The fourth season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is now underway, with two episodes arriving each Friday on Amazon Prime Video for four weeks. The series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls, Bunheads) chronicles the colorful life of Midge "Mrs." Maisel (portrayed by Emmy Award winner Rachel Brosnahan) as she carves out a career in New York in the rough-and-tumble world of stand-up comedy; the current season finds her in 1960, working at a seedy burlesque house and navigating the equally choppy waters of her personal life. A trademark of the series has been its use of music, both period and original, to vividly conjure the time period. After three soundtrack albums on UMe, Mrs. Maisel has moved to Legacy Recordings for the fourth season's album. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season Four (Music from the Amazon Original Series) arrived in digital formats on Friday, March 4, with a CD release to follow April 29 and vinyl on November 4. The CD and vinyl versions feature the same 15 songs as the digital release, but in a different sequence.
The Season Four soundtrack premieres a number of original songs written specifically for Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, including the title song of They Came, They Danced, the splashy musical which receives a pan from Midge's critic father Abe (four-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub). "They Came, They Danced" was written by the team of Thomas Mizer and Curtis Moore, who have also penned two more new songs on the album, "City Lights" (sung by Darius DeHaas as the voice of pop star Shy Baldwin, played in the show by Leroy McClain) and "Maybe Monica." Mizer and Moore commented in the press release, "Writing original songs for Season Four was a joyride. When else in our career are we going to be asked to write '60s pop, a calypso wedding toast, classic burlesque strips, and even a fake Golden Age Broadway musical? Every time Amy and Dan [Palladino] would call with a new assignment we'd laugh at this new wild, musical adventure. Then we'd hang up and wonder if they were punking us."
The soundtrack also boasts an array of classic showtunes from Wonderful Town ("Christopher Street"), The Pajama Game ("The Pajama Game/Racing with the Clock"), Kiss Me, Kate ("Always True to You in My Fashion," sung by jazz chanteuse Blossom Dearie), Swingin' the Dream (the jazz standard "Darn That Dream," performed by Ella Fitzgerald), and the big-screen musicals Easter Parade ("A Couple of Swells," a.k.a. Judy Garland and Fred Astaire) and A Damsel in Distress (the timeless "Nice Work If You Can Get It," sung here by Doris Day). Rarities include the comic lament "Femininity" from the less well-known musical comedy Oh, Captain! (1958) and evocative songs from Patience and Prudence ("The Money Tree"), The Barry Sisters ("Coney Island"), and Miss Beverly Shaw ("I'm Nobody's Baby").
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has been renewed by Amazon Prime Video for a fifth and final season. To date, it's picked up 20 Emmy Awards, including trophies in the field of Outstanding Music Supervision for its first three seasons; the fourth season's eclectic soundtrack shares the same hallmarks of quality. It's streaming now from Legacy Recordings, and you'll find links for the physical formats below!
Various Artists, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season Four (Music from the Amazon Original Series) (Legacy, 2022)
- Darn That Dream (Eddie DeLange/Jimmy Van Heusen) - Ella Fitzgerald
- Coney Island (Bobby Kroll/Eli Basse) - The Barry Sisters
- The Pajama Game/Racing with the Clock (from The Pajama Game) (Richard Adler/Jerry Ross) - Eddie Foy, Jr., Ensemble
- Always True to You in My Fashion (Cole Porter) - Blossom Dearie
- They Came, They Danced (Thomas Mizer/Curtis Moore) - Orville Mendoza & The Original Broadway Cast of They Came, They Danced (new original song)
- A Couple of Swells from Irving Berlin's Easter Parade (Irving Berlin) - Judy Garland and Fred Astaire
- Christopher Street (from Wonderful Town) (Leonard Bernstein/Betty Comden/Adolph Green) - Original 1953 Broadway Cast
- Nice Work If You Can Get It (Ira Gershwin/George Gershwin) - Doris Day
- City Lights (Thomas Mizer/Curtis Moore) - Darius de Haas (new original song)
- Maybe Monica (Thomas Mizer/Curtis Moore) - Josh A. Dawson (new original song)
- I'm Nobody's Baby (Benny Davis/Lester Santly/Milton Ager) - Miss Beverly Shaw
- The Money Tree (Mark McIntyre/Clifford Ferre) - Patience & Prudence
- Que Sera, Sera (Jay Livingston, Raymond Evans) - Paulina Yeung
- Femininity (from Oh, Captain!) (Jay Livingston/Ray Evans) - Eileen Rodgers (2:45)
- "Friday Afternoons, Op. 7: Cuckoo!" (Benjamin Britten) - Alexander Wells, New London Children's Choir, Ronald Corp