LP0156. THE GAY LIFE, Original 1961 Broadway Cast, w.Walter Chiari, Barbara Cook, Jules Munshin. Capitol stereo rainbow label SWAO 1560, in gatefold jacket.
“THE GAY LIFE is a musical with a book by Fay and Michael Kanin, lyrics by Howard Dietz, and music by Arthur Schwartz. Based on a cycle of seven short plays by Arthur Schnitzler, published in 1893 and first staged in 1910, THE GAY LIFE focuses on womanizing playboy Anatol Von Huber. The score is a mixture of traditional Broadway show tunes and operetta.
THE GAY LIFE started pre-Broadway try-outs at the Fisher Theater in Detroit and the O'Keefe Centre in Toronto. The production opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre on 18 November, 1961 and closed on 24 February, 1962 after 113 performances and three previews. Directed by Gerald Freedman and choreographed by Herbert Ross, the cast included Walter Chiari as Anatol, Barbara Cook as Liesl, and Jules Munshin as Max, with Elizabeth Allen as Magda.”