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City of Angels [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
     

City of Angels [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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The 1989 Broadway musical City of Angels, with a book by veteran comedy writer Larry Gelbart and songs by another veteran, composer Cy Coleman, and first-time lyricist David Zippel, is a send-up of hard-boiled detective fiction and the Hollywood movies that were made from it in the 1940s, the main characters being Stone (James

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The 1989 Broadway musical City of Angels, with a book by veteran comedy writer Larry Gelbart and songs by another veteran, composer Cy Coleman, and first-time lyricist David Zippel, is a send-up of hard-boiled detective fiction and the Hollywood movies that were made from it in the 1940s, the main characters being Stone (James Naughton), the detective in a Sam Spade/Philip Marlowe mold, and Stine (Gregg Edelman), the novelist in a Dashiell Hammett/Raymond Chandler mold, both of them (and everyone else) wisecracking a mile a minute. A few examples of that snappy dialogue sneak onto the cast album, which is otherwise devoted to the Coleman/Zippel songs, a score very much in keeping with the script. Coleman, who started his career as a jazz pianist in the 1950s, is at home composing music in a post-World War II jazz-pop vein, with elements of swing, bebop, and vocalese. For the last, there is a vocal quartet that sounds an awful lot like the Manhattan Transfer. Of course, Coleman also brings in the style of the soundtracks to the film noirs of the period; in fact, one of his themes is so close to the one for Laura that composer David Raksin is probably owed some royalties. Meanwhile, as a lyricist, Zippel is a Stephen Sondheim wannabe who isn't above borrowing an idea or two from his idol, but also comes up with plenty of his own witticisms, along with some hilariously terrible puns. He has to to keep up with Gelbart's script. The cast, also including Rene Auberjonois (as a studio head), Kay McClelland, Randy Graff, and Dee Hoty, plays broadly, which is what is called for. City of Angels is a lot of fun, and at least some of that fun is transferred to the cast recording.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/09/1990
Label:
Sony Mod - Afw Line
UPC:
0074644606720
catalogNumber:
46067
Rank:
40869

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Performance Credits

Shawn Elliott   Vocals
James Naughton   Vocals
Belinda Whitney-Barratt   Concert Mistress
Sy Berger   Trombone
John Campo   Woodwind
Charles Descarfino   Percussion
Glenn Drewes   Trumpet
Kenneth Hitchcock   Woodwind
Karl Kawahara   Violin
Mike Migliore   Alto Saxophone
Lee Musiker   Piano,Keyboards
Jim Pugh   Trombone
Dave Ratajczak   Drums
Bob Rose   Guitar
Kathy Sommer   Keyboards
Bob Steen   Woodwind
Byron Stripling   Trumpet
Cenovia Cummins   Violin
Rene Auberjonois   Vocals
Eddie Salkin   Woodwind
Mike Miller   Synthesizer
Randy Graff   Vocals
Dave Rogers   Trumpet
Tony Migliore   Woodwind
Belinda Whitney   Concert Mistress
Dee Hoty   Vocals
Scott Waara   Vocals
Astrid Schween   Cello
Susan Terry   Vocals
Jackie Presti   Vocals
Keith Perry   Vocals
Peter Gordon   French Horn
Larry Gelbart   Dialogue
Gregg Edelman   Vocals
Rachel York   Vocals
George Flynn   Trombone
Kay McClelland   Vocals
Tom Galantich   Vocals
Raymond Xifo   Vocals
Herschel Sparber   Vocals
Evan Thompson   Vocals
Jacquey Maltby   Vocals
Gordon Lowry Harrell   Musical Direction
City of Angels Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Eleanor Glockner   Vocals
James Cahill   Vocals
James Hindman   Vocals
Alvin Lum   Vocals
Amy Jane London   Vocals
Gary Kahn   Vocals
Doug Tompos   Vocals
Peter Davis   Vocals

Technical Credits

Cy Coleman   Composer,Producer
Michael Berniker   Producer
Michael Farrow   Engineer
Peter Fitzgerald   Sound Design
Bernard Fox   Sound Design
David Zippel   Lyricist
Mike Miller   Programming
Marc Kirkeby   Liner Notes
Larry Gelbart   Book

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City of Angels [Original Broadway Cast Recording] 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Filled with wonderful, sassy ballads and showstoppers i loved every minute of it. The jazz flair combine with witty lyrics of this musical makes for a great album
Guest More than 1 year ago
City Of Angels is a highly entertaining, smartly amusing, and achingly beautiful Broadway musical. In it, a writer named Stone, who lives in the 40's, creates a world on his typewriter, a world in which a detective named Stone lives. Each character in Stine's writing parallels a character in Stine's actual life. While the plot is at times confusing, as a whole City of Angels is a breathtaking journey into a gloomy 40's underworld. The music is the most fabulous part. City of Angels contains the most wonderful jazz music, changed slightly to become showtunes. The result is hummable after hummable song.