Ankles Aweigh [Original Broadway Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In the 1954-55 Broadway season, musical theater fans had their pick of leading ladies, from veteran Mary Martin in Peter Pan to newcomer Julie Andrews in The Boyfriend, and including Pearl Bailey in Harold Arlen and Truman Capote's celebrated flop House of Flowers, Hildegarde Neff in Cole Porter's final show, Silk Stockings, and Gwen Verdon in the season's biggest hit, Damn Yankees. Little wonder, then, that second-echelon sisters Betty and Jane Kean had trouble breaking through the traffic with Ankles Aweigh. It didn't help that the show seemed like such a throwback; Guy Bolton, whose first Broadway credit dated back 40 years, co-wrote the libretto for this frothy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In the 1954-55 Broadway season, musical theater fans had their pick of leading ladies, from veteran Mary Martin in Peter Pan to newcomer Julie Andrews in The Boyfriend, and including Pearl Bailey in Harold Arlen and Truman Capote's celebrated flop House of Flowers, Hildegarde Neff in Cole Porter's final show, Silk Stockings, and Gwen Verdon in the season's biggest hit, Damn Yankees. Little wonder, then, that second-echelon sisters Betty and Jane Kean had trouble breaking through the traffic with Ankles Aweigh. It didn't help that the show seemed like such a throwback; Guy Bolton, whose first Broadway credit dated back 40 years, co-wrote the libretto for this frothy service comedy, and "dated" was the key word. Sammy Fain, a successful songwriter who worked primarily in Hollywood and was involved with many other Broadway failures, wrote the music to lyrics by Dan Shapiro, and while the resulting score was certainly adequate, boasting an Arlen-style blues tune in "Headin' for the Bottom Blues," an answer to Rodgers & Hammerstein's "There Is Nothin' Like a Dame" in "Nothing Can Replace a Man," and a dreamy ballad in "His and Hers" not to mention the raucous drinking song "Here's to Dear Old Us" and the forward-looking "Honeymoon," which shockingly proposed that affianced couples should try having the honeymoon before the wedding, it was no more than adequate. Like the show itself, it often seemed generic; this was a musical in which the "eleven o'clock song" a Broadway term for the big song placed near the end was actually called "An Eleven O'Clock Song." Betty and Jane Kean gave their all to the material, though Betty had occasional pitch problems, and their male partners, Mark Dawson and Lew Parker, matched them. The show opened April 18, 1955, and ran a surprisingly long 22 weeks, still not enough to turn a profit. Decca Records, which recorded it, didn't help matters. Although the recording session took place in May, the LP was not issued until October, after the show had closed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2004
  • Label: Decca Broadway
  • UPC: 602498625590
  • Catalog Number: 000267302

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture and Italy (3:19)
  2. 2 Skip the Build Up (2:01)
  3. 3 Nothing at All - Jane Kean (3:49)
  4. 4 Walk like a Sailor (3:25)
  5. 5 Headin' for the Bottom Blues - Betty George (4:43)
  6. 6 Here's to Dear Old Us (2:53)
  7. 7 His and Hers - Jane Kean (2:32)
  8. 8 La Festa - Ray Mason (4:15)
  9. 9 Ready Cash (2:11)
  10. 10 Nothing Can Replace a Man (2:01)
  11. 11 Kiss Me and Kill Me with Love - Jane Kean (3:14)
  12. 12 Honeymoon (3:17)
  13. 13 An Eleven O'Clock Song / Finale (3:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thelma Carpenter cast
Mark Dawson Vocals, cast
Mike Kellin cast
Ray Mason Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Soloist
Lewis Parker cast
Gabriel Dell Vocals, cast
Betty Kean Vocals, cast
Jane Kean Vocals, cast
Don Walker Vocals
Betty George Vocals
Lew Parker Vocals
Salvatore Dell'Isola Musical Direction
Ankles Aweigh Cast Ensemble cast
Ankles Aweigh Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Sammy Fain Composer
George Jenkins Scenery
Mark Omann Mastering
Miles White Costume Design
Reginald "Guy" Bolton Book
Dan Shapiro Composer, Lyricist
Roger Adams Dance Arrangement
Peter Filichia Liner Notes
Brian Drutman Reissue Producer
Don Walker Orchestral Arrangements
Tony Charmoli Choreographer
Salvatore Dell'Isola Musical Director
Eddie Davis Book
Mark Onmann Mastering
Chris Roberts Executive Producer
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