In 1954, a musical The Golden Apple flopped on Broadway. It was a retelling of the story of Illiad and the Odyssey, reset in middle America during the Spanish War. In the show Helen is a small town girl who gets whisked off to the big city by a traveling salesman named Paris, and the men of the town set off to get her back. It’s a brilliant retelling of the story, with a lush score that was tragically not recorded in full until 2015.

However in 1977, CBS aired an abridged version of the show. It’s a quite good production, and definitely worth a watch. If you’re a fan of the original cast recording, this production features most of those songs plus quite a bit that was never recorded, so it’s a nice glimpse. It also features the original ending of the show, “We’ve Just Begun,” used in the original off-Broadway production but dropped when the show transferred to Broadway, and was never recorded.

The Golden Apple rather ingeniously updates Homer's Iliad and Odyssey to turn of the 20th century Washington State. With music by Jerome Moross and lyrics by John LaTouche, the show is through-sung and near operatic, though unfortunately the original Broadway cast album contained only highlights.

This particular song in the second act been an ear worm for me lately. Ulysses (Stephen Douglass), Achilles (Julian Patrick) and Doc (Gary Gordon) are halfway through their ten year odyssey and along the way encounter a female scientist (Portia Nelson) who rather cheerily sings about the ways in which the world is "Doomed, Doomed, Doomed." She then sends Doc up in a rocket ship she invented, but hasn't any idea how to bring him back.