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Aladdin CD (2011) (Import)
Ian Wallace [Bass-Baritone Vocal] Performer This unlicensed British CD combines the contents of two LPs of U.K. recordings of the scores of lesser-known musical works by major American musical theater songwriters. In the late '50s, both Cole Porter and the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote songs for musicals broadcast live on network television in the U.S. Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, starring Julie Andrews, ran on TV on March 31, 1957, while Porter's Aladdin (which turned out to be his final work) appeared on February 21, 1958. Neither was adapted for a stage version in the U.S., but both were in London, albeit as special Christmas season "pantomime" productions, Cinderella in 1959 and Aladdin in 1960. This disc contains the original London cast recording of Aladdin, augmented with a 1959 studio cast recording of Cinderella that conforms to the show as it was produced in London. (Both albums fell out of copyright in Europe after 50 years.) Four Porter songs from earlier musicals have been interpolated into the London Aladdin score to bring it up to the length of a stage production, "There ...