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BERNSTEIN: Wonderful Town (Original Broadway Cast) (1953) / Comden and Green Performances (1955)

Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Musicals
Catalogue 8.120846
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps


Review By David Denton,Naxos,March 2007

No other Broadway musical recorded in the 1950's had such an ideal cast and recording of top quality, yet it almost never happened. Twice fate took a cruel turn, the original play of My Sister Ellen looking ready for cancellation when the young Eileen McKenny, the real life Eileen, was killed in a car accident four nights before it was due to open. She had been one of the two sisters who had come to New York seeking fame and fortune, the other half of the duo, Ruth, writing about her sister's comic exploits finding work on the stage. So having a big success with the play, a film was made and a Broadway musical scheduled. But just weeks before it was due to open the scriptwriters and composers fell out, and it looked like fate had returned.



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