Jule Styne in Hollywood

Jule Styne in Hollywood



Having composed the music for the songs in 16 Broadway musicals between 1947 and 1993, among them Funny Girl and Gypsy, Jule Styne is most closely associated with the musical theater. But he also had an extensive career writing songs for the movies in the decade before his Broadway run began, as annotator and producer Tommy Krasker details in his liner notes to this album; in fact, he earned ten Academy Award nominations for best song (in some cases for songs written after he left Hollywood), finally winning the award for "Three Coins in the Fountain." In a sense, Krasker takes the movie Styne back to the stage on this collection, hiring a bevy of current Broadway stars such as Audra McDonald, Sutton Foster, Rebecca Luker, and Marin Mazzie to sing and using arrangements (in some cases adapted from the film originals) that place the songs more in a nightclub than a soundstage setting. He has not attempted to be comprehensive. Several of those Oscar nominees (e.g., "I Fall in Love Too Easily," "It's a Great Feeling") are missing, and others are bunched up into a medley, and some of Styne's Top Ten hits with movie songs, such as "There Goes That Song Again," are also not included. On the other hand, Krasker has expanded his criteria to include songs that, although written while Styne was living on the West Coast, were actually independent tunes not written for or used in the movies: "Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night of the Week)," "It's Been a Long, Long Time," "The Things We Did Last Summer." Leaving out some of Styne's best-known work of the period leaves room for quite a few interesting obscurities, and that's really the heart of this collection. The real gems on the set are not Brent Barrett's "Time After Time" or Leslie Uggams' "I Don't Want to Walk Without You," worthy as they may be, but rather McDonald's investigation of "10,432 Sheep" from The West Point Story, Foster's rousing rendition of "There's Nothing Rougher than Love" from It's a Great Feeling, and the Lascivious Biddies' feeling take on "The Lady Who Didn't Believe in Love" from The Powers Girl. Any of these songs is ready to take its place in a nightclub act, although the quality of Styne's more famous movie and '40s work is certainly reconfirmed.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/23/2006
Label: P.S. Classics
UPC: 0881692963824
catalogNumber: 9638

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Martin Agee   Violin,Concert Master
Randy Andos   Trombone
Jeff Carney   Bass
Jack Cavari   Guitar
Glenn Drewes   Trumpet
Larry Farrell   Trombone
Lawrence Feldman   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Hunt   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Bob Millikan   Trumpet
Keith O'Quinn   Trombone
Clay Ruede   Cello
Jim Saporito   Percussion
Warren Odze   Drums
Dale Stuckenbruck   Violin
Rick Dolan   Violin
Chuck Wilson   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
David Loud   Piano
Richard Heckman   Oboe,Tenor Saxophone
Steve Kenyon   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Gregory Utzig   Guitar
Eric Degioia   Violin
Adam Grabois   Cello
Laura Oatts   Violin
Peter Donovan   Bass
Mark Thrasher   Clarinet,Bassoon,Baritone Saxophone
Joe Ravo   Guitar
Deidre Rodman   Piano,Background Vocals
Jeff Nelson & Covenant   Trombone
Amanda Monaco   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Lee Ann Westover   Vocals
Saskia Sunshine Lane   Background Vocals
Brian Miller   Flute,Piccolo
Don Rebic   Piano
Brian Glassman   Bass
Barbara Biggers   Harp
Tedd Firth   Piano
Craig Johnson   Trumpet
Danny Colfax Mallon   Drums
Johnny Rodgers   Piano,Vocals
Christina Denny   Piano

Technical Credits

Stephen A. A. Ross   Contribution
Frank Loesser   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Bruce Coughlin   Adaptation
Kim Gannon   Composer
Tommy Krasker   Producer,Liner Notes
Tom Lazarus   Engineer
Larry Moore   Adaptation
Jule Styne   Composer
David Loud   Orchestration,Guest Conductor
Jack Mason   Arranger,Orchestration
Cy Feuer   Orchestration
Ted Sperling   Guest Conductor
Carol Ross   Contribution
Harold Adamson   Composer
Frank Perkins   Orchestration
Jason Gaines   Editorial Coordinator
Glen Daum   Orchestration

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