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.