Boys from Syracuse [Original London Cast] [Bonus Tracks]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
It took London 25 years to get its first production of Rodgers & Hart's The Boys From Syracuse, a musical version of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, itself adapted from Plautus. The original Broadway version opened on November 23, 1938, and ran for more than six months which was good in those days. The West End version followed on November 7, 1963, and ran less than half as long. But it did produce a cast album, which the original had not. Of course, there were no cast albums in those days. British comedian Bob Monkhouse starred as Antipholus of Syracuse, one of two separated twins who also have twin servants, leading to all sorts of shenanigans. That allowed ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
It took London 25 years to get its first production of Rodgers & Hart's The Boys From Syracuse, a musical version of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, itself adapted from Plautus. The original Broadway version opened on November 23, 1938, and ran for more than six months which was good in those days. The West End version followed on November 7, 1963, and ran less than half as long. But it did produce a cast album, which the original had not. Of course, there were no cast albums in those days. British comedian Bob Monkhouse starred as Antipholus of Syracuse, one of two separated twins who also have twin servants, leading to all sorts of shenanigans. That allowed Monkhouse to sing "This Can't Be Love" with Paula Hendrix, one of the show's better remembered songs. The other standard was "Falling in Love With Love," here handled by Lynn Kennington as Adriana, wife of the other Antipholus, who mistakes one for the other. But the standout performer is loud-mouthed Australian Maggie Fitzgibbon, an actress with a bellowing voice just right for the comic numbers "What Can You Do With a Man?" and "He and She." The British accents that intrude here and there it's "This cahhn't be love" and "You have cahhst your shadow on the sea" in this version aren't really a problem since the whole thing is supposedly set in ancient Greece anyway, and the cast has a good sense of Rodgers & Hart's comic froth, making this an excellent rendition of a score that holds up well. [The 2002 reissue, anticipating a Broadway revival, adds the six songs from a 1939 Rudy Vallée/Frances Langford album originally released to exploit the original production. They handle the material well, and it's good to have these performances back in print.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2002
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • UPC: 042288228127
  • Catalog Number: 882281

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (2:27)
  2. 2 I Had Twins - Ingram Marshall (5:01)
  3. 3 Dear Old Syracuse - Ronnie Corbett (2:33)
  4. 4 Falling In Love With Love - Sonny Farrar (3:02)
  5. 5 Falling In Love With Love (3:45)
  6. 6 The Shortest Day Of The Year (2:44)
  7. 7 This Can't Be Love - Paula Hendrix (4:04)
  8. 8 Ladies Of The Evening - Ingram Marshall (3:07)
  9. 9 He And She - Maggie Fitzgibbon (4:04)
  10. 10 You Have Cast Your Shadow On The Sea - Paula Hendrix (3:22)
  11. 11 Come With Me - Adam Deane (2:56)
  12. 12 Sing For Your Supper - Paula Hendrix (3:29)
  13. 13 Oh, Diogenes! - Pat Turner (2:37)
  14. 14 Finale - Company (1:05)
  15. 15 Oh, Diogenes! - The Orchestra (2:44)
  16. 16 Sing For Your Supper - The Orchestra (2:48)
  17. 17 Falling In Love With Love - The Orchestra (3:02)
  18. 18 You Have Cast Your Shadow On The Sea - The Orchestra (2:42)
  19. 19 This Can't Be Love - The Orchestra (3:06)
  20. 20 The Shortest Day Of The Year - The Orchestra (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Original London Cast Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Rudy Vallée Vocals, Track Performer
Vince Charles Vocal Ensemble
Patricia Hall Vocal Ensemble
Harry Sosnik Conductor
Frances Langford Vocals, Track Performer
Rosemary Lyford Vocal Ensemble
Denis Quilley Vocals, Track Performer
John Clifford Vocal Ensemble
Pat Turner Track Performer
Lynn Kennington Vocals, Track Performer
Maurice Lane Track Performer
John Adams Vocals, Track Performer
John Moore Track Performer, Vocal Ensemble
Rita Cameron Vocal Ensemble
Thomas Walling Vocal Ensemble
Bob Monkhouse Vocals, Track Performer
Ronnie Corbett Vocals, Track Performer
Maggie Fitzgibbon Vocals, Track Performer
Sonny Farrar Vocals, Track Performer
Paula Hendrix Vocals, Track Performer
Adam Deane Vocals, Track Performer
Edward Atienza Background Vocals, Track Performer
April Olrich Background Vocals, Track Performer
John Heawood Background Vocals, Track Performer
Robert Crane Background Vocals, Ensemble, Track Performer, Vocal Ensemble
Rod McClennan Background Vocals, Track Performer
Peter Ardran Background Vocals, Track Performer
Gavin Gordon Background Vocals, Track Performer
Stanley Beard Background Vocals, Track Performer
Carlotta Barrow Background Vocals, Dancer, Track Performer
Kay Fraser Background Vocals, Dancer, Track Performer
Jean Muir Background Vocals, Track Performer
Ami MacDonald Background Vocals, Track Performer
Jacqui Daryl Background Vocals, Track Performer
Ben Stevenson Background Vocals, Track Performer
Jeanette Minty Background Vocals, Track Performer
Jill Love Background Vocals, Dancer, Track Performer
Paul Hansard Background Vocals, Track Performer
Peggy Rowan Background Vocals, Track Performer
Wendy Bowman Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble
Ann Brierley Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble
Hilda Stewart Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble
Sylvia Vale Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble
Anna Vincent Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble
Maurice Arthur Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble
Robert Lowe Musical Direction
Pat Turner Vocals
The Boys from Syracuse Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Richard Rodgers Composer
Harry Sosnik Orchestra Director
Lorenz Hart Composer, Lyricist
Michael Mailes Engineer
George Abbott Book
Penny Bennett Art Direction
Hugh Mendi Producer
Brian Drutman Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
John Hollander Liner Notes
Hugh Mendl Producer
Chris Roberts Executive Producer
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