That this new collaboration between composer Jule Styne and lyricists Comden & Green (together they wrote BELLS ARE RINGING and DO RE MI) failed on Broadway was kind of a surprise for everyone involved. Not even the star power of the hilarious Carol Burnett, who sounds great at this recording, saved the show. Even so, someone had the great idea of recording the score, persevering it for eternity.
What we have here is a highly tuneful and funny score, with some terrific songs like “Call Me Savage”, “Lili Tremaine”, “You Mustn’t Be Discouraged” and, a special favorite of mine, “The Usher from the Mezzanine”.
This is a musical worthy of discovering and it shows that even a lesser Jule Styne is better than almost all of the contemporary new Broadway musicals.