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Wonderful Town [1986 London Revival Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Though 1953's Wonderful Town is perhaps best remembered for Leonard Bernstein's score, a pastiche of 1930s popular music, it was written as a star vehicle for Rosalind Russell, who had starred in the non-musical film based on the same material, 1942's My Sister Eileen. Russell was a non-singer with a range of three notes, and the composer wrote accordingly, though other performers had rangier songs. Nevertheless, Russell dominated the show, staying with it for most of its run and re-creating her performance in a 1958 television version that, like the Broadway production, was recorded for a cast album. Until 1986, that was it, two cast albums, both featuring Russell. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Though 1953's Wonderful Town is perhaps best remembered for Leonard Bernstein's score, a pastiche of 1930s popular music, it was written as a star vehicle for Rosalind Russell, who had starred in the non-musical film based on the same material, 1942's My Sister Eileen. Russell was a non-singer with a range of three notes, and the composer wrote accordingly, though other performers had rangier songs. Nevertheless, Russell dominated the show, staying with it for most of its run and re-creating her performance in a 1958 television version that, like the Broadway production, was recorded for a cast album. Until 1986, that was it, two cast albums, both featuring Russell. The biggest challenge for the 1986 London revival, then, was to find a star to measure up to her, and a second challenge was to authentically portray a very American, and particularly New York, show. As demonstrated on this cast album, the production managed one out of two. Maureen Lipman, in the starring role of Ruth, is excellent, rambunctiously handling such patter songs as "One Hundred Ways to Lose a Man" and "Conga." The rest of the cast, however, has a lot more trouble with its American accents, especially Michael Fitzpatrick and male lead Ray Lonnen. As a result, this Wonderful Town has more of a cartoonish tone and lacks the bite of the original. Too bad Lipman couldn't be lifted out and put in a better overall version.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/1/1993
  • Label: Bayview
  • UPC: 758408601120
  • Catalog Number: 6011

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Christopher Street - Company (2:19)
  2. 2 Ohio - Emily Morgan (3:48)
  3. 3 One Hundred Ways To Lose A Man - Maureen Lipman (3:07)
  4. 4 What a Waste - Ray Lonnen (2:50)
  5. 5 A Little Bit in Love - Emily Morgan (2:59)
  6. 6 Pass the Football - Roy Durbin (1:52)
  7. 7 Conversation Piece - Emily Morgan (2:51)
  8. 8 Quiet Girl - Ray Lonnen (3:34)
  9. 9 Conga - Ted Merwood (3:00)
  10. 10 Darling Eileen - Emily Morgan (3:47)
  11. 11 Swing! - Company (3:15)
  12. 12 Ohio Reprise - Company (5:06)
  13. 13 It's Love - Emily Morgan (1:20)
  14. 14 Vortex Ballet - The Orchestra (2:47)
  15. 15 Wrong Note Rag - Emily Morgan (2:37)
  16. 16 It's Love Reprise - Emily Morgan (2:17)
  17. 17 [Untitled Track] (1:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
London Cast Primary Artist
Martin Drover Trumpet
John Francis Woodwind
Tim Holmes Woodwind
Alan Taylor Bass
Lucy Fenwick cast
Kate Young Synthesizer
Nicolas Colicos Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Mark Bassey Trombone
Robert Dallas Track Performer, cast
Maureen Lipman Track Performer, cast
Kenneth Hamilton Trombone
Robert McKay Woodwind
Michael Fitzpatrick Vocals
Ben Stevens Vocals
Matthew Scott Keyboards
Roy Durbin Vocals
Ray Lonnen Vocals
Ted Merwood Vocals
Emily Morgan Vocals
Michael Round Piano
Original Cast Recording Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Jon Miller Producer
Michael Reed Arranger
Robert Stewart Arranger
Roger Wake Engineer
Bill Kenwright Executive Producer
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