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Bells Are Ringing

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Broadway & Vocalists album by Adolph Green, Betty Comden, Eddie Lawrence, Jean Stapleton, Jerome Robbins, Judy Holliday, Jule Styne, and Sydney Chaplin

In 1956,Judy Hollidaywas at the peak of her fame--she had just won an Oscar forBorn Yesterday, and her old buddiesComdenandGreenwere about to write a Broadway show for her.Bells Are Ringingmay not be among composerJule Styne's top-drawer scores, but … see full wiki

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the "Party" will never need to be over again!

  • Nov 8, 2002
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Lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green teamed with composer Jule Styne to create BELLS ARE RINGING, the story of lonely Susanswerphone switchboard operator Ella Peterson (Holliday), who falls in love with the voice of one of her subscribers. That voice belongs to Jeff Moss (Sydney Chaplin), an author struggling with intense writer's block. When Ella finally plucks up the courage to meet Jeff--under the glamorous alias of Melisande Scott--will true love ring Ella's bells in the final scene?

BELLS ARE RINGING was especially-tailored as a Broadway musical vehicle for Judy Holliday. By 1956, Holliday (who, ten years before as Judith Tuvim, had begun her career singing with Betty Comden and Adolph Green in their Greenwich Village cabaret act The Revuers) had made a name for herself in movies like "Adam's Rib" and "Born Yesterday", but Comden and Green knew that audiences would adore seeing Holliday in a great big Broadway musical.

Knowing the particular musical strengths of Judy Holliday certainly helped the creators in shaping the role of Ella to fit her like a second skin. She flies away with the score; certainly there will never be a more plaintive, heartbreaking "The Party's Over". Sydney Chaplin, who I believe has been quite unfairly criticised for his vocal "shortcomings" in the musicals in which he starred on Broadway, is actually quite effective in his performance as Jeff Moss. He'd go on to partner Carol Lawrence in "Subways Are for Sleeping" and Barbra Streisand in "Funny Girl" (coincidentally two more Jule Styne shows).

This reissue of the BELLS ARE RINGING recording (one of Columbia's first stereo cast albums) sounds as fresh and vibrant as it was when first recorded back in 1956. Bonus tracks feature rare Jule Styne demos.

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Label: Sony
Genre: Broadway & Vocalists
Release Date: March 20, 2001
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