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Wonderful Town [Original Broadway Cast] [Bonus Tracks]

  • 1. Wonderful Town, musical in 2 acts: Christopher Street - Warren Galjour
    2. Wonderful Town, musical in 2 acts: Ohio - Edith Adams
    3. Wonderful Town, musical in 2 acts: One Hundred Easy Ways
    4. Wonderful Town, musical in 2 acts: What A Waste - Albert Linville/Warren Galjour
    5. Wonderful Town, musical in 2 acts: A Little Bit In Love
    6. Wonderful Town, musical in 2 acts: Pass The Football
    7. Wonderful Town, musical in 2 acts: Conversation Piece - Chris Alexander/Rosalind Russell/Edith Adams/Dort Clark
    8. Wonderful Town, musical in 2 acts: A Quiet Girl
    9. Wonderful Town, musical in 2 acts: Conga! - The Cadets
    10. Wonderful Town, musical in 2 acts: My Darlin' Eileen - The Police/Edith Adams/Delbert Anderson & Police
    11. Wonderful Town, musical in 2 acts: Swing! - Rosalind Russell
    12. Wonderful Town, musical in 2 acts: It's Love - George Gaynes/Edith Adams/George Gaynes & The Villagers Chorus
    13. Wonderful Town, musical in 2 acts: Ballet at the Village Vortex
    14. Wonderful Town, musical in 2 acts: Wrong Note Rag - Rosalind Russell/Edith Adams
    15. On the Town, musical: Opening - The Orchestra/Lyn Murray Chorus & Orchestra
    16. On the Town, musical: Carried Away - Betty Comden
    17. On the Town, musical: Lonely Town
    18. On the Town, musical: I Can Cook Too
    19. On the Town, musical: Lucky To Be Me
    20. On the Town, musical: Ya Got Me
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 014602

  • Credits
    ProducerGeorge Abbott; Brian Drutman (Reissue)

    This reissue of WONDERFUL TOWN includes bonus tracks from rare 1945 recordings of selections from ON THE TOWN.
    Music composed by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.
    Principal cast includes: Rosalind Russell (Ruth); Warren Galjour (Guide); Henry Lascoe (Appopolous); Walter Kelvin (Lonigan); Michele Burke (Hlen); Jordan Bentley (Wreck); Dody Goodman (Violet); Ted Beniades (Valenti); Edith Adams (Eileen); George Gaynes (Robert Baker).
    Recorded in New York, New York on March 8, 1953. Originally released as Decca (79010). Includes reissue liner notes by Doug Pomeroy.
    Digitally remastered by Doug Pomeroy (Pomeroy Audio, Brooklyn, New York).
    Composer: Leonard Bernstein.
    Lyricists: Adolph Green; Betty Comden.
    Personnel: Rosalind Russell (vocals); Chris Alexander , George Gaynes, Henry Lascoe, Adolph Green, Nancy Walker, Betty Comden, Mary Martin, Edith Adams (vocals).
    Liner Note Author: Louis Untermeyer.
    Recording information: Winter Garden Theater, New York, NY (03/08/1953).
    Based on the Broadway show My Sister Eileen, Wonderful Town opened February 25, 1953, and ran for 559 performances. The story revolves around the trials, tribulations, and loves of two sisters from Columbus, OH, who move to New York City in the mid-'30s to seek fame and fortune. Rosalind Russell plays Ruth, a role she created in the movie version of the play. The other sister, Eileen, is played by Edie Adams, who went on to have a successful career on the stage, screen, and TV. This CD is part of Decca's Broadway musical original-cast reissue series using 24-bit digital technology resulting in a sparkling sound. The troika who wrote music and lyrics for this production, Leonard Bernstein, Adolph Green, and Betty Comden, were among Broadway's brightest stars. And even though this musical won several Tony awards, the lyrics and story are somewhat dated with its references to such personages of the time as tennis star Helen Wills. Tunes such as "Swing" and the patter associated with it seem more appropriate for old-time vaudeville. None of the tunes from the show attained classic status. Wonderful Town did not reach the same high level of the other troika collaboration, On the Town. Songs from that 1944 production, about three sailors on a 24-hour leave in New York, are included here to move the CD into the very attractive class. These six tunes are from a set of excerpts originally issued in February 1946 and are by Nancy Walker, Mary Martin, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green, the latter two who not only did the book and lyrics writing, but also starred in the production. These two were among the most talented individuals ever to trod the Broadway boards. Decca has released another excellent musical album. ~ Dave Nathan

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