Charlie Girl [1986 London Revival Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Charlie Girl, the British musical with a book by Hugh & Margaret Williams, and music by David Heneker and John Taylor, was a modern Cinderella story set at a down-at-heels English estate. When it opened in the West End on December 15, 1965, it received negative reviews, in part because it seemed like a throwback to a much earlier era, while London was swinging at the height of '60s pop culture. But if critics couldn't love it, audiences did; it ran 2,202 performances and was also a big hit in Australia when a production got there in 1971. That it was never mounted on Broadway is some indication of the generally low regard in which British musicals were held in the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Charlie Girl, the British musical with a book by Hugh & Margaret Williams, and music by David Heneker and John Taylor, was a modern Cinderella story set at a down-at-heels English estate. When it opened in the West End on December 15, 1965, it received negative reviews, in part because it seemed like a throwback to a much earlier era, while London was swinging at the height of '60s pop culture. But if critics couldn't love it, audiences did; it ran 2,202 performances and was also a big hit in Australia when a production got there in 1971. That it was never mounted on Broadway is some indication of the generally low regard in which British musicals were held in the '60s, but also some measure of its localism. The biggest reason, however, may be that the score, despite some English music hall songs, seems to aim more at the Las Vegas of the '60s than Broadway. Several songs, among them the title tune, "What's the Magic?," and "Like Love," have the swinging swagger of something a middle-of-the-road pop singer like Tony Bennett or Vic Damone might perform rather than what was typical of Broadway at the time. Charlie Girl came back to the West End on June 19, 1986, in a revival that starred Paul Nicholas as the plucky Cockney who wins the heart of the title character Prince Charming doesn't get Cinderella in this version, while veteran movie star Cyd Charisse appeared in the prominent role of an American heiress. Of course, Charisse was primarily a dancer whose singing voice was usually dubbed onscreen, and she didn't have to handle much of the score. Consequently, she is a minor figure on the cast album. But Nicholas, Lisa Hull as Charlie, and Mark Wynter as Jack, the Prince Charming character, take up the slack. Still, this remains a slight show with derivative, merely pleasant songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/17/2003
  • Label: First Night Records
  • EAN: 5014636600928
  • Catalog Number: 6009
  • Sales rank: 389,082

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (2:03)
  2. 2 The Most Ancestral Home Of All - Roger Martin (2:48)
  3. 3 Bells Will Ring - Lisa Hull (2:58)
  4. 4 Charlie Girl (2:27)
  5. 5 I Love Him, I Love Him (Bells Will Ring) - Lisa Hull (2:30)
  6. 6 What Would I Get From Being Married? (2:31)
  7. 7 Let's Do A Deal (3:52)
  8. 8 My Favourite Occupation (2:10)
  9. 9 What's The Magic? (3:13)
  10. 10 When I Hear Music, I Dance - Company (4:03)
  11. 11 I 'Ates Money (2:04)
  12. 12 The Charlie Girl Waltz (2:55)
  13. 13 The Party Of A Lifetime - Company (3:16)
  14. 14 Like Love - Lisa Hull (2:06)
  15. 15 That's It (2:28)
  16. 16 Washington (2:30)
  17. 17 Fish And Chips - Company (3:58)
  18. 18 Society Twist (1:47)
  19. 19 You Never Know What You Can Do (3:02)
  20. 20 Bells Will Ring/Charlie Girl (Reprise) - Lisa Hull (1:20)
  21. 21 Charlie Girl (Finale) - Company (2:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Original London Cast Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Paul Nicholas Vocals
Robert Stewart fender rhodes
Susie Lee-Hayward Vocals
Kenny Linden Vocals
Peter Martindale Vocals
Jenny Scott-Malden Vocals
Cyd Charisse Vocals
Mark Wynter Vocals
Roger Martin Vocals
Karen Broughton Vocals
Arthur Wilkinson fender rhodes
Ian McMillan Conductor, Musical Direction
Jay Cross Vocals
Dora Bryan Vocals
Nicholas Parsons Vocals
Sarah-Jane Hassell Vocals
Olivia Shaw Vocals
Lisa Hull Vocals
Andrew Davis Vocals
Technical Credits
Michael Reed Producer
Robert Stewart Orchestration
John Luard Timperley Engineer
Bunny Thompson Orchestration
Ted Brennan Orchestration
David Lindup Orchestration
Hugh Williams Book
Arthur Wilkinson Orchestration
Ian McMillan Engineer
John Taylor Lyricist
Michael Reed Producer
Margaret Williams Book
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