This compilation of "love songs from the heart of Broadway" is like a heart-shaped box of candy: mostly confectionary but undeniably tasty.
This compilation of "love songs from the heart of Broadway" is like a heart-shaped box of candy: mostly confectionary but undeniably tasty. The set defines Broadway loosely; some songs aren't from stage shows at all (Sondheim's "Take Me to the World" from the TV musical Evening Primrose and "Sooner or Later" from the movie Dick Tracy), while others are from film adaptations of theatrical musicals, such as "Loving You" from Mame. Producer Bruce Kimmel avoided the easy route of choosing only well-known songs—little known tracks like Irving Berlin's "Take Me With You Soldier Boy" (cut from the film version of This Is the Army) and "Mr. Right" (from Kurt Weill and Alan Jay Lerner's 1948 collaboration, Love Life) take their place alongside more familiar fare. Highlights include Twiggy and Tommy Tune's toe-tapping rendition of "A Room in Bloomsbury" from Sandy Wilson's The Boy Friend and Mary Cleere Haran's swinging version of the title tune from the Rodgers and Hart show I Married an Angel. Liner notes would have helped this collection immeasurably, but even without a sense of context or background, the songs alone are sweet treats for romantics. Visit fynsworthalley.com.—WH