Jule Styne in Hollywood

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Having composed the music for the songs in 16 Broadway musicals between 1947 and 1993, among them Funny Girl and Gypsy, Jule Styne is most closely associated with the musical theater. But he also had an extensive career writing songs for the movies in the decade before his Broadway run began, as annotator and producer Tommy Krasker details in his liner notes to this album; in fact, he earned ten Academy Award nominations for best song (in some cases for songs written after he left Hollywood), finally winning the award for "Three Coins in the Fountain." In a sense, Krasker takes the movie Styne back to the stage on this collection, hiring a bevy of current Broadway ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Having composed the music for the songs in 16 Broadway musicals between 1947 and 1993, among them Funny Girl and Gypsy, Jule Styne is most closely associated with the musical theater. But he also had an extensive career writing songs for the movies in the decade before his Broadway run began, as annotator and producer Tommy Krasker details in his liner notes to this album; in fact, he earned ten Academy Award nominations for best song (in some cases for songs written after he left Hollywood), finally winning the award for "Three Coins in the Fountain." In a sense, Krasker takes the movie Styne back to the stage on this collection, hiring a bevy of current Broadway stars such as Audra McDonald, Sutton Foster, Rebecca Luker, and Marin Mazzie to sing and using arrangements (in some cases adapted from the film originals) that place the songs more in a nightclub than a soundstage setting. He has not attempted to be comprehensive. Several of those Oscar nominees (e.g., "I Fall in Love Too Easily," "It's a Great Feeling") are missing, and others are bunched up into a medley, and some of Styne's Top Ten hits with movie songs, such as "There Goes That Song Again," are also not included. On the other hand, Krasker has expanded his criteria to include songs that, although written while Styne was living on the West Coast, were actually independent tunes not written for or used in the movies: "Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night of the Week)," "It's Been a Long, Long Time," "The Things We Did Last Summer." Leaving out some of Styne's best-known work of the period leaves room for quite a few interesting obscurities, and that's really the heart of this collection. The real gems on the set are not Brent Barrett's "Time After Time" or Leslie Uggams' "I Don't Want to Walk Without You," worthy as they may be, but rather McDonald's investigation of "10,432 Sheep" from The West Point Story, Foster's rousing rendition of "There's Nothing Rougher than Love" from It's a Great Feeling, and the Lascivious Biddies' feeling take on "The Lady Who Didn't Believe in Love" from The Powers Girl. Any of these songs is ready to take its place in a nightclub act, although the quality of Styne's more famous movie and '40s work is certainly reconfirmed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2006
  • Label: P.s. Classics
  • UPC: 881692963824
  • Catalog Number: 9638

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Martin Agee Violin, Concert Master
Randy Andos Trombone
Jeff Carney Bass
Jack Cavari Guitar
Glenn Drewes Trumpet
Larry Farrell Trombone
Lawrence Feldman Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Al Hunt Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Bob Millikan Trumpet
Keith O'Quinn Trombone
Clay Ruede Cello
Jim Saporito Percussion
Warren Odze Drums
Dale Stuckenbruck Violin
Rick Dolan Violin
Chuck Wilson Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
David Loud Piano
Richard Heckman Oboe, Tenor Saxophone
Steve Kenyon Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Gregory Utzig Guitar
Eric Degioia Violin
Adam Grabois Cello
Laura Oatts Violin
Peter Donovan Bass
Mark Thrasher Clarinet, Bassoon, Baritone Saxophone
Joe Ravo Guitar
Deidre Rodman Piano, Background Vocals
Jeff Nelson & Covenant Trombone
Amanda Monaco Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Lee Ann Westover Vocals
Saskia Sunshine Lane Background Vocals
Brian Miller Flute, Piccolo
Don Rebic Piano
Brian Glassman Bass
Barbara Biggers Harp
Tedd Firth Piano
Craig Johnson Trumpet
Danny Colfax Mallon Drums
Johnny Rodgers Piano, Vocals
Christina Denny Piano
Technical Credits
Stephen Ross Contribution
Frank Loesser Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Bruce Coughlin Adaptation
Kim Gannon Composer
Tommy Krasker Producer, Liner Notes
Joe Lambert Mastering
Tom Lazarus Engineer
Larry Moore Adaptation
Jule Styne Composer
David Loud Orchestration, Guest Conductor
Jack Mason Arranger, Orchestration
Cy Feuer Orchestration
Ted Sperling Guest Conductor
Carol Ross Contribution
Harold Adamson Composer
Frank Perkins Orchestration
Jason Gaines Editorial Coordinator
Glen Daum Orchestration
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