I thought it would fun to play a song from the show, since not only have few people in the U.S. likely ever heard it (let alone heard of it), but also it has a very interesting pedigree. The show was extremely entertaining, with its tongue firmly in cheek, largely a vaudevilian version of the story (what else could it be with comic clown Sir Harry playing D'Artagnan), though it did follow the story reasonably, had its share of drama, a great deal of swashbuckling and a very lively score, with several beautiful ballads.
This is the show I refer to in my earlier piece, where I met Harry Secombe before a performance, and he told me to interview him, when I asked if he'd just say, "Hello," into my tape recorder. One question I asked was whether the musical would come to the United States. Even at that point, he said that there no plans for it. The reason, he said was that the set -- designed by Sean Kenney, who like Coe also became known from Oliver!, designing the famous "revolving stage" -- was so massive that the only two theaters that could probably handle it were one in Dallas and the Music Center in Los Angeles. It's a shame, since the show was really quite enjoyable.
This is the opening number, as D'Artagnan makes his way to Paris. My recollection is that this version of the song wasn't performed the night I saw the show, though a reprise is performed later. It may have been cut after the opening, to trim for time -- but it also might have been that before the curtain it was announced that Sir Harry was in the midst of a chronic cold and would lip-sync the two big ballads (something, reaching back to his vaudeville days, and which fit the tone of the production, he made hilarious), and perhaps this was an additional easy cut until he was better. I always have liked this full version, that sets up the show wonderfully.