Summer Song (musical)

Summer Song is a 1956 musical based on the visit of the Czech composer Antonin Dvorak to Iowa, where he wrote his symphony From the New World. The lyrics were written by Eric Maschwitz and book by Hy Kraft to music by Dvorak, arranged by Bernard Grun. Maschwitz had already worked with Grun on the Chopin musical Waltz Without End in 1942.

Summer Song opened in London in 1956 at the Prince's Theatre and ran for 148 performances.[1][2]

Original cast recording

  1. "Overture" – Orchestra
  2. "Just Around The Corner" –Sally Ann Howes
  3. "My Darling Karolka" – Sally Ann Howes
  4. "Once A Year Is Not Enough" – Bonita Primrose
  5. "Be She Dark, Be She Fair" – David Hughes (tenor)
  6. "Cotton Tail" – Edric Connor
  7. "No-One Told Me" – David Hughes
  8. "Sing Me A Song" – chorus
  9. "Murphy's Pig" – Bonita Primrose
  10. "Saturday Girl" – David Hughes, Sally Ann Howes
  11. "One Boy Sends You A Rose" – Sally Ann Howes, Bonita Primrose
  12. "Dvorak's Letter Home" – Laurence Naismith
  13. "Deep Blue Evening" – Edric Connor
  14. "The Day You Hit The Highway" – Edric Connor
  15. "Weddin' Gown" – Van Atkins, Bonita Primrose
  16. "Summer Song" – Sally Ann Howes
  17. "Small Town Sweetheart" – David Hughes
  18. "New York '93" – chorus
  19. "I'll Be Remembering" – Sally Ann Howes
  20. "Finale" – David Hughes, Sally Ann Howes


  1. West End Broadway: The Golden Age of the American Musical. 1843837919 Adrian Wright - 2012 Bonita Primrose, was to have her brief success in London in the British Summer Song nine years later
  2. A Tanner's Worth of Tune: Rediscovering the Post-war ... - page 286. 1843835428 Adrian Wright - 2010 -"Summer Song (1956)."
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