“An Ordinary Couple” is the one song from the original stage production of The Sound of Music that most people want to forget, and is often replaced by “Something Good” from the film.
I confess I’m not big on the number myself, but I enjoy this rendition. I think it’s because June Bronhill and Peter Graves (the other one) don’t treat the duet like a dirge; they pick up the tempo just a bit and treat the song more conversationally. It clocks in over 40 seconds shorter than the rendition on the original cast album.
On the whole, I enjoy the Australian cast album, particularly for Bronhill’s resplendent singing.
This is actually one of my favorite songs, although I tend to like it out of context (which different arrangements) better than in context. Mandy Patinkin’s rendition is my favorite.
Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking recently added a Cinderella parody. (It’s a recent enough addition that it was not listed in my program on Sunday.) It seems to have replaced the Follies sequence, making this the second time Victoria Clark has replacedBernadette Peters in Follies this year.
My belly laugh at the start of the track is my reaction to seeing the costume, which was clearly recycled from the Into the Woods parody that had been in the show earlier in its run.