Bernstein - Wonderful Town
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Label: LSO Live
Cat No: LSO0813
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 7th September 2018
ArtistsDanielle de Niese
London Symphony Orchestra
Bernstein’s five-time Tony award-winning musical follows sisters Ruth and Eileen on their quest to make it big, pursuing careers in writing and acting from their cramped basement apartment in New York’s bohemian Greenwich Village. Fresh from rural Ohio, the sisters end up getting more than they bargained for, realising that life in the Big Apple is not as glamorous as it may seem.
A bright and cheery love letter to the city that never sleeps and the colourful characters inhabiting it, Wonderful Town draws on Fields and Chodorov’s 1940 play ‘My Sister Eileen’, which itself is based on a series of autobiographical short stories by the ‘real-life’ Ruth McKenney.
Bernstein’s infectious score includes classic numbers such as ‘Ohio’, ‘One Hundred Easy Ways’ and ‘A Little Bit in Love’, as well as a riotous conga that had delighted audiences dancing in the aisles of the Barbican Hall.
“I cannot imagine better casting for the sisters than the quintessentially sassy Danielle de Niese and the effortlessly funny Alysha Umphress.” – The Times (5 stars)
“Simon Rattle pulls out all the stops for LSO’s Bernstein celebration” – Financial Times (5 stars)
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