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Wonderful Town (1958)

Ruth Sherwood and her sister, Eileen arrive in New York from Ohio in the 1930s and find frustration, career hopes and romance in the city of their dreams.

Directors:

Mel Ferber, Herbert Ross

Writers:

Jerome Chodorov (book), Joseph Fields (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Rosalind Russell ... Ruth Sherwood
Sydney Chaplin ... Robert Baker
Jacquelyn McKeever Jacquelyn McKeever ... Eileen Sherwood
Joseph Buloff ... Mr. Appopolous
Dort Clark ... Chick Clark
Jordan Bentley Jordan Bentley ... Wreck
Cris Alexander Cris Alexander ... Frank Lippencott
Jack Fletcher Jack Fletcher ... Night Club Patron
Michele Burke Michele Burke ... Helen Wade
Ted Beniades Ted Beniades ... 'Speedy' Valenti
Isabella Hoopes Isabella Hoopes ... Mrs. Wade
Ray Weaver ... Shore Patrolman
Gene Carrons Gene Carrons ... Violet
John Wheeler John Wheeler ... Officer Lonigan
Don Grusso Don Grusso ... Fireman
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Storyline

As stated in Matthew Algeo's book "Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Roadtrip", "Harry and Bess Truman saw this stage play in New York in 1953 at the Winter Garden Theater on Broadway. It was written by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov, with music by Leonard Berstein and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Wonderful Town is the story of two sisters from Ohio who move to New York City in search of fame and fortune in 1935." "... The most uproarious and original musical carnival we have had since Guys and Dolls. Six Tonys. Written by Jude Peeling Kirkner

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Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1958 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Rosalind Russell, Cris Alexander, Jordan Bentley, Ted Beniades, Isabella Hoopes, Dort Clark and Michele Burke all reprise the roles they created on Broadway. See more »

Connections

Version of My Sister Eileen (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Conversation Piece
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Sung by Rosalind Russell, Jacquelyn McKeever, Cris Alexander, Dort Clark and Sydney Chaplin
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The Music, The Actors, The Experience.
23 August 2005 | by johnnybravo_11See all my reviews

This musical is a prime example of the fluffy, light, grand and vivacious gold that has flown under the radar for decades. It possesses the classic feel-good attitude coupled with a pleasantly light, if somewhat weak storyline that is just good enough for it's problems to go unnoticed under the masterful score by a true genius, Leonard Bernstein. His intricate rhythms and brilliant melodies are complimented beautifully by Comden and Green's wonderfully witty lyrics that, even though they're irrelevant today, deliver some wonderful moments and give the show it's smart, mature yet surreally simple aura that just about forces you to sit back, listen, and enjoy the truly marvelous and colourful characters.

The film version of this masterpiece delivers this feeling in grand fashion, considering of course the limitations of the time. But the movie is made more special by the actors, Ms. Rosalind Russell especially since the role of Ruth was created for her to perform.

This musical is truly a gem. I recommend the film to any old movie lovers and musical theatre admirers alike. I also suggest picking up the Broadway Revival cast recording with Donna Murphy as Ruth, who delivers a fresh interpretation of Ruth which is in many ways better than the original.


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