Dame In The Dark

Welcome to a new Musical Theatre Monday! October is Angela Lansbury month — she turned 95 on the 16th — so for subscribers who comment below to alert me of their interest, I’m offering access to a rare audio of something fun: a one-night only November 1969 tribute to the music of Kurt Weill, featuring Lotte Lenya, Nancy Dussault, Jack Gilford, Richard Kiley, Mabel Mercer, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (among others), with the entire second act consisting of a Lady In The Dark (1941) concert starring Lansbury in the Gertrude Lawrence role.

Lady In The Dark is an essential piece of musical theatre, with indelible numbers by Weill and Ira Gershwin like “The Saga Of Jenny.” As a sample, here’s the birthday girl singing that classic.

 

 

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

26 thoughts on “Dame In The Dark

  1. This is indeed wonderful! I already have this; but if any of you don’t you must! Not simply for our Angela but for other performances on this as well.

  2. Sounds very interesting, Jackson. I’d like to check that out. I’ve been collecting Angela rarities all week! Truly a great lady. Please send! Thank you for all you do!

  3. Angela was here in my city in Sweeney Todd and Mame.It was real treat to see how versatile she is besides acting in films and Tv. I would like to receive the special recording of the Kurt Well music including “Lady in the Dark”.

  4. Even without Angela Lansbury, this sure had a great cast and would be worth listening to. That she is in it, and performing “Lady in the Dark” as well, puts it over the top. I’d love to hear the whole recording Jackson. Thanks!

  5. I’d love to hear the full recording. I love Lansbury, but have always been a bit fan of Lady in the Dark. I think she’d have been perfect in it. Thanks!

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