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Musicals of the Early 1960s



Carnival

Merrill, Bob. Carnival!: vocal selection.
Los Angeles : Nashville: New York ; United Artists Music, c1961.
Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Carnival! Souvenir Album
New York: [1961]
Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Carnival was based on a recent popular film, Lili; in later years musicals
based on films would be a commonplace, but Carnival was unusual for its
day. Gower Champion's choreography was at the core of the production;
its best remembered song was Love Makes the World Go Round.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Loesser, Frank. Vocal selections from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Libretto by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert .
Based on How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying by Shepherd Mead.
[East Hampton, N. Y.] : Frank Music Corp., c1961.
Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

How to Succeed... was created by many of the same people who were responsible for
Guys and Dolls: Frank Loesser, Abe Burrows, and producers Feuer and Martin, and it
has that earlier play's lively satirical quality. The humor of the play, rather than its songs,
was the drawing point.
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No Strings

Rodgers, Richard. No Strings : vocal selection. [Libretto by Samuel Taylor]
New York : Williamson Music, c1962.
Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

No Strings. Souvenir Album.
New York: 1962.
Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

No Strings was Richard Rodgers' first musical after Oscar Hammerstein's death;
Rodgers wrote the lyrics as well as the music. Its tale of interracial love in Paris
appears to modern eyes to be pulling its punches, but at the time it was an
appealingly romantic love story. The best-remembered song from No Strings is
The Sweetest Sounds.
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