70, Girls, 70 [Original Broadway Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/1992
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074643058926
  • Catalog Number: 30589

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Old Folks (3:34)
  2. 2 Home (3:07)
  3. 3 Broadway, My Street - Lloyd Harris (2:58)
  4. 4 The Caper (3:02)
  5. 5 Coffee in a Cardboard Cup (3:10)
  6. 6 You and I, Love - Ruth Gullette (4:30)
  7. 7 Do We? (2:46)
  8. 8 Hit It, Lorraine (3:15)
  9. 9 See the Light - Coley Worth (4:20)
  10. 10 Boom Ditty Boom (2:57)
  11. 11 Believe (1:55)
  12. 12 Go Visit Your Grandmother (4:45)
  13. 13 70, Girls, 70 (3:44)
  14. 14 The Elephant Song (4:44)
  15. 15 Yes (4:03)
  16. 16 Finale (1:21)
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Album Credits

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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