On Your Toes [1954 Broadway Revival Cast]

On Your Toes [1954 Broadway Revival Cast]

by Bobby Van
     
 

On Your Toes was a big Broadway hit in 1936, but that was seven years before Oklahoma! established the cast album as a commercial entity in the record business, so no recording was made. In 1952, Columbia Records made a studio cast recording of the Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart score, but this album, drawn from the firstSee more details below

Overview

On Your Toes was a big Broadway hit in 1936, but that was seven years before Oklahoma! established the cast album as a commercial entity in the record business, so no recording was made. In 1952, Columbia Records made a studio cast recording of the Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart score, but this album, drawn from the first Broadway revival in 1954, is more complete. In fact, it's a little more than complete, since the production interpolated a song, "You Took Advantage of Me," from another Rodgers & Hart show, Present Arms. Otherwise, some attempt has been made to stick with the show as originally done. Once again, George Abbott was the stage director, and the dancer Vera Zorina, who appeared in the 1939 film version, is an above-the-title star of the revival, performing George Balanchine's choreography. Of course, Abbott's, Zorina's, and Balanchine's contributions are not to be found on the cast recording, although there is a 13-minute version of Rodgers' ballet, "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue." The other above-the-title star is Bobby Van, and he makes the most of the part of Phil Dolan III, who is torn between his vaudeville heritage and his aspirations to the higher arts and who gets to sing "There's a Small Hotel" with his love interest, played by Kay Coulter. Coulter is also heard on the other song from the score that became a standard, "Glad to Be Unhappy." She's good, but the real kudos go to the featured performer, Elaine Stritch, playing the comic second female lead, who not only gets "You Took Advantage of Me" (and uses it to satirize big-voiced pop singers like Frankie Laine), but also a couple of lesser songs, "Too Good for the Average Man" and "The Heart Is Quicker Than the Eye." It is to be regretted that Ray Bolger, who starred in the original production, never got to immortalize his performance on disc, but it's great that the score now has an excellent recording made by a good cast whose members have performed together on-stage.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/28/1997
Label:
Decca U.S.
UPC:
0008811157524
catalogNumber:
11575
Rank:
98382

Tracks

  1. Overture  -  On Your Toes Pit Orchestra
  2. Two A Day For Keith  - Eleanor Williams
  3. The 3 B's  -  On Your Toes Cast Ensemble
  4. It's Got To Be Love  - Kay Coulter
  5. Too Good For The Average Man  - Ben Astar
  6. There's A Small Hotel  - Kay Coulter
  7. The Heart Is Quicker Than The Eye  - Bobby Van
  8. Quiet Night  -  On Your Toes Cast Ensemble
  9. Glad To Be Unhappy  - Joshua Shelley
  10. On Your Toes  - Joshua Shelley
  11. You Took Advantage Of Me  - Elaine Stritch
  12. Slaughter On Tenth Avenue  -  On Your Toes Pit Orchestra
  13. On Your Toes Finale  -  On Your Toes Cast Ensemble

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby Van   Primary Artist,Vocals,Track Performer
Elaine Stritch   Vocals
Jack Williams   Vocals,Track Performer
Vera Zorina   Vocals,Track Performer
David Winters   Track Performer
Kay Coulter   Vocals,Track Performer
Joshua Shelley   Vocals
Salvatore Dell'Isola   Conductor
On Your Toes Pit Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Stan Freberg   Composer
Leonard Bernstein   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Miklós Rózsa   Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
Trevor Rabin   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Harold Rome   Composer
John Kander   Composer
Jerry Ross   Composer
Richard Adler   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Mark Mancina   Composer
David Shire   Composer
Max O. Preeo   Liner Notes
Ron O'Brien   Reissue Producer
Louis Untermeyer   Liner Notes
Don Walker   Orchestration
Janet Gari   Composer

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