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Subject: Joseph Stein, Burton Lane, Alan Jay Lerner, Gordon Ramsey, 1979 musicals
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Original Cast Recording
Music Burton Lane
Lyrics Alan Jay Lerner
Book Joseph Stein
Alan Jay Lerner
Basis Film Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell
Productions 1979 Broadway

Carmelina is a musical with a book by Joseph Stein and Alan Jay Lerner, lyrics by Lerner, and music by Burton Lane.

Based on the 1968 film Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (which also inspired the book for Mamma Mia!), it focuses on an Italian woman who has raised her teenaged daughter Gia to believe her father was an American who died heroically in World War II. Supposedly she spurns the constant advances of local café owner Vittorio because her heart still belongs to the man she tragically lost. In reality, she had affairs with three different GIs and has no idea who fathered the girl. Trouble ensues when the three veterans decide to reunite in Carmelina's small hometown.

After eleven previews, the Cesare Siepi, Grace Keagy, John Michael King, and Josie de Guzman.

A nomination for Best Original Score was its sole recognition from the Tony Awards committee.

A cast recording was released in 1980 on the Gordon Ramsey and Howard Ross. Leading man Cesare Siepi declined to participate in the project, so his role on the recording was filled by Paul Sorvino.[1]

Song list

Act I
  • It's Time for a Love Song
  • Why Him?
  • I Must Have Her
  • Someone in April
  • Signora Campbell
  • Love Before Breakfast
  • Yankee Doodles Are Coming to Town
  • One More Walk Around the Garden
  • All That He'd Want Me To Be
  • It's Time for a Love Song (Reprise)
Act II
  • Carmelina
  • The Image of Me
  • I'm a Woman
  • The Image of You
  • It's Time for a Love Song (Reprise)


  1. ^ Ken Mandelbaum, Not since Carrie:40 Years of Broadway Musical Flops, p 93.

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