Ben Bagley's Ballet on Broadway


Kritzerland 05/17/2019 CD - 500 copies
 

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# Track Artist/Composer Duration
1.HIGH BUTTON SHOES: Bathing Beauty BalletJule Styne-Ballet Arrangement by Genevieve Pitot 
2.JAMAICA: Beach BalletHarold Arlen-Dance Music by Peter Matz 
3.LOOK MA, IíM DANCINí: Mlle. Scandale BalletHarold Arlen-Dance Arrangements by Trude Rittman 
4.SHANGRI-LA: Father Perrault BalletHarry Warren-Ballet Music Composed and Arranged by Genevieve Pitot 
5.CAN-CAN: Garden of Eden BalletCole Porter-Dance Arrangements by Genevieve Pitot 
6.THE GIRL IN PINK TIGHTS: Pas de DeuxSigmund Romberg-Dance Arrangements by Trude Rittman 
7.LIíL ABNER: Sadie Hawkins BalletGene de Paul-Ballet Arrangements by Genevieve Pitot 
8.THE SHOW IS ON: The Show is OnHoagy Carmichael/Ted Fetter-The Patios 
9.CasanovaVernon Duke/Ted Fetter-Sula 
10.What Has He Got?Vernon Duke/Ted Fetter-The Patios 
11.DILLY: Roses on the RainVernon Duke/Lawrence and Lee-The Patios 
12.What If Youíre Not?Vernon Duke/Lawrence and Lee-Sandy Stewart 
13.NANTUCKET: My Heart DecidedVernon Duke/Harold Rome-Ken Park and The Patios 
14.Song of Our LoveVernon Duke/Harold Rome-K.T. Sullivan 
15.You After All These YearsVernon Duke/Harold Rome-The Patios 
16.Je Taime-I Love YouVernon Duke/Harold Rome-K.T. Sullivan 
17.I Knew You WellVernon Duke/Harold Rome-The Patios 
18.The Devil Played the FiddleVernon Duke/Harold Rome-The Patios with Mayu Kuroda, violin 
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Ben Bagley's Ballet on Broadway

Ballet on Broadway was rescued from oblivion by Ben Bagley. It was a pet project of the great Lehman Engel. Only a handful of copies got pressed, it was not released, and no one ever knew of its existence, other than Engel and the lucky few who managed to have a copy. Bagley contacted Engel, who was thrilled it could finally see the light of the day, and finally musical theatre lovers got to hear it.

Creating dance and ballet musical arrangements in musicals was and is a true art and this CD is the living proof. Great dance and ballet music from High Button Shoes, Jamaica, Look Ma, Iím Danciní, Shangri-La, Can-Can, The Girl in Pink Tights, and the amazing ďSadie Hawkins Day BalletĒ from Liíl Abner. These kinds of things never made the cast albums of the shows, so itís simply wonderful to have them available and brilliantly conducted by Engel.

Ballet on Broadway was originally released by Bagley on LP. He later released it on CD but itís been out of print for decades. As he was wont to do, Bagley filled out the running time of the CD was some wonderful and obscure material, mostly by the great Vernon Duke. The Show is On was a 1937 musical revue with music mostly by Duke and lyrics by Ted Fetter. Dilly was adapted by playwrights Jerome Lawrence and Robert Lee from the novel, Miss Dilly Says No. They worked on it in the early 1950s but the musical never happened. The songs, however, are delightful. In 1943, Duke, with Harold Rome as his lyricist, wrote a musical called Nantucket, set in the 19th century. They wrote nine songs for it, but it, like Dilly, never got off the ground. One can never have enough Vernon Duke and these selections are all very interesting and filled with Dukeís wonderful melodies.

As with our other releases in our ongoing reissues of the Ben Bagley albums, we have spruced up the sound considerably and we, of course, feature the wonderful art of Harvey Schmidt.



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