BN.com Gift Guide

Ben Franklin in Paris [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Broadway musical Ben Franklin in Paris, which, as its title suggests, recounts the Founding Father's adventures, political and amorous, while attempting to gain French recognition for the nascent United States in 1776, has two things going for it, both of which are on display on the original Broadway cast album. The first, which is apparent immediately, is the casting. As the album cover proclaims, it's "Robert Preston in Ben Franklin in Paris, with Preston's name above and nearly as large as the title. Preston, the star of The Music Man, returns to the stage with his broad appeal intact, making songs like "I Invented Myself" more amusing than egotistical. The ...
See more details below
This CD is Not Available through BN.com

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Broadway musical Ben Franklin in Paris, which, as its title suggests, recounts the Founding Father's adventures, political and amorous, while attempting to gain French recognition for the nascent United States in 1776, has two things going for it, both of which are on display on the original Broadway cast album. The first, which is apparent immediately, is the casting. As the album cover proclaims, it's "Robert Preston in Ben Franklin in Paris, with Preston's name above and nearly as large as the title. Preston, the star of The Music Man, returns to the stage with his broad appeal intact, making songs like "I Invented Myself" more amusing than egotistical. The second thing the show has going for it is hidden. While it was in trouble out of town in Boston, composer Jerry Herman Hello, Dolly! came in as a play doctor and ghostwrote two songs, the romantic duets "Too Charming" and "To Be Alone with You" for Preston and co-star Ulla Sallert, that are superior to anything by the credited songwriting team of lyricist Sidney Michaels and composer Mark Sandrich, Jr. Those two elements kept Ben Franklin in Paris on the boards for a while and justified this recording, though the show is substandard.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/9/2002
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471902327
  • Catalog Number: 19023

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (3:02)
  2. 2 We Sail The Seas - Ben Franklin in Paris Cast Ensemble (2:41)
  3. 3 I Invented Myself (2:36)
  4. 4 Too Charming (written for Sandrich's Ben Franklin In Paris) - Ulla Sallert (2:09)
  5. 5 Whatever Became Of Old Temple? (1:49)
  6. 6 Half The Battle - Robert Kaliban (3:17)
  7. 7 A Balloon Is Ascending - Ben Franklin in Paris Cast Ensemble (1:28)
  8. 8 To Be Alone With You (written for Sandrich's Ben Franklin In Paris) - Ulla Sallert (3:16)
  9. 9 You're In Paris - Susan Watson (3:29)
  10. 10 How Laughable It Is - Ulla Sallert (2:07)
  11. 11 Hic Haec Hoc - Ben Franklin in Paris Cast Ensemble (1:21)
  12. 12 God Bless The Human Elbow - Ben Franklin in Paris Cast Ensemble (2:35)
  13. 13 When I Dance With The Person I Love (3:40)
  14. 14 Diane Is (1:14)
  15. 15 Look For Small Pleasures - Ulla Sallert (4:38)
  16. 16 I Love The Ladies - Ben Franklin in Paris Cast Ensemble (3:28)
  17. 17 Finale (4:32)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Preston Primary Artist, Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Original Cast Recording Indexed Contributor
Don Pippin Conductor, Musical Direction
Susan Watson Track Performer, cast
Robert Kaliban Track Performer, cast
Roger Adams Dancer, Background Music
Oliver Clark Track Performer, cast
Ulla Sallert Track Performer, cast
Sue Watson Vocals
Jack Fletcher Vocals
Sam Greene Vocals
Ben Franklin in Paris Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
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
Don Pippin Director, Vocal Arrangements
Jerry Ross Composer
Richard Adler Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Philip J. Lang Orchestration
Mark Mancina Composer
David Shire Composer
Oliver Smith Production Design
David Foil Liner Notes
Michael Kidd Director, Choreographer
Lucas Deaver Art Direction
Stephen Schwartz Composer
Dan O'Leary Reissue Producer
Richard Jones Producer
Sidney Michaels Liner Notes
Donald Pippin Vocal Arrangements, Music Direction
Dick Jones Producer
Janet Gari Composer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously