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Stop the World - I Want to Get Off (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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Stop the World, I Want to Get Off was a vehicle Anthony Newley used to show off his many talents. With Leslie Bricusse, he wrote the music, lyrics, and book. He also directed and starred in this musical, which played in London for 15 months before coming to Broadway for a 551-show run. Newley used allegory, his favorite form of communication, to trace the story of the rise of the show's central character from a lowly teaboy to millionaire. He stands in the middle of the center ring of a circus as the various stages of his life unfold before him. Cleverly using a cockney accent, Newley vocally satirizes the events and mores he came across on his rise to the top, using humor, irony, or satire — as the occasion warrants — on such tunes as "Glorious Russian" and the hits from the show, the determined "Gonna Build a Mountain," the hopeful "Once in a Lifetime," and the regretful "What Kind of Fool Am I?" His comments on the British political system are bitingly narrated on "Mumbo Jumbo." While Newley is the centerpiece of the production, he gets considerable help from the feminine lead Anna Quayle, and very engaging occasionally jazzy orchestrations played by an orchestra led by Milton Rosenstock. Stop the World, I Want to Get Off is just one milestone of a Newley career that spanned more than 50 years. He appeared in more than 25 films, countless recordings, many TV programs, and in such musicals as Dr. Dolittle and The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd. The bright sound of this digitally remastered reissue is icing on the cake of a classic Broadway musical. Producer David Merrick's prescient liner notes from the original release are reproduced.

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Original Cast Recording of the classic play

Tony Newley and Leslie Bricusse wrote the play with as well as the music and lyrics. The play ran on Broadway from October 1962 to February 1964. Newley starred with the talented Anna Quayle in what amounts to a two actor play (the children's chorus in Family Fugue/ Nag, Nag, Nag is the only time that any any other actors take the stage).

The music and lyrics carry the entire show - a true "Broadway" musical and this recording is as close as one can get to seeing a classic Broadway musical as one can. Nearly every other musical for the past 50 years has substantial non-musical material - imagery in Sweeney Todd (Sondheim) and Phantom of the Opera (Webber) deny any listener the full experience (to name just two).

Hear Tony Newley at the top of his form... this is a great show.

One of the greats.

Original. There is no higher compliment.


Born: September 24, 1931 in London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Anthony Newley was one of entertainment's genuine triple threats: an actor, singer, and composer with an international following, equally adept and prodigious in all three fields. Moreover, he enjoyed success as a performer in such seemingly mutually exclusive fields as rock & roll and the legitimate stage. And even more improbably, he did it with a working-class Cockney persona that should never have found much currency outside of England. Indeed, for 30 years he was one of the most imposing talents...
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