Original Off-Broadway Cast (1954)
Also reissued on Time-Life P-16375 (M), set STL-AM10, with One Touch of Venus and Lady in the Dark. Set title: 'Kurt Weill'.
This was the first off-Broadway cast recording.
Sold 30,000 copies in the first three months. 150,000 in the next two years. After 5 years, it had sold more than any other cast album other than My Fair Lady.
MGM decided to make a cast album. But when MGM's CEO attended a performance, he submitted a list of musical numbers that would have to be deleted from the record and list of objectionable lyrics that would need to be changed. The lists were submitted at the recording session. Marc Blitzstein and Lotte Lenya were able to keep all of the musical numbers on the album (after much argument). But lyrics still needed to be censored and Blitzstein was forced to submit revised versions as the songs were being recorded. All "hell's" and "damn's" were removed, as were all references to whores, pimps, drunkenness and cat-houses.
Other rewrites included:
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