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Wedding in Paris / Can-Can, Original London Cast – Evelyn Laye, Anton Walbrook, Edmund Hockridge, Irene Hilda etc

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This CD features the original cast recording of two London hit shows from 1954, both with a Parisian theme – Wedding in Paris, the come-back vehicle for Evelyn Laye – first lady of the West End; and Can-Can, an American import by Cole Porter.

Although successful, Wedding in Paris has never been revived in London or played on Broadway so this only recording and first time on CD is a welcome for all show fans. Co-starring film star Anton Walbrook, who joined the show from another West End success Call Me Madam, and supported by the pair of young lovers Jeff Warren and Susan Swinford, Wedding in Paris has an infectious score but the star of the show is undeniably Evelyn Laye whose two solo numbers “A Man Is A Man” and “In The Pink” are wonderful.

Can-Can starred French import Irene Hilda and Edmund Hockridge, the Canadian born leading man of West End musicals of the 1950s and still going strong. 50 years later, show-stoppers such as “C’est Magnifique”, “I Love Paris”, “I Am In Love”, “Allez-Vous En, Go Away”, “It’s All Right With Me” still sparkle, a testament to the genius of Cole Porter.

Bonus tracks include Anton Walbrook’s “La Ronde De L’Amour” and Edmund Hockridge singing songs from Carousel, a show he starred in the West End. All tracks have been re-mastered using the CEDAR system and the 16 page booklet includes notes by Edmund Hockridge and production photos.

WEDDING IN PARIS
1. Overture / A Wedding In Paris – Susan Swinford 4:20
2. Always Young – Anton Walbrook 2:43
3. It Only Took A Moment – Jeff Warren & Susan Swinford 3:21
4. I Have Nothing To Declare – Jeff Warren & Susan Swinford 2:58
5. A Man Is A Man – Evelyn Laye 3:18
6. I Must Have Been Crazy – Jeff Warren 3:06
7. Strike Another Match – Anton Walbrook 3:04
8. In The Pink – Evelyn Laye 3:11
9. Selection from “Wedding in Paris” Part 1 – The Theatre Orchestra 3:42
10. Selection from “Wedding in Paris” Part 2 – The Theatre Orchestra 3:30
CAN CAN
11. Overture / Maidens Typical Of France – The Laundresses 2:43
12. Never Give Anything Away – Irene Hilda 1:58
13. C’est Magnifique – Irene Hilda & Edmund Hockridge 2:4814. Come Along With Me – George Gee & Alfred Marks 3:04
15. Live And Let Live – Irene Hilda 1:38
16. I Am In Love – Edmund Hockridge 2:08
17.If You Loved Me Truly – Ensemble 2:53
18. Montmart’ – Ensemble 0:3619. Allez-vous En, Go Away – Irene Hilda 2:25
20.Never, Never Be An Artist – Company 1:52
21. It’s All Right With Me – Edmund Hockridge 1:5522. I Love Paris – Irene Hilda 2:13
23. Can-Can – Irene Hilda & The Laundresses 2:08
BONUS TRACKS
24. La Ronde De L’Amour – Anton Walbrook 2:22
25. I Left My Heart In An English Garden – Edmund Hockridge 3:28
26. My Boy Bill – Edmund Hockridge 3:04
27. My Little Girl – Edmund Hockridge 2:59
28. Bang You’re Dead – Edmund Hockridge 2:46

27. For The First Time – June Hutton 2:18

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