Stage Door presents the CD debut of the
'Ambassador' Original London Cast Recording. Based on the Henry James novel 'The Ambassadors', the musical first opened at London's Her Majesty's Theatre in October 1971 starring
Howard Keel and Danielle Darrieux.
Featuring music by Don Gohman and lyrics by Hal Hackady, the plot focuses on lawyer Lambert Strether (Howard Keel), who is instructed to travel to Paris at the request of his employer, the widowed Mrs Amelia Newsome (Margaret Courtenay). Amelia wants him to find her wayward son, Chad, and rescue him from the clutches of a Frenchwoman and bring him back to America. In Paris, Lambert experiences the clash of cultures and finds the openness of the European lifestyle far more attractive than his own stifling existence. Lambert encounters the Countess Marie de Vionnet who opens his eyes to a new way of life, falling in love with Marie, complications ensure when he discovers that it is in fact Marie who has been having the affair with Chad.
Produced by Norman Newell and recorded by RCA Records in November 1971, the London Cast Recording of 'Ambassador' effectively captures Gohman and Hackady's rich and exuberant score. Featuring stellar performances from its leading players Keel and Darrieux and an impressive ensemble, highlights from the score include 'All Of My Life', 'Tell Her', 'Young With Him', 'That's What I Need Tonight' and 'Not Tomorrow'.
The release of 'Ambassador' launches Stage Door's 'Cast Album Masters Series'. Licensing recordings from the major labels, the series will present the CD debut of many London Cast Recordings from the 1960s and 1970s, all digitally remastered from the studio master tapes.
The 'Ambassador' London Cast Recording is licensed courtesy of
Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited and is strictly limited to 500 units
DATE: OCTOBER 25th, 2019
CATALOGUE #: STAGE 9066
AMBASSADOR - ORIGINAL LONDON
1. OVERTURE - Orchestra
2. A MAN YOU CAN SET YOUR WATCH BY - Howard Keel, Margaret Courtenay, Judith Paris
3. IT'S A WOMAN - Margaret Courtenay, Howard Keel, Judith Paris, Nevil Whiting [LISTEN]
4. LAMBERT'S QUANDRY / LILAS - Howard Keel, Toni-Sue Burley
5. THE RIGHT TIME, THE RIGHT PLACE - Ensemble
6. SURPRISE - Danielle Darrieux [LISTEN]
7. CHARMING - Howard Keel, Danielle Darrieux
8. ALL OF MY LIFE - Howard Keel [LISTEN]
9. WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A NUDE? - Blain Fairman, Neville Jason, Brian Rowley, David Wheldon Williams, Nevil Whiting
10. LOVE FINDS THE LONELY - Isobel Stuart
11. TELL HER - Howard Keel
12. YOUNG WITH HIM / I THOUGHT I KNEW YOU - Howard Keel, Danielle Darrieux [LISTEN]
13. LILAS / WHAT HAPPENED TO PARIS - Howard Keel
14. TOO MUCH TO FORGIVE - Howard Keel
15. THAT'S WHAT I NEED TONIGHT - Danielle Darrieux, Howard Keel, Ensemble [LISTEN]
16. YOU CAN TELL A LADY BY HER HAT / THIS UTTERLY RIDICULOUS AFFAIR / GOSSIP - Neville Jason, Penny Everton, Judy Gridley, Lamona Snow, Margaret Courtenay, Howard Keel
17. NOT TOMORROW - Danielle Darrieux
18. THANK YOU, NO! / ALL OF MY LIFE (Reprise) - Howard Keel
Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
Licensed courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
PRE-ORDER - RELEASE
DATE OCTOBER 25th 2019