re: Since You Went Away/While You Were Sleeping – catching up on Sheldon Harnick Memorial and Museum of Broadway (long)
Posted by: AlanScott 08:36 pm EST 11/20/23
In reply to: Since You Went Away/While You Were Sleeping – catching up on Sheldon Harnick Memorial and Museum of Broadway (long) - PlayWiz 01:58 pm EST 11/20/23

Odd that they chose to include "Now I Have Everything" as I think it's a song of which Harnick was not especially fond.

The song about the atom bomb is "Merry Little Minuet." It was first performed, as far as I know, by Orson Bean in John Murray Anderson's Almanac in 1953 (even though most of the score was by Adler and Ross). I could be wrong, but I don't think Harnick wrote the song specifically for the revue, but it ended up in the revue.

There are recordings of the song by Charlotte Rae (on her 1955 album Songs I Taught My Mother), the Kingston Trio, Harry Belafonte (who was in John Murray Anderson's Almanac, although he didn't sing the song), and Harnick himself on An Evening With Sheldon Harnick.

A friend told me that when he went to the Museum of Broadway, he heard a museum tour guide tell those who were taking the tour that Show Boat was the first book musical in Broadway history (or perhaps ever anywhere).
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