(5/28/01 9:16:57 pm)
| Raise A Ruckus|
Hello, I've never posted before, but I read (lurk) often and I've been a huge fairytale (should it be one word or two?) for about two years now. Just so you know who you're dealing with, I'm 17 years old, about to graduation from High School, and live in a very isolated town in Southwest Virginia. There aren't alot of resources around this area for me to pursue my love of folklore in this town (I've never found a book form Terri's ADULT FAIRY TALE Series in our local bookstore. I usually have to buy from Amazon.com), so my computer and internet connection are my only real source.
Anyway, on to my question...
Last year, I purchased a CD Compilation of songs from various Cinderella productions. This CD features many different singers (including Susan Egan who was the original Belle in Disney's Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast) singing songs from THE SLIPPER AND THE ROSE, MR. CINDERS, RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA, and (or course) DISNEY'S CINDERELLA, as well as others.
One song in particular, track number 5, RAISE A RUCKUS is one of my favorites (for two years now its been my "prom song": I always listen to it on the way to prom and back). Anyway, the description in the book says it comes from CINDY-ELLA, OR: I GOTTA SHOE by Caryl Brahms and Ned Sherrin, and was first aired on BBC radio, "then novelized with illustrations by Tony Walton, and finally transferred to the West End stage in 1962." The play was set in New Orleans with mostly authentic Negro spirituals in the score.
I'm really confused. I can't find proof of the existance of this production anywhere else. I'd love to find info on it, maybe even buy an original soundtrack or script, but, of course, it's like this never existed outside of this CD booklet.
Any help would be appreciated. Greatly.
Here's the Amazon.com link to the CD, incase you're interested in the compilation:
(5/28/01 9:23:24 pm)
Oh, I forgot, incase you're interested (again), I have made an MP3
of the song, "Raise a Ruckus." If you'd like to download
it, I'll e-mail it to you via www.driveway.com
(that means you'll have to register there). All you have to do is
e-mail me first at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send
to an invitation.
Also, if you have audiogalaxy.com (an alternative to Napster), you may find it, too. Remember, though, it's performed by Liz Larsen.
(5/29/01 10:25:30 pm)
| Re: Raise A Ruckus|
According to Russell Peck's Cinderella Bibliography this musicla has been a few times. I haven't ever heard of it before now though. Here is the url and his information on the musical:
Cindy-Ella; or, I Gotta Shoe. Written by Caryl Brahms and Ned Sherrin.
Directed by Colin Graham. Designed by Tony Walton. Lighting by Richard
Pilbrow. Orchestra Conducted by Peter Knight. Additional Music by
Peter Knight and Ron Grainer. For BBC Christmas broadcast 1957.
Starring (for BBC broadcast) Cleo Laine (Cindy Ella/Mammy/Mr. Abednigo/Pigmee/Lord
Chamberlain); Elisabeth Welch (Mr. Smith/Esmee/Lovable/Fairy Godmammy/Major
Domo); Cy Grant (Prince Charming Jones/Peanuts/ Mr. Meshak/Herald);
George Browne (Mr. Shadrak/Pappy/Uncle/ Uncle Lazy-do-nothing/Coachman/Regent/Chucker-out).
Then made into a novel, illustrated by Tony Walton and published
by W. H. Allen (1958) . Then made into a B.B.C. Tonight program
with Cleo Laine, etc. (1958), then into a stage show that opened
at the Garrick Theatre, London, on December 17, 1962; then reopened
New Arts Theatre, London, Dec. 23, 1963. Musical Numbers: "I
Gotta Shoe" (Company); "Troubles of the World" (Mammy
and Company); "Motherless Child" (Ella); "Shine Shine
Shoe" (Peanuts and Ella); "Li'l Ella Play on Yo' Harp"
(Fairy Godmother); "Round Like a Melon, Sweet Like a Peach"
(Pappy); "You Ain't-a Gonna Sit and Take Yo' Ease" (Esmee
and Lovable); "Go 'Way F'om Mah Window" (Ella and Prince);
"Man No Good for Nothin'" (Company); "Nobody Knows
the Trouble I've Seen" (Ella and Company); "You're Worried
Now" (Ella and Peanuts); "You Gotta Look Disdainful"
(Stepfamily); "Stranger" (Prince); "Git Along Home,
Cindy, Cindy" (Company); "High Summer Day" (Prince);
"Look on Me With a Loving Eye" (Ella and Peanuts); "There's
a Man Goin' Roun' Givin' Cards" (Company); "Raise a Ruckus"
(Stepfamily and Ella); "Plenty Good Room" (Ella and Prince);
"Bring a Little Pumpkin, Cindy" (Ella and Fairy Godmother);
"Cindy-Ella" (Ella); "Swing Lo, Sweet Chariot"
(Company); "Nobody's Business" (Ella and Fairy Godmother);
"On the First Time" (Ella and Prince); "Look on Me
With a Loving Eye" (Ella and Uncle); "De Midnight Special"
(Company); "Let Me Hold Your Hand" (Prince); "Hush-a-Bye"
(Fairy Godmother); "I Gotta Shoe" (Company); "Stranger"
(reprise: Ella and Prince), "Hush-a-Bye" (reprise: Company).
[Set in the Deep South (New Orleans), the musical makes use of African
American music ranging from spirituals to calypso to offer a lively
version of Cinderella's sufferings and triumph. "Sometimes
I feel like a Motherless Child," she sings at the death of
her mother. "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" accompanies
her grief as she sits by the fire. After she meets the mysterious
stranger (the Prince in disguise), the company urges her back with
"Git Along Home, Cindy, Cindy"; after her ordinary surrounds
of the pumpkin, mice, and lizards have been transformed into something
magical she goes to the ball with "Swing Low Sweet Chariot."
After dancing with the man of her dreams, she flees the palace at
with witching hour to the tune of "De Midnight Special."
Back home she is reassured by Peanuts (the Buttons figure) and the
fairy Godmother with "Hush-a-Bye My Little Baby." When
the Prince comes and the shoe fits, the company bursts into "I
Gotta Shoe." DRG Records Incorporated manufactured and distributed
an original cast Decion Recording (Decca) of the musical/radio show
(ca. 1963) marketed it as "a charming summer pantomime."]
I Gotta Shoe. Criterion Theatre, London. Opened Dec. 15, 1976. An AD & J. Arlon Production, presented by H. M. Tennent, Ltd. A Musical Entertainment by Caryl Brahms and Ned Sherrin, with additional music by Peter Knight and Ron Grainer. Directed by Ned Sherrin and David Toguri. Design by Berkeley Sutcliffe. Lighting by John Wood. Cast: Linda Lewis (Cindy Ella/Mammy/Mr Abedingo/Pigmee/ Lord Chamberlain), Elisabeth Welch (Mr. Smith/Esmee/Loveable/Fairy Godmammy/Major Domo), Felix Rice (Prince Charming Jones/Peanuts/Mr. Meshak/Herald), Clarke Peters (Mr. Shadrak/Pappy/Uncle Lazy-Do-Nothing), Eric Roberts (Coachman/Regent/Chucker-Out).
I will do a quick search and see if I can find any recordings of it.
(5/30/01 9:42:20 am)
| Re: Raise A Ruckus|
As I suspected, it appears only an LP (traditional album) recording is available from the 1962 original London Cast. I seriously doubt this is available on a CD or perhaps even a cassette due to the age of the recording. Probably the best way to purchase it would be through an antiques dealer. You can see a full song list, recording info, and album cover which will be helpful to any dealer in locating a copy on the following URL:
EUR also provides links to some dealers who might sell the album. I looked through many of the links and did not find copies available at this time, but you might want to contact the businesses and see about a wish list or wait list of the title. Here is a direct link to that page:
Good luck with your search.
Now I want to hear it, especially after reading that it is a parody of the Deep South. Hmmm.... It was also broadcast on BBC radio by an all Carribean Cast in the last 50s. That does sound interesting.
(5/30/01 9:46:15 am)
| Re: Raise A Ruckus|
And she keeps posting and posting...
I just heard back from A-1 Records here in my current home of Los
Angeles at www.aonerecordfinders.com.
They appear to have several copies available. I was told:
"The LP record will cost (depending on condition) $10 to $20 plus shipping."
The next question is: Do you have access to a turn table? So many people don't anymore! I do but I haven't checked the needle in a while.
If you don't, contact me privately at email@example.com and we will see what can be done. As I mentioned, after this searching, I am interested in hearing the recording myself.
Edited by: Heidi Anne Heiner at: 5/30/01 9:50:53 am