The story of adolescent love, Booth Tarkington’s Seventeen first appeared as a series of magazine stories and, in 1916, as a successful book. In 1951 it was turned into a musical with lyrics by Kim Gannon and music by Walter Kent (perhaps best known for his contribution to the song “White Cliffs of Dover”). In spite of an interesting score Seventeen was not successful on Broadway, only achieving 180 performances. Of the cast Kenneth Nelson went on to greater recognition in such shows as The Fantasticks and the play The Boys in the Band. The cast recording of Seventeen has been unavailable for many years and makes it’s CD debut here.
We have coupled Seventeen with another Broadway show High Button Shoes starring Phil Silvers and Nanette Fabray. This was Jule Styne’s first Broadway show and the collaboration with lyricist Sammy Cahn proved to be successful. High Button Shoes ran for 727 performances and produced hit songs “I Still Get Jealous” and “Papa, Won’t You Dance With Me”.
Both the “pop” versions charted in America and are featured on this CD as bonus tracks, the former performed by Gordon MacRae and the latter Doris Day.
1.Weatherbee’s Drug Store — Company
2.This Was Just Another Day — Kenneth Nelson
3.Things Are Gonna Hum This Summer — Company
4.How Do You Do, Miss Pratt? — Kenneth Nelson
5.Summertime Is Summertime — Company
6.Reciprocity — Company
7.Ode to Lola — Company
8.A Headache and a Heartache — Doris Dalton
9.Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, What You Do To Me! — Harrison Muller
10.The Hoosier Way — Company
11.I Could Get Married Today — Kenneth Nelson
12.If We Could Only Stop The Old Town Clock — Company
13.After All, It’s Spring — Ellen McCown
14.Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, What You Do To Me! — Art Mooney (Bonus)
15.Can’t You Just See Yourself in Love with Me? — Mark Dawson
16.There’s Nothing Like A Model ‘T’ — Nanette Fabray
17.Get Away for a Day in the Country — Jack McCauley
18.Papa, Won’t You Dance with Me? — Nanette Fabray
19.On a Sunday by the Sea — Phil Silvers
20.You’re My Girl — Mark Dawson
21.I Still Get Jealous — Nanette Fabray
22.Nobody Ever Died for Dear Old Rutgers — Phil Silvers
23.I Still Get Jealous — Gordon MacRae (BONUS)
24.Papa, Won’t You Dance with Me? — Doris Day (BONUS)
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