Carmen Jones (Bizet-Hammerstein)  (Littau;  Muriel Smith, Luther Saxon, Carlotta Franzell, Glenn Bryant)  (Pearl 0099)
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Carmen Jones (Bizet-Hammerstein)  (Littau;  Muriel Smith, Luther Saxon, Carlotta Franzell, Glenn Bryant)  (Pearl 0099)
OP0623. CARMEN JONES (Bizet-Hammerstein), w.Joseph Littau Cond. Robert Shaw Chorale; Muriel Smith, Luther Saxon, Carlotta Franzell, Glenn Bryant, June Hawkins, Cozy Cole, Jessica Russell, etc. (England) Pearl 0099, recorded 1944. Transfers by Roger Beardsley. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 72703100924

CRITIC REVIEWS:

“CARMEN JONES, based loosely on Bizet's CARMEN, had its premiere on Broadway in 1943. The original Broadway cast members were nearly all new to the stage; Kennedy and Muir write that on the first day of rehearsal only one member had ever been on a stage before. As a black artist, Miss Smith found her greatest success overseas. In Britain in the 1950s, she was ranked among the leading recitalists and theatrical singers. In 1956, she turned down an offer from Samuel Goldwyn to star in the film version of PORGY AND BESS. She said of the film, ‘It doesn't do the right thing for my people’. Miss Smith, who taught voice at Virginia Union University here, was the recipient of the 1984 arts award of the National Council of Negro Women.”

- THE NEW YORK TIMES, 16 Sept., 1985