Bells Are Ringing [Bonus Tracks]

Bells Are Ringing [Bonus Tracks]

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Lyricist/librettists Betty Comden and Adolph Green wrote the musical Bells Are Ringing as a vehicle for Judy Holliday, their old partner from their nightclub act the Revuers. Holliday was an Academy Award-winning comic actress (Born Yesterday, 1950), but her musical talents had gone largely unregistered until now. Comden and Green set their original, New

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Lyricist/librettists Betty Comden and Adolph Green wrote the musical Bells Are Ringing as a vehicle for Judy Holliday, their old partner from their nightclub act the Revuers. Holliday was an Academy Award-winning comic actress (Born Yesterday, 1950), but her musical talents had gone largely unregistered until now. Comden and Green set their original, New York-based story at an answering service, with Holliday as an operator who becomes involved with her clients, one in particular. Sydney Chaplin played that romantic interest, and both he and Holliday won Tony Awards. The show opened on November 29, 1956, and ran 924 performances. The original Broadway cast album reveals the production's strengths and weaknesses. The chief strength, of course, is Holliday, who barnstorms through comic numbers like "Is It a Crime?" but also handles romantic material such as the hit "The Party's Over" well. Jule Styne's music is typically tuneful, and Comden and Green are typically witty in such songs as "It's a Simple Little System" and "Drop That Name." The chief weakness is Chaplin, who just doesn't have much of a voice. The show's other hit, "Just in Time," was written for his narrow range and was already on the charts for Tony Bennett on opening night; Chaplin certainly couldn't have made a standard out of it, and his rendition of "I Met a Girl" is painful. Still, the good far outweighs the bad. The 2001 CD reissue of the cast album adds additional dance music to "Hello, Hello There" and "Mu-Cha-Cha," and for bonus material there are three publishing demos effectively sung and played by Styne, "It's a Perfect Relationship," "Just in Time," and the cut song "Boogie Woogie Shoogie, Baby of Mine."

Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2001
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998954526
catalogNumber:
89545
Rank:
64890

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddie "The Old Philosopher" Lawrence   Vocals,Track Performer
Judy Holliday   Vocals,Track Performer
George S. Irving   Vocals,Track Performer
Mark Leon   Background Vocals
Jule Styne   Piano,Vocals
Steve Roland   Vocals
Dave McDaniel   Background Vocals
John Perkins   Vocals
Bernie West   Vocals
Frank Green   Vocals
Frank Derbas   Background Vocals
Anne Wallace   Background Vocals
Barbara Newman   Background Vocals
Billy Wilson   Background Vocals
Sydney Chaplin   Vocals
Jean Stapleton   Vocals
Paul Michael   Background Vocals
Frank Milton   Vocals
Peter Gennaro   Vocals
Will Sumner   Background Vocals
Eddie Heim   Vocals
Frank Aletter   Vocals
Patrick Wilkes   Vocals
Ed Thompson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Robert Russell Bennett   Orchestration
Michael Berniker   Executive Producer
Wally Bryson   Composer
Didier C. Deutsch   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Tim Geelan   Remixing
Bud Graham   Engineer
Herbert Greene   Vocal Arrangements
Richard King   Reissue Producer
Goddard Lieberson   Producer,Original Album Producer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Murray Zimney   Engineer
Thomas Z. Shepard   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Ken Fredette   Art Direction
Buster Davis   Vocal Arrangements

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