Wonderful Town [2003 Broadway Revival Replacement Cast]

Wonderful Town [2003 Broadway Revival Replacement Cast]

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Generally speaking, the original cast members of Broadway musical productions get all the glory. Although long-running shows necessarily become peopled with replacement performers over time, only the originals are eligible for Tony Awards, and usually only they appear on cast recordings. But as Broadway producers have looked for ways to reinvigorate those long runs,… See more details below

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Generally speaking, the original cast members of Broadway musical productions get all the glory. Although long-running shows necessarily become peopled with replacement performers over time, only the originals are eligible for Tony Awards, and usually only they appear on cast recordings. But as Broadway producers have looked for ways to reinvigorate those long runs, they have increasingly employed "stunt" casting of replacements, often bringing in well-known names from the movies and television who will be recognizable to the tourists who keep shows on the boards year after year. Producers Barry and Fran Weissler are past masters at this practice, so it is no surprise that, when their contract with Broadway veteran Donna Murphy, appearing in their 2003 revival of the 1953 musical Wonderful Town, ran out after a year, they replaced her with film and TV star Brooke Shields. They had previously brought Shields into their 1994 revival of the 1972 musical Grease. And, as they did with Grease, they have reissued the Wonderful Town cast recording in a version featuring Shields as a souvenir for patrons attracted by her non-stage stardom. Actually, a listen indicates that this is for the most part the same recording as that issued previously, except that through the magic of modern multi-tracking Murphy and her co-star, Jennifer Westfeldt, have been erased and replaced by Shields and the only other credited newcomer, Jennifer Hope Wills. That, however, constitutes a more extensive re-recording effort than when Shields replaced Rosie O'Donnell in the featured role of Rizzo in Grease. The two stars of Wonderful Town have the lion's share of the songs, including "Ohio," "One Hundred Easy Ways to Lose a Man," "A Little Bit in Love," "Conga!," and "Wrong Note Rag," so there is plenty here that's new, vocally at least. At the same time, Shields and Wills are somewhat straitjacketed fitting their performances into the preexisting tracks (which is analogous to what a replacement cast member has to do on-stage, come to think of it). They manage fine. Wills has an excellent soprano voice that gets her through, and Shields, like Murphy before her, plays the role of Ruth Sherwood as more of a character part than a starring role. The dialogue segments come off a bit wooden, but there is nothing here that will disappoint audiences who have thrilled to seeing a movie star live on-stage. Shields is no Murphy, but then Murphy was no Rosalind Russell (the show's initial star), and the original Broadway cast recording of this show from the '50s remains the one to own. (Like its predecessor, this album concludes with two tracks featuring lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green performing demo versions of some of the show's songs.)

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/2004
Label:
Drg
UPC:
0021471477627
catalogNumber:
94776
Rank:
380241

Tracks

  1. Act 1. Overture  -  Broadway Musical Cast
  2. Act 1. Christopher Street  -  Broadway Musical Cast
  3. Act 1. Ohio  -  Broadway Musical Cast
  4. Act 1. Conquering New York  -  Broadway Musical Cast
  5. Act 1. One Hundred Easy Ways  -  Broadway Musical Cast
  6. Act 1. What a Waste  -  Broadway Musical Cast
  7. Act 1. A Little Bit in Love  -  Broadway Musical Cast
  8. Act 1. Pass the Football  -  Broadway Musical Cast
  9. Act 1. Conversation Piece  -  Broadway Musical Cast
  10. Act 1. A Quiet Girl  -  Broadway Musical Cast
  11. Act 1. Conga!  -  Broadway Musical Cast
  12. Act 2. My Darlin' Eileen  -  Broadway Musical Cast
  13. Act 2. Swing  -  Broadway Musical Cast
  14. Act 2. Ohio (Reprise)  -  Broadway Musical Cast
  15. Act 2. It's Love  -  Broadway Musical Cast
  16. Act 2. Ballet at the Village Vortex  -  Broadway Musical Cast
  17. Act 2. Wrong Note Rag  -  Broadway Musical Cast
  18. Act 2. Finale  -  Broadway Musical Cast
  19. Ohio / It's Love / Quiet Girl  -  Broadway Musical Cast
  20. Wrong Note Rag  -  Broadway Musical Cast

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

Technical Credits

Betty Comden   Composer,Lyricist
Hugh Fordin   Producer,Audio Production
Adolph Green   Composer,Lyricist
Alan Silverman   Mastering
Jack Viertel   Liner Notes
Cynthia Daniels   Engineer,Engineering
Andrew Eccles   Cover Photo
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
Don Walker   Orchestration
Rob Fisher   Director,Vocal Arrangements
Joseph Fields   Book
Jerome Chodorov   Book

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