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A Connecticut Yankee [Original Television Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Rodgers & Hart's musical A Connecticut Yankee, based on Mark Twain's fantasy A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, had two significant Broadway stagings; the original production opened November 3, 1927, and played 421 performances, the second-longest run for any Rodgers & Hart show in its initial mounting. The second, a "revisical" more than a revival, with six new songs, opened November 17, 1943, and ran 135 performances. That version produced an original cast album released by Decca Records. From the extensive annotations on the disc at hand, you would think it contained one or the other of the Broadway casts, since that's practically all that the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Rodgers & Hart's musical A Connecticut Yankee, based on Mark Twain's fantasy A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, had two significant Broadway stagings; the original production opened November 3, 1927, and played 421 performances, the second-longest run for any Rodgers & Hart show in its initial mounting. The second, a "revisical" more than a revival, with six new songs, opened November 17, 1943, and ran 135 performances. That version produced an original cast album released by Decca Records. From the extensive annotations on the disc at hand, you would think it contained one or the other of the Broadway casts, since that's practically all that the notes talk about. Actually, this is a recording pulled from a kinescope of a live TV production broadcast on December 3, 1955, and starring Eddie Albert and Janet Blair, with Boris Karloff as King Arthur and Gale Sherwood as the villainous Morgan La Fay. The score is based on the 1943 revised version, so that it includes some of Rodgers & Hart's last songs, notably the hilarious patter number "To Keep My Love Alive," which demonstrates that Hart, despite being near the end of his life, retained his wit. There's plenty of dialogue in between the songs, giving a rough sense of the plot, in which a modern man unexpectedly finds himself in Camelot. The sound quality is far from perfect, with a lot of buzzing a technical note blames the sound of the camera used to make the kinescope, but the historical value of the recording and the quality of the performances outweigh the sonic limitations. A final bonus track is the 1927 English Brunswick recording of Jessie Matthews singing "My Heart Stood Still" from the British musical One Dam Thing After Another, prior to the song's being interpolated into A Connecticut Yankee.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/1997
  • Label: Aei
  • UPC: 765911004324
  • Catalog Number: 43

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eddie Albert Vocals, Track Performer
Jessie Matthews Vocals, Track Performer
Rod Alexander Vocals, Track Performer
Boris Karloff Vocals, Track Performer
Charles Sanford Conductor
Janet Blair Vocals, Track Performer
John Conte Vocals, Track Performer
Jack Thompson Track Performer
Charles Sandford Conductor, Choir Conductor
Bambi Linn Vocals, Track Performer
Craig Timberlake Vocals
Beverlee Dennis Vocals, Track Performer
Ray Drakely Vocals, Track Performer
Leonard Elliot Vocals, Track Performer
Gale Sherwood Vocals, Track Performer
A Connecticut Yankee Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Robert Wright Vocals
Rod Alexander Vocals
A Connecticut Yankee Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
Ray Drakeley Vocals
Technical Credits
Richard Rodgers Composer
Lorenz Hart Lyricist
Irwin Kostal Arranger, Contributor
Alan Schwartz Adaptation
Abe Schwartz Adaptation
Stanley Green Liner Notes
David Cunard Producer, Contributor
Max Liebman Director, Producer
Neil Simon Adaptation
Clay Warnick Arranger, Choir Arrangement, Musical Adaptation
Herbert Fields Book
Ray Drakely Contributor
William Friedberg Adaptation
Will Glickman Adaptation
Clay Pahl Choir Arrangement, Musical Adaptation
Mel Pahl Musical Adaptation
Robert Wright Contributor
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