Gentlemen Prefer Blondes [Original Broadway Cast] [1991 Reissue]

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes [Original Broadway Cast] [1991 Reissue]


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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes [Original Broadway Cast] [1991 Reissue]

The hit of the 1949-1950 Broadway season, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was based on Anita Loos' best-selling 1925 novel (she also co-authored the musical's libretto with Joseph Fields) about gold-digging flapper Lorelei Lee (a star-making performance by Carol Channing) who proclaims herself just "A Little Girl from Little Rock" and declares that "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend." Those were the really memorable numbers from the score, which also included the romantic duet "Bye Bye Baby," performed by Channing with Jack McCauley. Yvonne Adair, who had appeared with Channing in the '20s-themed revue Lend an Ear!, leading to their casting here, had just as much time on-stage and on record (her showcases were "It's High Time" and "I Love What I'm Doing," as well as the duets "You Say You Care" and "Sunshine" with Eric Brotherson), but it was hard holding attention as the straight half of a comedy duo in which Channing got to be the zany one. It didn't help that the new songwriting team of composer Jule Styne (who had split from his old partner, lyricist Sammy Cahn) and lyricist Leo Robin (best known for his work in Hollywood with the late Ralph Rainger) gave the best material to Channing, or perhaps Styne and Robin were just better at writing comic songs for her than romantic ballads for Adair. Whenever the tone turned serious, the songs seemed to get pedestrian. But that didn't matter when Channing could ring as much humor and fun as she did from her big numbers and even from an ordinary Latin-styled effort like "It's Delightful Down in Chile." Just as audiences did at the Ziegfeld Theater, listeners to the cast album waited until Channing reappeared. For the 1991 reissue of the original Broadway cast recording of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, the album's sequencing, which had differed from the order in which the songs had been performed on-stage, was altered to conform to the stage version. This meant that "Just a Kiss Apart," formerly the fifth track, and "I Love What I'm Doing," formerly the sixth, were flipped; "You Say You Care," formerly the ninth track, and "Sunshine," formerly the 11th track, switched places; "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," formerly the 12th track, and "Mamie Is Mimi," formerly the 13th track, were flipped; and "Homesick Blues," which used to be the 14th track, coming ahead of a medley of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "Keeping Cool with Coolidge," now was placed in between those two songs, which were split up to make for a total of 16 tracks instead of 15. Meanwhile, "Scherzo," the seventh track, was retitled "The Practice Scherzo." No new music was added, however. (Don't be fooled by the double-jewelbox packaging, which is necessitated only by the CD booklet, padded out to 42 pages by production photographs and translations of the liner notes into German, French, and Italian as if this were an opera recording.)

Product Details

Release Date: 11/15/1991
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074644801323
catalogNumber: 48013

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pat Donohue   Vocals
Carol Channing   Vocals,Track Performer
George S. Irving   Vocals,Track Performer
Hugh Martin   Vocal Director
Robert Cooper   Vocals
Bob Burkhardt   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Joan Coburn   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Agnes de Mille   Ensemble,Dancer
Kazimir Kokic   Vocals
William Krach   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jack McCauley   Vocals,Track Performer
Bob Neukum   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Junior Standish   Vocals
Lucille Udovick   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Dave Vogel   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Hope Zee   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Cholly Atkins   Vocals,Track Performer
Anita Alvarez   Vocals
Angela Castle   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Alice Pearce   Vocals,Track Performer
Beverly Weston   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Yvonne Adair   Vocals,Track Performer
Peter Birch   Vocals
Eric Brotherson   Vocals,Track Performer
Jerry Craig   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Crandall Diehl   Vocals
Rex Evans   Vocals,Track Performer
Nicole France   Vocals
Peter Holmes   Vocals
Fran Keegan   Vocals
Shelton Lewis   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mort Marshall   Vocals
Irving Mitchell   Vocals
Candy Montgomery   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Reta Shaw   Vocals
Judy Sinclair   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Curt Stafford   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Eddie Weston   Vocals
Marjorie Winters   Vocals
Howard Morris   Vocals
Orchestra   Track Performer
William Diehl   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Honi Coles   Vocals
Ellen McCown   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Didier C. Deutsch   Producer,Liner Notes,Remixing
Goddard Lieberson   Producer,Engineer
Hugh Martin   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Milton Rosenstock   Musical Director,Direction
Selber Eux-Mêmes   Contributor
Don Walker   Arranger
Seth B. Winner   Contributor

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