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Aladdin (Original London Cast) / Cinderella (Studio Cast)

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Cole Porter composed Aladdin for American television televised in February 1958. The score was to have new life breathed into it for the 1960 pantomime season in London, when Harold Fielding brought it to the stage at the Coliseum to great success. The stage production was substantially different from what had been seen onscreen. Songs were moved about; the character of the Magician was removed and his numbers were reassigned (mostly to Aladdin); and the book diverged strongly from S.J. Perelman’s teleplay, including the addition of the traditional pantomime character, Widow Twankey. Fielding’s version also added several Porter songs from other shows, including There Must Be Someone for Me’ (Mexican Hayride), Cherry Pies Ought to be You’ and I Am Loved’ (both from Out of this World), and Ridin’ High’ (Red, Hot and Blue).

The resulting cast album in stereo is a sheer pleasure to listen to, partly because the star names of the television version have been replaced by stage personalities who, some might argue, are better suited to delivering the material. Bob Monkhouse went on to become one of Britain’s most beloved entertainers, both on stage and television, but in the title role of this Aladdin his career was only just beginning to emerge. Nevertheless, the vocal style and charm that he would later bring to shows such as the London production of The Boys from Syracuse is already in place, and he’s the star around which the recording revolves. He’s perfectly complemented by Doretta Morrow (the Princess), an outstanding vocalist whose Broadway credits included The King and I and Where’s Charley?, as well as Kismet. Ian Wallace brings gravitas from his career on the operatic stage to the role of the Emperor, while British personalities Ronald Shiner (Widow Twankey) and Alan Wheatley (Abanazar) ably complete the line-up.

The studio cast recording of Cinderella features two beloved West End musical theatre stars in Denis Quilley (Sweeney Todd, La Cage aux Folles) and Elizabeth Larner (Camelot, Wish You Were Here). Together, they offer their own unique take on this beloved collection of romantic songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein.

ALADDIN (Original London Cast)

1. OVERTURE Orchestra / ALADDIN The Bill Shepherd Singers
2. THERE MUST BE SOMEONE FOR ME Bob Monkhouse, Philip Hogan & Eddie Fargent
3. NO WONDER TAXES ARE HIGH Bob Monkhouse, Ronald Shiner
4. COME TO THE OLD SUPERMARKET Bob Monkhouse
5. MAKE WAY David Fallon
6. ALADDIN Doretta Morrow
7. OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS BUT ONCE Ronald Shiner, Alan Wheatley
8. WOULDN’T IT BE FUN Ian Wallace
9. CHERRY PIES OUGHT TO BE YOU Bob Monkhouse, Doretta Morrow
10. I AM LOVED Doretta Morrow
11. RIDIN’ HIGH The Bill Shepherd Singers
12. TRUST YOUR DESTINY TO YOUR STAR Ian Wallace
13. I ADORE YOU Bob Monkouse, Doretta Morrow / ALADDIN The Bill Shepherd Singers

CINDERELLA

14. OVERTURE The London Variety Theatre Orchestra
15. IN MY OWN LITTLE CORNER Elizabeth Larner
16. MARRIAGE TYPE LOVE Denis Quilley
17. IMPOSSIBLE Elizabeth Larner, Helen Clare
18. NO OTHER LOVE Denis Quilley
19. WALTZ FOR A BALL The London Variety Theatre Orchestra
20. A LOVELY NIGHT Elizabeth Larner
21. TEN MINUTES AGO Denis Quilley
22. STEPSISTERS’ LAMENT Dudley Rolph
23. DO I LOVE YOU BECAUSE YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL? Denis Quilley

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