LP0223. MILK AND HONEY, Original 1961 Broadway Cast, w.Robert Weede, Mimi Benzell, Molly Picon. Shaded Dog black stereo RCA LSO-1065, the first pressing.
“MILK AND HONEY is a musical with a book by Don Appell and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. The story centers on a busload of lonely American widows hoping to catch husbands while touring Israel and is set against the backdrop of the country's struggle for recognition as an independent nation. It was Herman's first Broadway book musical following a succession of off-Broadway revues.
After one preview, MILK AND HONEY opened on Broadway on October 10, 1961 in the Martin Beck Theatre and ran for 543 performances. In addition to Picon, the show featured Metropolitan Opera stars Mimi Benzell and Robert Weede, and dancer-singer Tommy Rall. The musical director was Max Goberman. NEW YORK TIMES theater critic Howard Taubman praised the musical for its ‘heartwarming integrity’ and for ‘taste and imagination’, and lauded its performances, especially Picon's.”