone" has seen some life past the show, and "Well It Ain't" is instantly recognizable as a Bob Dylan spoof. The best song, however, remains "The Boy From..." (also sung by Lavin), which wittily spoofs the Getz-Gilberto classic "The Girl from Ipanema" courtesy of credited lyricist "Esteban Ria Nido," a rough Spanish-translated nom de plume for Stephen Sondheim. --David Horiuchi
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 22, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Drg
  • ASIN: B0007514HQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,692 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I don't know what prompted me to look into ordering this, but I'm glad I thought about it and found it. It was a favorite when I was a kid. My niece and I spent hours replaying it to figure out what the singer was singing for the place "The Boy From" was actually from. We eventually worked it out phonetically so that we could sing along where he was from and where he was going in Wales (or at least something close). We also really loved "Real Thing". These were just such fun!

What's really interesting is that while some of it might sound dated, a lot of the issues raised still seem to be relevant when you read comments to stories on the internet. "We're Gong to Stamp Out Hate" has an interesting ring to it in today's PC culture.
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I had this record when I was a kid and listened to it frequently when I outgrew the Disney soundtracks and fairytale records. I didn't get a lot of the references but the music was good and I could tell it was all in good fun. So glad it's available on CD since I don't have a turntable anymore and anyway wore out the vinyl years ago. A lot of the tracks are dated (you definitely need to have some knowledge of 60s pop culture to get a lot of the references) but it's still an enjoyable listen. Favorites: "You Never Can Tell", "Misery Is...", "The Gift of Maggie" and "The Boy From...".
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This show has always been wonderfully funny to me. But then I love Mad Magazine (I even own some German language copies of the magazine.) With Linda Lavin and Jo Ann Worley leading the cast, this is top flight Broadway.
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Singable, hummable, quotable, memorable stuff, composed and performed by artists who would become much more famous in the decades to follow.

Don't miss: "You Never Can Tell," "Hate Song" and "Academy Awards for Parents." Timelessly funny.
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By Joseph Hart on September 13, 2005
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The staff reviewer can hardly keep his pants on he's so much in love with sondheim and the boy from. It stunk. I wanted to puke before I ever found out who "wrote" it. It was NOT the best thing on the disk. Just about everything ELSE was the best thing on the disk. It was brilliantly funny, Mary Rodgers' hate song was a treasure. The skits (contrary to the staff reviewer) were not you had to be there stuff. They were hilarious, from the pseudo-overture to the final sketch. I liked some better than others, but loved them all. I bought it years ago from a store in SF that sold tapes of oop LPs. Then found a copy of the LP. And finally, the shining moment, the DVD appeared. Linda Lavin (big on Bway before Alice) and Jo Anne Worley (the only performers' names I know) were a riot.
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