Wizard of Oz [1988 London Revival Cast]

The Wizard of Oz [1988 London Revival Cast]

     
 
L. Frank Baum's 1900 children's fantasy novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was given musical stage adaptations starting as early as 1903, when Baum himself wrote a libretto with music by Paul Tietjens and A. Baldwin Sloane. But the most memorable musical version, of course, is the 1939 movie with songs by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. The film, in turn, was adapted for

Overview

L. Frank Baum's 1900 children's fantasy novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was given musical stage adaptations starting as early as 1903, when Baum himself wrote a libretto with music by Paul Tietjens and A. Baldwin Sloane. But the most memorable musical version, of course, is the 1939 movie with songs by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. The film, in turn, was adapted for the stage as early as 1942, sometimes with a mixture of music by Tietjens/Sloane and Arlen/Harburg. But eventually the movie music won out. On December 12, 1987, the Royal Shakespeare Company staged a version of the show on a limited basis in London, and a year later, on December 17, 1988, that production was revived for an extended run in London later transferred to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Before the transfer occurred, the cast gathered at Abbey Road Studios to record this album. One challenge to using only the Arlen/Harburg score for a stage version is that, keeping with the time constraints of a 101-minute film, it's so short. There are only six real songs ("Over the Rainbow"; the "Munchkinland" sequence including "Ding, Dong, the Witch Is Dead"; "We're off to See the Wizard"; the three sets of lyrics to a single tune, "If I Only Had a Brain," "If I Only Had a Heart," and "If I Only Had the Nerve"; "The Merry Old Land of Oz"; and "If I Were King of the Forest"), plus some fragments. Famously, it could have been worse. M-G-M executives wanted to cut "Over the Rainbow," but were dissuaded at the last minute. One other song, however, did get the axe, "The Jitterbug." Naturally, that song was restored, and there were also plenty of reprises and replayed orchestral snatches of the familiar tunes to pad things out. The cast, particularly Gillian Bevan in the pivotal role of Dorothy Gale, seems to be attempting to channel the film actors, a task at which they mostly succeed, despite being betrayed here and there by their occasionally faulty attempts at American accents. Bevan in particular is a strong singer, too. The probably inevitable decision to cast children as the Munchkins adds charm and doubtless helped the show play on-stage. The only problem from the point of view of the recording is redundancy. Why do listeners need an album of people imitating Judy Garland and Co. when the real thing is so readily available?

Product Details

Release Date:
04/18/2000
Label:
Jay Records
UPC:
0605288134128
catalogNumber:
1341

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Performance Credits

John Francis   Violin,Leader
Wilfred Gibson   Violin
Paul Greenwood   Vocals
Tony McVey   Percussion
Ann Morfee   Violin
Justin Ward   Viola
Chris Lacey   Flute,Piccolo,Recorder
John Owen Edwards   Conductor
Millie   Vocals
Sara Alexander   Vocals
Caroline Marwood   Oboe,Cor anglais
Victor Slaymark   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Simon Green   Vocals
Victoria Avery   Vocals
David Burrowes   Cello
Kim Ismay   Vocals
Alla Sharova   Violin
Roderick Tearle   Trumpet
Aline Brewer   Harp
Simon Bright   Vocals
Michael Hyatt   Piano,DX-7
Brian Newman   Horn
David Hissey   Trombone,Euphonium
Keith Banks   Vocals
Alison Kelly   Violin
Heather Birks   Viola
Gerald Armin   Vocals
Fiona Alexanda   Vocals
Glen Hanning   Vocals
Sarah-Jane Hassell   Vocals
Robert Higgs   Violin
Jamie Hinde   Vocals
Clare Hofman   Violin
Andrew Thomas James   Dancer
Christian Jaquest   Vocals
Louisa Wooff   Vocals
Nicholas Ormrod   Percussion
Chris Tudor   Vocals
Gillian Bevan   Vocals
Joyce Grant   Vocals
Trevor Peacock   Vocals
Kerri Murphy   Vocals
Gordon Buchan   Violin
Lee Bagdady   Vocals
Stephanie Bagshaw   Vocals
Andrew Barnwell   Clarinet,Flute,Baritone Saxophone
Corinne Barton   Vocals
Richard Blewitt   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Angela Bonetti   Viola
Matthew Brice   Vocals
James Hillier Brook   Vocals
Bille Brown   Vocals
Timothy Caister   Horn
Kathryn Charlton   Vocals
Bridget Crouch   Viola
Janet Crouch   Cello
John Cumberlidge   Vocals
Tommy Del-Prete   Vocals
Ian Embleton   Vocals
Martin Fenn   Viola
Katrina Flavell   Vocals
Julia Lewis   Vocals
Jeremy Metcalfe   Violin
Michelle-Anne Musty   Vocals
Nicolas Ormrod   Percussion
Nicholas Panayiotou   Vocals
Richard Pettyfur   Vocals
Joanne Redfern   Vocals
Cecilia Romero   Violin
Roland Saggs   Cello
Kezi Salih   Vocals
Claire Samson   Violin
Rhys Sando   Vocals
Sebastian Shaw   Vocals
Julia Vohralik   Cello
Andrew Vyvyan   Vocals
Rebecca Wade   Viola
Michelle Wesson   Vocals
Jay Westbrook   Vocals
Perry Montague-Mason   Violin
Stephen Tye   Vocals
David Glover   Vocals
Peter Chapman   Bass
Benedict Cruft   Violin
Christopher Tombling   Violin
Peter Wright   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Larry Wilcox   Orchestration
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Brown   Vocal Arrangements
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Peter Howard   Vocal Arrangements,Dance Arrangement
John Kurlander   Engineer
Mark Thompson   Costume Design,Set Decoration
John Owen Edwards   Production Director
John Yap   Producer,Executive Producer
Chantal Hauser   Stage Manager
Charmian Hoare   Dialect Coach
Ian Francis   Stage Manager
Simon Dodson   Stage Manager
Lindsay Dolan   Choreographer
Jackie Goldney   Stage Manager
Ian Judge   Director
Steff Langley   Sound Design
John A Leonard   Sound Design

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