March Monikers: “Adelaide’s Lament”

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March 2012 at Musical Cyberspace is all about songs with people’s names in the title.

“Adelaide’s Lament” is a fantastic character piece. Crafted by Frank Loesser for the 1950 musical Guys and Dolls, the song helps to define precisely who the character is, an insecure, neurotic showgirl with pretensions to intellectualism, and it does so in a way that makes us simultaneously laugh and feel sympathetic for her. Vivian Blaine put an indelible stamp on the song as its original performer and, many recordings of the show later, it’s only Faith Prince that offers any real competition for a definitive reading of the song.

Keen to share your thoughts on “Adelaide’s Lament”? Head on to the comment box at the end of this post.

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1 Response to March Monikers: “Adelaide’s Lament”

  1. Kevin Lobat says:

    Ms. Blaine’s Adelaide is inspired – she has the comic greatness of Keaton or Laurel and can belt out a song with the best of them like Garland or Merman , most of her creation was captured on film in the movie version – most , not all – the film adaptation of Gs&Ds leaves anyone familiar with the Musical show a bit shortchanged – thankfully Ms. Blaine, the magical Stubby Kaye, and his counter point, Johnny Silver, and the outrageously funny BS Pulley were retained for the film version.

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