I have a friend who’s an academic currently working on a book that has something to do with musicals and Jews. He and I first met via the Cast Recordings listserv a dozen plus years ago, reconnected once via OK Cupid and then again and more permanently through Facebook. This week he sent me a message asking if I had the Israeli cast recording of Hello, Dolly! to confirm a point he was making about the translation — he was pretty sure the translator rendered “Put On Your Sunday Clothes” as “Put On Your Shabbat Clothes,” but he wanted to be sure.
I didn’t have the recording — in fact, I wasn’t even sure one existed. So I asked the internet, and before the week was complete, I had a copy of the album to share with my friend. (And as you can hear in the audio link above, he was correct.)
God bless my friend Stephanie, who shared this video on Facebook with the caption “I think it was thoroughly irresponsible of Sesame Street to chose Carol Channing as the celeb who would teach children how to pronounce words with S in them.”
Time to lighten up this joint a bit with Judy Garland singing one of my favorite Styne/Comden/Green numbers, “Comes Once in a Lifetime” from Subways Are For Sleeping.
(This strikes me as the three songwriters trying their hardest to write a Jerry Herman number at the moment when Jerry Herman was the hot new thing on Broadway, except that it predates Hello, Dolly! by a couple of years.)