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

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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...
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/1996
  • Label: Angel Records
  • UPC: 724385222320
  • Catalog Number: 52223
  • Sales rank: 84,250

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (1:51)
  2. 2 Comedy Tonight (6:53)
  3. 3 Love, I Hear (2:22)
  4. 4 Free (3:17)
  5. 5 House of Marcus Lycus (8:33)
  6. 6 Lovely (2:37)
  7. 7 Pretty Little Picture (2:55)
  8. 8 Everybody Ought to Have a Maid (4:02)
  9. 9 I'm Calm (1:31)
  10. 10 Impossible (2:14)
  11. 11 Bring Me My Bride (3:03)
  12. 12 That Dirty Old Man (2:04)
  13. 13 That'll Show Him (1:36)
  14. 14 Lovely (Reprise) (2:47)
  15. 15 Funeral Sequence (2:41)
  16. 16 Comedy Tonight (Finale) (1:15)
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Album Credits

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
Les Scott Woodwind
Edward Strauss Conductor
Jeffrey Szabo Cello
Elena Whitney-Barere Violin
John Winder Woodwind
Masako Yanagita Violin
Lawrence Yurman Keyboards
Frederick Zlotkin Cello
Dr. 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
Kander Composer
Jerry Ross Composer
Richard Adler Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Frank Filipetti Engineer
Mark Mancina Composer
Vladimir Meller Mastering
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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