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The pictures below show larger views of the (2) Different Old Al Capp Li値 Abner Cartoon or Comic Strip Character Items in this lot. There is a record album from the theatre musical comedy, and a ゥ1971 illustrated Saturday Evening Post Al Capp magazine article.

The record album included here is: Li値 Abner, 鄭n Original Musical Comedy, ゥ1956 Columbia Masterworks OL 5150 on Vinyl. The record has the outer and inner advertising sleeve. On the back of the cover are some written notes that an American Soldier or Serviceman in the U.S. Army wrote about seeing this production in 1956, with his Mother, between his training in California, and before being shipped off to Europe (see picture #3 below). Here is the track list on the record:

1 - Overture
2 - A Typical Day
3 - Namely you
4 - If i had my Druthers
5 - Jubilation
6 - Rag offen the Bush
7 - There痴 room enough for us
8 - Unnecessary Town
9 - What痴 good for General Bullmose
10 - The Country痴 in the Very best of Hands
11 - Sadie Hawkins Day
12 - Oh, Happy Day
13 - Love is a home
14 - Progress is the root of all Evil
15 - Put 薦m back
16 - The Matrimonial Stamp
17 - Finale

The article was once in a Winter 1971 edition of Ehe Saturday Evening Post. The (10) page article is titled 迭ECAP ON AL CAPP by William Furlong. Some of the back side pages are not shown below. The article pictures Al Capp, and features the colorful Li値 Abner cast of characters including: Li値 Abner, Sadie Mae, Ma & Pa Yokum, and other family members from the Hillbilly comic strip.

Both of these Li値 Abner items for one price! To judge the sizes the magazine pages measures about 10'' x 13-1/4''. These two items appear to be in excellent used condition as pictured. The record album is clean, but the cover is beginning to separate at the top and bottom. The bright and colorful magazine article had been cleanly removed from a Saturday Evening Post magazine, and it is complete.

Below here, for reference, is some additional information about the original musical comedy Li値 Abner:

Li値 Abner (musical)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Li値 Abner is a musical with a book by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank, music by Gene De Paul, and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Based on the comic strip Li値 Abner by Al Capp, the show is, on the surface, a broad spoof of hillbillies, but it is also a pointed satire on other topics, ranging from American politics and incompetence in the United States federal government to propriety and gender roles. After several other writers and composers considered musicalizing the comic strip, Al Capp finally made a deal in 1955 with the eventual creators for a musical to be financed by Paramount Pictures, which wanted to follow the stage version with a film musical. The Broadway production opened on November 15, 1956 and ran for a moderately successful 693 performances. The score and Michael Kidd痴 choreography received critical praise, but some critics felt that the book痴 adaptation lost the spirit of the comic strip. Kidd and Edie Adams, as Daisy Mae, won Tony Awards, while newcomer Peter Palmer, in the title role, won a Theatre World Award. Paramount released a film version with the same title in 1959, with most of the Broadway cast reprising their roles.

A musical version of the popular comic strip Li値 Abner was first planned in 1946, with the book to be written by the comic strip痴 author, Al Capp. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were named as potential producers, though reports did not state whether they intended to write the score. However, this version never materialized, and over the next several years, various authors and composers sought to musicalize Li値 Abner, including writers Arnold Horwitt and Josh Logan. In 1953, Arthur Schwartz and Alan Jay Lerner obtained the rights to the show from Al Capp; the three were to co-produce the show, with Schwartz writing the music and Lerner writing the book and lyrics for an opening during the 1954 - 1955 season. The familiar comic strip characters were to be retained but Li値 Abner and his longtime sweetheart Daisy Mae would not yet be married in the musical. Hollywood star Van Johnson expressed interest in the title role, saying he would dye his hair black to match the comic strip character; he had not appeared on Broadway since the 1940 production of Pal Joey. The Schwartz - Lerner version also fell through, but by the next year Lerner and composer Burton Lane planned to write the musical. Herman Levin would serve as producer, and rehearsals were scheduled to begin in November 1954. However, later that year, Levin announced a musical version of George Bernard Shaw痴 Pygmalion, by Lerner and Loewe. Although work was supposed to continue on the Lane - Lerner Li値 Abner, this version never appeared, and My Fair Lady, Lerner and Loewe痴 adaptation of Pygmalion, opened in 1956, becoming the hit musical of the decade.

In 1955, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank announced a Li値 Abner musical to open on Broadway in 1956, followed by a film of the musical. The music was to be written by Gene de Paul with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. De Paul and Mercer had previously written the score for the popular movie musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Michael Kidd, who had choreographed Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, was to direct and choreograph Li値 Abner. Al Capp approved the production and was to receive a share of any profits. Paramount Pictures was the sole backer of the musical and also paid $300,000 for its film rights, with Panama and Frank slated to adapt, direct, and produce the film version.

The producers conducted a long search for the actor to play the title role: over 400 actors auditioned for the part, and at one time, Dick Shawn was reported to be their preferred choice. However, the producers eventually chose unknown singer Peter Palmer, who had been serving in an Army entertainment unit; Panama and Frank saw him perform on a segment of The Ed Sullivan Show featuring talented American soldiers. Palmer was a trained singer with a music degree from the University of Illinois, where he had also played football; at 6' 4" and 228 pounds, Palmer had the right 斗ook to play Li値 Abner. The leading female role, Daisy Mae, was relatively easier to cast. The producers knew that they wanted soprano Edie Adams, who had given a star making performance as Eileen in the 1953 musical Wonderful Town. Adams, however, had also been offered the lead role in the original production of Candide. Adams asked director George Abbott, who had directed her in Wonderful Town, which show she should choose, and he advised her to take Daisy Mae, which she subsequently did. Coincidentally, Al Capp had been one of the three judges for the 溺iss U.S. Television contest broadcast on the DuMont Television Network in 1950 that first brought Adams national attention.

Critical reception
1956 Original Broadway Production
The 1956 original Broadway production opened to great praise for Michael Kidd痴 choreography, and the score was generally well received. However, some critics thought that the creators of the musical had not effectively translated the original comic strip to the stage, and there was some critical disagreement about whether the satirical elements were effective. In the New York Herald Tribune, for example, Walter Kerr praised Kidd痴 direction and choreography, saying that Kidd 徒nows how to set fists and feet pounding against the floor. ... Every time he does it the air sizzles and crackles. He also praised the score, stating, 摘very time ... the orchestra strikes up for one of Johnny Mercer痴 and Gene de Paul痴 salutes to comic strip fury, the beat is driving, the voices are clamoring. ... It's all done with zip and zingo. John Chapman of the Daily News found Li値 Abner very enjoyable, stating, 的 decided I was going to like it all very much soon after the curtain rose and this fetching little Edith Adams sidled up to this big hunk, Peter Palmer, and said, shyly, 羨bner, I brought you some worms. There is a cast which is as remarkable for its ability to entertain as for its picturesqueness. He praised the satirical lyrics, stating, 笛ohnny Mercer痴 lyrics bring to mind the salty and saucy days of Lorenz Hart and Ira Gershwin as they jab at our personal and national foibles.

Brooks Atkinson of The New York Times lauded Michael Kidd痴 choreography, stating, 的f everyone in Li値 Abner were as talented as Michael Kidd, everything would be as brilliant as the ballets, and probably the world would be gayer, too. But it is difficult to make a fluent musical romance out of some characters who may have hearts of gold but are not very bright in the upper story. Atkinson thought the book of the musical was inferior to the choreography, stating that the book did 渡ot have the lightness, simplicity, and speed of the Dogpatch folks. ... Mr. Kidd has caught the spirit of Dogpatch civilization brilliantly enough to suggest that ballet is a more suitable medium than words for animating Al Capp痴 cartoon drawings.

Tom Donnelly of the New York World Telegram & Sun thought that the production had not retained the spirit of the comic strip, stating, 典hose aren稚 real Dogpatch people stompin and whompin and cavortin across that stage. Those are Broadway actors done up in funny looking costumes. He also thought that too much of the libretto was spent explaining the Dogpatch milieu, which Donnelly assumed would be familiar to most audience members since Li値 Abner was at that time a very popular comic strip. Conversely, John McClain of the New York Journal American thought the show would have been incomprehensible to anyone not already familiar with the comic strip. McClain also thought the show痴 political satire was of 賭uestionable taste, asserting, 妬t痴 poor timing to feature a song about 禅he Country痴 in the Very Best of Hands, which attempts to show it isn稚, and to haul out and shove all over the stage that dreary caricature of a relentless millionaire. However, McClain still concluded, 妬t is sure to be a great big hit. Li値 Abner is bountiful, lively, and tuneful.

Film and television
Li値 Abner (1959 film)
A film based on the stage musical was made by Paramount and released in 1959, with most of the Broadway cast reprising their roles. The film was shot to resemble a stage set, with the buildings and surroundings in two dimensions, giving the sense of a 菟roscenium dividing audience and performer. Below here is a cast list for the 1959 film:

Peter Palmer - Li値 Abner Yokum
Leslie Parrish - Daisy Mae
Stubby Kaye - Marryin Sam
Howard St. John - General Bullmoose
Julie Newmar - Stupefyin Jones
Stella Stevens - Appassionata Von Climax
Billie Hayes - Pansy (閃ammy) Yokum
Joe E. Marks - Pappy Yokum
Bern Hoffman - Earthquake McGoon
Al Nesor - Evil Eye Fleagle
Robert Strauss - Romeo Scragg
William Lanteau - Available Jones
Ted Thurston - Senator Jack S. Phogbound
Carmen チlvarez - Moonbeam McSwine
Alan Carney - Mayor Daniel D. Dogmeat
Stanley Simmonds - Rasmussen T. Finsdale
Diki Lerner - Lonesome Polecat
Joe Ploski - Hairless Joe
Ken Ackles - Muscleman (uncredited)
Eric Alden - Policeman (uncredited)
Tom Allison - Bullmoose's Secretary (uncredited)
Babette Bain - Louella (uncredited)
Robert Banas - Town Sharpie (uncredited)
Gilbert Brady - Scrawny Husband (uncredited)
William D. Brown - Bullmoose痴 Secretary (uncredited)
Cleo - Dog (uncredited)
Lesley-Marie Colburn - Dogpatch Girl (uncredited)
Carole Conn - Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
Lorinne Crawford - Party Guest (uncredited)
Walt Davis - Scragg Family Member (uncredited)
Rockne Deane - Scragg Family Member (uncredited)
Ron Dexter - Dogpatcher (uncredited)
Nick Dimitri - Muscleman (uncredited)
Donna Douglas - Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
Anthony Eustrel - Finsdale痴 Second Assistant (uncredited)
Bonnie Evans - Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
Roy Fitzell - Dogpatcher (uncredited)
Paul Frees - Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Marianne Gaba - Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
Aaron Girard - Scrawny Husband (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton - Scragg Family Member (uncredited)
Valerie Harper - Luke's Wife (uncredited)
Brad Harris - Muscleman Luke (uncredited)
Len Hendry - Bullmoose痴 Secretary (uncredited)
Fritz Hess - Scrawny Husband (uncredited)
Hope Holiday - Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
Maureen Hopkins - Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
Jimmie Horan - Scragg Family Member (uncredited)
Beth Howland - Clem's Wife (uncredited)
Bob Jellison - Government Man (uncredited)
Robert Karl - Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp - Tall Bar Harbor Scragg (uncredited)
Ann Kunde - Dogpatch Townswoman (uncredited)
Jerry Lewis - Itchy McRabbit (uncredited)
Terence Little - Airforce Officer (uncredited)
Bert May - Dogpatcher (uncredited)
Fran McHale - Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
Torben Meyer - Butler (uncredited)
Gordon Mitchell - Muscleman Rufe (uncredited)
Charles Owens - Scrawny Husband (uncredited)
Joseph H. Pryor - Bullmoose痴 Secretary (uncredited)
Frank Radcliffe - Rufe (uncredited)
Mabel Rea - Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt - Scragg Family Member (uncredited)
Alex Ruiz - Scrawny Husband (uncredited)
Arthur Sacks - Scrawny Husband (uncredited)
Robert Smart - Bullmoose Yes Man (uncredited)
Dolores Starr - Zsa Zsa (uncredited)
Gloria Tennes - Party Guest / Dogpatch Girl (uncredited)
Mary O. Thomas - Party Guest (uncredited)
Mark Tobin - Rejuvenated Government Man (uncredited)

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