Little Bit of Broadway

Little Bit of Broadway

by Julie Andrews
     
 

In effect, this compilation is "The Best of Julie Andrews on Columbia Records, 1957-1962." It is drawn from five albums released during that period: the television soundtrack to Cinderella (1957); the original London (not Broadway, as the liner notes mistakenly say) cast album for My Fair Lady (1959); the original Broadway cast album for CamelotSee more details below

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In effect, this compilation is "The Best of Julie Andrews on Columbia Records, 1957-1962." It is drawn from five albums released during that period: the television soundtrack to Cinderella (1957); the original London (not Broadway, as the liner notes mistakenly say) cast album for My Fair Lady (1959); the original Broadway cast album for Camelot (1960); and two Julie Andrews solo albums, Broadway's Fair Julie (1962) and Don't Go in the Lion's Cage Tonight (1962). (There is also a previously unreleased recording of Noël Coward's "I'll Follow My Secret Heart" made during the sessions for Broadway's Fair Julie.) The conceit here is that this is all material from Broadway musicals, but that isn't actually true, since the solo recordings include revivals of such independent songs as "By the Light of the Silvery Moon," "Alexander's Ragtime Band," and "Burlington Bertie From Bow" (the last later performed by Andrews in the 1968 film Star!). Never mind that, though. Andrews's stage appearances ended for decades after Camelot, and this set affords the listener a chance to hear what she might have been like in, for example, Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story ("I Feel Pretty") and Wonderful Town ("A Little Bit in Love"), even if it's hard to imagine her ever being cast in such shows. Naturally, she brings her precise phrasing and clear voice to every performance, enthusiastically trying on such diverse material as Lane and Harburg's "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" (from Finian's Rainbow) and Rodgers and Hart's "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" (from Too Many Girls). Of course, her familiar performances from the shows with which she is associated remain stellar, though listeners would have preferred the Broadway cast versions of the songs from My Fair Lady (even if they are in mono).

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972443423
catalogNumber:
724434
Rank:
51953

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Julie Andrews   Primary Artist,Vocals
Robert Mersey   Conductor

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Alexander Borodin   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Noël Coward   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Frank deVol   Producer
Michael Berniker   Executive Producer
Betty Comden   Composer
Didier C. Deutsch   Producer
Adolph Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Henri René   Contributor
Goddard Lieberson   Producer
Robert Mersey   Arranger
Mark Wilder   Mastering
Max O. Preeo   Liner Notes
Rico Lins   Art Direction
Edward Madden   Composer
Gus Edwards   Composer
Robert Wright   Composer

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