Musical Theatre in America: Papers and Proceedings of the Conference on the Musical Theatre in America

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Tryout: Shubert Theater, Philadelphia, 2 December 1948
New York Opening: New Century Theater, 30 December 1948
Number of Performances: 1,077

Notes
1.
Ethan Mordden, Better Foot Forward ( New York: Grossman, 1976), p. 196.
2.
Mexican Hayride was originally available on 10" 78 RPM records Decca 23336, 23337, and 23338. It can also be heard on Cole Porter (Music and Lyrics), JJA 19745.
3.
Several other biographical operettas include Franz Schubert, Blossom Time ( 1921), and Johann Strauss, The Great Waltz ( 1934).
4.
Mordden, Better Foot Forward, pp. 196-97. For a sample of the leading-man- with-cane number, listen to Wilbur Evans sing "Girls" on the Decca album of the show.
5.
John Chapman, "A Hayride," New York Sunday News, 6 February 1944, p. C 22.
6.
Cole Porter, excerpt from lyrics to "Farming," from Let's Face It ( 1941).
7.
Quoted in Jay Gold, "Rodgers and Hammerstein," liner notes to Rodgers and Hammerstein, American Musicals series ( Chicago: Time-Life Records, 1980), p. 3.
8.
Robert Kimball, ed., The Unpublished Cole Porter ( New York: Simon and Schuster, 1975), p. 107.
9.
Ibid.
10.
The comic song "I Cain't Say No" can be heard on the original cast album, Decca 359, recorded on 10" 78 RPM records, and on Rogers and Hammerstein, American Musicals series, issued by Time-Life Records in 1980.
11.
Havoc to Johnson, 8 January 1981.
12.
A transcription exists of a radio broadcast of "Big Town" with orchestra conducted by André Kostelanetz, probably recorded during the show's Broadway run. Rights are controlled by the Cole Porter Musical and Literary Property Trusts, 345 Park Avenue, New York.
13.
R. E.P. Sensenderfer, "Billy Rose in Bloom in New Revue," Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, 25 November 1944, p. P 8.
14.
Brendan Gill, "A Biographical Essay," Cole, ed. Robert Kimball ( New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1971), p. xiv.
15.
The song "Don't Fence Me In", was originally available as a single 10" 78 RPM Decca recording. It can now be found on a 33 RPM two-record album, The Best of Bing, MCA 2-4045.
16.
George Eells, The Life That Late He Led ( New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1967), p. 218.
17.
Ibid., pp. 205-6.
18.
Ibid., pp. 202-4, 216. Eells discusses some of Porter's mental and physical sufferings, such as his depression concerning his advancing age, his feeling of aimlessness and alienation, and the thirty-first operation on his shattered legs.
19.
Ibid., pp. 240-41, 243. Eells describes some of Porter's setbacks with his legs at this time.

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