Wonderful Town

First Complete Recording

Wonderful Town, First Complete Recording
CDJAY2 1281
CD1: 59'10''
CD2: 40'13''

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Music by
Leonard Bernstein

Lyrics by 
Betty Comden and Adolph Green

Book by
Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov

Based on the play

Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov
and stories by Ruth McKenney

National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards

Leonard Bernstein created three masterworks for Broadway that were set in New York City. WEST SIDE STORY, ON THE TOWN and WONDERFUL TOWN. This first complete recording of WONDERFUL TOWN joins the already acclaimed first complete recordings from JAY of WEST SIDE STORY (CDJAY2 1261) and ON THE TOWN (CDJAY2 1231).

Like the other masterworks, WONDERFUL TOWN is brimmed full with the joys and vigours of Bernstein's youth, it being the first Broadway musical that Bernstein wrote when he was just a young man in his twenties. Hit and fun songs are in great evidence and the song OHIO is recognised as the great anthem to middle America. His obvious wacky sense of humour and love of jazz are perfectly captured by such songs as THE WRONG NOTE RAG and SWING. Beautiful songs are not forgotten either as demonstrated by IT'S LOVE and A LITTLE BIT IN LOVE. OHIO, IT'S LOVE and A LITTLE BIT IN LOVE have been extensively recorded by practically every recording artists since the 50s.

Three of Broadway greatest talents have been cast for this All Star Cast recording: REBECCA LUKER (currently appearing on Broadway in THE SOUND OF MUSIC), KAREN MASON (Norma on Broadway in SUNSET BOULEVARD) and RON RAINES (Alan Spaulding in TV's GUIDING LIGHT) as well as other featured stars from Broadway, GREGG EDELMAN (Tony norminated for 1776) and DON STEPHENSON (current star of TITANIC).

The recording is made with JAY's award winning team, conductor JOHN OWEN EDWARDS (currently enjoying great acclaim musical directing the Royal National Theatre's smash hit production of OKLAHOMA!), the wonderful National Symphony Orchestra and producer John Yap. As with all the other JAY Original Masterworks series, this was recorded at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London.

CD 1
  1. Overture
    National Symphony Orchestra
  2. Christopher Street
    Michael Gruber, Company
  3. Ohio
    Rebecca Luker, Karen Mason
  4. Conquering The City
    Karen Mason, Rebecca Luker
  5. One Hundred Easy Ways
    Karen Mason
  6. What A Waste
    Ron Raines, Karen Mason, Tim Morgan, Stephen Davis
  7. Ruth's Stories
    Ron Raines, Karen Mason, Company
  8. A Little Bit In Love
    Rebecca Luker, Ron Raines
  9. Pass The Football
    Gregg Edelman
  10. Conversation Piece
    Don Stephenson, Rebecca Luker, Ron Raines, Karen Mason, Michael Gruber
  11. A Quiet Girl
    Ron Raines, Karen Mason, Chorus
  12. Quiet Ruth
    Karen Mason
  13. Conga!
    Karen Mason, Men
CD 2
  1. Entr'acte
    National Symphony Orchestra
  2. My Darlin' Eileen
    Rebecca Luker, Men
  3. Swing!
    Karen Mason, Company
  4. Ohio (Reprise)
    Rebecca Luker, Karen Mason
  5. Swing! (Reprise)
    National Symphony Orchestra
  6. It's Love
    Ron Raines
  7. Ballet At The Village Vortex
    National Symphony Orchestra
  8. The Wrong Note Rag
    Rebecca Luker, Karen Mason, Company
  9. Finale Act Two
    Ron Raines, Rebecca Luker, Karen Mason, Company
  10. Exit Music
    National Symphony Orchestra
  11. A Little Bit In Love (Full Version)
    Rebecca Luker
  12. Christopher Street (sans Scenes)
    Michael Gruber, Company