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My Fair Lady Compilation, Cast Recording

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Product Details

  • Performer: 1956 Broadway Cast
  • Composer: Loewe Frederick
  • Audio CD (May 5 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording, Compilation
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,855 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Overture
2. Why Can't The English?
3. Wouldn't It Be Loverly
4. With A Little Bit Of Luck
5. I'm An Ordinary Man
6. Just You Wait
7. The Rain In Spain
8. I Could Have Danced All Night
9. Ascot Gavotte
10. On The Street Where You Live
11. You Did It
12. Show Me
13. Get Me To The Church On Time
14. A Hymn To Him
15. Without You
16. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face
17. A Post-Recording Conversation
18. Playback: Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe

Product Description

Columbia Masterworks' most successful Broadway album! This is the 1956 original with Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison: On the Street Where You Live; I Could Have Danced All Night; I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face; The Rain in Spain , and more from this Best Musical-winning classic.

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After visiting the Shaw Festivals rendition of the classic musical and knowing all the words to sing along to...I just had to get the CD. It was $20 @ the Shaw(Niagara-on-the-Lake,ON,Canada)I looked it up on and found the original cast from London, Englands West End production!!!It was also $10 cheaper. I haven't stopped playing it. I still to this day, 40 yrs,later believe that Julie Andrews should have been cast in the movie version!! Not that Audrey Hepburn didn't do a good job, but she wasn't British & lip-synced!! So you can imagine how delighted I was to know an orig.cast CD was available! Thanks Amazon for the price,availability and speediness of receiving the product!
Julia Wood-Emery My Fair Lady
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Everyone should see "My Fair Lady" with Harrison and Hepburn at least once a year!!

A simply brilliant piece of movie making fashioned by a huge and talented group of actors, directors, producers and technicians.

Thanks to Amazon for being there!

Roy Bartlett
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Rex Harrison is a fantastic Professor Higgins; Julie Andrews is wonderful as Eliza. These two set the standard for this musical.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a965984) out of 5 stars Same as the 2002 Remaster Oct. 26 2009
By Great Faulkner's Ghost - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is identical to the 2002 remaster, except that it is packaged in a cardboard digipak instead of a jewel case. It is the 1956 Original Broadway Cast recording, in mono, with additional interviews with the cast at the end, which most reviewers seem to prefer the to the later 1959 London Cast Stereo version. I'm a My Fair Lady fan, and I have both recordings, and as far as I am concerned they are both great, and different enough to justify having both. The major difference is in Rex Harrsion's performances. In the London version he uses a mixed singing and talking in the major songs, whereas in Brwy it was pure singing. London seems to reflect his evolution in terms of what would get the audience going. Both work well IMO. Enjoy! PS: I'm not a big fan of the movie soundtrack, because it doesn't have Julie Andrews.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a9659d8) out of 5 stars Oh That Towering Feeling Aug. 31 2010
By Martin I. Saperstein - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Can you imagine an 11 year old with a small record player listening almost every day in 1956 to this original cast recording? That was me. Most New Yorkers after the show's opening and the broadcast of the music, caught My Fair Ladyitis. The album was featured in the window showcase of my neighborhood record store. It sold like hotcakes. Julie Andrews became an overnight sensation. "Sexy Rexie" Harrison created a men's fashion vogue with his tweed hat. The sheer exhilaration that Lerner & Lowe created a musical masterpiece is captured in this and only this recording. The 1959 London stereo recording finds the cast members having lost the enthusiasm and energy that so informs the 1956 recording. Although not stereo, this is still a high fidelty recording and the remastering is excellent. This is a cornerstone of the American Musical Theatre. A must have.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a965e10) out of 5 stars the original cast; still definitive April 6 2010
By Byron Kolln - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Firstly, please be aware that this is the exact same disc and contents as the previous 2002 Broadway Masterworks pressing, but in a new eco-pack cardboard sleeve (natch).

The original 1956 Broadway cast album of MY FAIR LADY is a mandatory disc in every self-respecting musical fan's collection. It captures the cast at the top of their game, and Julie Andrews at the peak of her Broadway career. Her voice is sparkling and effervescent, with Rex Harrison as a thrilling Higgins and Stanley Holloway a delight as Eliza's erstwhile father Alfred P. Doolittle. The monaural sound is warm and lush in Columbia's best style. This newest remaster of the album sounds better than ever. By the time the London cast album was recorded three years later (to take advantage of the new stereo format), a tired feeling had crept into Julie Andrews' singing (or perhaps boredom), so the Broadway edition is the format of choice, despite the technical limitations of the mono mix.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a9681ec) out of 5 stars NEARLY PERFECT RECORDING OF THE NEARLY PERFECT MUSICAL . . . . . Sept. 5 2006
By J. T Waldmann - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Okay. Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews will always be the definitive Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolitle. But if there's one recording that might make you reconsider, it's this recording of the 20th Anniversary Broadway Revival. "Bravo" to Sony/BMG for this excellent, first-time-on-CD release.

Even though George Rose received a well-deserved Tony for his turn as Alfred P. Doolittle (his performance is truly remarkable), it is Ian Richardson and Christine Andreas who make this recording as special as it is. First of all, as wonderful as Julie Andrews was in the role of Eliza, her real-life personna was just a little too refined, too lady-like for me to truly believe her as a gutter snipe. Not so with Ms. Andreas. Her cockney may not be as good, but there is a degree of course-ness to her flower girl that makes her transformation really special. I wish I had been in the audience to experience the moment. Teetering betweeen two worlds, it's not jarring when Andreas/Eliza reverts to her former speech patterns during "Show Me" and "Without You." Very believable characterization.

Richardson's take on his character is a revelation. Yes, he's an upper-class snob, and yes, he sees himself superior to Eliza and everyone she represents, but he's also terribly conceited and honestly believes that he doesn't need anyone in his life. When he says, "Why can't a woman be like me," he truly believes it. Therefore, "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" is a true cathartic moment for him, and I guarantee you'll get a lump in your throat - to match the on in Richardson's - when he delivers the final lines of the show: "Eliza? Where the devil are my slippers?" It's one of those magic moments every theater-goer prays for.

Added bonuses are Jerry Lanning's excellently sung Freddie, and an extremely well-played and beautifully-recorded "Embassy Waltz."

Masterworks/Broadway engineers have done a superlative job of remastering, achieving the same three-dimensional multi-layered effect as on THE KING AND I. Not only does it enable one to pick out individual instruments and follow each vocal or instrumental line, but it also helps us to appreciate better the outstanding Robert Russell Bennett & Phil Lang orchestrations and the choral arrangements by Gino Smart. Theodore Saidenberg's tempi are sometimes more brisk than Franz Allers', but everything works overall.

VERY highly recommended.

PS. If you want to hear another interesting version of MY FAIR LADY, I recommend the Original Israeli Cast recording. After all, they had " . . . to learn it backwards, which is absolutely frightening."
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a9682d0) out of 5 stars Christine Andreas as Eliza...simply "loverly" Sept. 3 2006
By Byron Kolln - Published on
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In 1976, MY FAIR LADY returned to Broadway, in a revival touted as the "20th Anniversary" production. Perhaps most famously, this particular revival was the first big professional splash of a young soprano called Christine Andreas...

At long last, this much sought-after cast album gets its CD premiere. Christine Andreas is one of the best Eliza's ever captured on disc, and Ian Richardson's performance as beleaguered tutor Higgins is full of wit and humour. George Rose (in a Tony-winning turn as Eliza's dustman father) is very enjoyable in his main numbers "With a Little Bit of Luck" and "Get Me to the Church on Time". Jerry Lanning also makes for a fine Freddy, with the winsome "On the Street Where You Live". This recording also features the "Embassy Waltz" sequence, which was never included on the OBC, and only featured as a bonus track on the reissue of the OLC.

The production itself heavily recreated the original production, complete with Oliver Smith's sets and Cecil Beaton's costumes. Hanya Holm's choreography was revived thanks to original dance captain Crandall Diehl. Christine Andreas picked up a Theatre World Award for her breakthrough performance. The show opened at the St. James Theatre on March 25th 1976, but later moved to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre where it closed the following year after 377 performances.

The following year, Andreas returned to Broadway in another important revival, the 1978 production of "Oklahoma!" in which she made a thrilling Laurey (cast album available on RCA); before cememting her position as Broadway's ingenue of choice, with the role of Frankie Frayne in the 1983 revival of "On Your Toes" (cast album available on Jay/TER). More recently, she played Marguerite St. Just, in the original company of Frank Wildhorn's flawed "Scarlet Pimpernel" (cast album available on Atlantic).

I heartily recommend this particular MY FAIR LADY.