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Rosalind Russell - Wonderful Town - LP Vinyl Album

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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B00BTZB50Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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By I. Sondel VINE VOICE on March 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
"Wonderful Town" is the 'original' musical adaptation of the play "My Sister Eileen" and features a great musical-comedy score by Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Leonard Bernstein. Now, with this first ever Broadway revival, the fifty year old musical is being rediscovered. Donna Murphy is fast becoming one of Broadway's greatest stars. Her performance on this CD (and on the stage of the Al Hirschfeld Theatre) is one of the most accomplished I've ever heard or seen. Under the musical direction of Rob Fisher, Bernstein's score sounds fresh and vital. The lyrics by the great Comden and Green are among their most inventive. The opening number - "Christopher Street" - is every bit the equal of (and some would say companion to) "New York, New York" from this team's earlier collaboration "On the Town." Whimsical and full of good intentioned high jinks, the score is populated with one character driven number after another. Among the highlights are "Ohio," "A Hundred Easy Ways," "A Little Bit in Love," "My Darlin' Eileen," "It's Love," "Wrong Note Rag" and the crazy-wonderful first act finale "Conga!" (which is terrific on this disc - but all the more memorable if you've seen the show - Murphy brings down the house). If you love musical comedy, don't skip this CD or this show.
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By A Customer on March 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This recording of the new Broadway revival is a must-have for anyone interested in the state of old Broadway. During the last few seasons, Broadway has been awash with mediocre revivals of mediocre musicals, most of which added nothing to the originals and failed at the boxoffice. While the current "Wonderful Town" isn't a smash with ticketbuyers, it deserves to find an audience and this CD shows why. The score is simply one of the quirkiest, funniest and most energetic delights in the annals of American musicals, and the current cast lights up the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (and this recording) with boundless razzmataz. At the center of this juggernaut is the euphoric Donna Murphy, who brings her own distinctive stamp and vocal finesse to a role that once seemed impossible to imagine without the incomparable Rosalind Russell. Well, Murphy has achieved the impossible, for she has made the familiar seem brand new and exhilirating. Just listen to "One Hundred Easy Ways...", "Swing" and, most especially, "Conga" to hear how much fun she's having. It's infectious. Murphy hits just the right notes, literally and figuratively, with the tough but tender character of Ruth. She's given fine support by a cast of mostly unknowns. The gentle Jennifer Westfeldt may not have the vocal heft of previous "Eileens" but she's right for the part and balances Ruth's cynicism with a lighthearted wistfulness. The always reliable Greg Edelman is a perfect foil for these ladies and adds a touch of whimsy to a part that could be, let's face it, just a wee bit boring. While the orchestrations are a bit thin on this recording (Broadway's current tendency is to run with fewer musicians), this is the most complete version of the score yet recorded and the production is absolutely pristine. It's a great addition to the revival mania that has overtaken the Great White Way. Buy the CD, then trek on down to the Hirschfeld Theatre for the wonderful "Wonderful Town."
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The most recent of the Wonderful Town recordings - the cast album of the current B'way revival - has much to recommoned. Yes, Donna Murphy is great as Ruth, but she has expert support, and the orchestra is glorious! I saw the revival a fortnight ago, glorious, and this CD is a great document. It may not be Bernstein's best Broadway score, but hell, it is just fine, thanks: it is jazzy, upbeat, and does contain one (perhaps lesser known) standard: "A Little Bit In Love." Comden & Green wrote great lyrics: clevery, insightful, and intelligent. What an entertainment!
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I am a complete lover of Broadway and musicals. However, my tastes lean toward the newer musicals or musicals with depth and meaning behind them, Kander & Ebb and Sondheim. I have never been a complete fan of the "old-school" musicals, and I was very hesitant to buy this CD. On a whim, I figured "what-the-heck," and boy, am I glad I did.
Bernstein's music is fun and very catchy, and Donna Murphy rocks. I have never been a fan of hers, but I listened to her sing and had to double check the coverlet to make sure it was her singing. I couldn't believe how wonderful she was.
While there is nothing deep about the story, 2 sisters moving from Ohio to New York City and finding love, it is sheer fun and the music, singing, and performances by all the actors bring this exuberant fun to life in this new recording. It's a definite addition to anyone's collection.
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A practically perfect show, I adore this either through the 1950's television version with the original Ruth Sherwood (Rosalind Russell) and this 2003 revival with two time Tony Winner Donna Murphy who proved that after several dramatic musicals ("The King and I" and "Passion") that she was perfectly adept at musical comedy. A tough year for musical leading ladies ("Wicked", "Caroline or Change", "Avenue Q"), Murphy got fabulous reviews, and was delightfully sardonic as the Ohio born Ruth who is determined to fit in the Big Boy's world of New York City publishing with her short stories. "Babbity! Provincial!", she cries out in "Ohio", and later steals the heart of Portuguese sailors with "Conga!", as well as doing a magnetic "Swing" ("Floy Doy, Floy Doy!"). Jennifer Westfeldt is a sweet Eileen, not cloying at all as the perky blonde younger sister that everybody notices first. Gregg Edelman also scores as Bob, the hard-boiled publisher Ruth sets her caps for. This is a great Bernstein/Comden and Green score, and if the Encores transfer wasn't totally lavish enough to be 100% satisfying, it did manage a close to two year run. The Rosalind Russell version is probably the quintessential version for my tastes, but Murphy does manage quite a few laughs with "100 Easy Ways". A great supporting cast helps as well. Ironically a bit of "Conga!" ended up in the 2014 revival of "On the Town" which gave a friend of mine and I laughs because we instantly recognized it as "Wonderful" rather than "On the".
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