Original Broadway Cast

Little Me [RCA Original Broadway Cast]

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Sid Caesar played seven different roles in this episodic comedy, which was well reviewed and is fondly remembered, although it wasn't much of a hit. Adapted from the book by Patrick Dennis (Auntie Mame), with a book by Neil Simon and a score by Carolyn Leigh and Cy Coleman, the show was more clever than inventive, and on record, you don't get Simon's book or Bob Fosse's dancing. Virginia Martin gives 110-percent to her parts of the score, however, and "The Other Side of the Tracks" is memorable for her seemingly boundless energy as she belts it out. And "I Love You" -- though not sung with much distinction by Caesar (who was no singer) -- includes some end-of-line vamps that brighten the proceedings, as they seem to be having some good-natured fun at the expense of "Try to Remember," the biggest hit to come out of the then new off-Broadway phenomenon The Fantasticks; additionally, "Deep Down Inside" and "Be a Performer" both have enjoyable ensemble performances. And, of course, "Real Live Girl" and "I've Got Your Number" have had significant lives outside the show. And apart from that contribution to popular culture, the show's most enduring legacy, at least to some baby boomers, may have echoed through the presence in the cast of Joey Faye and Mickey Deems -- it was around this same time that the two comics, who had known each other for about 20 years, were teamed together in the syndicated Trans-Lux-produced series Mack & Myer for Hire, endearing them to a generation of viewers too young to know Cy Coleman or Sid Caesar, never mind Patrick Dennis.

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