Do I Hear a Waltz? [Original Broadway Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Do I Hear a Waltz? is a musical adaptation of Arthur Laurents' 1952 play The Time of the Cuckoo which also was the source for the 1955 film Summertime about a middle-aged American spinster who encounters romance during a vacation in Venice, with a libretto by Laurents and songs composed by Richard Rodgers to lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Sondheim previously worked with Laurents on West Side Story, Gypsy, and Anyone Can Whistle, and he was a protégé of Rodgers' longtime lyricist, the late Oscar Hammerstein II. Despite the pedigrees of the creators, the show opened to negative reviews, which is explained only partly by the score as heard on this cast recording. Elizabeth ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Do I Hear a Waltz? is a musical adaptation of Arthur Laurents' 1952 play The Time of the Cuckoo which also was the source for the 1955 film Summertime about a middle-aged American spinster who encounters romance during a vacation in Venice, with a libretto by Laurents and songs composed by Richard Rodgers to lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Sondheim previously worked with Laurents on West Side Story, Gypsy, and Anyone Can Whistle, and he was a protégé of Rodgers' longtime lyricist, the late Oscar Hammerstein II. Despite the pedigrees of the creators, the show opened to negative reviews, which is explained only partly by the score as heard on this cast recording. Elizabeth Allen, in the lead role, was criticized with backhanded compliments for being too young and attractive for the part, flaws not apparent on the album. Sergio Franchi, as her romantic partner, also came in for criticism, but comes off much better here. And the small supporting cast, featuring Carol Bruce as the proprietor of a pension, is also impressive. But the songs, for the most part, are not memorable. Certainly, there are no hits to add to Rodgers' lengthy list. Curiously, as a lyricist, Sondheim is more reminiscent of Rodgers' earlier partner, Lorenz Hart, in that he is more distinctive when being witty in a patter song like "This Week, Americans" or "What Do We Do? We Fly!" than in the romantic ballads. Do I Hear a Waltz? is actually a bittersweet story in which love and marriage come in for considerable criticism, rather than a conventional romantic comedy, and the words sometimes seem to undercut Rodgers' melodic music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/24/1992
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074644820621
  • Catalog Number: 48206

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Someone Woke Up - Elizabeth Allen
  2. 2 This Week, Americans - Carol Bruce
  3. 3 What Do We Do? We Fly! - Madeleine Sherwood
  4. 4 Someone Like You - Sergio Franchi
  5. 5 Bargaining - Elizabeth Allen
  6. 6 Here We Are Again - Madeleine Sherwood
  7. 7 Thinking - Elizabeth Allen
  8. 8 No Understand - Fleury D'Antonakis
  9. 9 Take The Moment - Sergio Franchi
  10. 10 Moon In My Window - Julienne Marie
  11. 11 We're Gonna Be All Right - Julienne Marie
  12. 12 Do I Hear A Waltz? - Elizabeth Allen
  13. 13 Stay - Sergio Franchi
  14. 14 Perfectly Lovely Couple - Madeleine Sherwood
  15. 15 Thank You So Much - Elizabeth Allen
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sergio Franchi Vocals, Track Performer
Michael Lamont cast
Jack Manning Vocals, cast
Carol Bruce Vocals, cast
Stuart Damon Vocals, cast
Elizabeth Allen Vocals, cast
Julienne Marie Vocals
Technical Credits
Stephen Sondheim Lyricist
Ralph Burns Orchestration
Mike Danner translation
Didier C. Deutsch Producer, Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
John R. Dexter Director
Goddard Lieberson Producer
Fred Plaut Engineer
Tim Tiedemann Remixing, Mastering
Frederick Dvonch Director
Floriana Bivona-Lockner Liner Note Translation
Ted Brosnan Engineer
Arthur Laurents Book
Michael Danner Liner Note Translation
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Very 60's Musical

    Do I Hear A Waltz? ran for 6 months in 1965 and contains some interesting 60's type numbers that are catchy. The combination of Rodgers/Sondheim along with the amazing voices of Sergio Franchi and Elizabeth Allen are worth the reason to purchase this CD.

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