Counting the Omer with Showtunes: Day Eight - “Do-Re-Mi” from The Sound of Music, as performed by the Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata on their incredible album The Hills Are Alive. (Each track reimagines a different song from The Sound of Music in a different genre, from heavy metal to Motown to Lautari.)
Dean Jones, the leading man of the original production of Company, left the show after about six weeks. It seems he was going through a rather painful divorce, so performing a show about the vagaries of marriage eight times a week was just too much for him.
Larry Kert, who had previously worked with Sondheim and Prince when he created the role of Tony in West Side Story, stepped into the role to great acclaim. He was even nominated for a 1971 Tony Award, a rare honor for an actor not part of the opening night cast.
When the show went to London with pretty much the entire Broadway cast, Columbia Records brought Kert into the studio to record the part of Bobby, which was then grafted onto the original cast album, replacing Dean Jones’s voice. Today, this happens more often — Brooke Shields has done it several times. But in the pre-digital 1970s, the process was less elegant, and if you listen carefully, you can still hear Jones behind Kert.
(The one exception is the song Barcelona, for which Kert and Susan Browning recorded an entirely new performance.)
The story of the Company London Cast Album has always fascinated me, and I get a weird little thrill every time I can make out Dean Jones’s echo behind Larry Kert’s performance.
I wonder what kind of echoes will inform Neil Patrick Harris’s performance of the role this weekend with the New York Philharmonic. can’t wait to find out on Saturday night!
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Most singers take this at a ballad tempo, but I far prefer this rendition by Shirley Bassey (with charts by Peter Matz).
It is the cornerstone of a playlist on my iPod called “Defiantly Happy.”
(The music is by Andre Previn, with lyrics by Dory Previn. If you’re not familiar with Dory’s later work as a singer-songwriter, drop whatever you’re doing and go seek out one of her albums. They will change your life. More on that at a later date.)