An Evening with Frank Loesser contains performances associated with three Frank Loesser shows -- Guys and Dolls, The Most Happy Fella, and How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Loesser has a good, sometimes gruff voice and puts the material across well while accompanying himself on piano. These are early versions -- lyrics changed and songs were replaced before these scores got to Broadway -- so this is, in a sense, an album for Broadway scholars, although mere fans will have a good time, too. The material from The Most Happy Fella, dating from three years before the actual production, features Maxene Andrews of the Andrews Sisters and is previously unreleased.
AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann