Lorelei [Original Broadway Cast] [Bonus Tracks]

Lorelei [Original Broadway Cast] [Bonus Tracks]

by Carol Channing
     
 

Carol Channing became a Broadway star at 28 in the 1949 musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, singing "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," among other songs written by composer Jule Styne and lyricist Leo Robin. In 1973, Channing, by then an even bigger Broadway star thanks to Hello, Dolly!, embarked on a national tour of a revised version of GentlemenSee more details below

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Carol Channing became a Broadway star at 28 in the 1949 musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, singing "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," among other songs written by composer Jule Styne and lyricist Leo Robin. In 1973, Channing, by then an even bigger Broadway star thanks to Hello, Dolly!, embarked on a national tour of a revised version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes retitled Lorelei after her title character. In this production, the 52-year-old Channing at first looked back on her racy past as a Roaring Twenties flapper (in a new song called "Looking Back," written by Styne with lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green subbing for the deceased Robin), then stepped back into the old story of shipboard romance and gold-digging. A cast album was recorded in February 1973, just prior to the start of the tour. By the time the show reached Broadway, on January 27, 1974, changes had been made in the score, so some new tracks were recorded to create an original Broadway cast album that was actually a revised version of the touring-cast album. This 2003 CD reissue adds back the dropped material from the touring-cast album presenting, as a sticker proclaims, "All Of The Music From LORELEI on ONE CD For The First Time!" Actually, there were numbers heard on-stage -- "Coquette" and "Button Up With Esmond" -- that were never recorded at all, so that isn't quite true. But all the tracks recorded in 1973 and 1974 are included. That means there are two overtures (one features melodies from the touring version that were dropped), and that both "I'm a'Tingle, I'm a'Glow" sung by Brandon Maggart, heard only on the road, and "It's Delightful Down in Chile" sung by Channing and Jack Fletcher, added by the time of the Broadway opening, are featured. The hoopla and confusion aside, however, Lorelei remains essentially a re-recording of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with a few new Comden and Green songs that don't change things much. Channing is still a charmer, no matter her age, and the supporting cast is good. But the best of this was heard before on the Gentlemen Prefer Blondes cast album 25 years earlier.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2003
Label:
Decca Broadway
UPC:
0602498610107
catalogNumber:
000140702

Tracks

  1. Act 1. Overture
  2. Act 1. Looking Back
  3. Act 1. Bye Bye Baby
  4. Act 1. It's High Time
  5. Act 1. A Little Girl from Little Rock
  6. Act 1. I'm A'Tingle, I'm A'Glow
  7. Act 1. I Love What I'm Doing
  8. Act 1. It's Delightful Down in Chile
  9. Act 1. Paris, Paris (dropped prior to Broadway opening)
  10. Act 1. I Won't Let You Get Away
  11. Act 1. Keeping Cool With Coolidge
  12. Act 1. Men
  13. Act 2. Mamie is Mimi
  14. Act 2. Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend
  15. Act 2. Lorelei (dropped prior to Broadway opening)
  16. Act 2. Homesick Blues
  17. Act 2. Just a Kiss Apart (dropped prior to Broadway opening)
  18. Act 2. "Looking Back" ... On ... "Diamonds"
  19. Act 2. Finale (Lorelei)
  20. Act 2. Overture (dropped prior to Broadway openi

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carol Channing   Primary Artist,Vocals,cast
Dody Goodman   Vocals,cast
David Roman   cast
Milton Rosenstock   Musical Direction
James Fletcher   cast
Robert Fitch   Vocals
Jayne Turner   cast
John Mineo   Vocals,cast
Lee Roy Reams   Vocals,cast
Rick Schneider   cast
Angela Martin   cast
Peter Palmer   Vocals,cast
Donna Monroe   cast
Bob Fitch   cast
Brandon Maggart   Vocals,cast
Ian Tucker   cast
Tamara Long   Vocals,cast
Jack Fletcher   Vocals
Lorelei Cast Ensemble   Vocal Ensemble
Lorelei Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer,Lyricist
Adolph Green   Composer,Lyricist
Chuck "Fingers" Irwin   Engineer
Philip J. Lang   Orchestration
Hugh Martin   Vocal Arrangements
Leo Robin   Composer,Lyricist
Jule Styne   Composer,Producer
Val Valentin   Director Of Engineering
Gail Parent   Book
Kenny Solms   Book
Mark Omann   Mastering
Jay Thompson   Dance Arrangement
Ernest Flatt   Choreographer
Buster Davis   Vocal Arrangements
Alvin Colt   Costume Design
Brian Drutman   Reissue Producer
Ray Aghayan   Costume Design
Bob Mackie   Costume Design
Don Walker   Orchestration
Robert Moore   Director
John Conklin   Scenery
Anita Loos   Book
Joseph Fields   Book
Mark Onmann   Mastering
Joseph Weiss   Liner Notes
Chris Roberts   Executive Producer
Stan Moress   Producer

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