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Name: KRITZERLAND
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BEN BAGLEY'S SHOESTRING REVUE (500 EDITION) (CD)
Composed by: Various

Sample Tracks
Name Number
Man’s Inhumanity to Man - Entire Company 01
Someone Is Sending Me Flowers 03
Garbage 05
Paducah 06
Wabash 4-7473 08
Things Are Going Well Today 17
Play All Tracks

Music by David Baker, Arthur Siegel, Charles Strouse, Ken Welch, Alec Wilder, and others
Lyrics by Lee Adams, June Carroll, Norman Gimbel, Ronny Graham, Sheldon Harnick, Bud McCreery, Mike Stewart, and others

In 1955, Ben Bagley, all of twenty-one years of age, burst on the theatrical scene with his revue Shoestring Revue. It opened at the President Theater on February 28, 1955 and was an instant success. It launched Ben Bagley as a creator of sparkling revues and a discoverer of some very talented performers and writers. The popularity of Shoestring Revue would go on for some years. There was a cast album at the time. Critics raved about the revue, and major critics at that – Walter Kerr said, “Bright, bubbling, and loaded with laughs. It’s funny almost before you take your coat off.” Brooks Atkinson in The New York Times said, “Bright and breezy. A lot of fun in an impish manner. There is a lot of talent in the Shoestring Revue.”

For the original CD issue of this, Bagley was able to recreate pretty much the entire original revue, save for some sketches. The sources were the original album and some live and studio recordings, as well. That is what we present here. The cast includes Bea Arthur, Danny Carroll, Jane Connell, Dody Goodman, and a host of others.

Due to the multiple sources used by Bagley, the sound is all over the map and mastering engineer James Nelson has done his best to make it all of a piece and clean it all up as best as possible. The fun cover art is by none other than Yves St. Laurent. -KRITZERLAND

1. Man’s Inhumanity to Man - Entire Company
2. Inevitably Me - Kristi Lynes
3. Someone Is Sending Me Flowers - Dody Goodman
4. Roller Derby - Dorothy Greener
5. Garbage - Beatrice Arthur
6. Paducah - John Bartis
7. Our Garden - Jane Connell
8. Wabash 4-7473 - Danny Carroll
9. Medea in Disneyland - Dorothy Greener, Dody Goodman, Beatrice Arthur, Entire Company
10. Entire History of the World in Two Minutes and Thirty-Two Seconds - Entire Company
11. In Bed with the Reader’s Digest - Entire Company
12. Mink, Mink, Mink - Dorothy Greener, Dody Goodman, Beatrice Arthur
13. New to Me - Kristi Lynes, Robert Marks
14. Couldn’t Be Happier - Beatrice Arthur
15. A Million Windows and I - Ann Hampton Callaway
16. Epic or I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead You Roskolnikov You - Dody Goodman, Maxwell Grant
17. Things Are Going Well Today - Kristi Lynes (dance music from live performance)
18. Three Loves - Danny Carroll
19. The Sea Is All Around Us - Bill McCutcheon
20. Fresh and Young - Entire Company

  
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