A to Z Musicals ~ ♬ “U” is for THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN


This 1960 musical, with music and lyrics by Meredith Willson (yes, of Music Man fame), was a fictionalized account of the life of Margaret (“Molly”) Brown, who survived the sinking of the Titanic. The original Broadway production opened in 1960 and ran for 532 performances. The opening cast included Tammy Grimes, who won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. (Debbie Reynolds took on the role in the 1964 film version.)

Although the quality is not great, this is a clip, featured on The Ed Sullivan Show, of Tammy Grimes and Prince DeLong singing “Dolce Far Niente” (How Sweet to Do Nothing)



How sweet to do nothing….There is a lot more power and depth to those words than most people would understand.

Great choice. It’s so upbeat–loved this one.

Though familiar with the story, I have never seen this one. I did enjoy the movie with Debbie Reynolds, however. 🙂

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Another one which I’ve only seen parts of the movie. Quite an interesting story though.

Connie Ciampanelli April 25, 2017 at 8:06 am

I remember seeing the movie version with Debbie Reynolds and fell in love with Harve Presnell’s voice. (He was easy on the eyes, too). I’d forgotten the music was by the great Meredith Wilson. “The Music Man” is in my top few all-time favorites. Robert Preston, be still my heart.

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