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re: Encores I MARRIED AN ANGEL' and the title song
Posted by: Ludlow29 (Ludlow29@aol.com) 10:49 pm EDT 06/05/21
In reply to: Encores I MARRIED AN ANGEL' and the title song - bmc 10:57 am EDT 06/05/21

In the context of the original script, the first verse as introduced by Vivienne Segal is romantic (that's the verse recorded by Streisand and others). It's followed by a comic second verse, as introduced by Walter Slezak:

"I'll the the man in the street/You're crazy with the heat/If you believe I'm yours, dear. And when you turn out the light/And go to bed at night/You'll never hear my snores, dear./ You can't play hide-and-seek/With my divine physique./There is no price you can pay/To make me go astray./You'll never get your way with me." There's also a comic reprise in the second act with a lyric about a bank run.

I've been involved with two productions of the show, and the way this song was staged reminded me of "You'll Never Get Away From Me" (GYPSY). It's my favorite song from the show too.

- Michael Colby (researcher for Dorothy Hart's "Thou Swell, Thou Witty: The Life and Lyrics of Lorenz Hart")
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