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

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

by Original London Cast
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2005
Label:
Sepia Recordings
UPC:
5055122110415
catalogNumber:
1041
Rank:
228605

Tracks

  1. Overture / A Wedding In Paris
  2. Always Young
  3. It Only Took A Moment
  4. I Have Nothing To Declare
  5. A Man Is A Man
  6. I Must Have Been Crazy
  7. Strike Another Match
  8. In The Pink
  9. Part 1. A Wedding In Paris / Always Young / C'est Paree / It Only Took
  10. Part 2. Always Young / In The Pink; Strike Another Match; A Wedding In
  11. Overture / Maidens Typical Of France
  12. Never Give Anything Away
  13. C'est Magnifique
  14. Come Along With Me
  15. Live And Let Live
  16. I Am in Love
  17. If You Loved Me Truly
  18. Montmart'
  19. Allez-vous En, Go Away
  20. Never, Never Be An Artist
  21. It's All Right With Me
  22. I Love Paris
  23. Can-Can
  24. La Ronde de l'amour (Love's Roundabout), for orchestra (for the film "La R
  25. I Left My Heart In An English Garden
  26. My Boy Bill (from Soliloquy)
  27. My Little Girl (from Soliloquy)
  28. Bang You're Dead

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Original Cast Recording   Primary Artist
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   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

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