Husmann, Richards, Ramsay, Peters, Newman, McKechnie, Cooper; Rosenstock,
On the Town (1971 Revival)
The resourcefulness and connectedness of the internet never ceases to amaze me. Once again, I’ve received a recording I’ve often wondered about and assumed didn’t exist.
This is the 1971 revival of On the Town, starring Phyllis Newman, Donna McKechnie, Bernadette Peters, Ron Husmann, Jess Richards, and Remak Ramsey.
This has been one of my favorite scores for years. (Really, all four of Bernstein’s Broadway scores are tops in my book.) The biggest surprise to me, listening to this recording, is how perfect Phyllis Newman is in the role that Betty Comden originated. Newman, of course, was married to Adolph Green, who not only wrote the book and lyrics (with Comden), but also originated the role of the sailor this character tries to seduce. (Not that I expected anything less than perfection from Ms. Newman, who is delightful in her Tony-winning performance in Subways Are For Sleeping as well as in person.)