In Trousers [Original Cast Recording]

In Trousers [Original Cast Recording]

     
 

William Finn wrote the book and songs for and directed In Trousers, a one-act musical, which had brief off-Broadway runs in 1979 and 1981. A sequel, March of the Falsettos, ran successfully off Broadway in 1981. Falsettoland, the third show in what was by now known as "the Marvin trilogy," ran successfully offSee more details below

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William Finn wrote the book and songs for and directed In Trousers, a one-act musical, which had brief off-Broadway runs in 1979 and 1981. A sequel, March of the Falsettos, ran successfully off Broadway in 1981. Falsettoland, the third show in what was by now known as "the Marvin trilogy," ran successfully off Broadway in 1990. The last two were combined and opened on Broadway as Falsettos in 1992 for a successful run. Since Finn turned out to be the most impressive songwriting talent to emerge in the musical theater in the 1980s, this record, a cast recording of the 1979 production, is of more than passing interest, even if, in comparison to its successors, it is slight. Still, the music is lively and melodic, the lyrics often provocative and surprising, and the performances, notably that of Chip Zien, who appeared in the later shows in a different role, arresting. In Trousers is interesting as a prologue for what Finn would develop much further later. The 1996 CD reissue adds as a bonus track "I'm Breaking Down," the one new song in the Broadway edition of Falsettos.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/02/1996
Label:
Original Cast Record
UPC:
0741117961425
catalogNumber:
9614

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Tracks

  1. Marvin's Giddy Seizures  - Joanna Green
  2. How the Body Falls Apart ... Your Lips and Me  - Joanna Green
  3. My High School Sweetheart  - Joanna Green
  4. Set Those Sails  - Joanna Green
  5. My Chance to Survive the Night
  6. I Am Wearing a Hat (Marvin Takes a Wife)  - Joanna Green
  7. How Marvin Eats His Breakfast  - Joanna Green
  8. A Breakfast Over Sugar
  9. Whizzer Going Down  - Joanna Green
  10. High School Ladies at 5 o'clock ... The Rape of Miss Goldberg by Marvin  - Joanna Green
  11. The Nausea Before the Game ... Love Me For What I Am  - Joanna Green
  12. Michael's Final Words From How America Got Its Name ... Your Lips and M  - Joanna Green
  13. Another Sleepness Night  - Joanna Green
  14. In Trousers (The Dream)  - Joanna Green
  15. I'm Breaking Down
  16. [Unspecified Track]

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Laurie Howe   Cello
Michael Starobin   Keyboards,Musical Direction
Clark Suprynowicz   Bass
Chip Zien   Vocals,cast
Alison Fraser   Vocals,cast
Mary Testa   Vocals,cast
Michael P. Tanner   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Joanna Green   Vocals,cast
David Witt   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Maria Hill   Violin
In Trousers Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
In Trousers Cast Ensemble   cast

Technical Credits

William Finn   Composer,Director,Lyricist,Liner Notes,Author
Michael Starobin   Orchestration
Bruce Yeko   Producer
Doris Chu   Producer
Ira Weitzman   Producer
Phil Kapp   Engineer
Marta Renzi   Choreographer
Ira Weltzman   Producer
Doris Chu Yeko   Producer

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