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
Note: Recordings 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