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Something for the Boys


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Release Date:
 December 14, 2018


what the critics are saying
 

“The big, fast, glittering musical comedy for which Broadway has been waiting for a long, long time.”
–The New York Times

“Top among the current offerings of words and music. Everything about the show combines to make it intelligent, tasteful, vivacious, spirited, gay and alive”
–New York World-Telegram

“One of the song-and-dance delights of the season. A big, brash musical show”.
–New York Herald Tribune

“As gay, sparkling and speedy a bit of froth as has been been whipped up behind the footlights in many a month.”
–New York Journal American

“The first smash hit musical comedy of the season.”
– New York Post

“My best advice to you this morning is that you had better run, not walk, to the nearest agency, if you can't get to the theatre, and reserve tickets for the near future.”
–New York Daily News

“My best advice to you this morning is that you had better run, not walk, to the nearest agency, if you can't get to the theatre, and reserve tickets for the near future.”
–Life


Cole Porter's
Something For the Boys

2018 Studio Cast Recording

Seventy-five years after it took Broadway by storm, the full score to Cole Porter's Something for the Boys is finally preserved on disc, complete with its original orchestrations for 26 musicians – plus a marching band! The show was the fifth and final star vehicle Porter wrote for Ethel Merman, and the composer's fourth consecutive wartime hit, but what sets Something for the Boys apart from those shows was that Porter infused it with his love of swing; he celebrated the big-band sound that was at its peak of popularity, creating a rollicking score that's unique in his canon. The original production was hailed by The New York Times as "the big, fast, glittering musical comedy for which Broadway has been waiting for a long, long time." Life proclaimed it "joyous entertainment spiced with rowdy good humor, the sort of smash-hit musical comedy that seems to turn on the lights along New York's theater district." It clocked 422 performances, a sizable hit for its day, then – as befell so many shows of its era – the performance materials were discarded and ultimately lost. But in 1987, Porter historian Robert Kimball and PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker located the orchestrations at the now-defunct Chappell warehouse in Manhattan, allowing one of Porter's few missing musicals to finally be restored. The new recording features a cast of Broadway and recording veterans, including Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town), Danny Burstein (Fiddler on the Roof, Moulin Rouge), Andréa Burns (In the Heights), Edward Hibbert (The Drowsy Chaperone), Sara Jean Ford (Phantom of the Opera) and PS Classics co-founder Philip Chaffin, performing to the original charts under the direction of Constantine Kitsopoulos and Greg Jarrett. PS Classics' latest entry in their forgotten musicals series is their most ambitious recording yet, a celebration of Cole Porter and of the big-band sound, and the joyous synergy that resulted when the two joined forces.

track listing
  1. Overture
  2. Prologue: Announcement of Inheritance
  3. See That You're Born in Texas
  4. When My Baby Goes to Town
  5. When My Baby Goes to Town (Dance)
  6. Something for the Boys
  7. When We're Home on the Range
  8. Could It Be You?
  9. Hey, Good Lookin'
  10. Hey, Good Lookin' (Dance)
  11. He's a Right Guy
  12. Carborundum
  13. The Leader of a Big-Time Band
  14. The Leader of a Big-Time Band (Dance)
  15. Finale Act I
  16. I'm in Love With a Soldier Boy
  17. There's a Happy Land in the Sky
  18. He's a Right Guy (Reprise)
  19. Betty Bruce Specialty
  20. By the Mississinewah
  21. Finale Ultimo
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