High Tor[Arthur Schwartz,Maxwell Anderson
Composer: Arthur Scwartz
Lyricist: Maxwell Anderson
A haunting mediation of timless love set in upstate New York was perfect for Anderson's special gifts and the play was a hit;Arthur Schartz had conceived it as a tv musical and deluxe casting was offered;Bing Crosby and Julie Andrews,both wonderful singers don't set off sparks though both are fine individually. set an upstate New York setting,sort of an upstate "Brigadoon";the connection between a 1950's Manhattanite and 18th century maiden just did not work as a musical.Anderson's lyricism is fine as prose as in the play ,but in song he can be hit or miss.What surives is an interesting failure graced by two major figues in the 20th century. Also on the cd is Stephen Sondhiem's " Evening Primrose" this also ha problems from story to musical. Sondheim's score is not one of the problems! Two of the songs "I Remember" and "Take Me to the World" have since become standards in his canon.