The Broadway musical
'Man In The Moon' was a collaboration between famed puppeteers Bil and Cora Baird and the award winning Broadway writing team of lyricist
Sheldon Harnick and composer Jerry Bock. The production opened at New
York's Biltmore Theatre on April 11th 1963 and ran for 22 performances. Two weeks later, Harnick and
Bock's critically acclaimed musical 'She Loves Me' opened on Broadway and although
'Man In The Moon' would not achieve the same enduring legacy as 'She Loves Me', the charismatic
children's musical still proved a critical success and contained five original and memorable songs by Harnick and Bock.
'Man In The Moon' was conceived by Bil Baird and featured a book by Arthur
Burns, the production was directed by Gerald Freedman. The story centred around the young protagonist Jerry who is beamed to the moon to act as an
'Earth Ambassador' and state a case in the defence of our planet to the 'Man In The
Moon'. Jerry is unexpectedly accompanied on his journey by jewel thief Flicker and his gang of henchmen.
Other characters include the Man In The Moon's granddaughter Chandra and a
docile giant who guards The Man In The Moon's domain.
The New York Times found the 'Man In The Moon' to be like a "box of holiday bon-bons" and praised Bock and
Harnick's "snappy score". The limited theatre run was preceded by an Original Cast Album on Golden Records featuring Bil and Cora Baird, Franz Fazakas, Frank Sullivan, Gerald Freedman and singers
Margery Gray, Rose Marie Jun and Eric Carlson. The album featured the dialogue scenes interspersed with the original songs by Bock and Harnick.
The 'Man In The Moon' Original Cast Album now makes its debut on CD. The cast recording is coupled with the unreleased original demos for the show performed by composers Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock. The release continues Stage Door's
COLLECTOR'S SERIES, a line of limited edition CD products presented in the retro style of a miniature long-playing record. All Collector's Series titles are limited to 500 units.
With special thanks to Sheldon Harnick and Ken Bloom.
DATE: JUNE 30th, 2017
CATALOGUE #: STAGE 2400
MAN IN THE MOON - ORIGINAL
2. JERRY GOES TO THE MOON - PART I
3. LOOK WHERE I AM
4. JERRY GOES TO THE MOON - PART II
5. ITCH TO BE RICH
6. JERRY GOES TO THE MOON PART III
7. WORLDS APART
8. JERRY MEETS THE MAN IN THE MOON - PART I
9. YOU TREACHEROUS MEN
10. JERRY MEETS THE MAN IN THE MOON PART II
11. AIN'T YOU NEVER BEEN AFRAID
12. JERRY MEETS THE MAN IN THE MOON PART III
13.WORLDS APART (Reprise)
MAN IN THE MOON - DEMO RECORDINGS
Performed by Sheldon Harnick & Jerry Bock
14. LOOK WHERE I AM
15. ITCH TO BE RICH
16. WORLDS APART
17. YOU TREACHEROUS MEN
18. AIN'T YOU NEVER BEEN AFRAID
SHELDON HARNICK - HIDDEN TREASURES 1949-2013
ON HARBINGER RECORDS