Seventeen, a genial coming-of-age story, managed a Broadway run of 182 performances in the summer and fall of 1951 – not bad, considering that
Guys and Dolls,
Call Me Madam and
The King and I were the new shows everyone wanted to see that year. Based on a novel by Booth Tarkington,
Seventeen features a score by composer Walter Kent and lyricist Kim Gannon and book by Sally Benson. Produced by legendary TV star Milton Berle,
Seventeen starred Kenneth Nelson (the original Matt in
The Fantasticks and Michael in
The Boys in the Band) and evokes a world located – to quote a line from the show – "somewhere between a headache and a heartache and a laugh." It's a lovingRead more snapshot of the era it depicts – pre-World War I small town America – filled with the gee-whiz charm of the post-World War II era when the show was written and produced. This is the first and only authorized CD version of
Seventeen, digitally remastered from the original tapes. Read less
Works on This Recording
Seventeenby Walter Kent Performer:
Kenneth Nelson (Voice)
Delightful-Should be revivedOctober 30, 2012By E. Fisch (Granada Hills, CA)See All My Reviews"I' ve had an earlier foreign release of this for some time. It is delightful and with much better music than other high-touted musicals from around the same period. Sounds very much like R&H on an off day. It hard to know what the show itself was like as there is not a lot of information although the Booth Tarkington story was well-known in its time. The song "Reciprocity" you'll play over and over again--its hard to get off your mind once you hear it. The recorded sound is good for early 50s RCA, although as is common with RCA at that time there is no overture. The foreign CD also included High Button Shoes in very good sound."Report Abuse
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