The Physical Revue, by Tom Lehrer
This show, performed in 1951 and 1952 in the Harvard physics department, created a remarkable nexus of people who would go on to great things. Tom Lehrer, of course, became a very successful satirical songwriter -- one of the two or three most widely known during the 50s, 60s, and early 70s. Two of the other cast members were advisors to U.S. presidents, one became a photographer for Time and Life magazines, and three others became highly-regarded professors at Tulane, Case Western, and UC Davis. The recording of the show was made by a young professor, Norman Ramsey, who went on to win the Nobel Prize. Read about their remarkable lives below.
James E. Hanson, "pianist j.g."
The Show (version from the
are posted only for the seven songs marked *. (The others either appear
on Lehrer's albums, or are set to copyrighted tunes.)
Background image: covers from some of Tom Lehrer's albums