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 the current Broadway revival features the original score as interpreted by the acclaimed Tony Award winner Donna Murphy, who leads a sterling cast.
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...
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Editorial Reviews

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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 the current Broadway revival features the original score as interpreted by the acclaimed Tony Award winner Donna Murphy, who leads a sterling cast.
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2004
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471299922
  • Catalog Number: 12999
  • Sales rank: 139,638

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Act 1. Overture (4:38)
  2. 2 Act 1. Christopher Street - Ken Barnett (5:28)
  3. 3 Act 1. Ohio - Jennifer Westfeldt (3:28)
  4. 4 Act 1. Conquering New York (4:15)
  5. 5 Act 1. One Hundred Easy Ways - Donna Murphy (3:27)
  6. 6 Act 1. What a Waste - Ray Wills (3:13)
  7. 7 Act 1. A Little Bit In Love - Jennifer Westfeldt (2:43)
  8. 8 Act 1. Pass the Football (4:24)
  9. 9 Act 1. Conversation Piece - Peter Benson (4:06)
  10. 10 Act 1. A Quiet Girl - Gregg Edelman (3:21)
  11. 11 Act 1. Conga! - J.D. Webster (3:47)
  12. 12 Act 2. My Darlin' Eileen - J.D. Webster (3:13)
  13. 13 Act 2. Swing - Donna Murphy (5:25)
  14. 14 Act 2. Ohio (Reprise) - Jennifer Westfeldt (2:13)
  15. 15 Act 2. It's Love - Jennifer Westfeldt (3:00)
  16. 16 Act 2. Ballet at the Village Vortex (2:51)
  17. 17 Act 2. Wrong Note Rag - Jennifer Westfeldt (2:40)
  18. 18 Act 2. Finale (1:39)
  19. 19 Ohio / It's Love / Quiet Girl - Adolph Green (3:53)
  20. 20 Wrong Note Rag - Adolph Green (1:52)
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Album Credits

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
Alan Silverman Mastering
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 Digital Editing, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Wonderful Town" Is Rollin' With Jazz! So Good To Listen To!

    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.

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