PINS AND NEEDLES



Composer: Harold Rome
Lyricist: Harold Rome

Opened: November 27, 1937, Labor Stage, N.Y.C.
Performances: 1108

Note: The second edition opened on April 20, 1939, moved on June 26, 1939 to the Windsor Theatre. The production was renamed PINS AND NEEDLES 1939 in August 1939 and PINS AND NEEDLES 1940 in September 1940. The Third Edition (NEW PINS AND NEEDLES) opened on November 25, 1939 and closed on June 22, 1940.


Back To Work (added after opening by February 1939):

1. Pins And Needles, Columbia (S) OS 2210 (Jack Carroll and Chorus with orchestra conducted by Stan Freeman) [reissued as CD/Columbia 2210]


Chain Store Daisy (aka "Vassar Girl Finds Job"):

1. 78/Decca 23061 (Ruth Rubinstein with Harold Rome & Baldwin Bergersen, pianos) [reissued on Front Row Center: The Broadway Gold Box, CD/MCAD4-11353]
2. 78/Bluebird B-7418 (Nita Carol with piano duet)
3. Pins And Needles, JJA 19783 (Elaine Stritch with musical direction by Milton Schaefer)
4. Pins And Needles, Columbia (S) OS 2210 (Rose Marie Jun with orchestra conducted by Stan Freeman) [reissued as CD/Columbia 2210]


Cream Of Mush (sketch by Joseph Schrank with music and lyrics by Harold Rome) (added after opening in April 1939) :

1. Pins And Needles, JJA 19783 (Elaine Stritch, Bobby Short, Josephine Premice, Phil Leeds, and Bob Dishy with musical direction by Milton Schaefer)


Doin' The Reactionary (aka "Slumming Party"):

1. 78/Vocalion 3970 (Cab Calloway, vocal, with Cab Calloway and His Orchestra) [reissued on The Chronological Cab Calloway And His Orchestra 1937-1938, CD/Classics 568]
2. 78/Brunswick m 8077 (Mary McHugh with the Hudson-DeLange Orchestra)
3. Pins And Needles, JJA 19783 (Josphine Premice and TV cast with musical direction by Milton Schaefer)
4. Pins And Needles, Columbia (S) OS 2210 (Barbra Streisand and Chorus with orchestra conducted by Stan Freeman) [reissued as CD/Columbia 2210]
5. Workers Rise, CD/New York City Labor Chorus (New York City Labor Chorus directed by Geoffrey Fairweather and accompaniment by Eustace Johnson)
6. Sing Me A Song With Social Significance . . . Or Not, CD/Nancy Stearns (Nancy Stearns)


Four Little Angels Of Peace:

1. Pins And Needles, Columbia (S) OS 2210 (Harold Rome, Jack Carroll, Barbra Streisand, and Alan Sokoloff with orchestra conducted by Stan Freeman) [reissued as CD/Columbia 2210]


It's Better With A Union Man (aka "Bertha The Sewing Machine Girl") (sketch by Joseph Schrank with music and lyrics by Harold Rome) (added after opening in November 1939):

1. A Touch Of Rome, 10"/Heritage LP-H-0053 (Harold Rome, piano and voice) [reissued as CD/DRG 5249]
2. Pins And Needles, Columbia (S) OS 2210 (Harold Rome and Chorus with orchestra conducted by Stan Freeman) [reissued as CD/Columbia 2210]
3. Wurlitzer Style 146 Band Organ: Marches, Waltzes, Foxtrots, CAS/Carrousel Music K146-1 (unknown performer)


I've Got The Nerve To Be In Love (added after opening in April 1939):

1. Pins And Needles, Columbia (S) OS 2210 (Rose Marie Jun and Jack Carroll with orchestra conducted by Stan Freeman) [reissued as CD/Columbia 2210]


Mene, Mene, Tekel (added after opening in August 1939):

1. 78/Keynote K501 (Clarence Palmer with Mixed Chorus) [reissued on Pins And Needles, JJA 19783]
2. 78/TAC 3 (Hazel Scott, piano and voice) [reissued on Pins And Needles, JJA 19783]
3. 78/Bluebird B10546 (Hal Derwin and Chorus with Shep Fields & His Rippling Rhythm)
4. A Touch Of Rome, 10"/Heritage LP-H-0053 (Harold Rome, piano and voice) [reissued as CD/DRG 5249]
5. And Then I Wrote…, Coral (M) CRL 57082 (Harold Rome, piano and voice)
6. Pins And Needles, Columbia (S) OS 2210 (Harold Rome and Chorus with orchestra conducted by Stan Freeman) [reissued as CD/Columbia 2210]
7. Complete Works In Chronological Order: Vol. 5, 1945-1949, CD/Document 5638 (Golden Gate Quartet) (unverified)
8. Kicking The Gong, CD/Tuxedo Music (Cats and Jammers) (unverified)


Nobody Make A Pass At Me (aka "Dear Beatrice Fairfax"):

1. 78/Decca 23060 (Millie Weitz with Harold J. Rome and Baldwin Bergerson at the twin pianos) [reissued on Front Row Center: The Broadway Gold Box, CD/MCAD4-11353]
2. Born To Sing, Columbia (S) CS 9523 (Phyllis Diller with orchestra conducted by Joey Scott)
3. Pins And Needles, JJA 19783 (Elaine Stritch with musical direction by Milton Schaefer)
4. Pins And Needles, Columbia (S) OS 2210 (Barbra Streisand with orchestra conducted by Stan Freeman) [reissued as CD/Columbia 2210]


Not Cricket To Picket:

1. Pins And Needles, Columbia (S) OS 2210 (Barbra Streisand with orchestra conducted by Stan Freeman) [reissued as CD/Columbia 2210]


One Big Union For Two:

1. 78/Vocalion 3970 (Cab Calloway, vocal, with Cab Calloway and His Orchestra) [reissued on The Chronological Cab Calloway And His Orchestra 1937-1938, CD/Classics 568]
2. 78/Decca 23060 (Kay Weber and Sonny Schuyler with Harold J. Rome and Baldwin Bergerson at the twin pianos) [reissued Pins And Needles, JJA 19783]
3. 78/Bluebird B 7417 (Nita Carol, piano and voice)
4. And Then I Wrote…, Coral (M) CRL 57082 (Harold Rome, piano and voice)
5. Pins And Needles, Columbia (S) OS 2210 (Rose Marie Jun and Jack Carroll with orchestra conducted by Stan Freeman) [reissued as CD/Columbia 2210]


The Red Mikado (added after opening by late April 1939) (book and lyrics by Joseph Schrank and Harold Rome):

1. 78/Labor Stage R2147/8 (Entire cast of Pins and Needles) [reissued on Pins And Needles, JJA 19783]


Sing Me A Song With Social Significance (aka "Why Sing Of Skies Above?"):

1. 78/Decca 23061 (Kay Weber and Sonny Schuyler with Harold Rome and Baldwin Bergeson, pianos) [reissued on Original Cast! The Thirties, CD/Metropolitan Opera MET 802CD]
2. 78/Bluebird B-7418 (Nita Carol and Alan Holt with piano)
3. And Then I Wrote…, Coral (M) CRL 57082 (Harold Rome, piano and voice)
4. Pins And Needles, Columbia (S) OS 2210 (Rose Marie Jun with orchestra conducted by Stan Freeman) [reissued as CD/Columbia 2210]
5. Workers Rise, CD/New York City Labor Chorus (Barbara Bailey and Linda Boney with the New York City Labor Chorus directed by Geoffrey Fairweather and accompaniment by Eustace Johnson)
6. Sing Me A Song With Social Significance . . . Or Not, CD/Nancy Stearns (Nancy Stearns)


Sitting On Your Status Quo (added after opening):

1. Pins And Needles, JJA 19783 (Bobby Short and TV cast with musical direction by Milton Schaefer)
2. Pins And Needles, Columbia (S) OS 2210 (Barbra Streisand and Chorus with orchestra conducted by Stan Freeman) [reissued as CD/Columbia 2210]


Song Of The Ads (aka "The Pluto Boys, We're The Ads"):

1. 78/Keynote K502 (Harold Rome, piano and voice) [reissued on Pins And Needles, JJA 19783]
2. Rome-Antics, Heritage (M) H-0063 (Harold Rome, piano and voice, with accompaniment)


Sunday In The Park (subsequently used in HAPPY RETURNS):

1. 78/HMV BD5469 (Denny Dennis with Roy Fox and His Band) [reissued on This Is Roy Fox, Halcyon HAL 7]
2. 78/Decca 1749 (Frank Crumit with the Al Duffy Four)
3. 78/Decca 1694 A (Perry Como and Elmo Tanner, whistling, with Ted Weems and His Orchestra) [reissued on Class Will Tell, CD/Jasmine Records JASCD 362]
4. 78/Bluebird B 7417 (Nita Carol and Alan Holt, with piano duet)
5. 78/Bluebird B 7568 (Ed Holly with Abe Lyman and His Californians)
6. 78/Brunswick m 8077 (Mary McHugh with the Hudson-DeLange Orchestra)
7. 78/Vocalion v 3971 (Mickey Ross with Bob Sylvester and His Orchestra)
8. 45/Columbia B-500 (Frank Parker and Lu Ann Simms with orchestra directed by Will Roland)
9. Pins And Needles, JJA 19783 (Bobby Short and Company with musical direction by Milton Schaefer)
10. A Touch Of Rome, 10"/Heritage LP-H-0053 (Harold Rome, piano and voice) [reissued as CD/DRG 5249]
11. And Then I Wrote…, Coral (M) CRL 57082 (Harold Rome, piano and voice)
12. Pins And Needles, Columbia (S) OS 2210 (Jack Carroll and Chorus with orchestra conducted by Stan Freeman) [reissued as CD/Columbia 2210]
13. Songs Of New York, CD/Book-Of-The-Month Records 31-7502 (Michael Vita and Chorus with orchestra conducted by John McGlinn)
14. TV Calendar Show/Visit To New York With Arthur Godfrey, CD/Collectables 7537 (Lu Ann Simms)
An unverified radio transcription performed by the Master Singers is also known to exist.


What Good Is Love?:

1. Pins And Needles, JJA 19783 (Elaine Stritch with musical direction by Milton Schaefer)
2. Pins And Needles, Columbia (S) OS 2210 (Barbra Streisand with orchestra conducted by Stan Freeman) [reissued as CD/Columbia 2210]


When I Grow Up (aka "The G-Man Song" and "I Want To Be A G-Man") (added for the NEW PINS AND NEEDLES tour):

1. 78/Keynote K502 (Harold Rome, piano and voice) [reissued on Pins And Needles, JJA 19783]
2. 78/Victor 27925 (Ziggy Talent with Vaughn Monroe His Orchestra)
3. And Then I Wrote…, Coral (M) CRL 57082 (Harold Rome, piano and voice)
4. Pins And Needles, Columbia (S) OS 2210 (Harold Rome with orchestra conducted by Stan Freeman) [reissued as CD/Columbia 2210]


The Yanks Aren't Coming!:

1. 78/TAC 3 (Hazel Scott, piano and voice) [reissued on Pins And Needles, JJA 19783]


Unrecorded Material:

1+1+1 (sketch by Joseph Schrank) (added briefly to the NYC run; included in the NEW PINS AND NEEDLES tour)
Alone On The Lone Prairie (added for the NEW PINS AND NEEDLES tour)
Brittania Waives The Rules (sketch and lyrics by Arnold B. Horwitt and John Latouche; music by Berenece Kazounoff) (added after opening in April 1939)
Economics I (sketch by Charles Friedman with music and lyrics by Harold Rome)
F.T.P. (Federal Theatre Project) Plowed Under (sketch by Mark Blitzstein)
First Impressions (L: Charles Friedman; Harold Rome)
The General Is Unveiled (sketch with ballet music by Harold Rome)
The Great White Way Turns Pink (M: Lee Wainer; L: John Latouche) (added after opening by September 1938)
The Harmony Boys (sketch by Joseph Schrank with music and lyrics by Harold Rome) (added after opening in June 1939)
History Eight To The Bar (added for the NEW PINS AND NEEDLES tour; also used in THE LUNCHTIME FOLLIES and LET FREEDOM SING)
I'm Just Nuts About You (sheet music only)
International Situation (sketch by Joseph Schrank) (added after opening)
Just An Ordinary Guy (ASCAP/Library of Congress only; subsequently used in SING OUT THE NEWS)
Lesson In Etiquette (added after opening by September 1938)
Let 'Em Eat Guns (sketch by Joseph Schrank) (added for the NEW PINS AND NEEDLES tour)
The Little Red Schoolhouse (sketch by Emanuel Eisenberg)
Lorelei On The Rocks (M: Berenece Kazounoff; L: John Latouche) (added after opening in December 1938)
Men Awake Mussolini Handicap (sketch by Arthur Arent)
Oh, Give Me The Good Old Days (added after opening by March 1940)
One Third Of A Mitten (sketch by Emanuel Eisenberg and Jay Williams) (added after opening by September 1938)
Overture
Papa Don't Love Mama Any More (sheet music only)
Papa Lewis, Mama Green (added after opening on January 30, 1939)
Pity The Poor Millionaire (added after opening)
Poker Players (sketch by Joseph Schrank) (included in the NEW PINS AND NEEDLES tour)
Public Enemy No. 1 Room For One (sheet music only)
Stay Out, Sammy (added after opening by March 1940)
We Sing America (added after opening in November 1939)
We'd Rather Be Right (sketch by David Gregory with music by Harold Rome and lyrics by Arthur Kramer)
We've Just Begun (L: Charles Friedman; Harold Rome)
What This Party Needs (sketch by Joseph Schrank with music by Harold Rome and lyrics by Arthur Kramer and Harold Rome) (added on November 2, 1939)