Peter Pan [Original 1954 Broadway Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
James M. Barrie's 1904 play Peter Pan has been the subject of so many musical adaptations in such a short time that it seems worth pointing out that this one bears no relationship to the 1950 Broadway musical with songs by Leonard Bernstein or to the 1952 animated film with songs by Sammy Fain and Sammy Cahn. Nor does it have anything to do with the musicals of the same name staged in 1905 or 1924, for that matter. This one started out on the West Coast with a score by composer Mark "Moose" Charlap and lyricist Carolyn Leigh, but by the time it got to Broadway in October 1954, so many songs by composer Jule Styne and the lyrics team of Betty Comden and Adolph Green had...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
James M. Barrie's 1904 play Peter Pan has been the subject of so many musical adaptations in such a short time that it seems worth pointing out that this one bears no relationship to the 1950 Broadway musical with songs by Leonard Bernstein or to the 1952 animated film with songs by Sammy Fain and Sammy Cahn. Nor does it have anything to do with the musicals of the same name staged in 1905 or 1924, for that matter. This one started out on the West Coast with a score by composer Mark "Moose" Charlap and lyricist Carolyn Leigh, but by the time it got to Broadway in October 1954, so many songs by composer Jule Styne and the lyrics team of Betty Comden and Adolph Green had been added that they got separate credit in the ads. Trude Rittman provides some incidental music, for good measure. Surprisingly, all those cooks make for an excellent meal, as Charlap and Leigh provide such memorable songs as "I've Gotta Crow," "I'm Flying," and "I Won't Grow Up," while Styne, Comden, and Green chip in with "Never Never Land" and Rittman contributes the various dance tunes that make Captain Hook Cyril Ritchard sound like a refugee from a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta. Of course, what really makes it all work is Mary Martin, who sounds as delighted as she could be to be playing the impish boy who can fly. Martin may be a stage veteran, but her Peter Pan is one of her most ingenuous creations, and she sets the tone among a cast full of children, including, toward the end, her own daughter Heller Halliday. So, although there have already been too many singing Peter Pans on-stage and onscreen, this may be the best one yet.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2010
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 886975620128
  • Catalog Number: 756201
  • Sales rank: 27,657

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mary Martin Primary Artist, Vocals
Cyril Ritchard Vocals
Sondra Lee Vocals
John Newton Vocals
Lucky Kargo Vocals
Suzanne Luckey Vocals
Frank Marasco Vocals
John Tewkesbury Vocals
Arthur Tookoyan Vocals
Kathy Nolan Vocals
Albert Linville Vocals
Margalo Gillmore Vocals
Joseph Stafford Vocals
Heller Halliday Vocals
Ian Tucker Vocals
James White Vocals
Robert Banas Vocals
Richard Wyatt Vocals
Robert Harrington Vocals
Jackie Scholle Vocals
Richard Winter Vocals
Peter Pan Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Frank Bouley Vocals
David Bean Vocals
William Sumner Vocals
Stanley Stenner Vocals
Robert Vanselow Vocals
Robert Piper Vocals
Paris Theodore Vocals
Lisa Lang Vocals
Linda Dangcil Vocals
George Lake Vocals
Frank Lindsay Vocals
Darryl Duran Vocals
Technical Credits
Elmer Bernstein Additional Music
Joe Carlton Producer
Betty Comden Songwriter, Song Music
Didier C. Deutsch Liner Notes, Remastering
Paul Goodman Remastering Engineer
Adolph Green Songwriter, Song Music
Hugo Winterhalter Producer
Jule Styne Composer
Bill Rosenfield Original Liner Notes
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Trude Rittman Songwriter, Additional Music
Carolyn Leigh Songwriter, Song Music
Mark "Moose" Charlap Composer
Peter Elliott Executive Producer
Elisabeth Ladwig Graphic Design
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