70, Girls, 70 [Original Broadway Cast]

70, Girls, 70 [Original Broadway Cast]

     
 
The conventional wisdom is that composer John Kander and co-librettist and lyricist Fred Ebb's 70, Girls, 70, based on the play Breath of Spring, flopped as a Broadway musical in the spring of 1971 because of a combination of bad luck (one of its intended stars, David Burns, literally died in Philadelphia) and an

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The conventional wisdom is that composer John Kander and co-librettist and lyricist Fred Ebb's 70, Girls, 70, based on the play Breath of Spring, flopped as a Broadway musical in the spring of 1971 because of a combination of bad luck (one of its intended stars, David Burns, literally died in Philadelphia) and an overabundance of shows of the same type. (A revival of No, No, Nanette and Stephen Sondheim's Follies, both also featuring senior citizens as stars, preceded it.) It may be, however, that the show was simply too slight an entertainment. The idea concerned a hotel for poor, aging people who went on a crime spree, stealing clothing. Typical for Kander and Ebb, there was also a show within a show, such that it was really about a group of old Broadway troupers playing poor, aging people in a hotel going on a crime spree, which allowed for songs like "Broadway, My Street." And also typical for the songwriting team, Kander turned out 1920s pastiche music (appropriate for the over-70 performers), while Ebb simultaneously celebrated and satirized the material. Typical was "Coffee in a Cardboard Cup," in which Lillian Hayman and Goldye Shaw explained that "the trouble with the world today" was that "everything is hurry up." Meanwhile, Lucie Lancaster and Gil Lamb addressed the question of septuagenarian sex in "Do We?" Star Mildred Natwick finally examined the inevitable question of death in "The Elephant Song" before her character actually did die, which did not keep her from coming back at the close for the affirmative closer, "Yes." There were, thus, a few good songs, even if 70, Girls, 70 was a minor effort from a major Broadway team.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/1992
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074643058926
catalogNumber:
30589

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Performance Credits

Thomas Anderson   Track Performer
Lillian Hayman   Track Performer
Mildred Natwick   Track Performer
Lillian Roth   Track Performer
Abigail Lewis   Track Performer
Lucie Lancaster   Track Performer
Beau Tilden   Track Performer
Steve Mills   Track Performer
Henrietta Jacobson   Track Performer
Goldye Shaw   Track Performer
Tommy Breslin   Track Performer
Gil Lamb   Track Performer
Hans Conried   Track Performer
Joey Faye   Track Performer
Jay Velie   Track Performer
Coley Worth   Track Performer
Dorothea Frietag   Track Performer
Bobbi Tremain   Track Performer
Lloyd Harris   Track Performer
Ruth Gullette   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Mike Danner   translation
John Guerriere   Engineer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Thomas Z. Shepard   Producer,Remixing
Charles Burr   Liner Notes
Tim Tiedemann   Engineer,Remixing
Dorothea Freitag   Contributor,Dance Arrangement
Floriana Bivona-Lockner   translation
Oscar Kosarin   Vocal Arrangements,Musical Director
Ken Mandelbaum   Liner Notes
Fred Ebb   Author
Norman Martin   Author
Joe Masteroff   Adaptation
Don Walker   Orchestration

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