GOOD NEWS, I’m bound to do you good…

Welcome to this month’s Musical Theatre Monday! I have a wonderful treat for subscribers who comment below to alert me of their interest (and, as always, have no commercial designs on this material). It’s an audio from the 2005 Musicals Tonight! production of Good News! — covered on this blog way back back in 2014 — that… wait for it… uses the entire original score!

That’s right, free of all the DeSylva-Brown-Henderson interpolations that have made their way into revised productions over the years, this audio only includes — and includes them all — songs that were heard in the original Broadway production of 1927.

Now, you know all the best tunes — “Varsity Drag,” “Just Imagine,” “The Best Things In Life Are Free,” “Lucky In Love,” and the title song — but this is the only place I know where you’ll hear, for example, the original duets for the secondary couple, like “Baby! What?” and “In The Meantime” (heard above), both of which have an amazingly fun and authentic ’20s flair.

And while you subscribers are commenting below (I’ll also throw in a copy of the 1930 film), here are treats for everyone — two rare recordings made by a (kinda) original cast member, Peggy Bernier, who starred as Flo (the “Varsity Drag” girl) in the 1928 Chicago production. Above is Bernier’s aforementioned “Drag” and below is the always jovial “Good News!”



Come back next month for a new Musical Theatre post! And stay tuned tomorrow for more Drew Carey!

26 thoughts on “GOOD NEWS, I’m bound to do you good…

  1. Jackson,

    Another wonderful article.. this is always my favorite time of the month!
    I’d love these recordings!

    Thanks again,

  2. Jackson, I really appreciate these recordings you provide and would you please send me a copy of Good News. Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

    John Giles

    • Hi, John! Thanks for reading and commenting.

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too! I have emailed you at your gmail address.

  3. Jackson, thanks for all the delightful recordings that you have shared this past year. I’d also like to have a copy of the Good News offerings. Wishing you a happy holiday season.

    Roland Emenheiser

  4. I would love to hear the GOOD NEWS score in it’s 1927 version! I tried going back to see what you wrote in 2014, but I never got to it because as I was searching through your old posts, I kept finding fun stuff along the way and getting distracted! Thanks, and happy holidays!

  5. Hello Jackson
    i remember the movie but as most adaptation to the screen always leaves out music, one never hears all of the original music so gems can be missed. i definitely would like a copy of this audio of “Good News”.

  6. I am a big DeSylva, Brown, and Henderson fan and Good News is one of my favorite musicals! I would love to hear the full score as it was presented back in 1927!!!!!!

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