LP0351. CHRISTINE (Sammy Fain), Original 1960 Cast Recording, w.Maureen O’Hara, Morley Meredith, Nancy Andrews, Janet Pavek, Phil Leeds. Columbia stereo grey label OS 2026.
“On paper, CHRISTINE boasts some eye-popping attributes: It's the only Broadway musical written by a Nobel Prize winner (Pearl S. Buck), and it marked the debut of film actor Maureen O'Hara on the singing stage. O'Hara had a surprisingly decent voice, but even she couldn't pull off the plot, which was heavily influenced by THE KING AND I (just replace Siam with India, the king with a doctor, and the English woman with one from Ireland). This 1960 show never quite surpasses its curio status, but those with an appreciation for the more obscure reaches of the musical-theater world will get a kick out of it. The operetta-flavored duet ‘My Little Lost Girl’ is particularly nice.”