A Sleepin' Bee

"A Sleepin' Bee" is a popular song composed by Harold Arlen with lyrics by Arlen and Truman Capote. It was introduced in the 1954 musical House of Flowers by Diahann Carroll. Mel Tormé's performance of the song in Mel Tormé Swings Shubert Alley was called "definitive" in The Penguin Guide to Jazz.

Breakfast at Tiffany's (novella)

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In "Breakfast at Sally Bowles'", Ingrid Norton of Open Letters Monthly pointed out Capote's debt to Christopher Isherwood, one of his mentors, in creating the character of Holly Golightly: "Breakfast at Tiffany's is in many ways Capote's personal crystallization of Isherwood's Sally Bowles." Truman Capote's aunt, Marie Rudisill, notes that Holly is a kindred spirit of Miss Lily Jane Bobbit, the central character of his short story "Children on Their Birthdays". She observes that both characters are "unattached, unconventional wanderers, dreamers in pursuit of some ideal of happiness." Capote himself acknowledged that Golightly was the favorite of his characters.

Pearl Bailey

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House of Flowers (1954) (Broadway). Les Poupées de Paris (1962) (Off-Broadway) (voice only). Call Me Madam (1966) (Melodyland Theater). Hello, Dolly! (1967) (Broadway and US national tour). Hello, Dolly! (1975) (Broadway). Pearl Bailey Entertains (1950). Birth of the Blues (1952). Cultured Pearl (1952). I'm with You (1953). Say Si Si (1953). Around the World with Me (1954). Carmelina (1955). The Intoxicating Pearl Bailey (1956). The One and Only Pearl Bailey Sings (1956). Gems by Pearl Bailey (1958). Porgy & Bess, original motion picture soundtrack (1959) (Grammy Award winner). Pearl Bailey A-Broad (1959). Pearl Bailey Sings for Adults Only (1959).

Harold Arlen

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Capote on the musical House of Flowers. 1958 (53) His mother Celia Arluck dies and Harold doesn't touch music for over a year, mourning her loss. 1962 (56) Wrote the score for the animated musical Gay Purr-ee, lyrics by E.Y.

Carmen de Lavallade

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In 1954, de Lavallade made her Broadway debut partnered with Alvin Ailey in Truman Capote's musical House of Flowers (starring Pearl Bailey). In 1955, she married dancer/actor Geoffrey Holder, whom she had met while working on House of Flowers. It was with Holder that de Lavallade choreographed her signature solo Come Sunday, to a black spiritual sung by Odetta (then known as Odetta Gordon). The following year, de Lavallade danced as the prima ballerina in Samson and Delilah, and Aida at the Metropolitan Opera. She made her television debut in John Butler's ballet Flight, and in 1957 she appeared in the television production of Duke Ellington's A Drum Is a Woman.

Geoffrey Holder

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He left the ballet to make his Broadway debut in the Harold Arlen and Truman Capote musical House of Flowers. While working on House of Flowers, Holder met Alvin Ailey, with whom he later worked extensively, and Carmen de Lavallade, his future wife. After the show closed he starred in an all-black production of Waiting for Godot in 1957. Holder began his movie career in the 1962 British film All Night Long, a modern remake of Shakespeare's Othello. He followed that with Doctor Dolittle (1967) as Willie Shakespeare, leader of the natives of Sea-Star Island. In 1972, he was cast as the Sorcerer in Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex*.

Alvin Ailey

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In 1954 De Lavallade and Ailey were recruited by Herbert Ross to join the Broadway show, House of Flowers. Ross had been hired to replace George Balanchine as the show's choreographer and he wanted to use the pair, who had become known as a famous dance team in Los Angeles, as featured dancers. The show's book was written and adapted by Truman Capote from one of his novellas with music from Harold Arlen and starred Pearl Bailey and Diahann Carroll. Ailey and De Lavallade met Geoffrey Holder, who performed alongside them in the chorus, during the production. Holder married De Lavallade and became a life-long artistic collaborator with Ailey.


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Encores! is a Tony-honored concert series dedicated to performing rarely heard American musicals, usually with their original orchestrations. Presented by New York City Center since 1994, Encores! has revived shows by Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim, among many others. The series has spawned nineteen cast recordings and numerous Broadway transfers, including Kander and Ebb's Chicago, which is now the second longest-running musical in Broadway history. Videotapes of many Encores! productions are collected at the Billy Rose Theater Collection of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Neil Simon

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Marvin Neil Simon (July 4, 1927 – August 26, 2018) was an American playwright, screenwriter and author. He wrote more than 30 plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, mostly adaptations of his plays. He received more combined Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer.

New York City

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The City of New York, usually referred to as either New York City (NYC) or simply New York (NY), is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2018 population of 8,398,748 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 sqmi, New York is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 19,979,477 people in its 2018 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 22,679,948 residents in its Combined Statistical Area.

Peter Brook

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Peter Stephen Paul Brook, CH, CBE (born 21 March 1925) is an English theatre and film director who has been based in France since the early 1970s. He has won multiple Tony and Emmy Awards, a Laurence Olivier Award, the Praemium Imperiale, and the Prix Italia. He has been called "our greatest living theatre director".

Tony Award

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The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Broadway Theatre, more commonly known as the Tony Award, recognizes excellence in live Broadway theatre. The awards are presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League at an annual ceremony in Midtown Manhattan. The awards are given for Broadway productions and performances, and an award is given for regional theatre. Several discretionary non-competitive awards are also given, including a Special Tony Award, the Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre, and the Isabelle Stevenson Award. The awards are named after Antoinette "Tony" Perry, co-founder of the American Theatre Wing.


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Celebrities such as Truman Capote and Noël Coward visited Haiti; the era is captured in Graham Greene's 1966 novel The Comedians. In 1956-57 Haiti underwent severe political turmoil; Magloire was forced to resign and leave the country in 1956 and he was followed by four short-lived presidencies. In the September 1957 election Dr. François Duvalier was elected President of Haiti. Known as 'Papa Doc' and initially popular, Duvalier remained President until his death in 1971. He advanced black interests in the public sector, where over time, people of colour had predominated as the educated urban elite.

Herbert Ross

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Back on Broadway he choreographed House of Flowers (1954) for Peter Brook, and The Body Beautiful (1958). He choreographed some TV specials: The Jerry Lewis Show (1957), Wonderful Town (1958), Meet Me in St Louis (1959) and A Christmas Festival (1959). On Broadway Ross directed and choreographed a revival of Finian's Rainbow (1960). Ross went to England where he choreographed the feature film The Young Ones (1961), starring Cliff Richard. He returned to Broadway to be musical director on The Gay Life (1961-62) and I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1962), the latter directed by Arthur Laurents and starring Barbra Streisand. He did Bondage Gladiator Sexy (1961) for TV.

Shirley Herz

Herz had publicized Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions, ballet companies, circuses, worlds fairs, films and television programs, beginning in 1954, aged 28, when she was the press assistant for the Truman Capote and Harold Arlen musical, House of Flowers. She worked with many notables, including Tallulah Bankhead, Rosalind Russell, Eva Le Gallienne, Jerry Herman, and Julie Harris, as well as with many off-Broadway (such as Manhattan Theatre Club) and off-off-Broadway companies. The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing presented Herz with a special Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre at the 63rd Tony Awards ceremony on June 7, 2009.

Peter Matz

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In 1954, he returned to New York and acquired a job as a rehearsal pianist for Harold Arlen and Truman Capote's Broadway musical House of Flowers. Recognising Matz's talent, Arlen broadened his scope, and Matz arranged and conducted the music for several of the show's dance sequences. Later, Arlen commissioned Matz to write the vocal, dance music and orchestration arrangements for his musical, Jamaica. Impressed with Matz, Arlen began recommending him to others, including cabaret artist Marlene Dietrich.

Sweet Blossom Dearie

It is the second album Dearie recorded at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, and is subsequently her second live album to be released. 1) "Let's Go Where the Grass is Greener" (Howlett Smith). 2) "You Turn Me On Baby" (Cy Coleman). 3) "A Sleepin' Bee" (Harold Arlen, Truman Capote). 4) "Sweet Lover No More" (Dave Frishberg). 5) "Sweet Georgie Fame" (Blossom Dearie, Sandra Harris). 6) "That's No Joke" (Joe Bailey). 7) "Peel Me a Grape" (Dave Frishberg). 8) "One Note Samba" (Antônio Carlos Jobim, Newton Mendonça, Jon Hendricks). 9) "On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)" (Burton Lane, Alan Jay Lerner). 10) "I'll Only Miss Him When I Think of Him" (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen). 11) "Big City's for Me" (Big

Close to You (Frank Sinatra album)

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I Love You" (Gordon Jenkins, Johnny Mercer) – 4:21. 3) "Love Locked Out" (Max Kester, Ray Noble) – 2:41. 4) "Everything Happens to Me" (Tom Adair, Matt Dennis) – 3:20. 5) "It's Easy to Remember (And So Hard to Forget)" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 3:34. 6) "Don't Like Goodbyes" (Harold Arlen, Truman Capote) – 4:51. 7) "With Every Breath I Take" (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin) – 3:38. 8) "Blame It on My Youth" (Edward Heyman, Oscar Levant) – 2:58. 9) "It Could Happen to You" (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 3:13. 10) "I've Had My Moments" (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn) – 3:47. 11) "I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night" (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh) – 3:25. 12) "The End of a Love Affair" (Edward

The Wonderful World of Make Believe

(Harry Carroll, Joseph McCarthy) – 3:37. 3) "House of Flowers" from House of Flowers (Harold Arlen, Truman Capote) – 3:36. 4) "Beyond the Sea" (Jack Lawrence, Charles Trenet) – 3:25. 5) "Sky Full of Rainbows" (Bart Howard) – 3:09. 6) "Sands of Time" from Kismet (George Forrest, Robert Wright) – 3:11. 1) "Shangri-La" (Matty Malneck, Robert Maxwell, Carl Sigman) – 3:30. 2) "Alice in Wonderland" from Alice in Wonderland (Bob Hilliard, Sammy Fain) – 2:46. 3) "Dream, Dream, Dream" (Jimmy McHugh, Mitchell Parish) – 3:09. 4) "The World of Make-Believe" (Jay Livingston, Paul Francis Webster) – 2:43. 5) "When You Wish Upon a Star" from Pinnochio (Leigh Harline, Ned Washington) – 4:21. 6) "Beyond the Blue

Dino Di Luca

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He also achieved credit for his performances in the musical House of Flowers, which was based on the book by Truman Capote and was produced at the Alvin Theatre (1954 - 1955). As a writer, Di Luca is also credited with his early work on the film Il Su Destino (1938). In later years during the 1950s, Di Luca appeared frequently on various American television productions including: Studio One (1955, 1957), The Kraft Television Theatre (1954), and The United States Steel Hour (1953). * Il richiamo del cuore (1931). Creatures of the Night (1934). The Last of the Bergeracs (1934). The Blind Woman of Sorrento (1934). Kean (1940). The Betrothed (1941). Santelena Piccola Isola (1943).

1955 in music

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Truman Capote and Harold Arlen m. Harold Arlen. Introduced in the musical House of Flowers by Diahann Carroll, Ada Moore, Dolores Harper and Enid Mosier. "Smokey Joe's Cafe" – w.m. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. "Softly, Softly" – Pierre Dudan, Paddy Roberts and Mark Paul. "Something's Gotta Give" – w.m. Johnny Mercer. Introduced by Fred Astaire in the musical film Daddy Long Legs. "Speedoo" – w.m. Esther Navarro. "Stereophonic Sound" – w.m. Cole Porter from the musical Silk Stockings. "A Story Untold" – Leroy Griffin. "Suddenly There's a Valley" – w.m. Chuck Meyer and Biff Jones. "Tango Verde" – m. Aldemaro Romero, arranger John Serry Sr. for accordion quartet.

How Glory Goes

(Guettel/Robbins, written in 1992). 6) "I Won't Mind" (Blumenkrantz/Kessler/Saines, written for The Other Franklin in 1998). 7) "A Sleepin' Bee" (Arlen/Capote, from House of Flowers 1954). 8) "Come Down from the Tree" (Flaherty/Ahrens, written for Once on This Island 1990). 9) "I Never Has Seen Snow" (Arlen/Capote, from House of Flowers 1954). 10) "When Did I Fall In Love?" (Bock/Harnick, from Fiorello! 1959). 11) "The Man That Got Away" (Arlen/Gershwin, from A Star Is Born 1954). 12) "Somewhere" (Bernstein/Sondheim, from West Side Story 1957). 13) "How Glory Goes" (Guettel, from Floyd Collins 1996). 14) "Lay Down Your Head" (Tesori/Crawley, from Violet 1997).

It Amazes Me

The album failed to chart or sell significantly, just like its successor. 1) "Wait Till You See Him" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart). 2) "My Shining Hour" (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen). 3) "I Like the Likes of You" (Vernon Duke, Yip Harburg). 4) "It Amazes Me" (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh). 5) "Looking at You" (Cole Porter). 6) "I Have Never Seen Snow" (Harold Arlen, Truman Capote). 1) "Plenty of Time" (John Kander, Fred Ebb). 2) "For Every Man There's a Woman" (Harold Arlen, Leo Robin). 3) "Lorelei" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin). 4) "Shouldn't There Be Lightning?"

Michael Brown (writer)

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He wrote the lyrics to Harold Arlen’s music for Pearl Bailey’s show-stopping number "Indoor Girl" in House of Flowers. In 1956 he contributed the song "The Washingtons are Doing OK" for Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1956. He also wrote a production number for the Carol Channing company of ''Sugar Babies. Michael Brown wrote the book, lyrics, and music for the nineteen-day run of Different Times, and directed the production. The story followed multiple generations of one family, and was presented at the ANTA Theater, opening on May 1, 1972. The cast album was recorded in 1987.

People (Barbra Streisand album)

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., David Shire) – 1:57. 3) "My Lord and Master" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) – 2:59. 4) "Love Is a Bore" (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 2:08. 5) "Don't Like Goodbyes" (Harold Arlen, Truman Capote) – 3:14. 6) "People" (Merrill, Styne) – 3:40. "Fine And Dandy" was introduced in the musical "Fine And Dandy" (1930). "Supper Time" was introduced in the musical "As Thousands Cheer" by Ethel Waters. "My Lord And Master" was first introduced in the musical "The King and I". "People" is from the musical "Funny Girl". This recording was produced by Mike Berniker and recorded on 20 December 1963 in New York. "I'm All Smiles" was introduced in the musical The Yearling.