Finally on CD! Based on ‘How Green Was My Valley’ the show stars the great Tessie O’Shea. A strictly limited pressing of 1500 copies.
Richard Llewellyn’s 1939 novel, How Green Was My Valley, was a popular success, so much so that Twentieth Century-Fox purchased the screen rights immediately and released their Academy Award-winning film version just two years later. The film itself is very musical, with its beautiful score by Alfred Newman, and a lot of townspeople singing a lot of tunes. So, it must have seemed a natural for such a musical property to be turned into an actual musical, and in 1966 that’s exactly what happened with the aptly retitled A Time for Singing. The team responsible for musicalizing How Green Was My Valley was first-time Broadway composer John Morris, and first-time book and lyric writers Gerald Freedman and Morris.
An impressive cast was assembled, including Shani Wallis, Laurence Naismith, Tessie O’Shea, and Ivor Emmanuel. The choreographer was Donald McKayle, and the sets were by the great Ming Cho Lee, lighting by Jean Rosenthal, and costumes by Theoni V. Aldredge. Orchestrations were by Don Walker and the musical direction by Jay Blackton – in other words, a Class A cast and creative team straight down the line. A Time for Singing opened on Broadway on May 21, 1966 after ten previews. The show received humdrum reviews and closed after only forty-one performances. Over the years, a cult has grown for A Time for Singing, thanks to its excellent cast recording that was issued by Warner Bros. Records. The score is beloved by hordes of theater music fans and the album was always a sought-after collector’s item. It has taken a long time to bring it to CD. Perhaps the show will be rediscovered – certainly the score is worthy of rediscovery, with John Morris’s lush and beautiful music, and excellent lyrics by Morris and Freedman.
For this first-ever CD release, the original album masters were used – they were in pristine condition and the sound is absolutely stunning. So, here, finally, is A Time for Singing and it is indeed truly a time for singing.
COME YOU MEN
HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY
OLD LONG JOHN
WHAT A GOOD DAY IS SATURDAY
SOMEONE MUST TRY
OH, HOW I ADORE YOUR NAME
THAT’S WHAT YOUNG LADIES DO
WHEN HE LOOKS AT ME
FAR FROM HOME
I WONDER IF
A TIME FOR SINGING
MEDLEY: LET ME LOVE YOU,
I’VE NOTHING TO GIVE, LET ME LOVE YOU – (Reprise)
WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO GET MARRIED?
I’M ALWAYS WRONG
THERE IS BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE
THE MOUNTAINS SING BACK
MEDLEY: PEACE COME TO EVERY HEART,
GONE IN SORROW, HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY – (Reprise)