(p.296) (p.297) Appendix Selected Discography and Videography for The Revuers, Fancy Free, and On the Town
Note: This discography includes all known recorded material of The Revuers. Audio recordings of Fancy Free and On the Town, as listed here, include all complete recordings and some major releases of selections from those works. Single numbers and arrangements are omitted. The discography includes selected online resources, available as of late 2012, though the details of their contents are frequently unverifiable. Listed video recordings of Fancy Free and On the Town include commercially available complete recordings and known footage of the original productions. Recordings are listed in chronological order by release date.
The Girl with the Two Left Feet/Joan Crawford Fan Club (1940). The Revuers with Leonard Bernstein, piano. 78 rpm. Musicraft records 1133, 1134, and 1135. Reissued on Leonard Bernstein, Wunderkind (1998), CD, 2 discs, Pearl GEMS 0005.
“The Magazine Stand,” “Nightlife,” “20th Anniversary of Radio,” “The World’s Fair,” “The World of Music,” and “WSM’s 15th Anniversary” from the NBC radio series Fun with the Revuers (1940). http://otrrlibrary.org, Old Time Radio Researchers Group Library, streaming.
“Tin Pan Alley” in “Command Performance—Episode 101 2/3” (1944). YouTube video, 9:36. From a performance recorded January 15, 1944, broadcast in the radio series Command Performance, USA!, produced by the Radio Section of the Bureau of Public Relations under the War Department. Posted by OTRNut, April 28, 2009, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJFsEbt55rQ.
“The Reader’s Digest,” “Baroness Bazooka,” and “Movie Ads” in A Party with Betty Comden and Adolph Green (1958), original Broadway cast, recorded live. LP, Capitol SWAO-1197. Reissued (1993) as CD, Angel 764773.
“The Reader’s Digest,” “The Screen Writers,” “The Banshee Sisters,” and “The Baroness Bazooka” in A Party with Betty Comden and Adolph Green (1977), Broadway cast, recorded live at Arena Stage, Washington, D.C., May 1, 1977. LP, Stet S2L-5177. Reissued (1996) as CD, DRG 5177.
“Tin Pan Alley” and “The Magazine Sellers” on Judy Holliday: A Legacy of Laughter (1984). LP, AEI 2118.
(p.298) Fancy Free (Ballet, 1944)
Ballet Theatre Orchestra (1946). Fancy Free. Conducted by Leonard Bernstein. Recorded June 2, 1944, and March 13, 1946. 78 rpm, 4 discs, Decca DA-406. Reissued on Leonard Bernstein, Wunderkind (1998), CD, 2 discs, Pearl GEMS 0005.
Boston Pops Orchestra (1947). Music from the Ballet Fancy Free. Includes “Galop,” “Waltz,” and “Danzón.” Conducted by Arthur Fiedler. Recorded June 5, 1946. 78 rpm, Victor 11-9386. Reissued on On the Town: Original Cast Recording (2010), CD, Naxos 8.120889.
Philadelphia Pops Orchestra (1952). William Walton: Four Dances from “Facade”; Leonard Bernstein: Three Dances from “Fancy Free.” Includes “Galop,” “Waltz,” and “Danzón.” Conducted by Alexander Hilsberg. Recorded January 3, 1952. LP, Columbia AAL-17.
Ballet Theatre Orchestra (1953). Bernstein: Fancy Free; Copland: Rodeo. Conducted by Joseph Levine. Recorded 1952. LP, Capitol P-8196. Reissued for streaming and download as Naxos Classical Archives 9.80305.
Boston Pops Orchestra (1953). Slaughter on Tenth Avenue and Other Ballet Selections. Includes “Galop,” “Waltz,” and “Danzón.” Conducted by Arthur Fiedler. Recorded June 25, 1952. LP, RCA LM-1726.
Columbia Symphony Orchestra (1956). Bernstein: Fancy Free; Copland: El Salón Mexico; Milhaud: La Création du Monde. Conducted by Leonard Bernstein. Recorded July 13, 1956. LP, Columbia CL-920. Reissued on Bernstein: Prelude, Fugue and Riffs, On the Town (Three Dance Episodes), Fancy Free, Serenade After Plato’s Symposium (1998), CD, Sony 60559.
Boston Pops Orchestra (1959). Rodgers: Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. Includes “Galop,” “Waltz,” and “Danzón.” Conducted by Arthur Fiedler. Recorded June 18, 1958. LP, RCA LM-2294/LSC-2294. Reissued (1997) as CD, RCA 68550.
New York Philharmonic (1965). Bernstein Conducts Bernstein. Conducted by Leonard Bernstein. Recorded June 11, 1963. LP, Columbia ML-6077/MS-6677. Reissued on Bernstein: Candide Overture, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, On the Waterfront Symphonic Suite, Fancy Free Ballet with extra tracks and remastered (2004), CD, Sony Classical Masterworks 92728.
Concert Arts Orchestra (1967). The Story of Great Music: The Music of Today. Conducted by Robert Irving. Recorded 1966. LP, 4 discs, Time-Life TL-145/STL-145. Reissued on Copland & Bernstein (2001), CD, EMI Seraphim 74503.
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (1979). Leonard Bernstein: Serenade, Fancy Free. Conducted by Leonard Bernstein. Recorded October 23, 1978, Frederic R. Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv. LP, Deutsche Grammophon 2531 196. Reissued on Bernstein Conducts Bernstein (2003), CD, 7 discs, Deutsche Grammophon 000001402.
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (1986). Leonard Bernstein: Candide—Facsimile—Fancy Free—On the Town. Conducted by Leonard Slatkin. Recorded October 1985 and April 1986. LP, Angel DS-37358. Reissued (1997) as CD, EMI 72091.
National Philharmonic Orchestra (1986). A Salute to America. Includes “Danzón,” “Waltz,” and “Galop,” conducted by Eric Hammerstein. CD, Menuet 160003-2.
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (1991). Bernstein: Symphony No. 2, Candide Overture, Fancy Free. Conducted by Andrew Litton. Recorded July 1990, Wessex Hall, Poole Arts Centre, Dorset. CD, Virgin Classics 7 91433-2. Reissued as Leonard Bernstein: (p.299) Overture—Candide; Fancy Free; Symphony No. 2, “The Age of Anxiety” (2008), CD, EMI Classics 34461.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (1997). Bernstein: West Side Story Symphonic Dances, Candide Overture, Fancy Free, Facsimile. Conducted by David Zinman. Recorded on February 3 and 4, 1996 at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, Maryland. London/Decca 452 916-2.
Jena Philharmonic Orchestra (1997). Leonard Bernstein: Overture to Candide, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront, Fancy Free. Conducted by David Montgomery. Recorded July 30, 1996, Volkshaus Jena, Germany. CD, Arte Nova Classics 74321 43321 2. Reissued (2006) as CD, Arte Nova 433210.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (1999). Bernstein: Overture to Candide; Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront. Includes “Galop,” “Waltz,” and “Danzón.” Conducted by Carl Davis. Recorded 1996. CD, Platinum 2878. Reissued (2010) as CD, RPO 28780.
Nashville Symphony (2006). Fancy Free; Dybbuk. Conducted by Andrew Mogrelia. American Classics. Recorded principally May 14–16, 2005, Blair Hall, Nashville, Tennessee. CD, Naxos 8.559280.
Video Recordings: Original Production
American Ballet Theatre (194-?). Jerome Robbins collection [of] Fancy Free 8 mm scenes. Footage of (supposed) original Fancy Free, from the balcony. DVD, transferred from Digital Betacam cassette. Available at the New York Public Library, MGZIDVD 5-6092.
Ballet Theatre (1944). [Ballet Theatre—Excerpts]. Performed by John Kriza, Jerome Robbins, and Janet Reed. Excerpts from Ballet Theatre productions. Chapman collection of ballet films. DVD, available at the New York Public Library, MGZIDVD 5-6031.
Ballet Theatre (1944–45). Fancy Free [Excerpts]. Performed by Harold Lang, John Kriza, Janet Reed, Muriel Bentley, Richard Reed, Paula Lloyd, Norma Vance, Eric Braun, Zachary Solov, and Paul Godkin. Filmed in performances at the Civic Opera House, Chicago, 1944–45, by Ann Barzel. VHS. Available at the New York Public Library, MGZIA 4-6076 JRC.
Ballet Theatre (1944–45). Fancy Free/Ballet Theatre; choreography by Jerome Robbins. Performed by the original cast: Jerome Robbins, John Kriza, Harold Lang (Sailors), Janet Reed, Muriel Bentley, Shirley Eckl (Passersby), and Rex Cooper (Bartender). Filmed in performance. Gift of American Ballet Theatre. VHS. Available at the New York Public Library, MGZIA 4-5120.
Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About (2009). Includes some footage from original production, with Harold Lang, John Kriza, and Jerome Robbins. Written by Amanda Vaill, produced and directed by Judy Kinberg. Originally broadcast on PBS on February 18, 2009, as an episode of the television program American Masters. DVD, Kultur D4454.
On The Town (Musical, 1944)
Studio production (1945). On the Town. Victo r Chorale conducted by Robert Shaw and “On the Town” Orchestra conducted by Leonard Bernstein. Includes “Lonely Town,” “Times Square,” “Dance of the Great Lover,” “Dream in the Subway,” “I Feel Like I’m Not Out of Bed Yet/New York, New York,” “Some Other Time,” and “Lucky (p.300) to Be Me.” Recorded February 3, 1945. 78 rpm, 4 discs, RCA Victor M/DM 995. Reissued on Leonard Bernstein, Wunderkind (1998), CD, 2 discs, Pearl GEMS 0005.
Studio production with members of the original cast (1946). Selections from Oliver Smith and Paul Feigay’s On the Town. Conducted by Lyn Murray, Camarata, and Leonard Joy. With Nancy Walker, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green from the original production and Mary Martin. Recorded February 1 and 6, 1945, and September 14, 1945. 78 rpm, 3 discs, Decca A-416. Reissued on On the Town: Original Cast Recording (2010), CD, Naxos 8.120889.
Film soundtrack with additional songs by Roger Edens, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green (1949). On the Town & Dancing Co-Ed. Conducted by Lennie Hayton. With Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Jules Munshin, Ann Miller, Betty Garrett, Vera-Ellen, and Alice Pearce. LP, Caliban 6023.
Performances by Betty Comden and Adolph Green (1955). Comden and Green. Includes “New York, New York,” “Lonely Town,” “Taxi Song,” “Some Other Time,” and “Carried Away.” LP, Heritage 0057. Reissued on Comden and Green Perform Their Own Songs (1998), CD, DRG 5247.
Studio production of the film (1959). On the Town. Conducted by Geoff Love. With Fred Lucas, Dennis Lotis, Lionel Blair, Shane Rimmer, Noele Gordon, and Stella Tanner. LP, Music for Pleasure MFP 1010. Reissued (1980) as LP, Stet DS-15029.
Studio production/“First Full-Length Recording” (1961). On the Town. Orchestra conducted by Leonard Bernstein. With original cast members Cris Alexander (Chip), Adolph Green (Ozzie), Nancy Walker (Hildy), and Betty Comden (Claire). Cast also includes Michael Kermoyan (Workman), John Reardon (Gabey), George Gaynes (Pitkin), and Leonard Bernstein (Barker at Coney Island). Recorded May 31, 1960. LP, Columbia Masterworks OS 2028. Reissued (1998) with bonus material as CD, Columbia Broadway Masterworks SK 60538.
London production (1963). On the Town. Conducted by Lawrence Leonard. With Elliott Gould, Don McKay, Franklin Kiser, Carol Arthur, Gillian Lewis, and Meg Walter. LP, CBS APG-60005.
Concert recording (1993). On the Town. Conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. With Frederica von Stade (Claire), Tyne Daly (Hildy), Marie McLaughlin (Ivy), Evelyn Lear (Madame Dilly), Cleo Laine (The Nightclub Singer), Thomas Hampson (Gabey), Kurt Ollmann (Chip), David Garrison (Ozzie), Samuel Ramey (Pitkin/First Workman/Announcer), London Voices, and the London Symphony Orchestra. Recorded live, Barbican Centre, London, June 1992. CD, Deutsche Grammophon 437 516-2.
Studio production/“First complete recording” (1996). On the Town. National Symphony Orchestra. Conducted by John Owen Edwards. With Gregg Edelman (Chip), Tim Flavin (Ozzie), Ethan Freeman (Gabey), Kim Criswell (Hildy), Judy Kaye (Claire), Louise Gold (Dolores/Cabaret Singer), Valerie Masterson (Dilly), and Tinuke Olafimihan (Ivy). Recorded at Abbey Road Studios on May 9, 10, and 11, 1995. CD, 2 discs, Jay 1231.
MGM film production (1949). On the Town. Directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. Produced by Arthur Freed. DVD, Warner Home Video 65092.
[On the Town (excerpts)] (1988). Compilation of clips from the original Broadway production. Performers include Allyn Ann McLerie (Ivy), Nancy Walker (Hildy), Betty Comden (Claire), Adolph Green (Ozzie), John Battles (Gabey), Robert Chisholm (p.301) (Pitkin), Cris Alexander (Chip), Nanette Fabray (Sara Longstreet), and Jack McCauley (Henry Longstreet). Filmed in performance at the Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, in 1945. VHS, available at the New York Public Library, The Jerome Robbins Collection, MGZIA 4-6069 JRC.
Concert performance (1993). On the Town. Conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. With Betty Comden and Adolph Green (narrators), Frederica von Stade (Claire), Tyne Daly (Hildy), Marie McLaughlin (Ivy), Evelyn Lear (Madame Dilly), Cleo Laine (The Nightclub Singer), Thomas Hampson (Gabey), Kurt Ollmann (Chip), David Garrison (Ozzie), Samuel Ramey (Pitkin/First Workman/Announcer), London Voices, and the London Symphony Orchestra. Videotaped at the Barbican Centre, London, June 1992. VHS and laser disc, Deutsche Grammophon Video 440 072 297-1.