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Stage Door Records Announces Release of KING KONG London Cast Album

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Stage Door Records Announces Release of KING KONG London Cast Album

Stage Door Records is pleased to announce the debut CD release of 'King Kong', the groundbreaking South African Jazz Musical. The Original 1961 London Cast Album of 'King Kong' will be released on September 28th 2018.

'King Kong' was a pioneering South African musical inspired by the life and death of the heavyweight-boxing champion Ezekiel Dlamini. Billed as a 'Jazz-Opera', 'King Kong' featured music by Todd Matshikiza and lyrics by Pat Williams.

The production was first staged at Johannesburg's Witwatersrand University Great Hall, opening on February 2nd 1959 and went on to take South Africa by storm. Nelson Mandela attended the opening night and is on record as highlighting the show as his favourite musical. The original South African production starred Nathan Mdledle, Ruth Nkonyane, Dan Poho and Miriam Makeba, helping launch Makeba's international singing career.

West End theatre impresario Jack Hylton was determined to bring the ground-breaking South African musical to London, insisting that as many of the original cast members as possible transfer with the production. 'King Kong' subsequently opened at London's Princes Theatre on February 23rd 1961 and ran for 201 performances. Critics praised 'King Kong' for its inventive staging, stand out performances and vibrant score.

In more recent times, 'King Kong' has been recognised for the pioneering role the production played in breaking down racial barriers, defying the colour bar and uniting black and white South Africans at the height of the apartheid era. In 2017 the musical was profiled by BBC Radio 3 and later revived in South Africa by the Fugard Theatre Company.

Stage Door Records are pleased to debut the Original London 1961 Cast recording of 'King Kong' on CD. The recording is complemented with selections from theOriginal 1959 South African Cast recording, including many songs that were subsequently cut from the London production. The CD concludes with a handful of bonus tracks including pop covers of 'Back Of The Moon' and 'The Earth Turns Over' by Elaine Delmar and a jazz instrumental of the show's title song by Terry Lightfoot's New Orleans Jazzmen.

For more information visit: http://www.stagedoorrecords.com/stage9057.html

'KING KONG' - ORIGINAL LONDON CAST RECORDING (STEREO)
1. SAD TIMES, BAD TIMES - Company
2. MARVELLOUS MUSCLES - Nathan Mdledle, Company
3. KING KONG - Nathan Mdledle, Company
4. KWELA KONG - Orchestra
5. BACK OF THE MOON - Peggy Phango
6. THE EARTH TURNS OVER - Sophie Mgcina
7. DAMN HIM! - Joseph Mogotsi
8. GUMBOOT DANCE - Company
9. KING KING - Company
10. BE SMART, BE WISE - Ben Masinga, Sophie Mgcina, Lemmy "Special" Mabaso
11. CRAZY KID - Lemmy "Special" Mabaso And The Alexander Junior Bright Boys
12. TSHOTSHOLOSA - ROAD SONG - Company
13. QUICKLY IN LOVE - Nathan Mdledle, Peggy Phango, Stephen Moloi, Ben Masinga, Patience Gcowabe
14. IN THE QUEUE - Company
15. IT'S A WEDDING - Company
16. WEDDING HYMN - Company
17. DEATH SONG - Nathan Mdledle
18. KING KING (Reprise) - Company
19. SAD TIMES, BAD TIMES (Finale) - Orchestra

'KING KONG' - ORIGINAL SOUTH AFRICAN CAST RECORDING
20. SAD TIMES, BAD TIMES - Company
21. MARVELLOUS MUSCLES - Nathan Mdledle, Company
22. KING KONG - Nathan Mdledle, Company
23. BACK OF THE MOON - Miriam Makeba
24. PETAL'S SONG (THE EARTH TURNS OVER) - Ruth Nkonyane
25. DAMN HIM! - Joseph Mogotsi
26. STRANGE THINGS HAPPEN - Ruth Nkonyane, Joseph Mogotsi
27. BETTER THAN NEW - Nathan Mdledle, Company
28. MAD - Dan Poho, Company
29. QUICKLY IN LOVE - Miriam Makeba
30. IT'S A WEDDING (Original South African Cast Recording) - Company
BONUS TRACKS
31. BACK OF THE MOON - Elaine Delmar
32. THE EARTH TURNS OVER - Elaine Delmar
33. KING KONG - Terry Lightfoot's New Orleans Jazzmen

Stage Door Records Announces Release of KING KONG London Cast Album


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