Bells Are Ringing Will Have Cast Album; Label TBA

News   Bells Are Ringing Will Have Cast Album; Label TBA A cast album of the new Broadway revival of Bells Are Ringing will materialize, but not on the DRG Records label as expected, according to a spokesman for the show.

A cast album of the new Broadway revival of Bells Are Ringing will materialize, but not on the DRG Records label as expected, according to a spokesman for the show.

A deal with another label will be announced shortly, Bells spokesman Michael Hartman told Playbill On Line. DRG's Hugh Fordin had previously announced he would record the cast album for the Betty Comden-Adolph Green-Jule Styne musical March 26, and that date was bumped to April 23 to allow for changes in the score during previews. No reason was given for the label change.

Fordin was twice nominated this year for Grammy Awards for producing cast albums of The Music Man and Kiss Me, Kate.

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The Bells Are Ringing score includes "The Party's Over," "Just in Time," "Long Before I Knew You" and the lesser known, "Better Than A Dream," which was added to the original Broadway run after a year and was not recorded on the original cast album. The song is also heard in the 1960 film version. Bells Are Ringing, in which an answering service operator meddles in the life of her clients (and falls in love with one of them) offers a breezy, satiric, but sweetly affectionate view of then modern New York City. The Comden-Green Big Apple is a place were subway rides turn friendly ("Hello, Hello There!"), meetings in the park become reasons for singing ("Just in Time") and celebrity soirees can make a working-class girl feel inferior ("The Party's Over").

The score also includes "Mu-Cha-Cha," "I Met a Girl," "It's a Simple Little System," "Salzburg," "I'm Going Back," "Long Before I Knew You," "Is It a Crime?," "It's a Perfect Relationship" and "The Midas Touch."

For the revival, Don Sebesky handles orchestrations, David Evans is musical director. The production opened at the Plymouth Theatre April 12.