Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum [Original 1996 Broadway Cast]

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum [Original 1996 Broadway Cast]

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This is the fourth recording of A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, following the 1962 original Broadway cast album, the 1963 original London cast album, and the 1966 soundtrack album. Two of those three earlier recordings starred Zero Mostel as Pseudolus, the Roman slave who longs to be free, and though other performers have played the part, Mostel

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This is the fourth recording of A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, following the 1962 original Broadway cast album, the 1963 original London cast album, and the 1966 soundtrack album. Two of those three earlier recordings starred Zero Mostel as Pseudolus, the Roman slave who longs to be free, and though other performers have played the part, Mostel's remains the defining portrayal. This revival cast is led by Nathan Lane, and the differences between him and Mostel highlight the differences between the revival and the original. Mostel was a scenery-chewing ham with a tragic edge -- there was an element of self-abasement in his humor that made you uncomfortable even as you laughed all the harder. He came out of a vaudeville and Yiddish theater tradition that added depth to every line. Lane is closer to the Catskills than the Lower East Side, and more a creature of the post-'60s smirking humor of David Letterman than either. His Pseudolus is light and elegant, where Mostel was earthy and almost vulgar. A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum is nearly bulletproof in terms of performance; it's hard to do it badly. Lane and the revival cast perform it efficiently and with flair...Fans of Stephen Sondheim and of the show will have to have this, of course...

Product Details

Release Date:
06/25/1996
Label:
Angel Records
UPC:
0724385222320
catalogNumber:
52223

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Performance Credits

David Nadien   Violin
Kamau Adilifu   Trumpet
Melainie Baker   Violin
Belinda Whitney-Barratt   Violin
Virgil Blackwell   Woodwind
Bruce Bonvissuto   Trombone
Katsuko Esaki   Violin
Barry Finclair   Violin
John Frosk   Trumpet
Jack Gale   Trombone
Hank Jaramillo   Percussion
Larry Lunetta   Trumpet
Eugene J. Moye   Cello
Maxine Neuman   Cello
Ron Oakland   Violin
Suzanne Ornstein   Violin
Seymour Red Press   Woodwind
Clay Ruede   Cello
Marilyn Reynolds   Violin
Glenn Rhian   Percussion
Paul Riggio   French Horn
Bruce Samuels   Synthesizer
Jack Schatz   Trombone
Scott   Woodwind
Edward Strauss   Conductor
Jeffrey Szabo   Cello
Elena Whitney-Barere   Violin
John Winder   Woodwind
Masako Yanagita   Violin
Lawrence Yurman   Keyboards
Frederick Zlotkin   Cello
David Evans   Keyboards
Maura Giannini   Violin
Alexander Vselensky   Violin
Scott Ballantyne   Cello
Beth Robinson   Harp
Stu Satalof   Trumpet
Janine Kam-Lal   Violin
Rick Kivnick   Percussion
Edward Zuhlke   Woodwind
Bob Lawrence   Violin
Lou Bruno   Bass

Technical Credits

Stan Freberg   Composer
Leonard Bernstein   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Miklós Rózsa   Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
Trevor Rabin   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Harold Rome   Composer
John Kander   Composer
Jerry Ross   Composer
Richard Adler   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Frank Filipetti   Engineer
Mark Mancina   Composer
John Patterson   Engineer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Bruce Samuels   Programming
David Shire   Composer
Jonathan Tunick   Orchestration
Robert Abriola   Art Direction
Theodore S. Chapin   Liner Notes
Janet Gari   Composer

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