present an album of selections from the George Posford and Eric Maschwitz London musicals
'Zip Goes A Million' and 'Happy Holiday'.
'Zip Goes A Million', based on the 1902 novel 'Brewster's
Millions', was written as a vehicle for variety entertainer George Formby
who would make his musical theatre debut in the production. Produced by theatre impresario
Emile Littler, 'Zip Goes A Million' co-starred Sara Gregory and Warde Donovan and opened at
London's Palace Theatre on October 20th 1951 following tryout performances in Coventry and Manchester. The production was an instant hit and garnered overwhelmingly positive notices from both the critics and audiences. Six songs from the London production were recorded with the original cast and issued across three 78rpm records on the HMV label. Six months into the London run Formby fell seriously ill and was forced to withdraw from the production, he was replaced by comedian
Reg Dixon who remained with the show until it closed in 1953.
Following the success of 'Zip Goes A Million', the writing team of Posford and Maschwitz and impresario Emile Littler collaborated on a second London musical;
'Happy Holiday'. An adaptation of the Arnold Ridley play 'The Ghost
Train', 'Happy Holiday' was described as "A New Christmas Show of Fun, Mystery and Song" and opened at London's Palace Theatre on December 22nd 1954. The production reunited the creative team with
Reg Dixon who played the lead role of Charlie Purseglove in a cast that also included
Janet Brown, Marie Burke and Austin Melford. Despite the personnel involved, the production failed to emulate the success of
'Zip Goes A Million' and closed after just 31 performances. Reg Dixon recorded four songs from the London production which were subsequently issued across two 78rpm records on the HMV label.
This collection compiles all the Original London Cast recordings from both 'Zip Goes A Million'
and 'Happy Holiday' along with a number of pop covers and instrumentals from each score performed by such artists as
Pearl Carr, Petula Clark, Ronnie Harris, Hutch and the Frank Barber
Orchestra. Many of the tracks featured are previously unreleased on CD. As a special bonus, the disc includes selections from a live radio broadcast of
'Zip Goes A Million' as featured on the long running BBC radio programme
'Henry Hall's Guest Night'.
The release features detailed liner notes by director and theatre historian
DATE: JUNE 26th, 2020
CATALOGUE #: STAGE 9074
SELECTIONS FROM 'ZIP GOES A MILLION' ORIGINAL LONDON CAST
1. Saving Up for Sally - George Formby [LISTEN]
2. Pleasure Cruise - George Formby
3. Ordinary People - George Formby, Sara Gregory
4. Zip Goes A Million / Running Away to Land - George Formby, Warde Donovan
5. It Takes No Time to Fall in Love - Warde Donovan, Sara Gregory
6. Nothing Breaks But the Heart - Warde Donovan [LISTEN]
COVER RECORDINGS FROM 'ZIP GOES A MILLION'
7. Ordinary People - Reg Dixon [LISTEN]
8. Ordinary People - Pearl Carr
9. It Takes No Time to Fall in Love - Pearl Carr [LISTEN]
10. Ordinary People - Frank Barber and His Orchestra [LISTEN]
11. It Takes No Time to Fall in Love - Frank Barber and His Orchestra
12. Nothing Breaks But the Heart - Frank Barber and His Orchestra
13. Selections from 'Zip Goes a Million' - BBC Variety Orchestra
EXCERPTS FROM 'ZIP GOES A MILLION'
('HENRY HALL'S GUEST NIGHT')
14. Introduction to 'Zip Goes a Million' - Henry Hall, Eric Maschwitz
15. Saving Up for Sally (Live) - George Formby
16. Thing About You (Live) - Warde Donovan, Barbara Perry
17. Zip Goes a Million (Live) - George Formby
18. It Takes No Time to Fall in Love (Live) - Warde Donovan, Sara Gregory
19. Ordinary People (Live) - George Formby, Sara Gregory
20. Nothing Breaks But the Heart (Live) - Warde Donovan
21. Pleasure Cruise (Live) - George Formby
22. Ordinary People (Live) - George Formby, Petula Clark
SELECTIONS FROM 'HAPPY HOLIDAY' ORIGINAL LONDON CAST
23. Surprisingly - Reg Dixon [LISTEN]
24. The Feeling of Falling in Love - Reg Dixon, Janet Brown [LISTEN]
25. Sew a Silver Button on the Moon - Reg Dixon, Janet Brown [LISTEN]
26. There Goes Charlie - Reg Dixon [LISTEN]
COVER RECORDINGS FROM 'HAPPY HOLIDAY'
27. Surprisingly - "Hutch"
28. Surprisingly - Ronnie Harris
29. Surprisingly - Frank Barber and His Orchestra
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