Coco

Original Broadway Cast (1969)

Credits

Staff

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Conductor
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Producer
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Engineer


Cast

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Coco Chanel
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Louis Greff
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Noelle
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Georges
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Sebastian Baye
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Pignol
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Dwight Berkwit, Orbach's
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Ronny Ginsborn, Best & Co.
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Eugene Bernstone, Saks
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Phil Rosenberry, Bloomingdale's
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Charles, Duke of Glenallen
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Grand Duke Alexandrovitch
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Voice of Grand Duke Alexandrovitch
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Albert
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Papa
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Simone
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Adrienne
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Nadine
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Claire
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Armand
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Julian Lesage
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Colette
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Madelaine
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Docaton
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Mimi
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Jeanine
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Lucille
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Varne
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Solange
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Annette
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Helene
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Claude
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Marie
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Loublaye/Lapidus
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Juliette
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Dr. Petitjean


Track List

The song list for this recording has been verified as complete.

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    • Overture .... Orchestra
    • But That's the Way You Are .... Alex
    • The World Belongs to the Young .... Coco and Chorus
    • Let's Go Home .... Georges
    • Mademoiselle Cliché de Paris .... Coco
    • On the Corner of the Rue Cambon .... Coco
    • The Money Rings Out Like Freedom .... Coco and Chorus
    • A Brand New Dress .... Noelle
    • A Woman is How She Loves .... Georges
    • Gabrielle .... Papa
    • Coco .... Coco
    • Fiasco .... Sebastian
    • When Your Lover Says Goodbye .... Greff
    • Orbach's, Bloomingdale's, Best and Saks .... Coco, Berkwit, Bernstone, Ginsborn, Rosenberry
    • Always Mademoiselle .... Coco

Trivia & History

The original issue of this recording was later withdrawn and re-mixed before reissuing the album. Here are some of the differences (as decribed by David Hummel in his book, The Collector's Guide to the American Musical Theatre):

  • On the first issue the overture fades directly into the first song. On the second issue there is a short pause between.
  • On the first issue "The Money Rings Out Like Freedom" has a long dance sequence. On the second issue this dance section has been cut.
  • On the first issue the monologue preceding "Gabrielle" has a silent background. On the second issue the monologue is underscored with the music of "Coco".
  • On the first issue "Orbach's, Bloomingdale's, Best and Saks" is missing a very short segment of dance music. On the second issue the short segment was reinstated but the long segment on the first issue was cut.

Recorded in Webster Hall (aka RCA Studio C).


The CD issue lists a recording date of January 8, 1970. This seems to be an error. Billboard reported that the recording was made on December 21, 1969. That was the first Sunday after the opening. It was the production’s dark day, and it was common (although not invariable) at the time for Broadway cast recordings to be made on the first Sunday (which was almost always the first off day) after the opening. When shows opened on a Saturday night, the cast recording session would often on the second Sunday after the opening.

January 8, 1970, was a Thursday. This was a performance day, and it’s highly unlikely that the session on that day.

The recording was in stores by January 13, 1970, as there was a big ad in the New York Times that day for the recording, stating that it could be purchased currently at Macy’s. It may be that the recording was shipped to stores starting on January 8, 1970.

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