Oh! Calcutta! [Original Off-Broadway Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Oh! Calcutta! was a theatrical revue consisting of risqué and even X-rated sketches performed by a cast in various states of undress, including complete nudity. The sketches were written but not individually credited by everyone from cartoonist Jules Feiffer to John Lennon. The show opened off-Broadway at the Eden Theatre on June 17, 1969, and ran there 704 performances before transferring to Broadway's Belasco on February 25, 1972, where it ran an additional 606 performances, closing on August 12, 1972. A Broadway revival was mounted only four years later, opening on September 24, 1976, and running nearly 13 years before closing 5,959 performances later on August 6, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Oh! Calcutta! was a theatrical revue consisting of risqué and even X-rated sketches performed by a cast in various states of undress, including complete nudity. The sketches were written but not individually credited by everyone from cartoonist Jules Feiffer to John Lennon. The show opened off-Broadway at the Eden Theatre on June 17, 1969, and ran there 704 performances before transferring to Broadway's Belasco on February 25, 1972, where it ran an additional 606 performances, closing on August 12, 1972. A Broadway revival was mounted only four years later, opening on September 24, 1976, and running nearly 13 years before closing 5,959 performances later on August 6, 1989, which at the time was the second-longest run in Broadway history. Yet Oh! Calcutta! has always had a seamy reputation, viewed as a relic of the sexual revolution of the 1960s that lived on to become a smut show for out-of-town tourists. Somewhat lost in the tussle was the score, composed and largely performed by Robert Dennis, Peter Shickele, and Stanley Walden under the name the Open Window, preserved on a little-heard 1969 cast recording that was finally reissued in a digitally remastered stereo version on CD in 2002. It proves to consist of some amusing, if minor pop songs, clearly written and played with tongue in cheek. The music served as accompaniment to the sketches and to provide interludes, not as a full-scale musical score in the conventional sense. It doesn't sound like typical theater music, but rather like exploratory pop
ock of the late '60s. Such songs as "Sincere Replies" and "Exchanges of Information" are engaging, and "Clarence & Mildred" is in the vulgar tone of the show. But nobody went to Oh! Calcutta! for the music, and the cast album demonstrates that they were right.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2002
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471903522
  • Catalog Number: 19035
  • Sales rank: 143,745

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Oh! Calcutta! - The Open Window (5:50)
  2. 2 Dick & Jane (1:03)
  3. 3 Sincere Replies - The Open Window (2:43)
  4. 4 Coming Together, Going Together - George Welbes (6:37)
  5. 5 Clarence & Mildred: One on One - The Open Window (9:18)
  6. 6 Oh! Calcutta (1:24)
  7. 7 Much Too Soon (for Oh! Calcutta!) - The Open Window (5:04)
  8. 8 Green Pants (2:26)
  9. 9 Jack & Jill - The Open Window (2:16)
  10. 10 Suite For Five Letters - George Welbes (5:33)
  11. 11 Exchanges of Information - The Open Window (4:23)
  12. 12 I Like The Look - Nancy Tribush (1:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Dennis cast, Group Member
Peter Schickele cast, Group Member
Stanley Walden cast, Group Member
Margo Sappington Vocals, cast
Boni Enten cast
Raina Barrett Vocals
Mark Dempsey Vocals
Katie Drew-Wilkinson Vocals, cast
Bill Macy Vocals, cast
Mitchell McGuire Vocals, cast
Alan Rachins Vocals, cast
Leon Russom Vocals, cast
Nancy Tribush Vocals, cast
George Welbes Vocals, cast
Technical Credits
John Lennon Book
Henry Jerome Producer
Roy Cicala Engineer
Jay Messina Engineer
Phil Ramone Engineer
Alan Silverman Remastering
Lucas Deaver Art Direction
Peter Schickele Lyricist
Samuel Beckett Book
Stanley Walden Lyricist
Dan O'Leary Reissue Producer
Sherman Yellen Liner Notes
Jules Feiffer Book
Jim Kelly Reissue Production Supervisor
Robert Benton Book
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