LP0150. THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD, Original 1961 Broadway Cast, w.Cyril Richard, Janice Rule, Dran Steita, Bruce Yarnell.
Columbia 6-eye grey label stereo KOS 2050, shrink-wrapped.
“A Greco-French soufflé, THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD took Aristophanes’s classic Greek comedy, LYSISTRATA, and set it to the music of Jacques Offenbach, France’s equivalent to Sir Arthur Sullivan (of Gilbert and… fame), with E.Y. Harburg providing the clever lyrics. In their book, joyfully adapted and refitted to conform to Broadway standards, Fred Saidy and Henry Meyers told the story of the wily Athenian wife, Lysistrata, tired of waiting for her warring husband and inspired by the goddess Diana, who unites all the other women behind the simple concept of refusing their men’s amorous advances until they agree to live in peace. With Janice Rule, beguiling as Diana, and Bruce Yarnell as the dashing warrior, Kinesias, the musical opened at the Martin Beck Theatre on April 3, 1961. But audiences came mostly to see Cyril Ritchard, in two different roles (the Chief of State and Pluto), who delivered with his usual deadpan some of the sauciest lyrics this side of Cole Porter, notably in a ditty titled ‘Never Trust a Virgin’, which became one of the show’s highlights. In a season marked by the creation of several major hits, THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD was too lightweight to face the competition, and closed after 97 performances.”
- Masterworks Broadway