- This album appears to have been released in 1958. On Delpher.nl two reviews can be found, both from 1961, which is remarkable as that’s three years later. Both reviews are for the UK album, which gives me the impression it wasn’t released in the Netherlands, despite the export number (B 07398 L; searching for this export number doesn’t return any results on Delpher or anywhere else).
- Click here to see the earliest review (on Delpher.nl), mentioned above, from “Het Parool”, March 25, 1961.
- The 1953 Broadway production of the show appeared on Decca DL 9010 (LP) – also available in Decca album 9-391 (45 rpm) and in album DA-937 (78 rpm). Philips BBL 7307 appeared in the US on Columbia OS 2008 (1958).
- A little history of this musical, as can be found on Wikipedia:
|“Wonderful Town” is a 1953 musical with book written by Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and music by Leonard Bernstein.|
Original Broadway production
Produced by Robert Fryer, the original production premiered at the Winter Garden Theatre on February 25, 1953, where it ran for 559 performances, closing on July 3, 1954. George Abbott served as director, with choreography by Donald Saddler. The original cast featured Rosalind Russell in the role of Ruth Sherwood, Edie Adams as Eileen Sherwood, and George Gaynes as Robert Baker. Carol Channing replaced Russell for the final 6 months of the run.
Original London production
The West End premiere opened at The Prince’s Theatre on February 25, 1955, running for 207 performances starring Pat Kirkwood as Ruth, Shani Wallace as Eileen, and Sid James as Wreck. The musical was produced by Jack Hylton with Cyril Ornadel as music director.
1958 television production
On November 30, 1958, CBS Television broadcast a live special of the musical, with Rosalind Russell (Ruth Sherwood), Jackie McKeever (Eileen Sherwood), Sydney Chaplin (Bob Baker), and Jordan Bentley (the Wreck).
Click here for the full article on Wikipedia.