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A fictitious songwriter and fifty years of his music provide an ideal opportunity to mock today's popular musical anthologies. Here is the saga of an imaginary Liverpool Irish Catholic, Mooney, who is adopted by the Shapiros of New York City, turns songwriter and survives sixty-nine years of whatever the twentieth century might throw at him, from the early follies tunes to punk rock!

In an introduction the authors write: "the song writer should purposely recall the theatre anthologies of real-life songwriters Stephen Sondheim, Noel Coward, Cole Porter, Fats Waller, and others. The style, therefore, can be as economical as a concert performance; or as relatively elaborate as the London and New York productions ..."

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1. Songbook (from BALTIMORE BALLYHOO film, 1948)
2. East River Rhapsody (from revue FELDMAN FOLLIES OF 1926)
3. Talking Picture Show (from EVERMORE film, 1928)
4. Meg (Trunk Song, 1929)
5. Mister Destiny (from hit recording, 1930)
6. Your Time Is Different to Mine (from hit recording, 1932)
7. Pretty Face (from PRETTY FACES OF 1934 film)
8. Je Vous Aime, Milady (from hit recording, 1935)
9. Les Halles (Cabaret Song, 1935)
10. Olympics '36 (from hit recording, 1936)
11. Nazi Party Pooper (Trunk Song, 1936)
12. I'm Gonna Take Her Home to Momma (from hit recording, 1938)
13. War Songs 1939-1945: Bumpity-Bump / The Girl in the Window (Das Mädchen Am Fenster)
14. Academy Award-winning Hollywood Evergreens 1945-1948: April in Wisconsin (from A YANK AT THE VATICAN film) / It's Only a Show (from LET'S DO THE SHOW RIGHT HERE film) / Bring Back Tomorrow (from BRING BACK TOMORROW film)
15. Songbook (reprise)(from BALTIMORE BALLYHOO, 1948)

16. Happy Hickory (from musical HAPPY HICKORY, 1954)
17. HAPPY HICKORY Rejects (Trunk Songs): When a Brother Is a Mother to His Sister / Climbin' / Don't Play That Lovesong Anymore
18. Vocal Gems from HAPPY HICKORY: Happy Hickory (reprise) / Lovely Sunday Mornin' / Rusty's Dream Ballet / A Storm in My Heart / The Pokenhatchit Public Protest Committee / Happy Hickory (reprise)
19.I Accuse (from RED, WHITE AND BLACK, 1957)
20. Messages I (Trunk Song, 1958)
21. Messages II (Version for Bob Dylan, 1963)
22. I Found Love (from hit recording, 1964)
23. Don't Play that Lovesong Anymore (Trunk Song)
24. Golden Oldie (Trunk Song, 1972)
25. Climbin' (from hit recording, 1972)
26.Nostalgia (Trunk Song, 1977)

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Version 1

Songbook (A tribute to Mooney Shapiro) (1979-07-Globe theatre-London) (Original)
Durée :
Nombre : 208 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : mercredi 25 juillet 1979
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène : Jonathan Lynn
Chorégraphie : Gillian Lynne
Avec : David Healey (Mooney Shapiro), Anton Rodgers, Gemma Craven, Diane Langton, Andrew C.Wadsworth
Commentaires :
An absolute delight, this show received mountains of praise, but a whole evening of parody of film and musical theatre could only truly be enjoyed by an audience who understood what was being parodied. After 268 performances it finally ran out of audience.
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Version 2

Songbook (A tribute to Mooney Shapiro) (1981-05-Morosco Theatre-Broadway) (Original Broadway)
Durée :
Nombre : 14 previews - 1 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 21 avril 1981
Première : dimanche 03 mai 1981
Dernière : dimanche 03 mai 1981
Mise en scène : Jonathan Lynn
Chorégraphie : George Faison
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