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Looking Back

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Lost Musical Emerges from Hollywood’s Memory Banks

The HFPA’s resident musical historian Phil Berk uncovers a “lost” Fox gem scored by Kurt Weill As an avid collector of Broadway musical LPs, in 1955 I happened upon a rare recording of songs written by Kurt Weill for a long forgotten 20th Century Fox musical called Where Do we Go From Here? The recording boasted one unforgettable number entitled The Nina, the Pinta, the Santa Maria. Not only were the lyrics (by Ira Gershwin) nimble and witty, but the melodies were instantly hummable.