London Cast Recording

Peg [London Cast]

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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 of the record grooves (of the CD digital path). 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.

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