BALLET BALLADS



Composer: Jerome Moross
Lyricist: John Latouche

Opened: May 9, 1948, Maxine Elliott's Theatre, N.Y.C.; transferred on May 18, 1948 to the Music Box Theate, N.Y.C.
Performances: 69

Note: This show comprised three dance cantatas: SUSANNAH AND THE ELDERS, WILLIE THE WEEPER, and THE ECCENTRICITIES OF DAVEY CROCKETT (AS TOLD BY HIMSELF). A fourth segment, RED RIDING HOOD REVISITED, was not used. Live performance recordings of the 1950 West Coast revival and the 1961 off-Broadway revival are said to exist.


Baffled Willie (from WILLIE THE WEEPER):

1. Jerome Moross: Frankie And Johnny/Those Everlasting Blues/Willie The Weeper, CD/Naxos 8.559086 (Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Richard Rosenberg)


Come Live With Me:

1. Windflowers: The Songs Of Jerome Moross, CD/PS Classics 102 (Philip Chaffin with music direction by Eric Stern)


Famous Willie (from WILLIE THE WEEPER):

1. Jerome Moross: Frankie And Johnny/Those Everlasting Blues/Willie The Weeper, CD/Naxos 8.559086 (John DeHaan with the Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Richard Rosenberg)


Finale (from THE ECCENTRICITIES OF DAVY CROCKETT):

1. Taking A Chance On Love, CD/Original Cast OC-4444 (Eddie Korbich, Terry Burrell, Jerry Dixon, and Donna English with Jeffrey R. Smith and Davis Harris, pianos)


Introduction (from WILLIE THE WEEPER):

1. Jerome Moross: Frankie And Johnny/Those Everlasting Blues/Willie The Weeper, CD/Naxos 8.559086 (John DeHaan with the Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Richard Rosenberg)


Lonely Willie (incl. "Mr. Nobody") (from WILLIE THE WEEPER):

1. Taking A Chance On Love, CD/Original Cast OC-4444 (Eddie Korbich, Terry Burrell, Jerry Dixon, and Donna English with Jeffrey R. Smith and Davis Harris, pianos) ("Mr. Nobody")
2. Jerome Moross: Frankie And Johnny/Those Everlasting Blues/Willie The Weeper, CD/Naxos 8.559086 (John DeHaan with the Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Richard Rosenberg)


Lover Willie [aka "Sexy Willie"] (from WILLIE THE WEEPER) (incl. "Oh Baby, Gee Baby" and "Cocaine Lil", a portion of the later having originally appeared in A COW IN THE TRAILER)):

1. Private Acetate (M) (Betty Abbott, Jerry Duane, Theodore Uppman, and the Buddy Cole Trio)
2. Windflowers: The Songs Of Jerome Moross, CD/PS Classics 102 (Richard Muenz and Jessica Molaskey with music direction by Eric Stern)
3. Taking A Chance On Love, CD/Original Cast OC-4444 (Eddie Korbich, Terry Burrell, Jerry Dixon, and Donna English with Jeffrey R. Smith and Davis Harris, pianos) (as "Oh, Baby")
4. Jerome Moross: Frankie And Johnny/Those Everlasting Blues/Willie The Weeper, CD/Naxos 8.559086 (John DeHaan with the Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Richard Rosenberg)


My Yellow Flower (from THE ECCENTRICITIES OF DAVY CROCKETT):

1. Private Acetate (M) (Betty Abbott, Jerry Duane, Theodore Uppman, and the Buddy Cole Trio)
2. Rare Wine, Vanguard (M) VRS-9003 (Shannon Bolin with Milton Kaye and his Orchestra)
3. The World In My Arms, Elektra (S) EKS-7179 (Anita Ellis with orchestra conducted by Peter Matz) (as "Yellow Flower") [reissued as CD/Collectables 6392]
4. Windflowers: The Songs Of Jerome Moross, CD/PS Classics 102 (Jenny Giering and Philip Chaffin with music direction by Eric Stern)
5. Taking A Chance On Love, CD/Original Cast OC-4444 (Donna English with Jeffrey R. Smith and Davis Harris, pianos)


Opening (from THE ECCENTRICITIES OF DAVY CROCKETT):

1. Taking A Chance On Love, CD/Original Cast OC-4444 (Eddie Korbich, Terry Burrell, Jerry Dixon, and Donna English with Jeffrey R. Smith and Davis Harris, pianos)


Rich Willie (from WILLIE THE WEEPER):

1. Jerome Moross: Frankie And Johnny/Those Everlasting Blues/Willie The Weeper, CD/Naxos 8.559086 (John DeHaan with the Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Richard Rosenberg)


Ridin' On The Breeze (from THE ECCENTRICITIES OF DAVY CROCKETT):

1. Private Acetate (M) (Betty Abbott, Jerry Duane, Theodore Uppman, and the Buddy Cole Trio)
2. Windflowers: The Songs Of Jerome Moross, CD/PS Classics 102 (Philip Chaffin with music direction by Eric Stern)
3. Taking A Chance On Love, CD/Original Cast OC-4444 (Jerry Dixon with Jeffrey R. Smith and Davis Harris, pianos)


Red Riding Hood Revisited (unused section; material reworked into "Variations On A Waltz, For Orchestra"):

1. Jerome Moross: Symphony No. 1; The Last Judgment; Variation on a Waltz, CD/Koch 7188 (London Symphony Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta) (as "Variations On A Waltz, For Orchestra")


Self-Sufficient Willie [Contented Willie] (incl. "I've Got Me") (from WILLIE THE WEEPER; lyrics revised and used in BEGGARS' HOLIDAY with music by Duke Ellington):

1. Private Acetate (M) (Betty Abbott, Jerry Duane, Theodore Uppman, and the Buddy Cole Trio) ("I've Got Me")
2. Windflowers: The Songs Of Jerome Moross, CD/PS Classics 102 (Philip Chaffin with music direction by Eric Stern) ("I've Got Me")
3. Beggar's Holiday, Blue Pear (M) BP 1013 (Alfred Drake) ("I've Got Me"; M: Duke Ellington)
4. Take Love Easy: The Lyrics Of John Latouche, CD/Audiophile ACD-206 (Richard Rodney Bennett) ("I've Got Me"; M: Duke Ellington)
5. Everyone Else Revisited, CD/Painted Smiles PSCD-146 (Arthur Siegel) ("I've Got Me"; M: Duke Ellington)
6. Jerome Moross: Frankie And Johnny/Those Everlasting Blues/Willie The Weeper, CD/Naxos 8.559086 (John DeHaan with the Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Richard Rosenberg)


Super-Willie [Big Willie] (from WILLIE THE WEEPER):

1. Jerome Moross: Frankie And Johnny/Those Everlasting Blues/Willie The Weeper, CD/Naxos 8.559086 (John DeHaan with the Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Richard Rosenberg)


Unrecorded Song:

Susanna And The Elders