The original cast albums of Broadway's Promises Promises (1968) and Sugar (1972), long out of print and not available on CD, are on store shelves beginning Aug. 3, released by Rykodisc and Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Inc.
The original albums were released on the United Artists Pictures label, a subsidiary of MGM.
Promises Promises is the Hal David-Burt Bacharach adaptation of the Billy Wilder film, "The Apartment," and was one of the first Broadway musicals to incorporate a contemporary pop sound. "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" was the major song from the tuner, which starred Jerry Orbach.
Sugar was adapted from Wilder's "Some Like It Hot" by composer Jule Styne and lyricist Bob Merrill. It starred Robert Morse and Tony Roberts in roles originated on film by Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. Sugar, played by Elaine Joyce, is the name of the character based on the Marilyn Monroe role in the story.
Sugar was later adapted by the British actor Tommy Steele, who reconsidered the material as a vehicle for himself. His London stage version, called Some Like It Hot, with new material not in the original, also begat a cast album. -- By Kenneth Jones