My Fair Lady [Original Cast 20th Anniversary Production]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The first major Broadway revival of My Fair Lady was billed as the 20th anniversary production and, in fact, opened 20 years to the month after the first one in March 1976. Lyricist/librettist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe joined theatrical producer Herman Levin in supervising the new staging in a style as close to the original as possible, and the cast album was produced by Goddard Lieberson, just as the 1956 one had been. Julie Andrews was by then too old to play Eliza Doolittle, and Rex Harrison apparently was unavailable to be Professor Henry Higgins he would return to Broadway in a 25th anniversary production, so the principals this time around were...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The first major Broadway revival of My Fair Lady was billed as the 20th anniversary production and, in fact, opened 20 years to the month after the first one in March 1976. Lyricist/librettist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe joined theatrical producer Herman Levin in supervising the new staging in a style as close to the original as possible, and the cast album was produced by Goddard Lieberson, just as the 1956 one had been. Julie Andrews was by then too old to play Eliza Doolittle, and Rex Harrison apparently was unavailable to be Professor Henry Higgins he would return to Broadway in a 25th anniversary production, so the principals this time around were Christine Andreas and Ian Richardson. The sole cast holdover after 20 years was Robert Coote, back in the minor role of Colonel Pickering. Lieberson had a bit more time to include on the album, and he used it to add the instrumental "Embassy Waltz," an extra verse of "Get Me to the Church on Time," and the show's closing bit of dialogue between Richardson and Andreas. Otherwise, the score was very similar to what it always had been. The effect, aurally, was not unlike what it might have been like for a theatergoer of the late '50s who showed up well into the run of the original production to find that most of the original stars had been replaced by competent, professional actors attempting to replicate the performances. Richardson rolled his "R"'s more than Harrison, and Andreas lacked Andrews' humor, but their recitals were perfectly acceptable -- as substitutes, that is. In fact, no one in the cast bettered the original performers, not George Rose as Alfred P. Doolittle, nor Jerry Lanning as Freddy Eynsford-Hill, capable as they were. It's no wonder that this cast album went out of print and stayed out of print until 30 years later, when Sony BMG Entertainment's Masterworks Broadway imprint finally got around to reissuing it on CD in 2006, by which time it was a curiosity of a nearly forgotten staging of a landmark show.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 828768839225
  • Catalog Number: 88392

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ian Richardson Vocals
Theodore Saidenberg Musical Direction
Christine Andreas Vocals
Robert Coote Vocals
Jerry Lanning Vocals
George Rose Vocals
George Ella Rose Vocals
Sylvia OBrien Vocals
My Fair Lady Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Sylvia O'Brien Vocals
My Fair Lady Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Robert Russell Bennett Arranger
Didier C. Deutsch Reissue Producer
Richard King Mastering
Philip J. Lang Arranger
Alan Jay Lerner Lyricist, Book
Goddard Lieberson Producer
Frederick Loewe Composer
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Trude Rittman Arranger
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  • Posted June 29, 2012

    It is very nice to have this alternative to the legendary origin

    It is very nice to have this alternative to the legendary original cast recording. Nothing will ever replace it, but it is good to have a solid reference recording of the score that is not tied into the (of course superlative) choices that Rex Harrison made since we have him immortalized in the movie version as well.

    Christine Andreas demonstrates aptly why she was the go-to soprano for so many Broadway revivals in this era. The real revelation here is Jerry Lanning as Freddie. His high notes in "On the Street Where You Live' are so effortless that one might assume they are in the middle of his range.

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