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I Feel Merely Marvelous

Rita Williams


320 Kbps Released May 25, 2018
Stage Door Records

Stage Door Records continues its ongoing exploration of long-forgotten musical theater gems with its most recent release that showcases Redhead, which won the 1959 Tony Award for best musical.

Featuring a score by Albert Hague (music) and Dorothy Fields (lyrics), the show is a murder mystery of sorts, set in the early 1900s and centering on a young woman who works creating figures and tableaux at a wax museum. When the show bowed on Broadway, dancer extraordinaire Gwen Verdon was the star, and she picked up her fourth Tony for best actress in a musical for her work.

The Stage Door Records release reminds us of the joys of the Hague-Fields score by bringing two LPs to compact disc for the first time. The first is a London studio recording that features some terrific vocalists, principally Rita Williams and Bryan Johnson, backed by the Mike Sammes Singers and Hill Bowen Orchestra. The second LP is the original Mexican cast recording that was released just about a year after the musical had debuted on Broadway. This latter recording has long been a much sought after collectible for musical theater fans.

Stage Door has also included with the release a trio of singles of performers covering songs from the show. One of the choicest here is Tommy Leonetti’s playfully seductive rendition of “Two Faces in the Dark.”

For the free download this week we’ve chosen Williams’ rendition of “I Feel Merely Marvelous.” The track gives you a great indication of the joys to be had in the Redhead score (if you’re unfamiliar with it) and at the same time serves as a grand indication of the lushness of the studio recording.

After downloading, you’ll probably want to hear more from this album. You both sample additional tracks from this exciting new release and purchase it by clicking here.

Track / Performer
I Feel Merely Marvelous by Rita Williams

Music by Albert Hague

Lyric by Dorothy Fields

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