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Privates On Parade (Original London Cast Recording) Explicit Lyrics, Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (27 Jan 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Soundtrack
  • Label: Stage Door
  • ASIN: B00H4P4KKA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,483 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

'Privates on Parade' is an award winning musical comedy written by Peter Nichols with music by Denis King. The plot focuses on the activities and exploits of the fictional Song and Dance Unit South East Asia (SADUSEA) who are stationed in Singapore and Malaysia during the late 1940s. The Original London Cast album, recorded in January 1978, makes its debut on CD and has been digitally remastered from the original master tapes.

The production was first staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford before transferring to London's Aldwych Theatre in February 1977 where it went on to win The 1977 Laurence Olivier Award for "Comedy of the Year". The production also earned Olivier's for its leading performers Denis Quilley (Comedy Performance of the Year) and Nigel Hawthorne (Actor of the Year in a Supporting Role) with Michael Blakemore also being nominated for Best Director. The production was also honoured at the 1977 Ivor Novello Awards as 'Best Musical'.

The award winning and critically acclaimed production later transferred to the Piccadilly Theatre in 1978 before debuting in the United States in 1979. Peter Nichols later adapted 'Privates on Parade' for a 1982 feature film starring John Cleese and Denis Quilley, reprising his role as the cross dressing Captain Terri Dennis.

'Privates on Parade' is regularly revived, most recently at the Noel Coward Theatre as part of the Michael Grandage Season in 2012/2013.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Cope on 27 Jan 2014
Peter Nichols’ Privates On Parade has become something of a classic since it’s premiere in 1977 when the Royal Shakespeare Company presented this often shocking look at post war Malaya in wake of the communist uprising. The play is based on Nichols’ own National Service stationed in the Far East in a concert troup which also included Stanley Baxter and Kenneth Williams. The music is provided by Denis King, and it is King’s own superb hum along melodies that carry this original cast recording released in 1978. The talent on display is formidable with Sir Nigel Hawthorne portraying Major Giles Flack with his blimp mentality to war and Denis Quilley giving a career topping turn as the cross dressing Acting Captain Terri Dennis. Further down the cast are more well known acting names: Shaun Curry, Neil McCaul, Joe Melia and HitchHiker’s Guide favourite Simon Jones.
Essentially It Ain’t Half Hot Mum with a darker edge, frequent use of the f-word and quite a bit of stage male nudity raised eyebrows in theatre land when the show first opened. The original cast recording is the only professional recording of this lovely score, the 1982 movie retained many of the theatre cast with the notable exception of John Cleese replacing Hawthorne, but an album was surprisingly not issued. Stage Door have expertly re-mastered the recording from the original tapes and never has it sounded finer, with a crisp sharpness to the ear you expect from the digital format. Denis King and Peter Nichols use the play to pastiche familiar musical styles of the era. “S.A.D.U.S.E.A.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Action Figure Theatre on 5 Jun 2014
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The original cast recording from the very first RSC production of this wonderful British comedy. It differs slightly from the updated version so if you're a burgeoning Terri Dennis buying it to help you learn the lyrics be warned- there have been some significant changes, particularly with The Latin American Way.

Otherwise, a great record of a bygone production.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M H Rouse on 6 Mar 2014
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I saw the original London production with the wonderful Denis Quilley, Nigel Hawthorne and great ensemble, which this recording really captures and brings back memories of a real theatrical treat.
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This recording is a great reminder of how good this show is. It was recently revived in the West End and remains a highly entertaining show.
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