Guys and Dolls [Original Broadway Cast]

Guys and Dolls [Original Broadway Cast]


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Guys and Dolls, based on the stories of Damon Runyon about New York gamblers, became a stunning success upon its Broadway opening in 1950. While Abe Burrows' libretto was much praised, the show's main asset is Frank Loesser's songs, which are unfailingly tuneful and which accurately represent the vernacular of Runyon's characters, from "Fugue for Tinhorns," a trio song full of horse racing slang, to "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat," a revival meeting pastiche in which a gambler claims to have found salvation. "Luck Be a Lady," a gambler's ode to good fortune, became a standard. Winning as these are, love songs such as "I'll Know" and "I've Never Been in Love Before" are equally affecting. And that isn't even to mention the songs that became contemporary hits, "If I Were a Bell" and "A Bushel and a Peck." The original cast was headed by Vivian Blaine, a comic singer effective at putting across the humorous material, and Robert Alda, who proved to be a smooth-voiced, commanding lead. The original Broadway cast album was recorded December 3, 1950, and hit #1 in March 1951. It remains the definitive version of a score that has not been recorded as often as one might expect, given the show's perennial appeal. After a 1991 upgrade for the CD era, it was reissued in 2000 to mark the show's 50th anniversary. In addition to 24-bit remastering and a redesigned CD booklet with lots of photographs, this version contained as bonus tracks the four recordings released in 1955 from the movie soundtrack. This material makes an interesting gloss on the original recordings and is a welcome addition.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/06/2009
Label: Masterworks
UPC: 0886975620425
catalogNumber: 756204
Rank: 11384

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robert Alda   Vocals,Track Performer
Vivian Blaine   Vocals,Track Performer
Herbert Greene   Vocal Director
Isabel Bigley   Vocals,Track Performer
Douglas Deane   Vocals,Track Performer
Hot Box Girls   Track Performer,Vocal Ensemble
Male Chorus   Track Performer
Mission Group   Track Performer,Vocal Ensemble
Pat Rooney   Vocals,Track Performer
Johnny Silver   Vocals,Track Performer
Sam Levene   Vocals,Track Performer
Paul Reed   Vocals
Stubby Kaye   Vocals,Track Performer
John Silver   Track Performer
Guys and Dolls Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
John Silver   Vocals
Guys & Dolls Cast Ensemble   Choir, Chorus
Pat Rooney   Vocals

Technical Credits

Robert Alda   Contributor
Vivian Blaine   Contributor
Frank Loesser   Composer,Lyricist
Herbert Greene   Director,Horn Arrangements
Andy McKaie   Reissue Coordinator
Teddy Royal   Arranger,Orchestration
George Bassman   Arranger,Orchestration
Isabel Bigley   Contributor
Douglas Deane   Contributor
Hot Box Girls   Contributor
Stubby Kay   Contributor
Male Chorus   Contributor
Mission Group   Contributor
Pat Rooney   Contributor
Johnny Silver   Contributor
Max O. Preeo   Liner Notes
Ron O'Brien   Reissue Producer
Brad Bennett   Cover Design
Irving Actman   Contributor,Musical Director
Abe Burrows   Book
Louis Untermeyer   Liner Notes
Jo Swerling   Book

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