after the hit musical 'The King and I' opened on Broadway, composer
Richard Rodgers noted, 'I've tried to tell the story through music. 'The
King and I' is truly a musical drama, with every song advancing the plot.
We ask the audience to believe that the people are on stage, who face many
serious problems of life, will suddenly stop talking and burst into song.
We tried to avoid the reality by the singing, and the singing by the
reality.' Perry gives the play's Hello, Young Lovers a bright and
bouncy reading, making the bittersweet words become happy and hopeful.
( notes from "The Incomparable Como" Readers Digest UK compilation 1975 )
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