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Seven Come Eleven - A Gaming Gambol


Release Date: 08/13/2013 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 72392  
Composer:  William RoyJack HolmesLesley DavisonWilliam F. Brown,   ... 
Performer:  William RoyDonna SandersRex RobbinsPhilip Bruns,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The merriest ninety minutes in the town's night life." -- The New Yorker

"There isn't a gayer, wittier or subtler cabaret show in town than 'Seven Come Eleven'... The enterprising Julius Monk has again assembled a group of six versatile performers, furnished them with material from about a dozen bright song-and-sketch writers and mounted the whole thing with fluency and verve." -- Arthur Gelb, The New York Times [10/9/1961]

Seven Come Eleven - A Gaming Gambol

With Philip Bruns, Ceil Cabot, Rex Robbins, Steve Roland, Donna Sanders, Mary Louise Wilson.

William Roy and Carl Norman at the
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Musical and vocal arrangements by William Roy.

It all began (way back in 1956) in a dark, dank cellar, located beneath an ancient brownstone on New York City’s Sixth Avenue. It was here that Julius Monk, with a few yards of velvet and a handful of performers, presented his first subterranean sensation, Four Below. Notwithstanding some mild competition from a musical called My Fair Lady and an occasional attack of bends, Four Below romped happily through a six-month run. It was followed, quite naturally, by The Son of Four Below (1956) and, in time, Take Five (1957), the latter fondly recalled as a classic nightclub entertainment.

By 1958, The Downstairs Room was firmly established as a favorite late-night spot for New Yorkers on the town. But the tranquility at 51st Street and Sixth Avenue was disturbed by the ominous approach of demolition squads, which looked jealously at a street corner that they hadn’t yet battered down. It was not long before Julius and his companions were homeless, as The Downstairs Room was politely removed in the name of architectural progress. Vagrants for but a trice, they moved to West 56th Street, where they took up permanent residence in a congenial mansion formerly owned by John Wanamaker. There, Take Five took its second wind and was later followed by Demi-Dozen (1958), Pieces of Eight (1959), Dressed to the Nines (1960) and now Seven Come Eleven, which opened to rave notices on October 5, 1961. Dorothy Kilgallen expressed the attitude of the critics by referring to Seven Come Eleven as “the wittiest cafe show in town.”

Aware that there still may be one or two people who have not yet seen a Julius Monk opus, we offer the following description. It is New York at night. Taxicabs wind perilously in and out of traffic, along glittering, noisy avenues. Soon they drive up an attractive, quiet side street, lined with shops in remodeled town houses and stop in front of a canopied entrance that announces “Upstairs at the Downstairs.” A uniformed doorman greets the couples arriving from Broadway shows or late dinners and ushers them inside to join a crowd waiting to ascend the circular marble staircase leading to the Upstairs Room, where the show is about to go on.

The Upstairs Room, formerly the sitting room of the mansion, is lined with rich, red fabric and softly lighted by glowing globes from the last century. Visitors are seated at little tables, and soon the lights dim. Suddenly, a half dozen bright, young Thespians leap onto the tiny stage at one end of the room. Accompanied by twin pianos, they spend the next hour and a half singing songs and performing sketches which touch upon just about every event in the newspapers, every phobia in the textbooks, and every celebrity in the history of the world. Seven Come Eleven, for example, contains hilarious spoofs on the John Birch Society, the Peace Corps, sick comedians, Cuban highjacking of airplanes and other topics close to the hearts of New Yorkers: school scandals and the construction of a new hotel designed in typical Miami Beach fashion. If all this sounds terribly, terribly sophisticated, it should be pointed out at once that the performers in this show come from such remote spots as Pipestone, Minnesota; Pierre, South Dakota; Eldred, Pennsylvania, and Greenville, Texas. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Seven Come Eleven by William Roy
Performer:  William Roy (Piano), Donna Sanders (Voice), Rex Robbins (Voice),
Philip Bruns (Voice), Ceil Cabot (Voice), Steve Roland (Voice),
Mary Louise Wilson (Voice), Carl Norman (Piano)
2.
This Is New York by Jack Holmes
Performer:  Carl Norman (Piano), Steve Roland (Voice), Ceil Cabot (Voice),
Rex Robbins (Voice), William Roy (Piano)
3.
The Jackie Look by Lesley Davison
Performer:  William Roy (Piano), Carl Norman (Piano), Ceil Cabot (Voice)
4.
Suddenly, Last Tuesday by William F. Brown
Performer:  Donna Sanders (Voice), Rex Robbins (Voice)
5.
I Found Him by Jack Urbont
Performer:  William Roy (Piano), Donna Sanders (Voice), Carl Norman (Piano)
6.
School Daze by Michael Brown
Performer:  William Roy (Piano), Donna Sanders (Voice), Rex Robbins (Voice),
Philip Bruns (Voice), Ceil Cabot (Voice), Steve Roland (Voice),
Mary Louise Wilson (Voice), Carl Norman (Piano)
7.
Forbidden Tropics by G. Wood
Performer:  William Roy (Piano), Carl Norman (Piano), Mary Louise Wilson (Voice)
8.
New York Has a New Hotel by Michael Brown
Performer:  William Roy (Piano), Donna Sanders (Voice), Rex Robbins (Voice),
Philip Bruns (Voice), Ceil Cabot (Voice), Steve Roland (Voice),
Mary Louise Wilson (Voice), Carl Norman (Piano)
9.
Captain of the Pinafores by Rod Warren
Performer:  William Roy (Piano), Carl Norman (Piano), Steve Roland (Voice)
10.
Alma Whatsa Mater by Lesley Davison
Performer:  William Roy (Piano), Donna Sanders (Voice), Rex Robbins (Voice),
Philip Bruns (Voice), Ceil Cabot (Voice), Steve Roland (Voice),
Mary Louise Wilson (Voice), Carl Norman (Piano)
11.
Sick by William Roy
Performer:  Philip Bruns (Voice), William Roy (Piano), Carl Norman (Piano)
12.
Don't You Feel Naked Not Drinking? by Robert Elliott
Performer:  Mary Louise Wilson (Voice), Rex Robbins (Voice)
13.
I Flew to Havana Last Wednesday by Michael Brown
Performer:  William Roy (Piano), Carl Norman (Piano), Ceil Cabot (Voice)
14.
Umbilicus Undulatus by William Roy
Performer:  Rex Robbins (Voice), William Roy (Piano), Carl Norman (Piano)
15.
Christmas Long Ago by Ralph Strain
Performer:  Steve Roland (Voice), Carl Norman (Piano), Donna Sanders (Voice),
William Roy (Piano)
16.
John Birch Society by Michael Brown
Performer:  William Roy (Piano), Donna Sanders (Voice), Rex Robbins (Voice),
Philip Bruns (Voice), Ceil Cabot (Voice), Steve Roland (Voice),
Mary Louise Wilson (Voice), Carl Norman (Piano)
17.
Seven Come Eleven by William Roy
Performer:  William Roy (Piano), Donna Sanders (Voice), Rex Robbins (Voice),
Philip Bruns (Voice), Ceil Cabot (Voice), Steve Roland (Voice),
Mary Louise Wilson (Voice), Carl Norman (Piano)

Sound Samples

Opening: Seven Come Eleven
This Is New York!
The Jackie Look
Suddenly Last Tuesday
I Found Him
School Daze
Forbidden Tropics
New York Has A New Hotel
Captain Of The Pinafores
Alma Whatsa Mater
Sick
Don't You Feel Naked Not Drinking?
I Flew To Havana Last Wednesday
Umbilicus Undulatus
Christmas Long Ago
John Birch Society
Finale: Seven Come Eleven

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