Original Broadway Cast / Tony Randall

Oh, Captain!

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Oh Captain!, based on the 1953 British film The Captain's Paradise, about a ship captain with wives in two different ports, marked the return to Broadway of the songwriting team of Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, who had begun their career in New York but long-since relocated to Hollywood, where they wrote Academy Award-winning songs like "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)." José Ferrer directed and co-wrote the libretto, and Tony Randall, in his musical-comedy debut after successes on stage, screen, and television, starred as the captain. The setting was changed from Gibraltar to London and Paris to take advantage of the French capital's notorious sexiness (the second wife was now a chanteuse), resulting in a strikingly bawdy portrayal meant to spice up the lives of the tired businessmen who frequented Broadway. Songs like "Femininity," sung by the captain's French concubine, left little to the imagination but also had considerable wit. Randall had a good voice and was well matched with Jacquelyn McKeever as his British wife and Abbe Lane as his French girlfriend. Lane proved to have a recording contract that prevented her from participating on this cast album, but singing star Eileen Rodgers makes an excellent replacement. Paul Valentine, as a hot-blooded Latin, gives McKeever a thrill in "We're Not Children." There may be no standards, but there are many pleasant songs, and the whole is an enjoyable, if not particularly distinguished score. After opening on February 4, 1958, Oh Captain! managed no more than five and a half months on Broadway, which is about what it deserved, but musical theater fans will enjoy the cast album (finally reissued on CD by DRG in 2002), noting, for example, the contrast between "You Don't Know Him" and the similarly themed "I Know Him So Well" from 1984's Chess.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Oh Captain!, musical play
1 6:25 Amazon
2 2:26 Amazon
3 1:29 Amazon
4 2:03 Amazon
5
feat: Edward Platt
3:13 Amazon
6 3:06 Amazon
7 1:53 SpotifyAmazon
8 2:44 Amazon
9 4:26 Amazon
10 3:42 Amazon
11 3:43 Amazon
12 1:59 Amazon
13 2:50 Amazon
14 4:42 Amazon
15
feat: Edward Platt
3:27 Amazon
16 2:18 Amazon
17 3:01 Amazon
18 2:13 Amazon
19 0:57 Amazon
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