On the Town [Original Broadway Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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: 9/15/1998
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646053829
  • Catalog Number: 60538
  • Sales rank: 949

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Opening: New York, New York - Chris Alexander (11:27)
  2. 2 Come Up to My Place (Taxi Number) - Chris Alexander (2:46)
  3. 3 Carried Away (3:00)
  4. 4 Lonely Town - John Reardon (6:44)
  5. 5 Carnegie Hall (Do-Do-Re-Do) (2:36)
  6. 6 I Can Cook Too - Nancy Walker (2:30)
  7. 7 Lucky to Be Me - John Reardon (2:55)
  8. 8 Dance: Times Square (4:03)
  9. 9 Nightclub Sequence - Nightclub Singer (4:51)
  10. 10 I Understand (2:12)
  11. 11 Ballet: The Imaginary Coney Island (7:50)
  12. 12 Some Other Time - Chris Alexander (4:22)
  13. 13 Dance: The Real Coney Island - Leonard Bernstein Orchestra (5:27)
  14. 14 Overture (4:04)
  15. 15 The Great Lover (1:45)
  16. 16 Lonely Town: Pas de Deux (3:23)
  17. 17 Times Square: 1944 (4:38)
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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
Irving Berlin Composer
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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