Ben Bagley's Shoestring Review

Kritzerland 11/08/2019 CD - 500 copies

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# Track Artist/Composer Duration
1.Man’s Inhumanity to ManEntire Company 
2.Inevitably MeKristi Lynes 
3.Someone Is Sending Me FlowersDody Goodman 
4.Roller DerbyDorothy Greener 
5.GarbageBeatrice Arthur 
6.PaducahJohn Bartis 
7.Our GardenJane Connell 
8.Wabash 4-7473Danny Carroll 
9.Medea in DisneylandDorothy Greener, Dody Goodman, Beatrice Arthur, Entire Company 
10.Entire History of the World in Two Minutes and Thirty-Two SecondsEntire Company 
11.In Bed with the Reader’s DigestEntire Company 
12.Mink, Mink, MinkDorothy Greener, Dody Goodman, Beatrice Arthur 
13.New to MeKristi Lynes, Robert Marks 
14.Couldn’t Be HappierBeatrice Arthur 
15.A Million Windows and IAnn Hampton Callaway 
16.Epic or I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead You Roskolnikov YouDody Goodman, Maxwell Grant 
17.Things Are Going Well TodayKristi Lynes (dance music from live performance) 
18.Three LovesDanny Carroll 
19.The Sea Is All Around UsBill McCutcheon 
20.Fresh and YoungEntire Company 
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Ben Bagley's Shoestring Review

Music by David Baker, Arthur Siegel, Charles Strouse, Ken Welch, Alec Wilder, and others
Lyrics by Lee Adams, June Carroll, Norman Gimbel, Ronny Graham, Sheldon Harnick, Bud McCreery, Mike Stewart, and others

In 1955, Ben Bagley, all of twenty-one years of age, burst on the theatrical scene with his revue Shoestring Revue. It opened at the President Theater on February 28, 1955 and was an instant success. It launched Ben Bagley as a creator of sparkling revues and a discoverer of some very talented performers and writers. The popularity of Shoestring Revue would go on for some years. There was a cast album at the time. Critics raved about the revue, and major critics at that – Walter Kerr said, “Bright, bubbling, and loaded with laughs. It’s funny almost before you take your coat off.” Brooks Atkinson in The New York Times said, “Bright and breezy. A lot of fun in an impish manner. There is a lot of talent in the Shoestring Revue.”

For the original CD issue of this, Bagley was able to recreate pretty much the entire original revue, save for some sketches. The sources were the original album and some live and studio recordings, as well. That is what we present here. The cast includes Bea Arthur, Danny Carroll, Jane Connell, Dody Goodman, and a host of others.

Due to the multiple sources used by Bagley, the sound is all over the map and mastering engineer James Nelson has done his best to make it all of a piece and clean it all up as best as possible. The fun cover art is by none other than Yves St. Laurent.

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