Stairway to the Stars

Stairway to the Stars

     
 

Performed "one night only," and that night November 12, 1989, at the London Palladium, Stairway to the Stars is billed as "a tribute to the golden years of the Hollywood musical", and finds some of the performers who appeared in Hollywood musicals in those golden years coming out of retirement as a benefit for the charity Aid of Action Research for the Crippled…  See more details below

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Performed "one night only," and that night November 12, 1989, at the London Palladium, Stairway to the Stars is billed as "a tribute to the golden years of the Hollywood musical", and finds some of the performers who appeared in Hollywood musicals in those golden years coming out of retirement as a benefit for the charity Aid of Action Research for the Crippled Child. Van Johnson ("I bet you thought I was older") serves as host, and the other stars include Dorothy Lamour, doing a medley of songs from the "road" pictures she appeared in with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope; Jane Russell recalling her triumphs in Paleface and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; and the Nicholas Brothers singing and re-creating their dance routines in front of screenings of scenes from their films (not visible to CD listeners, of course, but at least their vocals can be heard). Some of the material seems shoehorned in. Lorna Luft, daughter of Judy Garland, devotes nearly 12 minutes to the core of her standard nightclub act, a piece of special material called "Not Even Nominated," which is a medley of famous songs that somehow went entirely unrecognized by the motion picture academy. Dolores Gray, who did not appear in the movie version of Gypsy, but has no doubt played it on-stage, gets seven minutes for an overdone performance of the entire "Rose's Turn" scene from that show (a scene that's hard to overdo). Much better are Russell and Arlene Dahl's duet on the scathing "Bosom Buddies" (even though this song from the 1966 musical Mame does not derive from the golden years of the Hollywood musical) and Gloria DeHaven's "Who's Sorry Now" (a song, she explains, that was introduced by her mother and that she sang, playing the part of her mother, in the film Three Little Words). Understandably, the performers often sound like they've aged, but they also sound happy to be on-stage again singing to an appreciative audience for a good cause.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/18/1996
Label:
First Night Records
UPC:
0758408602127
catalogNumber:
6021

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Martin   Track Performer
Dolores Gray   Track Performer
Dorothy Lamour   Track Performer
Nicholas Brothers   Track Performer
Georges Guétary   Track Performer
Don Pippin   Musical Direction
David Ashley   Dancer
Jean Gilbert   Vocals
Van Johnson   Narrator
Lorna Luft   Track Performer
Stephen Hill   Track Performer
Roger Sutton   Dancer
Virginia O'Brien   Track Performer
Larry Blank   Musical Direction
Mary Carewe   Vocals
Gloria DeHaven   Track Performer
David Samuels   Vocals
Susan Flannery   Vocals
Mark Frederick   Vocals
Gary Hoof   Dancer
David Urwin   Vocals
Michael Dore   Vocals
Michael Winsor   Vocals
John Thornton   Dancer
Anna David   Dancer
Alex Moore   Dancer
Sharon Halliday   Vocals
Jane Russell   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Stephen Hill   Director
Jerome Kern   Composer
Don Pippin   Director
Tony Edwards   Producer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Ted Snyder   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
John Luard Timperley   Engineer
Larry Blank   Director,Orchestration
John Craig   Producer
Barry J. Mishon   Producer,Presentation
Carole Todd   Choreographer
Richard Sampson   Choreographer
Jane Alexander   Director

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