Tales of Tinseltown

A Movieland Musical

Tales of Tinseltown, A Movieland Musical
CDJAY 1442
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65'14"

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TALES OF TINSELTOWN

"It's Singin' in the Rain meets Hollywood Babylon." On a farm in Walnut Iowa, the abused but ambitious Ellie Ash aspires to screen immortality. Elmo Green, a scenarist from NYC, bicycles by. He's immediately smitten by Ellie, who jumps on his bike—Hollywood bound. Soon they work with characters reminiscent of Ethel Merman (brassy Bertha Powell), Gene Kelly (fleet Danny Burke), Mario Lanza (lumpy Tony Toscanni), Erich Von Stroheim (producer/director Norman G. Neinstein), & Joan Crawford (vamp Lulu Beauveen). Soon, Ellie triumphs at N.G.N. Productions—the "Girl of a Thousand Sounds"—till columnist Adele DeRale exposes unseemly events. Separately, Ellie & Elmo climb up to the Hollywoodland Sign,to possibly jump, then make an unexpected decision.
 

What the Critics Said...

"DAMN NEAR PERFECT! Attention Messrs. Shubert, Azenberg, Schoenfeld, et al. While Broadway bemoans the fact that 'there just aren't any new musicals will run forever and make millions for everyone involved,' composer Paul Katz and librettist Michael Colby have come up with what could be the new Fantasticks, Dames at Sea or other long-running, money-making, mega-hit. A musical extravaganza." - Ron Mullen, BACKSTAGE (NY)

"DELICIOUS SATIRE! An ambitious pure Hollywood musical. Numbers that are laughter from the first syllable to the last." - D.R.J. Bruckner, N.Y. TIMES

"WATCH FOR IT! This is a crowd-pleaser packed with talent. Paul Katz's music captures the schmaltzy and plunkety-plunk early movie tempo, never falsifying the clever libretto of every false value Michael Colby could conceive of. You will leave the theatre wreathed in smiles." - Marjorie Gunner (President, NY Outer Critics Circle), ON AND OFF-BROADWAY

"ENJOYABLE ESCAPIST ENTERTAINMENT! Colby has written lyrics that sound better than what has been coming out of Broadway lately." - Christine Dolen, MIAMI HERALD 

"WACKY FUN! Suggests Dames at Sea crossed with Carol Burnett's entire oeuvre. Delicious, tuneful, winning." - David C. Nichols, L.A. TIMES

CD ONE
  1. OVERTURE
    Orchestra
  2. THE PUBLIC WANTS TO KNOW
    Harriet Harris, with Christina Bianco, Nat Chandler, Klea Blackhurst, Jake Epstein, Alison Fraser, Richard Kind, Tony Yazbeck
  3. I BELONG IN HOLLYWOOD
    Christina Bianco, Richard Kind, Tony Yazbeck, Nat Chandler
  4. LET'S GO / NEED SOMEONE 1
    Jake Epstein, Christina Bianco
  5. N.G.N. PRODUCTIONS
    Ensemble with Harriet Harris
  6. LULU BEAUVEEN
    Richard Kind, Alison Fraser, Harriet Harris, & Ensemble
  7. MUSICAL MELANGE
    Alison Fraser, Jake Epstein, Christina Bianco, Richard Kind, & Ensemble
  8. ADELE'S SCOOP
    Harriet Harris
  9. SOMEONE TO LOVE ME
    Nat Chandler with Alison Fraser & Richard Kind
  10. INTRODUCING BERTHA
    Harriet Harris
  11. I CAN SING
    Klea Blackhurst
  12. PRESENTING DANNY
    Harriet Harris
  13. ALL OVER THE PLACE
    Tony Yazbeck with Christina Bianco & Ensemble
  14. ALL I DREAMED
    Christina Bianco
  15. ALL OVER THE PLACE (REPRISE)/ NEED SOMEONE 2
    Tony Yazbeck with Christina Bianco
  16. BOY YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL / NEED SOMEONE 3
    Nat Chandler, Christina Bianco, Richard Kind
  17. JUNGLE FEVER
    Alison Fraser, Tony Yazbeck, with Christina Bianco, Nat Chandler, Klea Blackhurst, Richard Kind, & Ensemble
  18. LULU'S RETORT / NEED SOMEONE 4
    Alison Fraser, Christina Bianco, Richard Kind
  19. SO THIS IS THE MOVIES
    Jake Epstein
  20. ADEL-E-GRAM #1
    Harriet Harris
  21. SOUNDS IN THE NIGHT
    Christina Bianco
  22. ADEL-E-GRAM #2
    Harriet Harris
  23. KEEP IN STEP (AEROPLANE NUMBER)
    Christina Bianco, Alison Fraser, Tony Yazbeck, Klea Blackhurst, & Ensemble
  24. ADEL-E-GRAM #3
    Harriet Harris
  25. HUNCHY
    Nat Chandler, Christina Bianco
  26. IT'S MINE
    Christina Bianco, with Harriet Harris, Alison Fraser, Klea Blackhurst, Nat Chandler, Tony Yazbeck, & Ensemble
  27. TELL ME PLEASE
    Harriet Harris, Klea Blackhurst, Richard Kind, Aliison Fraser, Tony Yazbeck, Nat Chandler, & Ensemble
  28. BORN TO BE BAD
    Christina Bianco
  29. SORORITY SISTER SEGUE
    Harriet Harris
  30. GOT TO BE GOOD
    Alison Fraser with Nat Chandler, Tony Yazbeck, Klea Blackhurst, & Ensemble
  31. NIGHTMARE
    Richard Kind, Christina Bianco, Alison Fraser, Jake Epstein, Ensemble
  32. MY BEST FALSE FACE
    Harriet Harris
  33. I'LL STAND BY YOU
    Jake Epstein
  34. VISIT TO HOLLYWOOD HOSPITAL
    Christina Bianca, Klea Blackhurst, Jake Epstein, Tony Yazbeck
  35. FOR MY CAREER
    Klea Blackhurst, Tony Yazbeck, Nat Chandler, Richard Kind, Christina Bianco, Jake Epstein, Harriet Harris
  36. ALL I DREAMED (reprise)
    Jake Epstein, Christina Bianco
  37. STARS IN MY EYES
    Christine Bianco & Ensemble
  38. JUNGLE FEVER (Reprise)
    Alison Fraser
  39. LET'S GO (Reprise) / FINALE
    Christina Bianco, Jake Epstein, & Ensemble