With music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, On The Town enjoyed a successful Broadway run during the 1940s. The London production opened at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1963 and starred Elliott Gould along with Don McKay, Carol Arthur, Andrea Jaffe and Gillian Lewis. The Original London Cast Recording of On the Town has never before been available in the U.S. and arrives in advance of a new Broadway production this fall. On the Town – The Original London Cast Recording will be released exclusively for purchase via MasterworksBroadway.com on August 19 in a limited quantity of Manufacture-On-Demand CDs as well as digital download. The CD will be available through Arkiv Music on September 16, plus streaming and downloads via digital service providers the same day.
This cast recording is a sterling capture of ON THE TOWN's beloved score. Under Lawrence Leonard's baton, the music on this album is just as thrilling as it ever was, mirroring the manic frenzy of attempting to drink in all New York City has to offer in a mere 24 hours' time. Leonard captures the dizzying urgency of Leonard Bernstein's rich score, making the listeners' toes tap and hearts race with the music. Vocally, the cast is top notch. The principal cast sounds youthful and alive. The sleepy opening "I Feel Like I'm Not Out of Bed Yet" is interrupted by the rollicking "New York, New York," kicking the album in high gear. Standouts include Gillian Lewis and Elliott Gould's charming duet on "Carried Away," Carol Arthur's sassy and bold rendition of the delicious "I Can Cook Too," Don McKay's beautiful rendition of the uplifting ballad "Lucky to Be Me," and the sumptuously performed "Some Other Time."