Original Cast CD (2001)

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Product Overview


Label Bmg/rca Victor
SKU 60477786
UPC 090266376629
UPC 14 00090266376629
Format CD
Release Date 5/15/2001
Author Infinite Joy-Songs Of William
Technical Info
Engineer Tom Lazarus
Producer Jay David Saks
CatalogID 63766
Lable Name RCA
Released 05/15/2001
Original Release 2001
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 76m : 41s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00090266376629
Album Notes and Credits
Includes liner notes by Andre Bishop.
Audio Mixer: Ken Hahn.
Recording information: Joe's Pub At The Public Theater, New York, NY (01/14/2001-01/15/2001).
Editor: Ken Hahn.
Photographer: Joanne Savio.
William Finn's wildly imaginative and uninhibited songs have earned him a reputation in the musical theater as an heir to Stephen Sondheim, but his uncompromising approach has led to infrequent productions and only one Broadway triumph, the Tony-winning Falsettos. Eight-and-a-half years on from that production, with only one other staging (1998's off-Broadway A New Brain) to his credit, Finn put together a revue of his songs for performance at Joe's Pub, a nightclub within New York's Public Theater. The dominant figure is the songwriter himself, who has a growling voice somewhat reminiscent of Dave Van Ronk's, although he makes Van Ronk sound smooth; in short, he can't sing. This doesn't keep his numbers, the introductory "Mister, Make Me a Song," the caustic "Republicans," and the hilarious "Stupid Things I Won't Do," from working, and he makes an enthusiastic master of ceremonies. But the real joys of the set come from the professional singers such as Liz Callaway, who caress ballads like "Sailing." In truth, there are more ballads here than one expects from a Finn show, though they are broken up by the songwriter's own contributions and by the rapid-fire "How Marvin Eats His Breakfast," from Finn's first work, In Trousers, and "The Baseball Game" from the sequel to its sequel, Falsettoland. Both are handled by Stephen DeRosa, who not only takes on all the characters in "The Baseball Game," but also performs them as if they were being voiced by members of an amateur production he claims to have seen at a community center. The performances, the show, and Finn's songs often have an "inside baseball" quality to them, revolving around the gay, Jewish world of musical theater. But they are often so witty, moving, and accomplished that they become universal despite themselves. ~ William Ruhlmann
Disc 1
1 Mister, Make Me A Song - William Finn
2 How Marvin Eats His Breakfast - Stephen De Rosa
3 Music Still Plays On, The - Wanda Houston
4 Republicans - William Finn
5 Sailing - Liz Callaway
6 Hitchhiking Across America - Lewis Cleale
7 That's Enough For Me - Wanda Houston
8 And They're Off - Lewis Cleale
9 Anytime - Norm Lewis
10 Falsettos At The East Milford Community Center - Stephen De Rosa/William Finn
11 Baseball Game, The - Stephen De Rosa
12 Bitch And The Madonna, The - William Finn/Mary Testa
13 All Fall Down - Mary Testa
14 When The Earth Stopped Turning - Carolee Carmello
15 Tannis Root - Mary Testa/William Finn
16 Set Those Sails - Mary Testa
17 I Have Found - Carolee Carmello
18 Infinite Joy - Liz Callaway
19 Stupid Things I Won't Do - William Finn
20 Infinite Joy (reprise) - Norm Lewis
21 Bows
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