It's been a while since I've posted anything from that Golden Age when TV was making a great many original musicals. So, it's time to rectify that. This comes a bit after that period, but comes close and at least falls into that same history.
The show in question is a made-for-TV musical of Pinocchio made in 1976 that starred Sandy Duncan and Danny Kaye as Gepetto. (It also featured Clive Revill -- who had played Fagin in the original Broadway production of Oliver! -- as the antagonist, in this version a Coachman who helps lead the boys astray. And Flip Wilson had a small role of a Fox.)
The score, which is perky but quite unmemorable, was by Billy Barnes, who had a series of popular LPs during the period, and it was directed by Ron Field, who a few years earlier won a Tony Award in for the choreography of Cabaret, and then won another Tony Award in 1970 for directing the musical Applause with Lauren Bacall.
This is just a mediocre song, but I figured it would be the best one to post first of the first online since it's a fun number that has both Duncan and Kaye. It's called, "What's That?", coming soon after Pinocchio comes alive. What stands out though is the impressive physicality Duncan brings to the role of a gawky little boy who had only recently been a puppet.
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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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