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Windy City / Original London Cast

Release Date: 02/06/2008 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 89954  
Composer:  Tony Macaulay
Performer:  Dennis WatermanAnton RodgersDiane Langton
Conductor:  Anthony Bowles
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Original London Cast Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length:  1 Hours  1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Track Listing
1. Overture
2. Hey Hallelujah!
3. Wait Till I Get You On Your Own
4. Waltz For Mollie
5. Saturday
6. Long Night Again Tonight
7. No One Walks Out On Me
8. Saturday - (reprise)
9. Windy City
10. Round In Circles
11. I Can Just Imagine It
12. I Can Talk To You
13. Perfect Casting
14. Bensinger's Poem
15. Water Under The Bridge
16. Windy City - (reprise)
17. Wait Till I Get You On Your Own Tonight
18. I Can Talk To You
19. Shake The City

Principal cast includes: Jeff Shankley (Endicott), Bob Sessions (McCue), Matt Zimmerman (Schwartz), Benny Lee (Wilson), Barry
Read more James (Murphy), Leonard Lowe (Kruger), Simon Clark (Snapper Hayes), Christina Thornton (Jenny), Dennis Waterman (Hildy Johnson), Neil McCaul (Woodenshoes Eichorn), Arhlene Allan (Clara), Terese Stevens (Marceline), Tracy Booth (Joy), Steven Law (Jacobi), Maurice Lane (Drunk), David Hitchen (Mopman), Murray Ewan (Padgett), Amanda Redman (Esther Stone).

Includes liner notes by Rexton S. Bunnett.

Digitally remastered by Steve Rooke and Vic Lanza.

Tracks 17-19 recorded ADD.

Music written by Tony Macaulay. Lyrics written by Dick Vosburgh.

R E V I E W S:

Despite the dedication of two privately owned labels (John Craig’s First Night and John Yap’s TER), the recording of stage musicals in Britain, and then the reissue of them from the archives, is still an oddly patchy and makeshift affair. Major labels don’t bother with a show until they know it’s a hit, so you may then have to wait up to six months for the cast recording; others don’t even bother to plunder their own archives for lost musicals of the post-war years... Then there’s Windy City, Tony Macaulay and Dick Vosburgh’s superb musical adaptation of the Hecht/MacArthur Front Page, one which aches for revival: on the CD we get Anton Rodgers as the Chicago newsroom boss with Dennis Waterman as Hildy Johnson and Diane Langton, Victor Spinetti and Amanda Redman all proving that a great movie can make a great stage musical, just in case you thought Sunset Boulevard disproved that little theory.

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Works on This Recording

Windy City by Tony Macaulay
Performer:  Dennis Waterman (Singer), Anton Rodgers (Singer), Diane Langton (Singer)
Conductor:  Anthony Bowles
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Original London Cast Choir
Written: 1982 
Date of Recording: 1982 
Windy City: Wait Till I Get You On Your Own by Tony Macaulay
Written: 1982 
Date of Recording: 1982 
Windy City: Windy City by Tony Macaulay
Written: 1982 
Date of Recording: 1982 
Windy City: I Can Talk To You by Tony Macaulay
Written: 1982 
Date of Recording: 1982 

Customer Reviews

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 ONE OF MY FAVORITE "FORGOTTEN" MUSICALS June 7, 2013 By PETER J. (SANTA MONICA , CA) See All My Reviews "During a stay in London, back in the early 80s, I chanced upon this musical version of THE FRONT PAGE, and was pretty nearly blown out of my seat. I couldn't wait for the Broadway transfer, so I could share my excitement with all my theater-going friends. Well, I'm still waiting, and continue to be puzzled as to why this astonishing show never crossed the pond. Having all but worn out my old LP, I was thrilled to find it available on CD through ArkivMusic, and recommend it to anyone who loves rousing show music and wonderfully witty lyrics. Trust me ... you won't be disappointed. The only thing missing, of course, is the equally inventive staging. At the end of Act One, the set ... a three- train length affair that slid on and off Stage Right and Stage Left, alternately revealing and hiding the jail, the reporter's room in the Courthouse and the sheriff's office ... rolled back and forth, back and forth, as most of the cast chased escaped convict Earl Williams. Up, down, back, forth, went cast and sets, all singing like mad, until the very end, when Williams dove through the reporter's room skylight, scattering glass everywhere. He then leapt into the big roll-top desk Stage Center and pulled the roll-top down over himself as the curtain came down. One of the most exciting First Act endings I've ever seen!" Report Abuse
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