All American [Original Broadway Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Different observers have blamed different people for the failure of the Broadway musical All American. It has been suggested that the veteran Joshua Logan was the wrong director, diluting the satiric intent of the show with inappropriate, old-fashioned stagecraft. It has been suggested that young TV comedy writer Mel Brooks' book was bad. Neither of those principals is directly featured in the music on the original Broadway cast album, which Columbia Records went ahead and recorded in the week after the March 19, 1962, opening, bad reviews notwithstanding, but front and center is composer Charles Strouse and lyricist Lee Adams' song score, which critics mostly liked. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Different observers have blamed different people for the failure of the Broadway musical All American. It has been suggested that the veteran Joshua Logan was the wrong director, diluting the satiric intent of the show with inappropriate, old-fashioned stagecraft. It has been suggested that young TV comedy writer Mel Brooks' book was bad. Neither of those principals is directly featured in the music on the original Broadway cast album, which Columbia Records went ahead and recorded in the week after the March 19, 1962, opening, bad reviews notwithstanding, but front and center is composer Charles Strouse and lyricist Lee Adams' song score, which critics mostly liked. Strouse and Adams' first show together, Bye Bye Birdie, was about high school students, their parents, and a strange charismatic pop star who comes to visit their small Midwestern town. All American is about college students, their teachers, and a strange charismatic immigrant who comes to teach at their Southern college. The immigrant, East European Professor Stanislaus Fodorski, is played by rubber-legged actor/dancer Ray Bolger, only one part of whose talent can be suggested on disc, though his tap dancing is audible during "I'm Fascinating." That is one song clearly written for Bolger it contains echoes of his hit "Once in Love with Amy" from Where's Charley?, as are "What a Country!" and "If I Were You." The songs are adequate vehicles for the star, but the rest of the score is actually pedestrian, with one gigantic exception. In the first act, Bolger and his love interest, the dean of women Eileen Herlie, reminisce about young love in a duet called "Once Upon a Time." This nostalgic, autumnal song not only has a rapturously beautiful melody, but also lovely, poetic lyrics; it's the best song Strouse and Adams have ever written. But it is nearly thrown away here, as Bolger speak-sings his part and Herlie, a trained singer, oversings hers. Happily, Tony Bennett recognized the song's quality and began the process of turning it into a standard by quickly recording a cover version. Also, it's not clear that a song like this actually belongs here. In fact, it was not written for the show, but came out of the songwriters' trunk. It certainly outclasses everything around it. But maybe it also justifies the recording of the score of a Broadway flop by a major record label; All American is destined to be remembered as the musical from which "Once Upon a Time" came.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/1992
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074644821628
  • Catalog Number: 48216
  • Sales rank: 144,981

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (3:32)
  2. 2 Melt Us (3:13)
  3. 3 What a Country (1:47)
  4. 4 Our Children (2:02)
  5. 5 We Speak the Same Language (1:24)
  6. 6 It's Fun to Think (1:36)
  7. 7 Once upon a Time (3:35)
  8. 8 Nightlife (2:13)
  9. 9 I've Just Seen Her (2:21)
  10. 10 Physical Fitness (4:02)
  11. 11 I Couldn't Have Done It Alone (1:17)
  12. 12 If I Were You (4:58)
  13. 13 Have a Dream (1:30)
  14. 14 I'm Fascinating (3:51)
  15. 15 The Real Me (2:57)
  16. 16 Which Way (2:54)
  17. 17 Finale (1:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fritz Weaver Track Performer
Ray Bolger Track Performer
David Porter Thomas Track Performer
Bernie West Track Performer
Eileen Herlie Track Performer
Ron Husmann Track Performer
George Lindsey Track Performer
Anita Gillette Track Performer
Mort Marshall Track Performer
Technical Credits
Stan Freberg Composer
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Geoffrey Burgon 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
Benny Carter Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Goddard Lieberson Producer
Mark Mancina Composer
Fred Plaut Engineer
David Shire Composer
Murray Zimney Engineer
Robert Ginzler Orchestration
Jo Mielziner Contributor, Scenery
Stephen Flaherty Composer
Trude Rittman Contributor, Musical Continuity
Danny Daniels Choreographer
Stephen Schwartz Composer
Janet Gari Composer
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