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|Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green|
Wonderful Town (1958 Television Cast)
Genres: Soundtracks, Classical, Broadway & Vocalists
Leonard Bernstein and his accomplices Betty Comden and Adolph Green take obvious delight in paying tribute to the screwball 1930s in this story of two mismatched sisters in the Big Apple. Rosalind Russell (reprising her ro... more »
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Leonard Bernstein and his accomplices Betty Comden and Adolph Green take obvious delight in paying tribute to the screwball 1930s in this story of two mismatched sisters in the Big Apple. Rosalind Russell (reprising her role as Ruth Sherwood in this 1958 television broadcast) adheres to a simple credo: if you can't sing it, sell it! And sell it she does: "One Hundred Easy Ways" is still relatively under control, but on "Conga!" she lets it rip and flattens everything in her path, Brazilian cadets and listeners alike. Comden and Green's gift for wordplay shines in songs like "Ohio," while Bernstein summons boundless, bouncy mayhem. Add gems like "A Little Bit in Love" and "What a Waste" to the mix, and you've got yourself a great little show. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
Ross is great, but Jacquelyn McKeever is the suprise!
Marlene Halpern | New York, NY | 08/25/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Wonderful Town is a great and fluffy tale of two sisters trying to make it on their own in New York. The older sister Ruth (Rossalind Russell)is not too great with boys unlike her younger sister Eileen (Jacquelyn McKeever).
With great songs like; Ohio, A Hundred Easy Ways, A Little Bit In Love, Conga!, and Quiet Girl who could not like this show.
I was very familiar with Rossalind Russell from the 1953 OBCR with Edith Adams as Eileen. Rossalind Russell is always very good and has this great comic styling that seems to only work for her (example of bad copying is Donna Murphy).
The one excellent thing about this recording is Jacquelyn McKeever. She just blasts her role out of this world. Her singing is incredible and her acting is superb. Great job.
Why O Why O Why O Did I Ever Leave Ohio?
Marlene Halpern | 05/22/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well, gee, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Comden and Green, and Roz Russell croaking out her tunes how could this be anything be great? The booklet that comes with the CD has with some nice liner notes about the production and swell photos.Not for the uniniated, but a must have for the collector!"
The 1958 taped TV version of WONDERFUL TOWN
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 04/05/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In 1958, the Broadway hit WONDERFUL TOWN was adapted for a television production, which again starred Rosalind Russell as the plain-speaking and forthright Ruth Sherwood. This cast album was recorded during rehearsals, and was originally released on LP the week following the broadcast.Russell is surrounded by a strong cast including Jacquelyn McKeever (OH CAPTAIN!) as Eileen and Sydney Chaplin (BELLS ARE RINGING, SUBWAYS ARE FOR SLEEPING, FUNNY GIRL) as Bob Baker and Cris Alexander (ON THE TOWN) reprising his Broadway role as soda jerk Frank Lippencott.Jacquelyn McKeever is a luminous Eileen. She sings her big number "A Little Bit in Love" an octave higher than Edie Adams on the Broadway cast album. Sydney Chaplin, as mentioned above, is a veteran of Comden & Green musicals and does well by his numbers.And Rosalind Russell? Well, she's fabulous! Her interpretation and performance only seemed to get better in between this recording and the '53 Broadway album. I would advise first buying the original cast album, though I strongly recommend that you seek this TV version out, too."