Original London Cast

Peg: A Romantic New Musical

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A bright, somewhat nostalgia-laden piece by David Heneker--based on J. Hartley Manners' PEG O' MY HEART- PEG was a starring vehicle for Sian Phillips, but the cast recording is very much a company affair, with a special spotlight for Ann Morrison in the title role. She's sort of a cross here between Bernadette Peters and Helen Kane, with some of Carol Kane's goofiness as well, and is worth the price of admission by herself; not that Martin Smith's presence should be overlooked, or Phillips', for that matter. One needn't have ever seen the play to enjoy the recording, which has a beguiling mix of energy and melody, and characterizations that leap off the record grooves. The 1984 cast album is a superb recording on its own terms, also showcasing the late-career work of producer Norman Newell, who was, for many years, the top cast recording producer in England.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Peg, musical
1 4:05
2 3:23
feat: Ann Morrison
feat: Ann Morrison
5 2:41
6 2:35
7 2:44
8 3:09
9 3:22
10 2:30
11 3:39
12 2:23
13 3:31
feat: Ann Morrison
15 2:54
16 2:36
feat: Edward Duke
18 3:00
19 1:24
feat: Martin Smith
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