Here's the premiere episode of The Mercury Summer Theater of the Air from 1946, a shameless plug for Welles' new stage show, his legendary musical re-imagining of the Jules Verne classic Around the World in 80 Days
. This was the show of which Welles lamented to Mr. Bogdanovich "Oh, Peter, I wish you'd seen it." Expensive, expansive, lush and lavish, the sheer cost would force Welles to seek financial help from Harry Cohn (in a little deal which lead directly to The Lady from Shanghai.)
A few years ago I combed through one or two recent Cole Porter biographies looking for mention of the Welles musical he scored. Yes, it was mentioned; it was stated that no records of the show survived and no one knew what any of the material sounded like. Luckily, this broadcast features Porter's songs and incidental score, performed by the original cast for a live audience who sound thoroughly dazzled to my ears.
Since Simon Callow was singular unimpressed with this episode (comparing it unfavourably with Welles' 1938 radio version, which was a different approach entirely,) I thought the evidence should have a chance to speak for itself.