Look Ma, I'm Dancin'! (Original 1948 Broadway Cast Recording "Look Ma, I'm Dancin'!")

October 26, 2004 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: October 26, 2004
  • Release Date: October 26, 2004
  • Label: Verve
  • Copyright: (C) 2004 Universal Classics Group, a Division of UMG Recordings Inc.
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  • Total Length: 35:11
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  • ASIN: B000V6Q9K8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,824 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bruce K. Hanson on September 4, 2006
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My friend Mr. Gable, who is celebrating his 87th birthday this year, saw the original production of Look Ma, I'm Dancin' back in 1948. What he remembered most was the opening number which was sung and danced by Harold Lang, whom up to that point was known primarily as that ballet dancer in Fancy Free. He called it a show stopper that opened the show. He also delighted in the physical comedy of Nancy Walker in her first lead in a Broadway musical. What a shame that hardly any footage exists of Harold Lang dancing but we are lucky to have several films with Walker including Best Foot Forward, Girl Crazy and Lucky Me. There are also her many television appearances on Rhoda, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and McMillan and Wife. But now, at last, there is also a wonderful cast recording of Look Ma, I'm Dancin'; the kind of Broadway musical they just don't make anymore. While I already owned this audio treat in several formats (the Decca 78 rpm set, the Decca 10 inch Lp, a pirate LP from Music Masters with alternate takes on two of the selections, and the Columbia Records reissue from the seventies on a 12" LP) I could not wait until Decca Broadway reissued it on CD so I could listen to it in the car where I spend 3 hours a day commuting to work. Decca has outdone itself with this release that includes two deleted songs: "Let's Do a Ballet" featuring Walker, Loren Welch, Sandra Deel, Bill Shiley and Harold Lang, and "Horrible, Horrible Love" with Walker and Deel. There are some great photos from the play as well as very frank notes by songwriter Hugh Martin. Directed by Jerome Robbins, the story is about a egotistical dancer working his way to the top no matter whose toes he steps on.Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 11, 2005
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LOOK MA, I'M DANCIN'! is purely and simply vintage Hugh Martin. The score for this show is quite delightful and the cast album (making it's long-awaited CD debut from Decca Broadway) is highly-recommended from this reviewer.

Nancy Walker plays Lila Malloy, a brewery heiress from Milwaukee with dreams of becoming a ballerina. Walker was ideally suited to this "duck-out-of-water" kind of storyline and the score was dynamite, nevertheless the show closed after 188 performances.

Standouts in the cast album proper include "I'm the First Girl in the Second Row", "I'm Tired of Texas", "Tiny Room", "Shauny O'Shea" and "The Little Boy Blues".

This CD issue also includes "Horrible Horrible Love" (which was recorded but cut after the opening and thus not included on the original release of the cast album). There's also another take of "Shauny O'Shea" and an alternate version of "Gotta Dance" to savour.

Sound quality is quite good for the age of the material (some surface hiss and crackle can be heard but nothing too obtrusive).

Also featuring Sandra Deel, Bill Shirley and Harold Lang.
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By Joseph Hart on March 25, 2015
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This was cute. I have loved Nancy Walker since "On The Town" (the obc record, not old enough to have seen the show - but did see it in 1970 with Bernadette Peters playing Hildy - think that was her name). Everybody in this sang great. After "Do Re Me", you know Nancy Walker couldn't do anything wrong. The lyrics were clever (did I detect an effort to be like Larry Hart?) and the tunes were all pretty, warm, melodic and sweet. I am a big fan of Harold Lang since I heard his Joey. And I saw him in SF in Bagley's "The Decline and Fall..." - only I guess he was getting old then (this was in about 1964) because his dancing (he began as a dancer who turned out to have a singing voice) was very clumsy. And I knew someone who was a friend of his. (Does that make me a celebrity too?)
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By John Actman on June 2, 2015
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I never saw it but sounds like it was fun, I was a Nancy Walker fan way back. My father did a show with her the year after this, "Along Fifth Avenue" that I went to every Saturday. My Mother had to get rid of me for a day every week, and Nancy was my "baby sitter". Gleason and Carol Bruce were all ways in her dressing room also, what a way to grow up. Of course the next show my "sitters" were Tom Petty & B.S. Pulley, so I learned to curse and play poker in the basement of the 46th St. ( it will all ways be the 46th to me )
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