The Slow Drag
Original London Cast
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A Jazz Musical
The Slow Drag, an Off-Broadway musical by Carson Kreitzer opened to sell out performances in a fringe theatre in London on February 14 1997. It transferred to the West End of London on October 27 1997.
This unusual Jazz Musical based on real life contains some of the most popular songs of the forties, such as BLUES IN THE NIGHT, THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT, HONEYSUCKLE ROSE, BLAME IT ON MY YOUTH, TOO LATE NOW, BUT BEAUTIFUL. MORE THAN YOU KNOW, EVERYBODY LOVES MY BABY and other.
The singing sensation, Kim Criswell stars as June Wedding, the wife of Saxophonist Johnny Christmas whom only after his death was discovered to be a woman.
Included as bonus tracks are five songs in the same arrangements sung by Kim Criswell. They are YOU’VE COME A LONG WAY FROM ST.LOUIS, MY FOOLISH HEART, YOU’LL NEVER KNOW/I WISH I DIDN’T LOVE YOU SO, BLUE MOON and BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE.
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London over four nights each night starting at 12.00 am to capture the flavour.
- C Jam Blues
James Pearson, Duke Ellington
- Everybody Loves My Baby
Liza Sadovy, Spencer Williams, Jack Palmer
- More Than You Know (from Great Day!)
Kim Criswell, Vincent Youmans, Billy Rose, Edward Eliscu
- Why Don't You Do Right?
Kim Criswell, Joe McCoy
- Sweet Melinda
Christopher Colquhoun, James Pearson, Carson Kreitzer
- Blame It On My Youth
Kim Criswell, Oscar Levant, Edward Heyman
- Black And Blue
Christopher Colquhoun, Thomas Fats Waller, Harry Brooks, Andy Razaf
- The Way You Look Tonight (from Swing Time)
Liza Sadovy, Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields
- Blues In The Night (from Blues In The Night)
Kim Criswell, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer
- Honeysuckle Rose
Christopher Colquhoun, Thomas Fats Waller, Andy Razaf
- Too Late Now (from Royal Wedding)
Kim Criswell, Burton Lane, Liza Sadovy, Alan Jay Lerner
- But Beautiful (from The Road To Rio)
Kim Criswell, James Van Heusen, Johnny Burke
- You Came A Long Way From St. Louis
Kim Criswell, John Benson Brooks, Bob Russell
- My Foolish Heart (from My Foolish Heart)
Kim Criswell, Victor Young, Ned Washington
- You'll Never Know (from Hello Frisco Hello) / I Wish I Didn't Love You So
Kim Criswell, Harry Warren, Frank Loesser, Mack Gordon
- Blue Moon
Kim Criswell, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart
- Baby It's Cold Outside (from Neptune's Daughter)
Kim Criswell, Liza Sadovy, Frank Loesser