Wedding in Paris / Can-Can (Original London Casts)

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
At first glance, the musicals Wedding in Paris and Can-Can seem to share one characteristic that makes them an appropriate pairing on a single CD: Paris. Actually, however, while Can-Can, with a score by Cole Porter, is set in Paris, Wedding in Paris, which features songs by composer Hans May and lyricist Sonny Miller, takes place on a liner crossing the Atlantic to France. The more important factor that the two shows have in common is that both were produced in London in 1954, Can-Can following a successful Broadway opening, while Wedding in Paris originated in the West End. The date is especially important because, 50 years later, the original London cast recordings ...
See more details below
CD
$15.03
BN.com price
(Save 16%)$17.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (5) from $12.37   
  • New (5) from $12.37   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
At first glance, the musicals Wedding in Paris and Can-Can seem to share one characteristic that makes them an appropriate pairing on a single CD: Paris. Actually, however, while Can-Can, with a score by Cole Porter, is set in Paris, Wedding in Paris, which features songs by composer Hans May and lyricist Sonny Miller, takes place on a liner crossing the Atlantic to France. The more important factor that the two shows have in common is that both were produced in London in 1954, Can-Can following a successful Broadway opening, while Wedding in Paris originated in the West End. The date is especially important because, 50 years later, the original London cast recordings for the two shows fell out of copyright in Europe, and Sepia Records stepped in quickly to assemble this unlicensed reissue. As Rexton S. Bunnett acknowledges in his liner notes, only half of the score of Wedding in Paris was recorded, eight tracks with a running time of less than 27 minutes. The British Can-Can had all of its principal songs put on disc, but in abbreviated form; its 13 tracks here clock in at just over 29 minutes. The CD is filled out to 78 minutes by including medleys of the music from Wedding in Paris and a few stray singles by performers from the casts. There are also certain musical similarities that make the two sets of recordings a good match. May, an expatriate Viennese living in London, is, not surprisingly, more interested in writing waltz music than Porter, but Miller gives him some witty lyrics in songs such as "A Man Is a Man" and "Strike Another Match" that offer some competition to Porter's characteristically clever sense of wordplay. For his part, Porter turns in some memorable melodies in Can-Can, notably "C'est Magnifique," "It's All Right with Me," and "I Love Paris." And he benefits from the casting of Irene Hilda in the main role of Pistache, who makes a better impression than Lilo did on the original Broadway cast album. Evelyn Laye also impresses in Wedding in Paris, even though she is hamstrung by the elimination of several of her key songs from the recording. This is material that has been out of print for a long time, and Sepia has done an excellent job of putting together a package that shows it off to advantage.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2005
  • Label: Sepia Recordings
  • EAN: 5055122110415
  • Catalog Number: 1041
  • Sales rank: 368,425

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Original London Cast Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Evelyn Laye Vocals, Track Performer
Vince Charles Track Performer
Ian Fraser Track Performer
Philip Green Conductor
Dennis Warner Track Performer
Michael Kidd Staging
Gillian Lynne Vocals, Track Performer
Alexander Faris Musical Direction
Alfred Marks Vocals, Track Performer
Eric Spear Conductor
George Gee Track Performer
Jeff Warren Vocals, Track Performer
Edmund Hockridge Track Performer
Joan Emney Track Performer
Sydney Arnold Track Performer
Frank Cordell Conductor
Maidie Andrews Track Performer
Charles Prentice Conductor, Musical Direction
Warren Mitchell Track Performer
Eve Ashley Vocals, Track Performer
Vincent Charles Vocals
Alan Gabriel Track Performer
Gloria George Vocals, Track Performer
Irene Hilda Vocals, Track Performer
Anton Walbrook Conductor, Vocals, Track Performer
Aleta Morrison Vocals, Track Performer
Susan Swinford Vocals, Track Performer
Joy Turpin Vocals, Track Performer
Vienna Bohemian Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Jackie Jefferson Track Performer
Technical Credits
Oscar Hammerstein II Lyricist
Philip J. Lang Orchestration
Cole Porter Composer
Sonny Miller Composer, Lyricist
Tony Middleton Operation
Philip Green Scenery
Rexton S. Bunnett Liner Notes
Michael Kidd Dance Director
Abe Burrows Direction, Book
Jerome Whyte Production Director
Hans May Composer
Eric Spear Composer
Edmund Hockridge Liner Notes, Records
Craig Hewitt Graphic Design
Brian Coker Records
Bryan Hammond Records
Charles Hickman Director
L.K. Lee Remastering
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously