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Farkle and Friends

Farkle and Friends

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by John Lithgow
Actor-performer John Lithgow follows up his best-selling kids CD Singin' in the Bathtub with the over-the-top fun of Farkle & Friends. Lithgow's passion for entertaining kids shines bright on this exhilarating, fully orchestrated CD, which ranges from the big band sing style of Irving Berlin's "I'd Rather Lead a


Actor-performer John Lithgow follows up his best-selling kids CD Singin' in the Bathtub with the over-the-top fun of Farkle & Friends. Lithgow's passion for entertaining kids shines bright on this exhilarating, fully orchestrated CD, which ranges from the big band sing style of Irving Berlin's "I'd Rather Lead a Band" to the sizzling salsa of "Carmencita." Lithgow holds the rare quality of entertaining and educating young listeners without patronizing them. For example, as he tells the tale of "The Remarkable Farkle McBride" -- a child prodigy who masters every musical instrument before discovering a passion for conducting -- he schools little listeners in the makeup of an orchestra. In addition to the disc's five Lithgow originals, he includes four of his favorite childhood songs, including the Shirley Temple classic "Animal Crackers in My Soup." The hilarious "I Got Two Dogs" extols the everyday pleasures of owning a couple of pooches -- parents and kids will giggle as John barks and howls his way through the tune. Finally, Lithgow and actor-Broadway star Bebe Neuwirth grant us a playful performance of Leonard Bernstein's "The Wrong Note Rag," which encompasses the scope of Lithgow's appeal -- parents will love this "simple little ditty" and kids will have a ball "hitting the wrong note." Once again, John Lithgow succeeds on his never-ending quest to excite a child's imagination. The lighthearted flair of Farkle & Friends is sure to inspire a new batch of pint-sized performers.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The musical companion to his book, The Remarkable Farkle McBride, which tells the story of a young musical genius, John Lithgow's Farkle and Friends features the vocal talents of Lithgow and Bebe Neuwirth backed by the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra. Music and animals dominate the album, whether it's on classics like "Animal Crackers in My Soup" and "I'd Rather Lead a Band" or on originals such as "The Bandshell Right Next to the Zoo" or "The Remarkable Farkle McBride." "Marsupial Sue," a character from another of Lithgow's books, shows up in a song here, and Neuwirth duets with Lithgow on a charming version of "The Wrong Note Rag." A playful album with just the right amount of silliness, Farkle and Friends will appeal not only to fans of the book and Lithgow's other work, but to anyone partial to witty children's music.

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Performance Credits

John Lithgow   Primary Artist
Barry Zweig   Guitar
Bebe Neuwirth   Track Performer
Marissa Benedict   Trumpet
Andrea Byers   Violin
Jon Clarke   Oboe
Jeff Driskill   Clarinet,Saxophone,Woodwind
Lisa Edelstein   Bass
Mike Englander   Percussion
Stefanie Fife   Cello
Richard Garcia   Latin Percussion
Grant Geissman   Guitar
Dominic Genova   Bass
Maurice Grants   Cello
Scottie Haskell   Children's Chorus
Scott Higgins   Percussion
Paula Hochhalter   Cello
Peter Kent   Violin,Concert Master
Gina Kronstadt   Violin
Bill Liston   Saxophone,Woodwind
Andy Martin   Trombone
Joe Meyer   French Horn
Charlie Morillas   Trombone
Bruce Otto   Trombone
Gordon Peeke   Percussion,Drums
Brian Pezzone   Piano
Karie Prescott   Viola
Geri Rotella   Bass
Machito Sanchez   Latin Percussion
Bob Sanders   Bass Trombone
Amy Shulman   Bass
Jim Sitterly   Violin
Isela Sotelo   Children's Chorus
David Stenske   Viola
Sally Stevens   Children's Chorus
Doug Tornquist   Tuba
Sarah Orme Weisz   Bass
Margaret Wooten   Violin
Shari Zippert   Violin
Joel Hamilton   Bass
Dave Stone   Bass
Susan Chatman   Violin
Rob Lorentz   Violin
Anders Swanson   Bass
Francis Benítez   Children's Chorus
Jai Winding   Piano
Christine Schillinger   Children's Chorus
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Peggy Baldwin   Cello
Andrew Picken   Viola
Vanessa Plata   Children's Chorus
Adriana Zoppo   Violin
Rudy Stein   Cello
Miriam Mayer   Viola
Lynn Grants   Viola
Eric Gorfain   Violin
Nathan Campbell   French Horn
Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra   Piano,Conductor
Jay Mason   Clarinet,Saxophone,Woodwind
Cameron Patrick   Violin
Bob Becker   Viola
Alice Wrate   Violin
Allen Savedoff   Bassoon
Isaac Plata   Children's Chorus
Darlene Alfuso   Violin
Donald Clarke   Trumpet
Phillip D. Feather   Oboe,Saxophone,Woodwind
Kristy Morrell   French Horn
Constance Meyer   Violin
Brandon Kane   Children's Chorus
Tomas Raney   Percussion
John Mitchell   Bassoon,Saxophone,Woodwind

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Arranger
John Lithgow   Producer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Robin Campbell   Art Direction
Johnny Green   Arranger
Ray Henderson   Composer
Mark Linett   Engineer
Cassie Miller   Contributor
Isela Sotelo   Choir Contractor
Sally Stevens   Choir Contractor
Matt Hathaway   Engineer
Jai Winding   Producer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra   Arranger,Adaptation
Michael Lescault   Contributor
John OCampo   Contributor
Diane Freiman Reynolds   Contributor
C.F. Payne   Cover Illustration

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Farkle and Friends 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lithgow pulls out the stops with his five originals here: ''The Bandstand Right Next To The Zoo,'' ''Carmencita,'' ''I Got Two Dogs,'' ''Marsupial Sue'' (the musical version of Lithgow's second kids book about being happy with yourself) and the title cut, a rollicking introduction to the instruments in an orchestra. Rounding out the album are four kid-friendly classics: Irving Berlin's ''I'd Rather Lead A Band,'' Leonard Bernstein's swinging ''The Wrong Note Rag'' (featuring a duet with Emmy and Tony award-winner Bebe Neuwirth), ''The Hippopotamus Song,'' and the Shirley Temple signature tune ''Animal Crackers In My Soup.'' It's a wonderful antidote to simple-minded children's musical fare, especially for those who long for the wide-eyed wonder of performers such as Danny Kaye.