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Worlds Apart

Margery Gray


320 Kbps Released June 23, 2017
Stage Door Records

This week’s free song download comes from Stage Door Records’ charming new release Man in the Moon, another in the label’s “Collectors Series,” which celebrates the best in theater-related music from the 1950s and 1960s.

The score for Moon was written by the team that also brought us Fiddler on the Roof, Fiorello!, and She Loves Me: Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock. The show, which featured the famed Bill & Cora Baird Marionettes, made its debut at the Biltmore Theatre and had a limited run of 22 performances. The piece centers on a boy who, genuinely believing that there is indeed a “Man in the Moon,” finds himself beamed below the lunar surface as the first “Earth Ambassador.” His mission is to defend the planet to the Man himself.

Prior to the musical’s Broadway bow, an original cast recording was released that interspersed songs from the show with narration, and it’s this album that Stage Door has released. Even as you savor what the New York Times called a “snappy score,” you’ll be beguiled by the listening experience overall. Playing Man in the Moon is like having a storybook unfold through your speakers or earbuds.

In addition to the original cast recording, there are five demo tracks recorded by Bock and Harnick themselves, and these cuts only make this new release more of a delight for musical theater fans of all ages.

After downloading this week’s track, “Worlds Apart,” you can sample other portions of Man and the Moon and purchase it by clicking here.

Track / Performer
Worlds Apart by Margery Gray

Music by Jerry Bock

Lyric by Sheldon Harnick




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