Love Musik: A New Broadway Musical [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

Love Musik: A New Broadway Musical [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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The term "jukebox musical" was used in the early years of the 21st century to refer to a type of Broadway show in which the score consisted of long-familiar songs, often from the pop realm, with a jury-rigged story written to accommodate them, the model being Mamma Mia!, which employed the music of ABBA. LoveMusik, which ran onSee more details below

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The term "jukebox musical" was used in the early years of the 21st century to refer to a type of Broadway show in which the score consisted of long-familiar songs, often from the pop realm, with a jury-rigged story written to accommodate them, the model being Mamma Mia!, which employed the music of ABBA. LoveMusik, which ran on Broadway for a while during 2007, might be called a jukebox musical in this sense, although, unlike that show and some others, the music derived from an actual Broadway composer, not a pop act. LoveMusik was a musical stage biography of composer Kurt Weill and his on-again, off-again wife, actress/singer Lotte Lenya, inspired by the 1997 book of the couple's correspondence, Speak Low (When You Speak Love), edited by Lys Symonette and Kim Kowalke. The book of the musical was written by Alfred Uhry, who also went through Weill's catalog of music to pick songs. While maintaining the broad outlines of the Weill/Lenya story, Uhry did not feel constrained to literal accuracy, and he paid no attention to chronology with respect to the songs, which might come from years before or after the time in which they were performed in the show. (To overcome the stylistic differences between Weill's German and American periods, new orchestrations were written by Jonathan Tunick.) Donna Murphy, as Lenya, did not attempt to sound like the real singer, and neither did Michael Cerveris as Weill, or David Pittu as Weill collaborator Bertolt Brecht (both of whom left a few recordings); they all just adopted German accents and left it at that. All of this actually liberated the book writer and the cast to play with the interpretations of some famous songs. At times, Uhry seemed a bit too clever, as when he took "That's Him," usually sung by a woman explaining how she identified a man to whom she was attracted, and gave it to Cerveris to sing as a bittersweet explanation of how he recognized the kind of man his wife was likely to run off with, or, with some judicious editing and added dialogue, handed "September Song," originally written as an older man's reflection on his attraction to younger women, to Murphy. Beyond such parlor tricks, Weill fans could be happy to hear such rarely performed songs as "I Don't Love You," "Schickelgruber" (about Adolf Hitler), and "Buddy on the Night Shift" (lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II). They helped make the cast album something more than just another recording of Weill's best songs. (Perhaps for business reasons, the 67-minute disc was missing four songs performed in the show on-stage: "Wooden Wedding," "Come to Paris," "How Can You Tell an American?," and "Youkali.")

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Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle - Robert Hurwitt
The dynamic Brecht-Weill numbers, "Tango Ballad," "Moritat" and "Alabama Song," kick the album into high gear with Murphy and David Pittu's slyly caustic, vibrant Brecht (backed by an outstanding trio of Brecht's Women).

Product Details

Release Date:
11/27/2007
Label:
Ghostlight
UPC:
0791558442526
catalogNumber:
84425
Rank:
132562

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Original Cast Recording   Primary Artist,Indexed Contributor
Billy Miller   Percussion,Drums
John Winder   Clarinet,Bassoon,Saxophone
Michael Cerveris   Vocals
David Blinn   Viola
Herndon Lackey   Vocals
Sarah Seiver   Cello
Judy Blazer   Vocals
Ann Morrison   Vocals
Nicholas Archer   Piano,Conductor
Rachel Ulanet   Vocals
John Scher   Vocals
Donna Murphy   Vocals
Judith Blazer   Vocals
Graham Rowat   Vocals
David Pittu   Vocals
David Pittu   Vocals
Erik Liberman   Vocals
Love Musik Cast Ensemble   Choir, Chorus
Love Musik Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
James Ercole   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone
Elaine Burt   Trumpet
Patrisa Tomassini   Violin
Jeffrey Cooper   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Kurt Weill   Composer,Lyricist
Langston Hughes   Lyricist
Marty Bell   Liner Notes
Bertolt Brecht   Lyricist
Ogden Nash   Lyricist
Howard Dietz   Lyricist
Ira Gershwin   Lyricist
Oscar Hammerstein   Lyricist
Alan Jay Lerner   Lyricist
Joel Moss   Producer,Audio Production,Engineering
Steve Norman   Audio Production
Harold Prince   Director
Scott Hull   Mastering
Carol Rosegg   Production Photography
Paul Huntley   Wig Designer
Maxwell Anderson   Lyricist
Alfred Uhry   Liner Notes,Book
Barry Grove   Executive Producer
Jan Folkson   Engineering
Noah Cornman   Audio Production
Kurt Deutsch   Executive Producer
Henry Leutwyler   Cover Photo
Duncan Robert Edwards   Sound Design
Lynne Meadow   Artistic Director
Elmer Rice   Lyricist
Joshua Halperin   Production Stage Manager
Josh Halloway   Liner Notes
Beowulf Boritt   Scenic Design
Judith Dolan   Costume Design
Mandy Greenfield   Artistic Director
Duncan Edwards   Sound Design
Paige Evans   Artistic Director
Kristen Blodgette   Musical Supervision
Seth Shepsle   Company Manager
Milton Granger   Vocal Arrangements,Text Translation
Debra A. Waxman   Marketing
Maurice Magre   Lyricist
Mark Simon   Casting

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