Original Broadway Cast

This Is the Army [Original Broadway Cast]

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In 1942, Irving Berlin organized This Is the Army, an all-soldier musical revue to benefit war relief that updated his similar World War I show Yip! Yip! Yaphank. It ran on Broadway for 113 performances from July 4 to September 26, then toured the U.S. and around the world over the next three years. Berlin himself reprised "Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning" from Yip! Yip! Yaphank, and other songs included the stirring "This Is the Army, Mr. Jones," the romantic "I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen," and the African-American-oriented "What the Well Dressed Man in Harlem Will Wear." Although the vogue for original Broadway cast albums had not yet begun in 1942, Decca Records, which would start that vogue with Oklahoma! the following year, anticipated it by bringing Berlin and his soldiers into the recording studio during the show's Broadway run and recording an album of four double-sided 78-rpm records. By the later standards of the LP and CD eras, it was a modest effort, running only 23 minutes and leaving out a number of songs heard on-stage. But it gave a flavor of the show, and the performances that were included were performed well, with Berlin's thin-voiced rendition of "Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning" a particular standout.

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