Mickey) Tv Soundtrack (rooney - Pinocchio (plus Bonus Tracks) (CD)


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This 'original TV musical' was televised 'live' in October 1957. A new version of the fable Pinocchio, it starred the eternally-young Mickey Rooney as the puppet who yearned to be a real boy. Co-starring were Fran Allison as the Fairy Queen, Gordon Clarke as wood-maker Gepetto, Stubby Kaye as the Town Crier, comic Jerry Colonna as the villainous Ringmaster of the travelling circus and Gilbert and Sullivan's Martyn Green as the wily dishonest Fox.

The new score was written by the great American Songbook composer Alec Wilder and lyrics were by William Engvick. Though the film no long exists, the TV production was fortunately put on wax but quickly disappeared as stereo LP's came into production later that same year, making it a much sought-after, if hard-to-find, cast album.

By the time he starred in Pinocchio, Mickey Rooney had become one of MGM's brightest film stars, teamed teaming in musicals with Judy Garland. Earlier the same year, Rooney had appeared on TV as the great George M. Cohan in an adaptation of the Yankee Doodle Dandy's life called 'Mr. Broadway.' An album was similarly devised with Rooney singing several Cohan trademarks and bonus tracks here include these.

Co-star Fran Allison was one of the true superstars of American airwaves. She recorded for a variety of labels, from which we have selected six bonus tracks, among them the children's chart hit 'Peter Cottontail.'

Additional Details

Label: Sepia Records

Genre: Musical/Broadway

Release Date: 09/09/08

UPC: 5055122111184

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