A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine was one of those unlikely musical theater hits. As librettist/lyricist Dick Vosburgh puts in his liner notes to the original Broadway cast album, few could have dreamed that he, "a Marx [Brothers] obsessed New Jersey-born comedy writer living in England, would adapt [Anton Chekhov's play] The Bear as a musical in the [Marx Brothers'] Night at the Opera style, find a man capable of both playing the 'Chico' [Marx] role, and of writing the music [Frank Lazarus], open in a tiny off West End theater..., see it transfer to the West End..., win a couple of awards..., and wind up a Broadway hit directed and choreographed by Tommy ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine was one of those unlikely musical theater hits. As librettist/lyricist Dick Vosburgh puts in his liner notes to the original Broadway cast album, few could have dreamed that he, "a Marx [Brothers] obsessed New Jersey-born comedy writer living in England, would adapt [Anton Chekhov's play] The Bear as a musical in the [Marx Brothers'] Night at the Opera style, find a man capable of both playing the 'Chico' [Marx] role, and of writing the music [Frank Lazarus], open in a tiny off West End theater..., see it transfer to the West End..., win a couple of awards..., and wind up a Broadway hit directed and choreographed by Tommy Tune...." Opening at the Golden Theatre in New York on May 1, 1980, the show ran a healthy 588 performances. The adaptation to which Vosburgh refers takes up the second, "A Night in the Ukraine," portion of what is actually a two-part musical revue with little in the way of plot. The first half is a tribute to and parody of Hollywood set at Grauman's Chinese Theatre and performed by some starstruck ushers that includes a musical recitation of the famous code that censored films of the 1930s to the 1950s and a lengthy medley of songs by movie tunesmith Richard A. Whiting "Ain't We Got Fun," etc.. That isn't the only interpolation; Jerry Herman of Hello, Dolly and Mame fame contributes three songs, among them one in which a Jeanette MacDonald soundalike questions the manhood of one "Nelson Eddy, of course. The six-person cast handles the material well, even if David Garrison isn't quite convincing as Groucho Marx, and the album, as the stage production did, works well as a small, two-piano musical effort that is both affectionate and mocking toward Hollywood's golden age.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/1992
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471258028
  • Catalog Number: 12580
  • Sales rank: 139,896

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Just Go to the Movies - Allen Cohen (4:33)
  2. 2 Famous Feet - Allen Cohen (3:52)
  3. 3 I Love a Film Cliche - Allen Cohen (3:21)
  4. 4 Nelson - Allen Cohen (3:16)
  5. 5 It All Comes Out of the Piano/Ain't We Got Fun/Too Marvelous for Words - Allen Cohen (12:22)
  6. 6 The Best in the World - Allen Cohen (5:05)
  7. 7 Doin' the Production Code - Allen Cohen (3:00)
  8. 8 A Night in the Ukraine - Allen Cohen (2:17)
  9. 9 Samovar the Lawyer - Allen Cohen (4:06)
  10. 10 Just Like That - Allen Cohen (4:16)
  11. 11 Again - Allen Cohen (3:32)
  12. 12 Natasha - Allen Cohen (3:51)
  13. 13 A Night in the Ukraine (Reprise) - Allen Cohen (1:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alan Cohen Piano
Jerry Herman Track Performer
John Beal Bass
David Garrison Clarinet, Melodica
Robert Fisher Piano
Peggy Hewett Baritone Saxophone
Frank Lazarus Piano
Priscilla Lopez Stick
Allen Cohen Track Performer
Technical Credits
Fred Miller Producer, Engineer
Van-John Sfiridis Producer
James McMullan Illustrations, Cover Design
Dick Vosburgh Liner Notes, Annotation
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