Stairway to the Stars

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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: 6/18/1996
  • Label: First Night Records
  • UPC: 758408602127
  • Catalog Number: 6021

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 That's Dancing (2:15)
  2. 2 Ma Belle Marguerite (0:59)
  3. 3 'S Wonderful (4:53)
  4. 4 Who's Sorry Now? (0:55)
  5. 5 You Stepped out of a Dream (2:41)
  6. 6 South Seas Medley (3:12)
  7. 7 Not Even Nominated - Lorna Luft (7:39)
  8. 8 A Fine Romance (0:58)
  9. 9 Life upon the Wicked Stage (1:06)
  10. 10 Three Little Words - Arlene Dahl (10:51)
  11. 11 Buttons and Bows (1:15)
  12. 12 Bye Bye Baby - Jane Russell (3:08)
  13. 13 (I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo (4:36)
  14. 14 Chattanooga Choo Choo (0:26)
  15. 15 Lucky Numbers (3:07)
  16. 16 Bosom Buddies - Arlene Dahl (0:40)
  17. 17 Rose's Turn (3:01)
  18. 18 Finale: Hooray for Hollywood (0:50)
  19. 19 [Untitled Track] (3:04)
  20. 20 [Untitled Track] (4:10)
  21. 21 [Untitled Track] (3:00)
  22. 22 [Untitled Track] (4:18)
  23. 23 [Untitled Track] (2:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tony Martin Track Performer
Dolores Gray Track Performer
Dorothy Lamour Track Performer
The 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 II 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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