Kritzerland releases London cast version of “Promises, Promises”

Kritzerland's reissue of the original London cast recording of Promises, Promises is limited to 1,000 copies.

Hot on the heels of its acclaimed remaster and remix of the Promises, Promises original Broadway cast album, stage and screen specialist Kritzerland is releasing for the first time on CD the original London cast recording of Promises, Promises. The London production features Tony Roberts, Betty Buckley and Jack Kruschen, who reprises his role as Dr. Dreyfuss from The Apartment, the 1960 Billy Wilder film on which Promises was based. The London production opened in 1969 at the Prince of Wales Theatre in the West End and ran 560 performances.

As with the original Broadway cast album reissue, the London cast album is a limited to 1,000 copies, so if you want to be sure to get one, don’t delay.

For more info and to order online, visit Kritzerland.com.

Promises, Promises cast album debuts at #60 on Billboard

The new Promises, Promises cast album featuring Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth, which was released on June 22 on the Masterworks Broadway label, debuted at #60 this week on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart.

Paul Grein of Yahoo! Music points out that that chart position is actually higher than the original cast album, which peaked at #95 in 1969. Promises, Promises also currently ranks #23 in sales on Amazon.com.

And for the purists out there—the ones who can’t fathom the inclusion of “I Say A Little Prayer” and “A House Is Not A Home” on the new cast album—Kritzerland is readying for release a special two-disc reissue of the original Promises, Promises cast album.

The reissue will include a remaster of the original album in its original mix (which has not previously been released on CD) and a brand new mix of the album that fixes some of the technical glitches from the original recordings and puts the songs in their correct order from the show. There’s also a bonus track of Jill O’Hara singing the title song.

So whether you’re a Hayes-Chenoweth convert or an Orbach-O’Hara purist, there’s a lot for fans of Promises, Promises to be thankful for these days.

(Edited to add: As Bruce notes in his comment below, the two-disc version sold out quickly, but Kritzerland received permission to release an additional 1,000 copies of the remixed, pitch-corrected version, which was the main attraction  of the reissue. It’s likely to sell out as well, so the same advice applies: Get yours now if you want one.)