I've written a couple of pieces here and here about the Broadway musical, Minnie's Boys, which was about the Marx Bros., and embedded two terrific songs from it..
But what I haven't done is post the one song from the show that because a low-level hit, to the extent that it's had a respectable life outside the musical, mainly in cabaret act. And probably on Mothers Day. But it's still probably not familiar to most people. If you forgot to buy a gift and want not only save your neck, but also bring your mother to weepy tears, play this for her today.
The song, "Mama, A Rainbow," is sung by Harpo when he discovers by chance that it's their mother's birthday, and she hadn't said a word to anyone. It's a lovely song, which if done poorly can come off a bit overly-sweet. But most especially in context, and particularly as sung here by Daniel Fortus -- who sounds pretty much like you think Harpo should -- it's a wonderful song and a proper way to end.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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