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Product Details:

Format: CD
Sku: 60062698
UPC: 030206554823
UPC 14: 00030206554823
Release Date: 11/1/1994
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Overture ~ Original 1994 Cast
2. Merrily We Roll Along ~ Original 1994 Cast
3. That Frank ~ Original 1994 Cast
4. First Transition ~ Original 1994 Cast
5. Old Friends (Part I) / Like It Was ~ Original 1994 Cast
6. Franklin Shepard, Inc. ~ Original 1994 Cast
7. Second Transition... ~ Original 1994 Cast
8. Old Friends (Part II) ~ Original 1994 Cast
9. Growing Up ~ Original 1994 Cast
10. Third Transition ~ Original 1994 Cast
11. Not A Day Goes By (Part I) ~ Original 1994 Cast
12. Now You Know ~ Original 1994 Cast
13. Act Two Opening ~ Original 1994 Cast
14. It's A Hit! ~ Original 1994 Cast
15. Fourth Transition ~ Original 1994 Cast
16. Blob, The ~ Original 1994 Cast
17. Growing Up (Part II) ~ Original 1994 Cast
18. Good Thing Going ~ Original 1994 Cast
19. Blob, The (Part II) ~ Original 1994 Cast
20. Fifth Transition ~ Original 1994 Cast
21. Bobby And Jackie And Jack ~ Original 1994 Cast
22. Not A Day Goes By (Part II) ~ Original 1994 Cast
23. Sixth Transition ~ Original 1994 Cast
24. Opening Doors ~ Original 1994 Cast
25. Seventh Transition ~ Original 1994 Cast
26. Our Time ~ Original 1994 Cast
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote The 1994 production of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG features three new songs.
Muze PNote Principal cast: Anne Bobby, Malcolm Gets, Paul Harman, Adam Heller, Michele Pawk, Amy Ryder, Danny Burstein, Ron Butler, Rick Crom, Jonathan Flanagan, James Hindman, Philip Hoffman, Adriane Lenox, Cass Morgan, Christine Toy, Amy M. Young.
Muze PNote Recorded at Clinton Studios, New York, New York.
Muze PNote Original score and lyrics written by Stephen Sondheim.
Muze PNote Recording information: Clinton Studios, New York, NY.
Muze PNote When the Off-Broadway York Theatre Company's revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Merrily We Roll Along opened on May 26, 1994, it ran 54 performances, which was 38 performances more than the original Broadway production of 1981. Sondheim (music and lyrics) and Furth (book) adapted their show from George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's 1934 play, describing the commercial ascension and spiritual decline of a theater composer in scenes set in reverse chronological order. Although the first production failed, the score, heard on an original Broadway cast album, confirmed that the music was first-rate, and the creators revised the show for subsequent productions, finally settling on a new version by 1992 when it was revived by the Haymarket Theatre in Leicester, England, and given another cast recording. This recording of the York production is similar in content to that one, but it is vastly superior in performance. The cast, led by Malcolm Gets, Adam Heller, and Amy Ryder, nails the songs, and the 15-piece band handles the orchestrations well. In contrast, the Haymarket cast was far less accomplished vocally, and some of its members had trouble doing American accents. All that keeps this recording from being the definitive one is that, unfortunately, the new version of the show is not as good as the original. Merrily We Roll Along didn't fail in 1981 because of the score, yet Sondheim and Furth labored to fix what wasn't broken, largely by making the main character more likable, a change that undercuts the main theme of the piece. The score remains one of Sondheim's best, boasting the heartbreaking ballads "Not a Day Goes By" and "Good Thing Going" as well as the brilliantly witty patter songs "Franklin Shepard, Inc." and "Bobby and Jackie and Jack." But the original Broadway cast album still presents the best version of the material. ~ William Ruhlmann

Producer: Bruce Kimmel

Engineer: Vincent Cirilli

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Anyone Can Whistle (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Allegro
Muze Music Compilations Allegro

Associated Artists and Works

Cast, Original
Anyone Can Whistle [Remaster] ~ Cast, Original Broadway
English National Opera Orchestr
Evening Primrose (The)
Holmes, James (Conductor)
James Holmes
Merman, Ethel
Gypsy [Original Broadway Cast] [50th Anniversary E ~ Merman, Ethel
Midler, Bette
Anyone Can Whistle [Original Broadway Cast] [Bonus ~ Original Cast
Follies [Original Broadway Cast] ~ Original Cast
Sondheim: Sweeney Todd [Original Cast Recording] ~ Original Cast
Company [Original Broadway Cast Recording] [Digipa ~ Original Cast
Gypsy - 50th Anniversay Edition ~ Original Cast
Little Night Music [Original Broadway Cast Recordi ~ Original Cast
Follies [Original Broadway Cast] ~ Original Cast
Sweeney Todd [Original Broadway Cast] [Bonus Track ~ Original Cast
Gypsy [Original Broadway Cast] [50th Anniversary E ~ Original Cast
Sunday in the Park with George [Digipak] ~ Original Cast
Pacific Overtures ~ Original Cast
Sondheim: Into the Woods [Original Cast Recording] ~ Original Cast
Assassins [The Broadway Cast Recording] ~ Original Cast
Sondheim: Sweeney Todd [Original Cast Recording] ~ Original Cast
Follies in Concert/Stavisky ~ Original Soundtrack
West Side Story [Original Soundtrack] [Remaster] ~ Original Soundtrack
Stephen Sondheim: The Story So Far... [Box] ~ Original Soundtrack
Little Night Music [Original Broadway Cast Recordi ~ Original Soundtrack
Follies in Concert/Stavisky ~ Original Soundtrack
West Side Story [Expanded Original Soundtrack] [Re ~ Original Soundtrack
Stephen Sondheim: The Story So Far... ~ Original Soundtrack
Patinkin, Mandy
Sunday in the Park with George [Original Cast Reco ~ Patinkin, Mandy
Trotter Trio
Trotter Trio (The)
Company [Original Broadway Cast Recording] [Digipa ~ Various Artists
Pacific Overtures [Original Broadway Cast Recordin ~ Various Artists
Sondheim: Into the Woods [Original Cast Recording] ~ Various Artists
Assassins [The Broadway Cast Recording] ~ Various Artists
West Side Story Cast Ensemble
West Side Story [Expanded Original Soundtrack] [Re ~ West Side Story Cast Ensemble

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/25/1994
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1994
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 5548
Music Label Name Label : Var?se Sarabande (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00030206554823

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