Sunday Bonus!


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As you know, there are no A to Z posts on Sunday. But I’m on a roll – and I do hope you’ve been enjoying the posts so far. Tomorrow, Monday, we’ll be back with ‘H,’ and yes, it’s a good one (although the ‘F’ post, with Jerry Orbach and Elaine Stritch, has to be my favorite). However, like a mother with her children, they’re all my favorites!

Today is a special day – not only is it Palm Sunday for Christians, it’s my husband’s birthday. And it’s one of those milestone birthdays. If you know me, you can probably figure it out. If you don’t know me well enough, the internet can probably tell you. So as a gift to my Jim today, and as a special gift to all of you, I offer a special presentation by BBC Proms – weren’t they so good last week with “Put on Your Sunday Clothes” from Hello, Dolly!? Here they are, celebrating Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday in 2010 with “Sunday” from Sunday in the Park with George. Such a beautiful song. Enjoy!

 

A to Z Musicals ~ ♬ “A” is for AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’


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‘A Musical Bow to Fats Waller’

After three months in a Manhattan cabaret, Ain’t Misbehavin’ opened on Broadway in May 1978 and ran for nearly four years and 1,604 performances. The musical revue, a tribute to the black musicians of the 20s and 30s, was named after the Fats Waller song of the same name (1929). In a 1941 interview, Waller claimed the song was written while “lodging” in alimony prison, and that is why he was not “misbehavin’.”

The show won a Best Musical Tony Award in 1978 and Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical went to the fabulous Nell Carter (1948-2003), who sings the title song here: