This fantastic CD reissue of the ultra-rare 1953 original cast album of HAZEL FLAGG will be relished by show music fans. It captures Helen Gallagher in her first star vehicle (following her Tony-winning role in PAL JOEY) with an energetic score by Jule Styne and Bob Hilliard.
Based on Ben Hecht's story (which served as the basis for the classic Carole Lombard vehicle NOTHING SACRED and later got turned into the Jerry Lewis/Dean Martin musical LIVING IT UP), the musical recounts one Hazel Flagg who is given the prognosis that she is dying from radiation poisoning. On an invitation from a magazine company she gets an all-expenses-paid trip to New York, when Hazel learns that the prognosis was wrong and she's in perfect health. Too smart to pass up a golden opportunity, Hazel lives it up in New York before her cover is finally blown.
This score is an endless delight. Helen Gallagher's silvery voice is just perfect for Hazel, with a strong supporting cast including Benay Venuta and Thomas Mitchell. Standouts in the score include the showstopper "I'm Glad I'm Leaving", "You're Gonna Dance with Me, Willie" and "Everybody Loves to Take a Bow", though the score is best-remembered for yielding the chart-topper "How Do You Speak to an Angel?".
Having HAZEL FLAGG finally on CD is great, but it gets better! Sepia have filled out the CD with 10 bonus tracks including cover versions from Eddie Fisher, Sunny Gale, Guy Lombardo and Dinah Shore. The last 6 tracks are Benay Venuta's numbers from her ultra-rare 'Record Gazette' album (which she recorded in 1947).
This CD is superb value for money!
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Byron has been actively involved in theatre since the age of 12. He has had a great variety of roles (both on-stage and off). In addition he has hosted the long-running "Show Business" programme … more
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