Bugs Bunny on Broadway

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All Music Guide - Steven McDonald
In 1990, amidst a variety of Bugs Bunny-themed ventures, George Daugherty conceived and pulled off a concert presentation based on the classic Bugs/Warner Bros cartoons that took a cue from classical music, including one of the all-time acknowledged greats, "What's Opera, Doc." Daugherty's idea was simple -- take the cartoons, strike new prints, set up sync tracks, and have a live 50-piece orchestra perform the tracks live on-stage. That he was allowed to carry this idea through was astonishing enough. That it worked once is breathtaking. That the Warner Bros. Orchestra managed to pull it off, on Broadway, night after night, is a tribute to the people involved, because ...
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All Music Guide - Steven McDonald
In 1990, amidst a variety of Bugs Bunny-themed ventures, George Daugherty conceived and pulled off a concert presentation based on the classic Bugs/Warner Bros cartoons that took a cue from classical music, including one of the all-time acknowledged greats, "What's Opera, Doc." Daugherty's idea was simple -- take the cartoons, strike new prints, set up sync tracks, and have a live 50-piece orchestra perform the tracks live on-stage. That he was allowed to carry this idea through was astonishing enough. That it worked once is breathtaking. That the Warner Bros. Orchestra managed to pull it off, on Broadway, night after night, is a tribute to the people involved, because we're talking about precision timing here -- from an orchestra involved in complex scores played at breakneck speed with only a click track in one ear for tempo and no sight of the screen. The result was a massive hit both on tour and on Broadway. Bugs Bunny on Broadway is a shortened version of that adventure into musical madness. It's a wonderful companion to and expansion on The Carl Stalling Project in that it provides fresh renditions of classic scores with a resulting dynamic and cleanness that's wonderful. It also provides some sterling examples of Milt Franklyn, whose position as Stalling's arranger through the years made him a perfect successor as the scores to "Baton Bunny," "The High Note" an exceptional non-Bugs outing from Chuck Jones and "What's Opera, Doc?" prove beyond a doubt. Still, it's those demented Stalling scores that have the edge -- "A Corny Concerto" with conductor Daugherty and post-production supervisor Robb Wenner providing voices masterfully demolishes Johann Strauss and Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky with brilliant mixes of music and effects, hewing to the originals only when needed. In "Long-Haired Hare," Stalling and company brilliantly cross numerous classical themes, songs, sound effects and dialogue -- it's almost as funny on record as it is on film. The new recordings are first-rate -- clear, well-balanced and astonishingly dynamic. The production is clear and well-mixed without any digital harshness, and the analog elements from the original cartoon tracks are blended nicely. The tracks taken from the soundtracks of the original cartoons have been cleaned up remarkably, though their origin is certainly clear enough. In that respect, this disc manages to improve on The Carl Stalling Project, which suffered from an inability to reduce noise and improve dynamic and frequency ranges beyond a certain limit. If you like Warner Bros. animation or terrific motion picture scores, don't pass up this disc. It's the key link between Spike Jones and P.D.Q. Bach.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/1991
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992649421
  • Catalog Number: 26494

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Warner Bros. Orchestra Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Eric Weissberg Pedal Steel Guitar
Abe Appleman Violin
Jaime Austria Double Bass
John Babich Double Bass
Diane Barere Cello
Elena Barere Violin
Mel Blanc Voices
David Carey Percussion
Robert Chausow Violin
Laura Corcos Violin
Paul Cortese Viola
Chris Gekker Trumpet
Benjamin Herman Percussion, Timpani
Cecilia Hobbs Violin
Kathryn Kienke Violin
Gail Kruvand Double Bass
Carol Landon Viola
Ann Leathers Violin
Carol Morgan Flute, Bass Flute, Piccolo
Larry Moses Trumpet
Eugene J. Moye Cello
Jan Mullen Viola
Carol Pool Violin
Joe Pusateri Percussion
Arnie Roth Violin, Concert Master
Andy Seligson Trombone, Tuba
Ron Sell French Horn
Deborah Yamak Cello
Masako Yanagita Violin
Ming Yeh Violin
Leise Anschuetz French Horn
Diane Lesser English Horn, Oboe
Caroline Pittman Flute
Dean Plank Trombone
Sandra Robbins Viola
John Taylor Trombone
George Wozniak Violin
Chase Morrison Cello
Maura Giannini Violin
Atsuko Sato Bassoon
Ethan Bauch Bassoon
Richard Clark Trombone
Roberta Cooper Cello
Marion Pinheiro Violin
Robb Wenner Voices
Kaitilin Mahony French Horn
Leo Marchildon Piano
George Daugherty Conductor, Voices
Katherine LiVolsi Stern Violin
Richard Hagen French Horn
Meryl Abt-Greenfield Clarinet
Brian Hysong Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Grace Paradise Harp
Katherine Rife Viola
Karen Ritscher Viola
Eliana Mendoza Cello
Washington Barella Oboe
Arthur Q. Bryan Voices
Warner Bros. Studio Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Gary LeMel Executive Producer
Eddie Cantor Composer
Eric Weissberg Contributor, Principal
John Babich Contributor, Principal
Barry Bongiovi Contributor
Tony Bongiovi Contributor
Steve Boyer Engineer, Engineering
David Carey Contributor, Principal
Paul Cortese Contributor, Principal
Benjamin Herman Contributor, Principal
Cecilia Hobbs Contributor, Principal
Carl Johnson Contributor
Eugene J. Moye Contributor, Principal
Joe Pusateri Contributor, Principal
Andy Seligson Contributor, Principal
Warner Bros. Orchestra Contributor
Chuck Jones Liner Notes
Caroline Pittman Contributor, Principal
Chris Bellman Mastering
Tom Recchion Art Direction
Marion Pinheiro Contributor
Robb Wenner Sound Effects
Leo Marchildon Contributor, Score Restoration, Principal
George Daugherty Producer, Liner Notes, Concept, Creation
David Hillenbrand Score Restoration
Grace Paradise Principal
Charles Tobias Composer
Washington Barella Principal
Murray Mencher Composer
Cameron Patrick Score Restoration
Rick Gehr Production Liason
Kathleen Helppie-Shipley Creative Consultant
John Larabee Sound Effects
Michael McQuistion Score Restoration
Steven Goldberg Executive Producer
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