Cast Recording CD (1994)

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Label Uni/varese Sarabande
SKU 60062698
UPC 030206554823
UPC 14 00030206554823
Format CD
Release Date 11/1/1994
Author Merrily We Roll Along
Associated Artist/Work Bernstein, Leonard
Associated Artist/Work Cast, Original
Associated Artist/Work Cast, Original Broadway
Associated Artist/Work English National Opera Orchestr
Associated Artist/Work Evening Primrose (The)
Associated Artist/Work Holmes, James (Conductor)
Associated Artist/Work James Holmes
Associated Artist/Work Merman, Ethel
Associated Artist/Work Midler, Bette
Associated Artist/Work Original Cast
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Patinkin, Mandy
Associated Artist/Work Ross, Steve (Singer/Pianist)
Associated Artist/Work Trotter Trio
Associated Artist/Work Trotter Trio (The)
Associated Artist/Work West Side Story Cast Ensemble
Technical Info
Engineer Vincent Cirilli
Producer Bruce Kimmel
CatalogID 5548
Lable Name Var?se Sarabande (USA)
Released 10/25/1994
Original Release 1994
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 75m : 2s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00030206554823
Album Notes and Credits
The 1994 production of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG features three new songs.
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.
Recorded at Clinton Studios, New York, New York.
Original score and lyrics written by Stephen Sondheim.
Recording information: Clinton Studios, New York, NY.
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
Disc 1
1 Overture
2 Merrily We Roll Along
3 That Frank
4 First Transition
5 Old Friends (Part I) / Like It Was
6 Franklin Shepard, Inc.
7 Second Transition...
8 Old Friends (Part II)
9 Growing Up
10 Third Transition
11 Not A Day Goes By (Part I)
12 Now You Know
13 Act Two Opening
14 It's A Hit!
15 Fourth Transition
16 Blob, The
17 Growing Up (Part II)
18 Good Thing Going
19 Blob, The (Part II)
20 Fifth Transition
21 Bobby And Jackie And Jack
22 Not A Day Goes By (Part II)
23 Sixth Transition
24 Opening Doors
25 Seventh Transition
26 Our Time
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