From ABC Stage 67 - Digital Sheet Music
Product InformationI Remember from ABC Stage 67 - Digital Sheet Music
In 1966, Sondheim and James Goldman wrote this adaptation of John Collier's short story "Evening Primrose" for the television series ABC Stage 67. Stage 67 was the brainchild of producer Hubbel Robinson, and wass an ambitious series of original hourlong musicals and dramas for television. Despite all the talent, the only real critical successes of the show were "Primrose" and Sam Peckinpah's adaptation of Katherine Anne Porter's "Noon Wine". Evening Primrose is the story of Charles, a poet who has renounced the world and who has decided to live in a deprtment store and write poetry ("If You Can Find Me, I'm Here"). He soon discovers he is not alone, that there's a secret society which has lived in the store for years. Charles meets Mrs. Munday, the leader of the society; she decides he can stay after he convinces her that he really is a poet. Charles also meets Ella Harkins, Mrs. Munday's maid, with whom he is immediately taken. Ella is very unhappy, but afraid to leave because of the Dark Men. She explains to Charles that at Journey's End, a mortuary, there is another secret society. If someone in the society at the department store tries to return to the outside world and thus risk revealing the society's existence, the Dark Men come from the mortuary, that person is taken by them to the Surgical Supplies and when they are finished there's another mannequin in the clothing department. Ella, who is 19, has lived in the store since she was six - she was there with her mother, got separated and fell asleep in Women's Hats. Mrs. Munday found her and kept her for her maid. Amazed, Charles says, "You haven't seen the sun for thirteen years." To which Ella replies, "Don't pity me - I have my memories," and sings "I Remember". Charles is falling in love with Ella. While he plays contract bridge with Mrs. Munday and the others, he and Ella carry on an interior duet in the song "When". The song continues as they go about their seperate tasks - he, writing; she, cleaning. Finally, Ella expresses her desire to flee with Charles in "Take Me To The World". At first reluctant to leave his new life, he realizes that "I Love You more than poetry." Unfortunately, they are overheard by Mrs. Monday and the others, and the Dark Men are called. Ella and Charles try to escape from the Dark Men. In the final shot of the show, a young couple stand in front of a display window outside the department store, admiring the handsome bride and groom mannequins - Charles and Ella.
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9/9/2012 12:54:10 AM
This is an exquisite song. I would definitely recommend it, its a hidden gem.
9/9/2012 7:10:47 AM
The arrangement of this song is absolutely perfect especially for auditions. As a singer I cant say what it is like to play however the pianists that I have had play it have found it no trouble to play at all. It is very clearly set out with enough information, I will continue to use this for future auditions. :D