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Wonderful Town (New Broadway Cast Recording)

Wonderful Town (New Broadway Cast Recording)

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One of the more anxiously awaited revivals to hit the Great White Way, Wonderful Town brings back to Broadway one of the great successes from the songwriting team of Leonard Bernstein and Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Adapted from the play My Sister Eileen, Wonderful Town was one of the major hits of the 1953 theatrical season. The DRG album of


One of the more anxiously awaited revivals to hit the Great White Way, Wonderful Town brings back to Broadway one of the great successes from the songwriting team of Leonard Bernstein and Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Adapted from the play My Sister Eileen, Wonderful Town was one of the major hits of the 1953 theatrical season. The DRG album of the current Broadway revival features the original score as interpreted by the acclaimed Tony Award winner Donna Murphy, who leads a sterling cast.

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Wonderful Town, the musical with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green based on the play My Sister Eileen and the stories of Ruth McKenney about two sisters from Ohio who move to New York City in the 1930s, had a healthy run of 559 performances when it opened on Broadway in 1953. Despite that success, it did not generate a major Broadway revival for 50 years. There were four limited-engagement versions over the years, however, one by the New York City Opera and three by the City Center organization. So, it was appropriate that in 2000 City Center also put Wonderful Town in its Encores! series of concert renditions of vintage shows worthy of a second look. It took producers Roger Berlind and Barry and Fran Weissler three years, but they finally put a more staged version of that production on Broadway proper, starting on November 23, 2003, with two-time Tony Award winner Donna Murphy (Passion, the 1996 revival of The King and I) in the starring role of Ruth Sherwood, the brainy sister, with Jennifer Westfeldt, best known for the 2001 film Kissing Jessica Stein, making her Broadway debut as the beautiful sister Eileen. The part of Ruth was written for Rosalind Russell, and since Russell wasn't much of a singer, her numbers were given a narrow range. But since she was a larger-than-life actress-comedienne, the part was given lots of comic material. Murphy, in contrast, is a very good singer, but not nearly the personality that Russell was. You might say that the result is classic miscasting, but what it really means is that her interpretation is necessarily very different. She subsumes herself to the role and even invents new voices and characters for such story songs as "One Hundred Easy Ways," playing very broadly. Westfeldt has less to do, but also manages some good comic effects in her more sincere role. The cast album in the CD era has more space to include Bernstein instrumental dance music like "Conquering New York," and while a lot is lost without the on-stage choreography, greater attention is focused on the impressive score. Russell (who recorded the show twice) is still the definitive Ruth, but Murphy has worked hard, to good effect. (These days, it seems, even a new recording has to have "bonus tracks," and here they are a couple of recordings of the show's songs by Comden and Green made in the '50s and previously released.)

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Performance Credits

Broadway Musical Cast   Primary Artist
Martin Agee   Violin
Diane Barere   Cello
Peter Benson   Vocals
Betty Comden   Vocals
David Gale   Trumpet
Jack Gale   Trombone
Crystal Garner   Viola
Adolph Green   Vocals
Jill Jaffe   Viola
Rebekah Johnson   Violin
Mark Price   Vocals,Background Vocals,cast
Dave Ratajczak   Percussion,Drums
Marilyn Reynolds   Violin,Concert Mistress
Dave Richards   Background Vocals
Jack Schatz   Trombone
Ron Tooley   Trumpet
John Winder   Woodwind
Mineko Yajima   Violin
Masako Yanagita   Violin
Lanny Paykin   Cello
Christoph Franzgrote   Violin
Lino Gomez   Woodwind
Lisa Mayer   Vocals,Background Vocals,cast
Maura Giannini   Violin
Jack Schantz   Trombone
Nancy Anderson   Background Vocals,cast
Robert Fisher   Conductor
Stu Satalof   Trumpet
Belinda Whitney   Violin
Rick Faugno   Vocals,Background Vocals,cast
Steve Kenyon   Woodwind
David Margulies   Background Vocals,cast
Dave Trigg   Trumpet
Michael McGrath   Vocals
Laurie Williamson   Vocals,Background Vocals,cast
Erik Charleston   Percussion
Gregg Edelman   Vocals,cast
Lisa Matricardi   Violin
Timothy Shew   Vocals,cast
Stanley Wayne Mathis   Background Vocals,cast
Linda Mugleston   Vocals,Background Vocals,cast
Vince Pesce   Vocals,Background Vocals,cast
Jason Jackson   Trombone
Joyce Chittick   Vocals,Background Vocals,cast
Donna Murphy   Vocals,cast
Dave Eggers   Vocals,Background Vocals,cast
Ken Barnett   Vocals,cast
Lou Bruno   Bass
Megan Sikora   Vocals
Randy Donaldson   Vocals
Ray Wills   Vocals
Matthew Shepard   Vocals
Lorin Latarro   Vocals
Peter Benson   Vocals,cast
Devin Richards   Vocals
J.D. Webster   Vocals
Tina Ou   Vocals
Raymond Jaramillo McLeod   Vocals
Edward Salkin   Woodwind
Susan Derry   Vocals
Joshua Rosenblum   Piano
Wonderful Town Cast Ensemble   cast
Stephanie Fredricks   Vocals
Rojo Pérez   Claves
Jennifer Westfeldt   Vocals
David Trigg   Trumpet
Fred Dechristofaro   Woodwind

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Peter G. Hanson   Stage Manager
Betty Comden   Composer
Hugh Fordin   Producer
Adolph Green   Composer
Jack Viertel   Liner Notes
Cynthia Daniels   Engineer
Robert Fisher   Vocal Arrangements
Rob Berman   Music Direction
Alecia Parker   Executive Producer
John Lee Beatty   Scenic Design
Kathleen Marshall   Director,Choreographer
Martin Pakledinaz   Costume Design
Vince Pesce   Associate Choreographer
Tim Olmstead   Pro-Tools
David Ives   Adaptation
Don Walker   Orchestration
David H. Cowles   Cover Illustration
Jay Binder   Casting
Lew Mead   Sound Design
Kathleen Marshal   Director
Peter Hanson   Stage Manager

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Wonderful Town (New Broadway Cast Recording) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Back in 10th grade, our school's Drama Club took a field trip to Hattiesburg, MS to see "Wonderful Town", and I loved it. I'm in twelfth grade now, and when I saw this at B&N, I got excited and instantly bought it. Listening to it makes me feel like I'm back at the theatre watching it all over again. This show is simply wonderful and so much fun to listen to. Nobody could have made a better Ruth than Donna Murphy. She's a hoot to listen to "especially when she sings One Hundred Easy Ways". The show has a great original score that will have you swingin' as if you were back in the 1930's. If you love musicals, this will make a good addition to your collection.