1939 Studio Cast

The Boys from Syracuse [1939 Studio Cast]

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The success of Rodgers & Hart's November 1938 Broadway musical The Boys From Syracuse caused Decca Records to plan a "souvenir album" of the show's songs. But the label did not employ the original Broadway cast (even though photographs from the production were displayed on the album cover). Instead, singers Rudy Vallée and Frances Langford, backed by an orchestra conducted by Harry Sosnick, were employed to sing six selections from the score. These included Langford's performance of "Falling in Love With Love," which became a modest hit as a single. Langford and Vallée duetted on the show's other big hit, "This Can't Be Love," as well as the romantic ballad "The Shortest Day of the Year." The show's comic numbers were missing, making this a less-than-satisfying collection. But both singers handled the material that was here well.

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