LP0248. HOUSE OF FLOWERS (Truman Capote & Harold Arlen), Original 1954 Broadway cast, w.Pearl Bailey, Diahann Carroll, Juanita Hall, Ray Walston, Carmen de Lavallade, Alvin Ailey and Geoffrey Holder. Columbia 6-eye, grey label OL 4969.
"With the inimitable Pearl Bailey as the unpredictable Mme Fleur, hostess of the bordello that gave its name to the show, HOUSE OF FLOWERS opened on December 30, 1954, at the Alvin Theatre in New York City, bringing along with it a sunny Caribbean setting, its warm colors and exotic sounds, and the wild antics of its star. If the storyline – the coming of age of a young, innocent girl who lives in Mme Fleur’s house of ill repute – was deemed too light to justify a lengthy Broadway run (the show played 165 performances), it gave composer Harold Arlen the opportunity to ‘produce one of his most original and masterly achievements’, in the words of Truman Capote, who based the book on a short story he had written. Diahann Carroll, making her Broadway debut, performed the classic ‘A Sleepin’ Bee’, one of the brightest moments in the effusive score. First LP release: January 14, 1955.”
- Masterworks Broadway
"Maya Angelou appeared on stage and in front of the camera several times as both a dancer and actress. Though she was cast in the Broadway musical HOUSE OF FLOWERS in 1954, Angelou turned it down for a world tour of PORGY AND BESS, in which she was a featured dancer. But she eventually got her chance again on Broadway in 1973 when she appeared in LOOK AWAY, a play about Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress. It closed after only one performance, but that single run was enough to earn Angelou a Tony Award nomination."
- Zillah Dorset Akron