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Bernstein, LeonardWonderful Town (1953) 120'
Musical comedy in two acts

Music Text  
Book by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov; Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green (E)

Scoring
Major roles: 4 men, 2 women; minor roles: 15 men (with doubling), 3 women; chorus; dancers Reed I(=fl,Ebcl,Bbcl,asax).Reed II(=Bbcl,bcl,asax,barsax).Reed III(=ob,corA,Bbcl,tsax).Reed IV(picc,fl,Bbcl,tsax).Reed V(Bbcl,asax,bsax,bn)-0.4.3.0-traps:SD/BD/tom-t/timbales/hi-hat/susp.cym.perc(1):timp/pitched drums/tam-t/2wdbl/xyl/cowbell/glsp/alarm clock-pft(=cel(opt))-strings.
Abbreviations (PDF).

Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes as sole agent for concert (non-dramatic production and individual numbers worldwide); sole agent for staged productions outside USA & Canada, except for professional West End London productions.


For full details on this stagework, including synopsis and roles, please visit our Opera section.


World Premiere
1/19/1953
Shubert Theater, New Haven, Connecticut
Donald Saddler, choreographer / George Abbott, director / Lehman Engel


Recommended Recording
Kim Criswell,  Audra McDonald, Thomas Hampson, London Voices, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Simon Rattle
EMI CDC5567532

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