Notes: “Rhino’s 1996 reissue of the soundtrack…is the third distinctly different edition of the soundtrack on CD. In contrast to the MCA version, which replicated the 1958 LP, or the 1991 version from Sony Music, which incorporated stretches of orchestrated dialogue, the producers of this CD had access to the unmixed music tracks from the original film elements. The result is a 42 song CD with 75 minutes of music, double the length of any prior version of the soundtrack” (Eder).
“This tribute to burlesque was a star vehicle for Ethel Merman. The score by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim includes the Merman standard Everything’s Coming Up Roses, and the song that is invariably used to introduce anything having to do with the strip tease, Let Me Entertain You. A 702-performance hit in its original production (which is captured here), the show was considered the definitive Merman performance and the crowning achievement of her long career. (It marked her final appearance in a new Broadway musical, though she later appeared in revivals.) It is also considered one of the great American musicals of all time, balanced between the broad show business entertainment represented by composer Jule Styne and the modern, dark, psychological drama typical of Stephen Sondheim, who, as with his previous effort West Side Story, was contributing only lyrics, though he would go on to write music and lyrics for a series of musicals from the 1960s on.” MWRReview Source(s):