Lolita, My Love (found soundtrack from musical; 1971)

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This article has been tagged as NSFW due to its controversial plot of seducing an underage girl.


The cover for the unofficial cast recording.

Status: Found

Date found: 09 May 2020

Found by: Channel84V

Lolita, My Love was a 1971 musical by John Barry (a well-known composer for the James Bond movies) and Alan Jay Lerner (known for the musical My Fair Lady) based off the 1955 novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. The musical follows the same premise of the novel: A college professor named Humphert Humphert gains an obsession with and starts to seduce his landlady's 12 year old daughter, Dolores "Lolita" Haze. As was the case with most Broadway musicals at the time, Lolita, My Love was planned to have a multi-city tour before opening on Broadway in order to rewrite and fix any issues with the musical, if needed.

However, due to the controversial nature of the plot, as well as some problems with the show itself, Lolita, My Love got a significant amount of negative reviews when it opened on its first tour stop, Philadelphia. As a result, the musical went through a major overhaul between its first and second stops, replacing crew members (such as the choreographer) and hiring the 12 year old Denise Nickerson (who was known for playing Violet in the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory) to replace the 15-year old who was playing Lolita in Philadelphia.

When the show opened on its second stop (Boston), reviews were more lukewarm. The cast and score were praised, but people were still wary of the show's plot. Due to lackluster ticket sales in Boston, the musical closed for good with no hope of reaching Broadway.[1]

An unofficial soundtrack from the show's Boston run received a limited release shortly after, using a recording from the theater's soundboard spliced into "songs". Initially, 13 of the songs in the Boston recording were considered lost.

On May 9th, 2020, YouTube channel Channel84V uploaded a complete recording of the soundboard from one of the Boston shows.

There is a surviving audio of the show's Philadelphia tryout. This features the following (cut) songs: "Mother Need's A Boyfriend", "Lolita" (Choral Reprise), "Have You Got What You Came With", "It's A Bad Bad World".

There are several professional recorded tracks, created as pop demos, covers, and instrumentals. Some of which date back to the musical's inception (1971) and some as recent as 1999.

There is also a "producer showcase" tape in which Alan Jay Lerner sings through the score of the show.


The complete soundtrack from the Boston shows.

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