An anatomical history of the musical which I have little hesitation in proclaiming the most authoritative yet published
STEPHEN BANFIELD, THE MUSICAL TIMES
This holiday season, we're pleased to offer a unique double-bill - Broadway Babies Say Goodnight and A Bushel And A Peck Of Heart And Soul, plus two hours of seasonal entertainment from The Mark Steyn Christmas Show.
A Bushel And A Peck Of Heart And Soul is Mark's centenary salute to the great Frank Loesser, writer of such Broadway blockbusters as Guys & Dolls and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. This double CD features rare interviews from the Steyn archive with Jule Styne, composer of Gypsy, and Burton Lane, composer of Finian's Rainbow, plus live performances of "Slow Boat To China", "Heart And Soul", "Standing On The Corner" and many more Broadway favorites from Mark's special guests, including the West End's legendary leading lady Siân Phillips and the star of the Oscar-winning Barbarian Invasions Dorothée Berryman. And Mark himself joins Cy Feuer, the producer of Guys & Dolls, the 106-year old George Abbott, director of Pal Joey, On The Town and much more, for a warble through "Once In Love With Amy".
There's more great entertainment for Broadway buffs on our second double CD, The Mark Steyn Christmas Show. The composer Hugh Martin performs his great Christmas standard, "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas". Elisabeth von Trapp,granddaughter of the Baron and Sister Maria, fills us in on what the family's been up to since the final scene of The Sound Of Music. Don Black, lyricist of Sunset Boulevard, and Tim Rice, lyricist of Evita, discuss British Christmas songs with Mark. And America's homemaker Martha Stewart, Hollywood colossus Rob Long and Quebec's Monique Fauteux are also on hand for recipes, comedy, and lots of live music, including "White Christmas", "Edelweiss", "Rudolph" and, for Broadway fans, a lavish duet of Cole Porter's "De-Lovely" by Mark and his Sweet Gingerbread gal Jessica Martin.
With almost four hours of entertainment, these two double-CDs make a perfect companion to Broadway Babies, an acknowledged classic in its own right. Steve Allen praised it as a "dazzling commentary on popular music culture", while the Pet Shop Boys used it to help write their own musical. There’s no Broadway history like this one! And, when you order it as part of our Broadway Christmas, you'll also get a unique SteynOnline holiday card. And don't forget, the book and the card can be personally autographed to you or your loved one.