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|Betty Comden, Adolph Green|
Hallelujah, Baby! (1967 Original Broadway Cast)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Classical, Broadway & Vocalists
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Great Jule Styne score with Leslie Uggams in her B'way debut
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 01/30/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"HALLELUJAH BABY is a fantastic Broadway show, which is still best-remembered for being the Tony-winning Broadway debut of the divine Leslie Uggams.The score features a few gems including "My Own Morning", "Talking to Yourself", "Not Mine", "Another Day" and "I Wanted to Change Him".Uggams co-stars with Allen Case and Robert Hooks, who are also wonderful performers and vocalists. This was the second Jule Styne show to open in the 1967-68 Broadway season (the other being DARLING OF THE DAY which shuttered after 32 performances). HALLELUJAH BABY would stay afloat for 293 performances, though it received mixed reviews). Jule Styne was vindicated when Uggams and Patricia Routledge (his DARLING OF THE DAY star) tied for the 'Best Actress in a Musical' Tony.Still, a must-own cast album. [SONY SK 48218]"
This Is What Broadway Music Is All About
cruisewhiz | Hawaii | 05/30/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being a Leslie Uggams fan, I was drawn to this Broadway Cast recording when it was originally released on LP and wore it out.
Now that you can get on CD all the better. Music by Jule Styne and Lyrics by Comden and Green didn't mean anything to me when I first heard this but later I realized the greatness. This was a top notch musical and it shows here too. I agree with everything in the previous review. Anyone learning about Broadway musicals should listen to this CD again and again and find out what this American entertainment is all about.Craig Satterfield
Superior Star Vehicle!
steve lowenthal | NYC | 03/21/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...and you can tell that Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green were writing this one for Lena Horne, in "Talking to Yourself", 'I Wanted to Change Him" and "Being Good". Her role,oddly enough, was to be that of a singer rather like Lena Horne.
Leslie Uggams carries these and all her other wonderful songs with the cry of youth and a sly humor to keep good company with Lillian Hayman in "Smile,Smile"-an angry,very funny vaudevillian take on knowing one's place in society:
"Ain't you grateful,Mama..HMM?"
Also hugely entertaining is Robert Hooks leading "The Slice",a high-spirited recounting of how a cop unburdened him of his poker winnings,but still -- HE WON! And then,the plaintive swing ballad "Not Mine",sung by Leslie's OTHER leading man,Allen Case(one's black,one's white,whose woman is she,what does she owe her people...whew).
Jule Styne takes us confidently from the 1920s to the 1960s; the score is evocative and often inspired,and once again big enough for a star.
A few things here have worn thin - the lyrics of the title song seem a bit,well...but the orchestra sounds great. And "Double,Double" is "Call Me Savage" from "Fade Out-Fade In"; shameless,but forgiven.
All the dance numbers sound terrific; also a big,meaty overture and exciting finale.
Simply stated,no collector can be without "Hallelujah,Baby!" -- and would director George C. Wolfe("Jelly's Last Jam")care to give this material a look? Please?