Ep. #55: Featuring Laurence Juber
"It's Only A Paper Moon"
Coney Island, the boardwalk, a cynical barker-wanna-be songwriter who falls in love. The title of the song? “If You Believed In Me”. If you recognize the story but not the song title, well, that's because the show in which that title originated, The Great Magoo, ran for a mere eleven Broadway performances. But the song, later retitled “It’s Only A Paper Moon”, was Harold Arlen and E.Y. (Yip) Harburg’s second song together and their first joint triumph. The song’s success is due in part to the legendary producer Billy Rose, who shares a writing credit with the songwriting duo. Arlen and Harburg would continue collaborating, writing 109 more songs!
Besides the many musical artists who have covered the song, literary giant Tennessee Williams featured “It’s Only A Paper Moon” in his play “A Streetcar Named Desire”, brilliantly using the song to convey the stark difference between Blanche’s approach to life and Stanley’s revelations about her.
MUSE/IQUE welcomes back Laurence Juber with his wonderful instrumental arrangement of this Great American Songbook favorite, “It’s Only A Paper Moon”.