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

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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."
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).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/27/2007
  • Label: Ghostlight
  • UPC: 791558442526
  • Catalog Number: 84425
  • Sales rank: 320,503

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Original Broadway Cast 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 II 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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