Love from Judy [Sepia]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Jean Webster's novel Daddy Long Legs, the story of an orphan whose education is sponsored by an anonymous benefactor whom she grows up to marry, was adapted into a play that ran for 264 performances on Broadway after opening on September 28, 1914; two years later, it opened in London and ran 514 performances. The property was adapted into a silent film, Daddy-Long-Legs, starring Mary Pickford, in 1919. It was remade in 1931 and again in 1935, this time under the title Curly Top. In 1938, a fourth film was made in the Netherlands. Fourteen years later, on September 25, 1952, a musical comedy version titled Love from Judy opened in London. The songs were written by the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Jean Webster's novel Daddy Long Legs, the story of an orphan whose education is sponsored by an anonymous benefactor whom she grows up to marry, was adapted into a play that ran for 264 performances on Broadway after opening on September 28, 1914; two years later, it opened in London and ran 514 performances. The property was adapted into a silent film, Daddy-Long-Legs, starring Mary Pickford, in 1919. It was remade in 1931 and again in 1935, this time under the title Curly Top. In 1938, a fourth film was made in the Netherlands. Fourteen years later, on September 25, 1952, a musical comedy version titled Love from Judy opened in London. The songs were written by the American Hugh Martin with some lyrical assistance from Timothy Gray, a songwriter known for the 1941 Broadway musical Best Foot Forward co-written with Ralph Blane; the 1944 movie musical Meet Me in St. Louis again with Blane, starring Judy Garland; and two more Broadway shows, Look, Ma, I'm Dancin' 1948 and Make a Wish 1951. Martin was closely associated with Garland, for whom he had served as piano accompanist on her recent comeback appearances, and the new title may have been intended to play off of that in the public mind. Jean Carson later billed as Jeannie Carson when she starred on American television in the 1956 series Hey Jeannie! had the title role; Bill O'Connor was Jervis Pendleton, her benefactor, and Adelaide Hall played Butterfly, a black maid who provided comic relief. A secondary part was assigned to June Whitfield, who much later went on to play the part of Edina Monsoon's [Jennifer Saunders] mother in the popular 1990s British TV series Absolutely Fabulous. Although the show was a hit, eventually running 594 performances, Great Britain was still in a state of post-war economic trouble, and record companies were not ready to finance full-scale cast albums in the American mold. The English Columbia Records label, however, did plump for a double-EP release of two 78s containing four medleys of songs from the show performed by the original cast. There was never an American production, possibly because the property was owned by MGM, which had its own plans. In 1955, yet another Daddy Long Legs movie was released, this one a musical with songs by Johnny Mercer [including "Something's Gotta Give"], starring 23-year-old Leslie Caron opposite 55-year-old Fred Astaire, which gave the story more of a May-December quality than any previous version. The only U.S. release of the British cast recordings came on the 1974 JJA Records bootleg LP Three by Hugh Martin. The material on the EPs totaled about 18 and a half minutes of music, but this unlicensed reissue taking advantage of the 50-year copyright limit on recordings in Europe runs over 73 minutes. How can that be? The compilers begin with those four medleys, which demonstrate that the score of Love from Judy was a pleasant, fairly typical Martin effort the lively "Go and Get Your Banjo" in particular sounds like the work of the man who wrote "The Trolley Song" in Meet Me in St. Louis, and that the cast was talented. The remaining 20 tracks and 54-plus minutes of the disc consist of long out print pop records, most of them originally issued by the then newly founded Philips Records label in England, made by members of the cast. There are also studio-cast recordings, again medleys, of songs from the 1952 movie musical Hans Christian Andersen and the 1953 stage musical Peter Pan in its pre-Broadway form, featuring only songs by Sammy Fain and Sammy Cahn. And there's a pop cover of "I Ain't Gonna Marry," a song from Love from Judy, sung by Eve Boswell. Most of these tracks are forgettable, second-rate impersonations of American pop of the early 1950s much of which wasn't all that great to begin with, complete with exaggerated American accents. For example, Johnny Brandon, a featured performer in Love from Judy, seems to be trying to channel Johnnie Ray on such songs as "I'll Be Hangin' Around," while Whitfield makes like Patti Page on "Dancing with Someone." [This Sepia version of the CD takes the already rampant "bonus tracks" approach of so many CD reissues to extremes, but show music fans may find it interesting, as long as they're not expecting some lost full-length cast recording of this obscure show.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2005
  • Label: Sepia Recordings
  • UPC: 842704002627
  • Catalog Number: 1026
  • Sales rank: 98,221

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 a) Introduction b) Mardi Gras c) I Never Dream When I'm Asleep / d) A T - Chorus (4:38)
  2. 2 a) Love From Judy b) Daddy Longlegs c) What Do I See In You / d) Here W - June Whitfield (4:48)
  3. 3 a) Go And Get Your Old Banjo b) Kind To Animals c) I Ain't Gonna Marry - Company (4:29)
  4. 4 a) My True Love b) Dum-Dum-Dum c) Love From Judy - June Whitfield (4:42)
  5. 5 A Kiss to build a dream on (from The Strip) - The Orchestra (2:11)
  6. 6 Hug Me a Hug, Kiss Me a Kiss - The Orchestra (2:22)
  7. 7 Barrels and Barrels of Roses - The Orchestra (2:17)
  8. 8 Slow Coach - Johnny Brandon (2:58)
  9. 9 Oodles of Noodles - Johnny Brandon (2:03)
  10. 10 Painting the Clouds with Sunshine - Johnny Brandon (2:38)
  11. 11 One for the Wonder - Johnny Brandon (2:17)
  12. 12 The Glow Worm (Glühwürmchen), song - Johnny Brandon (2:49)
  13. 13 I'll Be Hangin' Around, song - The Orchestra (2:41)
  14. 14 Vanity, song - The Orchestra (2:36)
  15. 15 How Many Times, song - The Orchestra (2:31)
  16. 16 Part 1. Intro. Wonderful Copenhagen; The Inchworm; Ugly Duckling; The K - The Orchestra (3:29)
  17. 17 Part 2. Intro. Hans Christian Andersen; No Two People; Thumbelina; Anyw - Glen Mason (3:31)
  18. 18 Part 1. Intro. You Can Fly, You Can Fly, You Can Fly; A Pirate's Life; - The Orchestra (3:17)
  19. 19 Part 2. Intro. Your Mother And Mine; Never Smile At A Crocodile; The Se - The Orchestra (3:34)
  20. 20 Dancin' with Someone (Longin' for You), song - June Whitfield (2:53)
  21. 21 Seven Lonely Days, song - June Whitfield (2:08)
  22. 22 Bye Bye Baby - June Whitfield (2:24)
  23. 23 Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend, song (from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) - June Whitfield (2:50)
  24. 24 I Ain't Gonna Marry - Eve Boswell (2:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Original London Cast Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Adelaide Hall Vocals, cast
Norrie Paramor Conductor
Ray Martin Conductor
Hermione Gingold Vocals
David Hughes Vocals
Bill Lowe Vocals
Angela Morley Conductor
Geoff Love Conductor, Choir, Chorus, Performing Ensemble
Ray Martin & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Philip Green Conductor
Wally Stott Conductor
Johnny Brandon Vocals, cast
Barbara Windsor Vocals, cast
Jeannie Carson Vocals, cast
Wally Stott & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Eve Boswell Vocals
Geoff Love & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Philip Martell Conductor
David "Sparky" Hughes Vocals
Gary Miller Vocals
James Ainsley Vocals, cast
Linda Gray Vocals, cast
Gilbert Harding Vocals
Jean Metcalf Narrator
Bill O'Connor Vocals
Love From Judy Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
Geoff Love Chorus Choir, Chorus
June Whitfield Vocals
Gary Miller Vocals
The Rita Williams Singers Vocal Ensemble
Jean Metcalfe Narrator
Mary Marvin Vocals
Jean Carson Vocals
Glen Mason Vocals
Audrey Freeman Vocals
Saville Theatre Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Bill Lowe Vocals
Technical Credits
Leroy Carr Composer
Phil Green Orchestration
Frank Loesser Lyricist
Bennie Benjamin Composer
Lew Brown Lyricist
Johnny Burke Lyricist
Hal David Lyricist
Sammy Fain Lyricist
Oscar Hammerstein II Lyricist
Hugh Martin Composer, Lyricist
Johnny Mercer Lyricist
Brown Lyricist
Stewart Lyricist
Tony Middleton Memorabilia
Geoff Wilding Liner Notes, Memorabilia
Jack Gray Composer
Eric Maschwitz Book
Alex Alstone Composer
Jim Lee Memorabilia
Burke Lyricist
Philip Martell Direction, Orchestra Director
Craig Hewitt Graphic Design
Hans Korbmacher translation, Liner Note Translation
David Lyricist
Alstone Lyricist
Bierman Lyricist
Brodsky Lyricist
Brian Coker Memorabilia
Manus Lyricist
Bryan Hammond Memorabilia
Charles Hickman Director
Roma King Nee Hodson Memorabilia
L.K. Lee Remastering
Robin Mukerji Memorabilia
Michael Nelligan Memorabilia
Jean Webster Book
Jack Gray Lyricist
Weiss Lyricist
Brodsky Lyricist
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