Bounce (2003 Original Cast) CD (2004)

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Specifications

Label Atlantic/q Records
SKU 60632722
UPC 075597983029
UPC 14 00075597983029
Format CD
Release Date 5/4/2004
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Author Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work California Dreams
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Technical Info
Engineer Tom Griep; Tom Lazarus
Producer Tommy Krasker; Robert Hurwitz; Tommy Krasker; Robert Hurwitz
CatalogID 79830
Lable Name Nonesuch (USA)
Released 05/04/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 73m : 16s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075597983029
Album Notes and Credits
Muisc & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Score conducted by David Caddick.
Principal cast includes: Richard Kind, Howard McGillin, Jane Powell, Gavin Creel, Herndon Lackey, Howard & Michelle Pawk.
Recorded live at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC. Includes a book by John Weidman & liner notes by Frank Rich.
Composer/Lyricist: Stephen Sondheim.
Original Soundtrack: Howard McGillin, Jane Powell, Michele Pawk, Gavin Creel, Richard Kind, Herndon Lackey.
Personnel: Douglas Dub?, Zino Bogachek, Jessica Dan Fan, Xiaoyoung Chen, Richard L. Chang, Jennifer Rickard (violin); Uri Wassertzug, Philippe C. Chao, David Basch (viola); Timothy H. Butler (cello); Keith Daudelin, Walt Borys, Lee Lachman (woodwinds); Tim White, Chris Gekker (trumpet); Stan Wilkerson (trombone); Emil George, Kenneth Bell (horns); Kristin Blodgett (keyboards); Joseph Connell, Bill Richards (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Tom Lazarus.
Liner Note Authors: Frank Rich; Sean Patrick Flahaven.
Recording information: NPR Studios, Washington D.C (11/10/2003); The Enchanted Cottage, Los Angeles, CA (11/10/2003).
Director: Harold Prince.
Editor: Bart Migal.
Unknown Contributor Role: Allen Johnston.
The musical Bounce, with songs by Stephen Sondheim and a libretto by John Weidman (the two had previously collaborated on Pacific Overtures and Assassins), played for six weeks at the Goodman Theater in Chicago (June 30-August 10, 2003), followed by four weeks at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. (October 21-November 16, 2003). These runs may have been considered tryouts for Broadway, but during the D.C. engagement, the producers announced that the show would not be going to New York. They blamed a lack of theater space, but observers noted the negative reviews Bounce had received. For most shows that close out of town, that would have been the end of that, but Sondheim is such a celebrated figure in the musical theater, one whose flops (Anyone Can Whistle, Merrily We Roll Along, both of which made it to Broadway) are nearly as legendary as his hits, that Nonesuch Records recorded the show with the original cast, its commercial failure notwithstanding. Sondheim fans, who may have followed Bounce's long, tortuous gestation (which included rewrites, title changes, re-casting, workshops, and lawsuits), will welcome the result, if only because the songs are characteristic of the composer. It may be unfair, given Sondheim's musical sophistication and nearly unequaled gift for lyrical wit and rhyme, to complain that the Bounce score contains just another bunch of typical Sondheim songs. But it's hard to listen to the album without thinking of earlier compositions. For example, "Addison's Trip" is reminiscent of "Opening Doors" from Merrily We Roll Along, while "You" recalls "Hello, Little Girl" from Into the Woods. But if there's nothing new here musically, that is less of a problem than the characters and plot. Bounce concerns a couple of real-life brothers, one a con man, the other a journeyman architect, following their ups and downs from Alaska to Florida over a period of 37 years (1896-1933), and even after their deaths. Sondheim has suggested that their jousting has the flavor of the Bob Hope-Bing Crosby Road movies, but it's far more venomous than that -- when Wilson Mizner asks his brother if they're in heaven, Addison Mizner replies, "If guys like you go to Heaven, Willie, who has to go to Hell?" At the same time, the relationship between them and with their mother has distinctly incestuous overtones. Part of the problem, then, is one of mood. At times, the show is pitched as a light-hearted vaudeville, but at others it is deadly serious. At the end, however, the characters are not engaging, no matter how clever the lyrics they have to sing, and despite the efforts of an excellent cast led by television star Richard Kind, veteran film star Jane Powell, and stage performers Howard McGillin and Michele Pawk. ~ William Ruhlmann
Disc 1
1 Bounce, musical play: Act 1. Overture
2 Bounce, musical play: Act 1. Bounce - Richard Kind
3 Bounce, musical play: Act 1. Opportunity - Howard McGillin/Jane Powell/Richard Kind/Herndon Lackey
4 Bounce, musical play: Act 1. Gold! - Richard Kind
5 Bounce, musical play: Act 1. Gold! - part 2
6 Bounce, musical play: Act 1. What's Your Rush? - Michele Pawk
7 Bounce, musical play: Act 1. The Game - Richard Kind
8 Bounce, musical play: Act 1. Next To You - Jane Powell/Richard Kind
9 Bounce, musical play: Act 1. Addison's Trip
10 Bounce, musical play: Act 1. The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened - Michele Pawk
11 Bounce, musical play: Act 1. I Love This Town - Howard McGillin/Michele Pawk/Herndon Lackey
12 Bounce, musical play: Act 1. Isn't He Something!
13 Bounce, musical play: Act 1. Bounce
14 Bounce, musical play: Act 2. The Game - Howard McGillin/Michele Pawk/Richard Kind/Herndon Lackey
15 Bounce, musical play: Act 2. Talent
16 Bounce, musical play: Act 2. You - Richard Kind
17 Bounce, musical play: Act 2. Addison's City - Howard McGillin/Michele Pawk/Gavin Creel/Richard Kind
18 Bounce, musical play: Act 2. Boca Raton - Michele Pawk/Gavin Creel/Richard Kind
19 Bounce, musical play: Act 2. Boca Raton Aftermath
20 Bounce, musical play: Act 2. Get Out Of My Life - Howard McGillin/Richard Kind
21 Bounce, musical play: Act 2. Bounce - Richard Kind
22 Bounce, musical play: (Bonus Track) A Little House For Mama - (BONUS TRACK)
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