SIMPLY HEAVENLY



Composer: David Martin
Lyricist: Langston Hughes

Opened: May 21, 1957, 85th Street Playhouse, N.Y.C.; transferred to Broadway on August 20, 1957, Playhouse Theatre, N.Y.C and closed on October 12, 1957; reopened off-Broadway on November 8, 1957; March 7, 2003, Young Vic Theatre, London
Performances: 169 (combined New York runs); ? (London)

Note: Only recordings of songs and monologues not found on the original Broadway cast album are noted below. It is not know the extent to which the monologues listed below may have been used in the show.


Banquet In Honor (monologue):

1. The Best Of Simple: Langston Hughes Read By Melvin Stewart, Folkways Records (M) FL 9789 (Melvin Stewart)


Deep In Love With You (added to the London production):

1. Simply Heavenly, CD/First Night CASTCD 92 (Rhashan Stone with musical direction by Jason Thompson)


He's A Great Big Bundle of Joy (added to the London production):

1. Simply Heavenly, CD/First Night CASTCD 92 (Ruby Turner with musical direction by Jason Thompson)


Hunter and the Hunted (added to the London production):

1. Simply Heavenly, CD/First Night CASTCD 92 (Nicola Hughes with musical direction by Jason Thompson)


I Want Someone to Come Home To (added to the London production):

1. Simply Heavenly, CD/First Night CASTCD 92 (Allyson Brown with musical direction by Jason Thompson)


Jazz, Jive And Jam (monologue):

1. The Best Of Simple: Langston Hughes Read By Melvin Stewart, Folkways Records (M) FL 9789 (Melvin Stewart)


Mississippi Monologue (monologue):

1. The Best Of Simple: Langston Hughes Read By Melvin Stewart, Folkways Records (M) FL 9789 (Melvin Stewart)


Paddy's Bar (added to the London production):

1. Simply Heavenly, CD/First Night CASTCD 92 (The Band with musical direction by Jason Thompson)


Simple's Platform And End (monologue):

1. The Best Of Simple: Langston Hughes Read By Melvin Stewart, Folkways Records (M) FL 9789 (Melvin Stewart)


Simple's Soliloquy From "Hamlet" (monologue):

1. The Best Of Simple: Langston Hughes Read By Melvin Stewart, Folkways Records (M) FL 9789 (Melvin Stewart)


Watermelons (added to the London production):

1. Simply Heavenly, CD/First Night CASTCD 92 (Clive Rowe and Ruby Turner with musical direction by Jason Thompson)


When A Man Sees Red (monologue):

1. The Best Of Simple: Langston Hughes Read By Melvin Stewart, Folkways Records (M) FL 9789 (Melvin Stewart)


Unrecorded Song:

I've Got My Washing To Do (added to the 1959 television version)