Bugs Bunny on Broadway

Bugs Bunny on Broadway

by Warner Bros. Orchestra


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Bugs Bunny on Broadway

In 1990, amidst a variety of Bugs Bunny-themed ventures, George Daugherty conceived and pulled off a concert presentation based on the classic Bugs/Warner Bros cartoons that took a cue from classical music, including one of the all-time acknowledged greats, "What's Opera, Doc." Daugherty's idea was simple -- take the cartoons, strike new prints, set up sync tracks, and have a live 50-piece orchestra perform the tracks live on-stage. That he was allowed to carry this idea through was astonishing enough. That it worked once is breathtaking. That the Warner Bros. Orchestra managed to pull it off, on Broadway, night after night, is a tribute to the people involved, because we're talking about precision timing here -- from an orchestra involved in complex scores played at breakneck speed with only a click track in one ear for tempo and no sight of the screen. The result was a massive hit both on tour and on Broadway. Bugs Bunny on Broadway is a shortened version of that adventure into musical madness. It's a wonderful companion to and expansion on The Carl Stalling Project in that it provides fresh renditions of classic scores (with a resulting dynamic and cleanness that's wonderful). It also provides some sterling examples of Milt Franklyn, whose position as Stalling's arranger through the years made him a perfect successor as the scores to "Baton Bunny," "The High Note" (an exceptional non-Bugs outing from Chuck Jones) and "What's Opera, Doc?" prove beyond a doubt. Still, it's those demented Stalling scores that have the edge -- "A Corny Concerto" (with conductor Daugherty and post-production supervisor Robb Wenner providing voices) masterfully demolishes Johann Strauss and Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky with brilliant mixes of music and effects, hewing to the originals only when needed. In "Long-Haired Hare," Stalling and company brilliantly cross numerous classical themes, songs, sound effects and dialogue -- it's almost as funny on record as it is on film. The new recordings are first-rate -- clear, well-balanced and astonishingly dynamic. The production is clear and well-mixed without any digital harshness, and the analog elements (from the original cartoon tracks) are blended nicely. The tracks taken from the soundtracks of the original cartoons have been cleaned up remarkably, though their origin is certainly clear enough. In that respect, this disc manages to improve on The Carl Stalling Project, which suffered from an inability to reduce noise and improve dynamic and frequency ranges beyond a certain limit. If you like Warner Bros. animation or terrific motion picture scores, don't pass up this disc. It's the key link between Spike Jones and P.D.Q. Bach.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/29/1991
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992649421
catalogNumber: 26494

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Warner Bros. Orchestra   Primary Artist
Eric Weissberg   Pedal Steel Guitar
Abe Appleman   Violin
Jaime Austria   Double Bass
John Babich   Double Bass
Diane Barere   Cello
Elena Barere   Violin
Mel Blanc   Voices
David Carey   Percussion
Robert Chausow   Violin
Laura Corcos   Violin
Paul Cortese   Viola
Chris Gekker   Trumpet
Benjamin Herman   Percussion,Timpani
Cecilia Hobbs   Violin
Kathryn Kienke   Violin
Gail Kruvand   Double Bass
Carol Landon   Viola
Ann Leathers   Violin
Carol Morgan   Flute,Bass Flute,Piccolo
Larry Moses   Trumpet
Eugene J. Moye   Cello
Jan Mullen   Viola
Carol Pool   Violin
Joe Pusateri   Percussion
Arnie Roth   Violin,Concert Master
Andy Seligson   Trombone,Tuba
Ron Sell   French Horn
Deborah Yamak   Cello
Masako Yanagita   Violin
Ming Yeh   Violin
Leise Anschuetz   French Horn
Diane Lesser   English Horn,Oboe
Caroline Pittman   Flute
Dean Plank   Trombone
Sandra Robbins   Viola
John Taylor   Trombone
George Wozniak   Violin
Chase Morrison   Cello
Maura Giannini   Violin
Atsuko Sato   Bassoon
Ethan Bauch   Bassoon
Richard Clark   Trombone
Roberta Cooper   Cello
Marion Pinheiro   Violin
Robb Wenner   Voices
Kaitilin Mahony   French Horn
Leo Marchildon   Piano
George Daugherty   Conductor,Voices
Katherine LiVolsi Stern   Violin
Richard Hagen   French Horn
Meryl Abt-Greenfield   Clarinet
Brian Hysong   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Grace Paradise   Harp
Katherine Rife   Viola
Karen Ritscher   Viola
Eliana Mendoza   Cello
Washington Barella   Oboe
Arthur Q. Bryan   Voices
Warner Bros. Studio Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Gary LeMel   Executive Producer
Eddie Cantor   Composer
Eric Weissberg   Contributor,Principal
John Babich   Contributor,Principal
Barry Bongiovi   Contributor
Tony Bongiovi   Contributor
Steve Boyer   Engineer,Engineering
David Carey   Contributor,Principal
Paul Cortese   Contributor,Principal
Benjamin Herman   Contributor,Principal
Cecilia Hobbs   Contributor,Principal
Carl Johnson   Contributor
Eugene J. Moye   Contributor,Principal
Joe Pusateri   Contributor,Principal
Andy Seligson   Contributor,Principal
Warner Bros. Orchestra   Contributor
Chuck Jones   Liner Notes
Caroline Pittman   Contributor,Principal
Tom Recchion   Art Direction
Marion Pinheiro   Contributor
Robb Wenner   Sound Effects
Leo Marchildon   Contributor,Score Restoration,Principal
George Daugherty   Producer,Liner Notes,Concept,Creation
David Hillenbrand   Score Restoration
Grace Paradise   Principal
Charles Tobias   Composer
Washington Barella   Principal
Murray Mencher   Composer
Cameron Patrick   Score Restoration
Rick Gehr   Production Liason
Kathleen Helppie-Shipley   Creative Consultant
John Larabee   Sound Effects
Michael McQuistion   Score Restoration
Steven Goldberg   Executive Producer

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