Yes, Yes, Youmans

Welcome to a new Musical Theatre Monday! This month, we’re honoring the anniversary of Vincent Youman’s birth with some treats from his most enduring work, the previously featured No, No, Nanette (1925), which benefited from a 1971 revisal that gave the piece new life and exemplified the best of the “nostalgia” trend it subsequently sparked.

With standards like “I Want To Be Happy” and “Tea For Two,” I’m proud to offer — for subscribers who comment below to alert me of their interest — access to a live songs-only audio recording from the 1971 production’s Boston tryout in November 1970. Here’s a taste, of the aforementioned “I Want To Be Happy,” in which Ruby Keeler’s tapping earned cheers.

I’ve also got — again, for subscribers — an audio of Keeler starring alongside Cyril Ritchard in the 1973 Music Fair production. Here’s an excerpt — Keeler’s “Take A Little One-Step.”

And last but not least, I’ve got an audio I’m surprised I haven’t shared before — from a 1986 concert production at Carnegie Hall (conducted by John McGlinn) of the ’20s version of No, No, Nanette, a songs-only recording with the original orchestrations, recreated by Larry Moore. This is your chance to hear numbers cut from the revisal, like “Pay Day Pauline.” Enjoy!



Come back next month for another musical rarity! And stay tuned for more Beverly Hillbillies!

30 thoughts on “Yes, Yes, Youmans

  1. I’d love to hear all three of these! Thanks so much for sharing these rare theatre gems, they are a great way to relax in the midst of this crazy world right now.

  2. Love hearing the original orchestration! Do you by any chance have additional music from this that you could share?

    • Hi, Will! Thanks for reading and commenting.

      I have what’s offered in this post, and because I assume you’re interested, I have emailed you at your AOL address.

  3. I would definitely like access to a live songs-only audio recording. I’m a Vincent Youmans fan and always think it was such a shame his career was shortened due to a combination of alcoholism and tuberculosis. While he was active, he was a very good composer.

  4. Hello Jackson
    “Tea for Teo” was the first acquaintance with “No, No Nanette”. So it would be wonderful to hear the original score.


  5. Thanks for another Musical Theatre Monday post. No, No, Nannette is one of my favorite musicals. I’d love to hear the Boston tryouts recordings!

  6. Hi Jackson, I’m familiar with the 1971 revival, but I have never heard the original orchestrations. Looking forward to hearing them all. Thanks.

  7. Hi Jackson
    I would love to hear the concert version conducted by John McGlinn of ZNo No Nanette. Thank you
    Bob Murphy

  8. Another Treasure! I’m a big fan of “Nanette” and the nostalgia it inspired in the ’70’s. Please send copies! Thank You for all you do, Jackson!

  9. Hi Jackson. For some reason I never did receive an email on this, though I have your email on 9/27 saying it had been sent. I’ve checked my InBox and my junk mail but can’t seem to find it anywhere. Could you please resend it? Thanks!

  10. Hi Jackson,
    Love to hear the originsl orchestration of No, No Nanette. It is always interesting to hear music that was not used when a musical debuts. Sometimes the omitted pieces could become standards or use in other shows or one hears echoes of parts of music in other songs.

    Thank you.

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