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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Comic playwright Christopher Durang turns to musicals with Adrift in Macao, a spoof of '40s film noir in exotic locations (think trench coats, slinky dresses, nightclubs called Rick's, and men and women with shady pasts). He is abetted by composer Peter Melnick, who has come up with a score that borrows equally from The Threeprenny Opera, swing, film scores of the period, and cocktail jazz. And they are supported by a game and talented cast of seven who switch roles, accents, and keys as required. Particularly effective is Orville Mendoza as the mysterious Tempura, who spends much of the show seeming to be Asian, but then late in the evening proclaims, "I'm Actually ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Comic playwright Christopher Durang turns to musicals with Adrift in Macao, a spoof of '40s film noir in exotic locations (think trench coats, slinky dresses, nightclubs called Rick's, and men and women with shady pasts). He is abetted by composer Peter Melnick, who has come up with a score that borrows equally from The Threeprenny Opera, swing, film scores of the period, and cocktail jazz. And they are supported by a game and talented cast of seven who switch roles, accents, and keys as required. Particularly effective is Orville Mendoza as the mysterious Tempura, who spends much of the show seeming to be Asian, but then late in the evening proclaims, "I'm Actually Irish" in a song that might have been written for Woody Allen's Zelig. This is a show with its tongue firmly in its cheek, even to the point of breaking the fourth wall and letting the audience in on the joke. Thus, Will Swenson, in the role of Rick Shaw, who otherwise would not have a song of his own, tells us that he went out and bought one in his showcase number, "Rick's Song." He also says he's planning to sue the authors of the show. Of course, all works out well, as the cast members shoot at each other and miss during "The Chase," ending up in New York where they lead the audience in a sing-along. Adrift in Macao is deliberately slight, but consistently amusing, and it sounds like audiences must have had a lot of fun when it ran at the Off-Broadway Primary Stages theater company in 2007.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2008
  • Label: Lml Music
  • UPC: 711788028246
  • Catalog Number: 228
  • Sales rank: 234,076

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fred Lassen Primary Artist
Bud Burridge Trumpet
Kevin Kuhn Guitar
Bruce Samuels Synthesizer
Chuck Wilson Clarinet, Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jay Rosenberg Synthesizer
Alan Campbell Vocals, cast
Marc Schmied Bass
Fredrik Lassen Synthesizer, Piano, Conductor
Jonathan Rayson Vocals, cast
Orville Mendoza Vocals, cast
Technical Credits
Peter Melnick Composer, Producer, Orchestration, Vocal Arrangements
Joel Moss Producer, Engineer
Michael Starobin Orchestration
Scott Hull Mastering
Jan Folkson Engineer
Fredrik Lassen Vocal Arrangements
Christopher Durang Lyricist, Liner Notes, Book
Jessica Disbrow Art Direction
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