Wonderful Town [Original Broadway Cast] [Bonus Tracks]

Wonderful Town [Original Broadway Cast] [Bonus Tracks]

by Rosalind Russell

CD

Overview

Based on the Broadway show My Sister Eileen, Wonderful Town opened February 25, 1953, and ran for 559 performances. The story revolves around the trials, tribulations, and loves of two sisters from Columbus, OH, who move to New York City in the mid-'30s to seek fame and fortune. Rosalind Russell plays Ruth, a role she created in the movie version of the play. The other sister, Eileen, is played by Edie Adams, who went on to have a successful career on the stage, screen, and TV. This CD is part of Decca's Broadway musical original-cast reissue series using 24-bit digital technology resulting in a sparkling sound. The troika who wrote music and lyrics for this production, Leonard Bernstein, Adolph Green, and Betty Comden, were among Broadway's brightest stars. And even though this musical won several Tony awards, the lyrics and story are somewhat dated with its references to such personages of the time as tennis star Helen Wills. Tunes such as "Swing" and the patter associated with it seem more appropriate for old-time vaudeville. None of the tunes from the show attained classic status. Wonderful Town did not reach the same high level of the other troika collaboration, On the Town. Songs from that 1944 production, about three sailors on a 24-hour leave in New York, are included here to move the CD into the very attractive class. These six tunes are from a set of excerpts originally issued in February 1946 and are by Nancy Walker, Mary Martin, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green, the latter two who not only did the book and lyrics writing, but also starred in the production. These two were among the most talented individuals ever to trod the Broadway boards. Decca has released another excellent musical album.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2001
Label: Decca U.S.
UPC: 0044001460227
catalogNumber: 014602

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rosalind Russell   Primary Artist,Vocals,cast
Police   Track Performer
Tutti Camarata   Conductor
Mary Martin   Vocals
Cadets   Track Performer
Nancy Walker   Vocals
Dody Goodman   cast
Leonard Joy   Conductor
Carol Cole   cast
Betty Comden   Vocals
Lehman Engel   Musical Direction
Adolph Green   Vocals
Patricia Johnson   cast
Lynn Murray   Conductor
Chris Robinson   cast
Nathaniel Frey   cast
David Lober   cast
Victor Moreno   cast
Joe Layton   cast
Alvin Beams   cast
Isabella Hoopes   cast
Evelyn Page   cast
Edith Adams   Vocals,cast
Delbert Anderson   cast
Albert Linville   Vocals,cast
Chris Alexander   Vocals,cast
Villagers Chorus   Track Performer
Donald Saddler   Staging
Henry Lascoe   Vocals,cast
George Gaynes   Vocals,cast
Eddie Heim   cast
Patrick Wilkes   cast
Warren Galjour   Vocals
Orchestra   Track Performer
Lyn Murray Singers   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Steve Earle   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Betty Comden   Lyricist
Lehman Engel   Orchestration,Vocal Arrangements,Music Direction
Joe Fields   Book
Adolph Green   Lyricist
Doug Pomeroy   Noise Reduction
George Abbott   Producer,Production Director
Penny Bennett   Art Direction
Raoul Pene Dubois   Costume Design
Louis Untermeyer   Liner Notes
Brian Drutman   Reissue Producer
Don Walker   Orchestration
Joseph Fields   Book
Jerome Chodorov   Book
Chris Roberts   Executive Producer

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Wonderful Town [Original Broadway Cast] [Bonus Tracks] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The original Broadway cast of Wonderful Town with Rosiland Russell is head and shoulders above any of the subsequent versions of the musical. Even though it is a monophonic recording it still has more life and punch than any other attempt to record this music.