Thank Youmans!

Welcome to a new Wildcard Wednesday! This week, I’ve got a sort of bonus Musical Theatre Monday, in honor of the 125th anniversary of Vincent Youmans’ birth. We’ve paid tribute to this talented composer many times before by celebrating his top scores — and I thought it would be fun now to offer, for subscribers who comment below to alert me of their private, non-commercial interest — access to a unique collection of Youmans delights.

It’s an audio of the Off-Broadway revue entitled Oh Me, Oh My, Oh Youmans!, which ran for two weeks in January 1981 and included Todd Taylor, Sally Woodson, Jo Ann Cunningham and Ronald Young. It isn’t a great performance by conventional standards, but it’s a must-have for any Youmans fan. The program covered the bulk of his career (from 1921 to 1933), and even included a few gems that don’t get enough play today, like “Rise ‘N Shine,” which was introduced by Ethel Merman in Take A Chance (1932). Here’s a sample from the audio — Enjoy!



Come back next week for another Wildcard! And stay tuned for more Malcolm In The Middle!