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Musicals of the Mid 1960s

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Sondheim, Stephen. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; a musical comedy
based on the plays of Plautus. Libretto by Burt Shevelove
and Larry Gelbart.
Illustrated with a drawing by Hirschfeld and photographs.
New York, Dodd, Mead, 1963.
Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Sondheim, Stephen. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; vocal selection.
New York, Burthen Music Co.,[1965?].
Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

A Funny Thing Happened... is a riotous burlesque further enlivened by Zero Mostel
as the slave Pseudolus and Jack Gilford as Hysterium. Given his later work, it is
startling to note that this is a Stephen Sondheim show, the first for which he contributed
both music and lyrics. He added to the roster of show business tunes this play's
Comedy Tonight.

Hello, Dolly

Herman, Jerry. Hello, Dolly. Libretto by Michael Stewart.
Based on The Matchmaker by Thorton [sic] Wilder.
[New York] DBS Publications [1968, c1966]
Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Herman, Jerry. Vocal Selections from Hello, Dolly!
[Libretto by Michael Stewart]
[New York] : E.H. Morris, c1964.
Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Dolly Levy proved to be a career-enhancing role for many older leading ladies,
including Ginger Rogers, Ethel Merman, Mary Martin, Pearl Bailey, and Carol
Channing, who originated the part. It was becoming increasingly rare for popular
songs to emanate from the Broadway stage, but Hello, Dolly, particularly as
performed by Louis Armstrong, became a hit. The other lasting song from the
show was Before the Parade Passes By.


Funny Girl

Styne, Jule. Funny Girl, a New Musical. Lyrics by Bob Merrill..Libretto by Isobel Lennart from
an original story by Miss Lennart.
New York, Random House [1964]
Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Styne, Jule. Funny Girl; vocal selection. Lyrics by Bob Merrill.
[New York] : Chappell-Styne and Wonderful Music Corp., [1964]
Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Funny Girl made a star of Barbra Streisand; the song People and her characterization of
Fanny Brice arei indelibly assocated with Streisand forty years later. Other notable songs,
enhanced by Streisand's performance, are I'm the Greatest Star, Don't Rain on My Parade,
and the wonderful Cornet Man.
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