Guys and Dolls [Original Broadway Cast]

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
A brilliant adaptation, both touching and hilarious, of Damon Runyon's stories about New York in its heyday, Guys and Dolls features a magnificent score by one of Broadway’s greats, Frank Loesser. It would be difficult for a show to lose with such numbers as “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” “If I Were a Bell,” “Luck, Be a Lady Tonight,” and “I’ll Know.” Guys and Dolls, it goes without saying, didn’t fail, becoming one of the biggest Broadway hits of its time. The first-rate cast of the original production, as captured on this classic cast album, includes Robert Alda, Stubby Kaye, and Vivian Blaine. In all, it's one for the ages.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
A brilliant adaptation, both touching and hilarious, of Damon Runyon's stories about New York in its heyday, Guys and Dolls features a magnificent score by one of Broadway’s greats, Frank Loesser. It would be difficult for a show to lose with such numbers as “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” “If I Were a Bell,” “Luck, Be a Lady Tonight,” and “I’ll Know.” Guys and Dolls, it goes without saying, didn’t fail, becoming one of the biggest Broadway hits of its time. The first-rate cast of the original production, as captured on this classic cast album, includes Robert Alda, Stubby Kaye, and Vivian Blaine. In all, it's one for the ages.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Guys and Dolls, based on the stories of Damon Runyon about New York gamblers, became a stunning success upon its Broadway opening in 1950. While Abe Burrows' libretto was much praised, the show's main asset is the songwriting of Frank Loesser, which is unfailingly tuneful, and which accurately represents the vernacular of Runyon's characters, from "Fugue for Tinhorns," a trio song full of horse racing slang, to "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat," a revival-meeting pastiche in which a gambler claims to have found salvation. "Luck Be a Lady," a gambler's ode to good fortune, became a standard. Winning as these are, love songs such as "I'll Know" and "I've Never Been in Love Before" are equally affecting. And that isn't even to mention the songs that became contemporary hits, "If I Were a Bell" and "A Bushel and a Peck." The original cast was headed by Vivian Blaine, a comic singer effective at putting across the humorous material, and Robert Alda, who proved to be a smooth-voiced, commanding lead. The original Broadway cast album was recorded December 3, 1950, and hit Number One in March 1951. It remains the definitive version of a score that has not been recorded as often as one might expect, given the show's perennial appeal. After a 1991 upgrade for the CD era, it was reissued in 2000 to mark the show's 50th anniversary. In addition to 24-bit remastering and a redesigned CD booklet with lots of photographs, this version contained as bonus tracks the four recordings released in 1955 from the movie soundtrack. This material puts an interesting gloss on the original recordings, and is a welcome addition.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/2000
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • UPC: 601215911220
  • Catalog Number: 159112
  • Sales rank: 27,731

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sammy Kaye Track Performer
Robert Alda Vocals, Track Performer
Vivian Blaine Vocals, Track Performer
Isabel Bigley Vocals, Track Performer
Douglas Deane Vocals, Track Performer
Mission Group Track Performer
Pat Rooney Sr. Track Performer
Johnny Silver Track Performer
Sam Levene Track Performer
Jay Blackton Choir Director
Irving Actman Conductor
Jean Simmons Track Performer
Stubby Kaye Vocals, Track Performer
George S. Kaufman Staging
Technical Credits
Ken Bloom Reissue Consultant
Frank Loesser Composer
Herbert Greene Vocal Arrangements
Teddy Royal Orchestration
George Bassman Orchestration
Max O. Preeo Liner Notes
Penny Bennett Art Direction
Jay Blackton Orchestra Director
Irving Actman Musical Director
Louis Untermeyer Liner Notes
Denis McNamara Reissue Producer
Alvin Colt Costume Design
Brian Drutman Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    okay but not great

    it's a good soundtrack with the bonus tracks being the highlights. i was wondering though, is there a copy of the movie soundtrack around anywhere? if they have these bonus tracks, they must certainly have the rest of the tracks from the movie, right? i would really like the movie soundtrack with Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, and Vivian Blaine

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Historical Masterpiece

    Guys and Dolls is an underated masterpiece. This CD is a great piece of history to own. It's very interesting to compare the tracks from the 50's film version to the broadway score. Marlon Brando and Jean Peters, not known for their singing ability do a very nice job of it. You won't regret buying it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You will NEVER regret buying GUYS AND DOLLS!

    I loved the Play, I loved the movie, and now I Love THis Musical masterpiece! BUy it! Anybody that likes any kind of musicals with like this CD!

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