No, No, Nanette [Broadway Cast 1999 Reissue]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Though this album is billed as the "original Broadway cast recording," that doesn't mean the same thing it usually does in this case because it contains a recording of the 1971 Broadway revival cast of No, No, Nanette. But there was no original Broadway cast album of the original 1925 production (indeed, there were no albums then, period), so the revivers can be forgiven their little fib. Nevertheless, it points up an important distinction: this is hardly the first time this music has been heard. No, No, Nanette, in its Broadway, London, and national productions, was one of the biggest hits of the 1920s, and the songs "I Want to Be Happy" and "Tea for Two" became ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Though this album is billed as the "original Broadway cast recording," that doesn't mean the same thing it usually does in this case because it contains a recording of the 1971 Broadway revival cast of No, No, Nanette. But there was no original Broadway cast album of the original 1925 production (indeed, there were no albums then, period), so the revivers can be forgiven their little fib. Nevertheless, it points up an important distinction: this is hardly the first time this music has been heard. No, No, Nanette, in its Broadway, London, and national productions, was one of the biggest hits of the 1920s, and the songs "I Want to Be Happy" and "Tea for Two" became standards. There were three movie versions. The revival of the show, in addition to the still-impressive score by composer Vincent Youmans and lyricists Irving Caesar and Otto Harbach, also boasted such veteran talents as Busby Berkeley (credited with "supervising" the production after he was ousted from the director's chair in tryouts) and Ruby Keeler, who had made her Broadway debut back in the '20s. The show was mounted in an essentially faithful style. The trifle of a plot concerned a romantic roundelay with a flapper at its center, and in the nostalgia-laden early '70s, the revival ran longer on Broadway than the original production had. [The 1999 reissue of the album added some dance music, two songs that had been trimmed from the first release for space ("Peach on the Beach" and "Only a Moment Ago"), and brief interviews with principals Caesar, Keeler, Bobby Van, Patsy Kelly, and Helen Gallagher.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646089026
  • Catalog Number: 60890
  • Sales rank: 62,009

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture - The Orchestra (3:57)
  2. 2 Too Many Rings Around Rosie (4:14)
  3. 3 I've Confessed to the Breeze (3:14)
  4. 4 Call Of The Sea (1:52)
  5. 5 I Want to Be Happy - Jack Gilford (3:50)
  6. 6 I Want to Be Happy - Ruby Keeler (1:04)
  7. 7 I Want to Be Happy - Company (1:55)
  8. 8 No, No, Nanette (1:59)
  9. 9 Finaletto Act 1 - Roger Rothburn (2:27)
  10. 10 Peach on the Beach - Company (3:19)
  11. 11 The Three Happies - K.C Townsend (1:37)
  12. 12 Tea for Two - Roger Rothburn (4:36)
  13. 13 Tea for Two - The Orchestra (3:46)
  14. 14 You Can Dance With Any Girl At All (1:26)
  15. 15 You Can Dance With Any Girl at All - The Orchestra (2:32)
  16. 16 Finaletto Act II - Company (3:24)
  17. 17 Telephone Girlie - Tommy Van (2:02)
  18. 18 "Where-Has-My-Hubby-Gone" Blues - K.C Townsend (5:41)
  19. 19 Waiting for You - Roger Rothburn (2:13)
  20. 20 Take a Little One-Step - Roger Rothburn (1:44)
  21. 21 Finale - Company (1:06)
  22. 22 Only a Moment Ago - Jack Gilford (2:39)
  23. 23 Lee Jordan Intro - Lee Jordan (0:42)
  24. 24 Ruby Keeler Interview - Ruby Keeler (1:43)
  25. 25 Bobby Van Interview (1:43)
  26. 26 Patsy Kelly Interview - Patsy Kelly (2:30)
  27. 27 Helen Gallagher Interview (1:04)
  28. 28 Irving Caesar Interview - Irving Caesar (0:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Susan Watson Vocals, Track Performer
Loni Ackerman Track Performer
Ruby Keeler Vocals, Track Performer
Bobby Van Vocals, Track Performer
Helen Gallagher Vocals, Track Performer
Jack Gilford Vocals, Track Performer
Pat Lysinger Track Performer
Buster Davis Musical Direction
Donald Saddler Dancer
Roger Rathburn Track Performer
Technical Credits
Ralph Burns Orchestration
Vincent Youmans Composer
Luther Henderson Arranger, Composer, Dance Arrangement
Hillary Knight Artwork
Milton Ager Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
David Frank Engineer
John Guerriere Engineer
Otto Harbach Composer
Fred Plaut Engineer
Thomas Z. Shepard Producer, Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Charles Burr Annotation
Marc Kirkeby Liner Notes
Miles Kreuger Liner Notes
Ken Fredette Art Direction
Buster Davis Vocal Arrangements, Musical Director
Burt Shevelove Adaptation
Billy Rose Composer
Dixon Van Winkle Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    No, No, Nanette (Broadway Cast) Is a Stand-Out Recording Of a Most Memorable Musical Production

    I saw No, No, Nanette on Broadway in 1972 with Penny Singleton ("Blondie" of film) subbing for Ruby Keeler who was on break. The show was a lavish production with twice the number of performers in the dance chorus as was customary for a full-scale Broadway musical at that time (it had 24 women and 12 men). It was noted for reviving interest in tap dance and the BIG tap dance number (I Want To Be Happy) was recorded on the album in its completeness, with all 36 members of the dance chorus plus some principal performers tapping in unison. The show had three acts instead of the usual two and all the songs including the finales to each of the three acts are included on the album. What makes this album stand out from most cast recordings, is that No, No, Nanette had a larger orchestra than most stage musicals and the richness and fullness of the music as it accompanies terrific voices singing energetic tunes can be thoroughly appreciated. It is true there is no original cast recording of the complete score from the original 1925 production of No, No, Nanette. However, I have a 78 rpm record from 1925 with the true original cast of No, No, Nanette singing a half dozen of the songs from the show in medley format on one side of the recording. The flip side has a medley from a different stage musical that was appearing on Broadway at the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IF YOU 'WANT TO BE HAPPY'

    I SAW THIS MUSICAL IN 1974.IT IS NOT PRODUCED TOO OFTEN, MAYBE BECAUSE THE STORY IS A LITTLE WEAK OR THE 1920'S STYLE MUSICALS ARE NOT SO POPULAR NOW. HOWEVER, THE MUSIC-- SONGS AND DANCES FROM NO, NO NANETT ARE TERRIFIC.

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