On the Town [Original Broadway Cast]

On the Town [Original Broadway Cast]

     
 

The Broadway musical On the Town, with songs by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green, opened on December 28, 1944, and was greeted with the same enthusiasm that had met its predecessor, Bernstein's ballet Fancy Free. Bernstein had expanded upon his music and brought in lyricists Comden and Green to tell the story of three sailors on leaveSee more details below

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The Broadway musical On the Town, with songs by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green, opened on December 28, 1944, and was greeted with the same enthusiasm that had met its predecessor, Bernstein's ballet Fancy Free. Bernstein had expanded upon his music and brought in lyricists Comden and Green to tell the story of three sailors on leave for a day in New York City. Comden and Green also were in the cast, along with Nancy Walker, and Decca Records, the pioneer of the original Broadway cast album, brought them into the recording studio over the course of 1945 to produce this three-disc, six-track album of selections from the score. Mary Martin, another Broadway star, but not one featured in On the Town, was employed to sing two ballads that, in the show, were handled by John Battles! So, this was hardly a full-fledged recording of the score by the original performers, but rather an incomplete approximation. Excellent songs such as the risqué "Come Up to My Place" and the wistful "Some Other Time" were missing, along with several of the major cast members. But what was included was terrific: Comden and Green camping their way through "I Get Carried Away," Walker still managing to be somewhat risqué with "I Can Cook Too," and a chorus rendering the "New York, New York" theme in "On the Town Opening."

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/15/1998
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646053829
catalogNumber:
60538
Rank:
52334

Tracks

  1. Opening: New York, New York  - Chris Alexander
  2. Come Up to My Place (Taxi Number)  - Chris Alexander
  3. Carried Away
  4. Lonely Town  - John Reardon
  5. Carnegie Hall (Do-Do-Re-Do)
  6. I Can Cook Too  - Nancy Walker
  7. Lucky to Be Me  - John Reardon
  8. Dance: Times Square
  9. Nightclub Sequence  - Nightclub Singer
  10. I Understand
  11. Ballet: The Imaginary Coney Island
  12. Some Other Time  - Chris Alexander
  13. Dance: The Real Coney Island  -  Leonard Bernstein Orchestra
  14. Overture
  15. The Great Lover
  16. Lonely Town: Pas de Deux
  17. Times Square: 1944

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Conductor,Vocals,Track Performer
Nancy Walker   Vocals,Track Performer
New York Philharmonic   Track Performer
Betty Comden   Vocals,Track Performer
Lehman Engel   Conductor
Adolph Green   Vocals,Track Performer
John Reardon   Track Performer
Michael Kermoyan   Vocals,Track Performer
Chris Alexander   Vocals,Track Performer
George Gaynes   Vocals

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Music Executive
Betty Comden   Lyricist
Didier C. Deutsch   Liner Notes
Bud Graham   Engineer
Adolph Green   Lyricist
Goddard Lieberson   Producer
John McClure   Producer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Irving Townsend   Producer
Thomas Z. Shepard   Producer
Ken Fredette   Art Direction
Dawn Frank   Engineer

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