LP0149. SARATOGA (Arlen), Original 1959 Broadway Cast, w.Howard Keel, Carol Lawrence. Shaded Dog black label Mono LOC-1051.
“SARATOGA is a musical with a book by Morton DaCosta, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, and music by Harold Arlen.
The success of the musical adaptation of Ferber's SHOW BOAT convinced her lightning could strike twice. DaCosta wrote a first draft of the book, which Ferber disliked, and when her offer to adapt the book herself was declined, she backed out of the project. The bulk of the financing was provided by NBC and RCA Victor, which released the original cast recording. Rock Hudson and Jeanmaire originally were announced as the leads, but ultimately neither participated in the show.
The Broadway production, directed by DaCosta and choreographed by Ralph Beaumont, opened on December 7, 1959 at the Winter Garden Theatre, where it ran for 80 performances. The cast included Carol Lawrence as Clio, Howard Keel as Clint, and Warde Donovan as Bart, with Virginia Capers, Odette Myrtil, and Edith King in supporting roles.”