Mack & Mabel [1988 London Cast]

Mack & Mabel [1988 London Cast]

     
 

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Jerry Herman's Mack & Mabel managed only 65 performances on Broadway in 1974, but it spawned a cast album that joined the ranks of legendary recordings of flops prized by musical theater fans who pondered how the show could have failed with music so good. More than 13 years later, in February 1988, that score was performed on-stage again at the Theatre RoyalSee more details below

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Jerry Herman's Mack & Mabel managed only 65 performances on Broadway in 1974, but it spawned a cast album that joined the ranks of legendary recordings of flops prized by musical theater fans who pondered how the show could have failed with music so good. More than 13 years later, in February 1988, that score was performed on-stage again at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London to raise money for a hospital cancer fund with Herman in attendance and a group of major theater performers to sing the songs. The performance was not a "cast" version, since the singers did not stick to single characters from the show. George Hearn, Denis Quilley, and Stubby Kaye all sang songs associated with the first of the title characters, silent film director Mack Sennett, among others, and Paige O'Hara, Frances Ruffelle, Debbie Shapiro, and Georgia Brown sang the songs of silent film star Mabel Normand, among others. Generally, the men were better than the women. Ruffelle, for example, seemed to be attempting to channel the original Mabel, Bernadette Peters. But Shapiro and Brown (in her one song, "Time Heals Everything") acquitted themselves well. The structure of the performance may have worked better in the theater than it does on record. Usually, Herman himself is heard singing in his thin voice over his own piano accompaniment, only for a couple of lines of a song, which is then picked up and repeated by the chosen singer. And maybe due to the occasion or the "in concert" nature of the evening, nearly every song is pitched as a showstopper, which can be exhausting. But the score holds up, especially the semi-standards that have emerged from it, "I Won't Send Roses" and "Time Heals Everything."

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/1994
Label:
First Night Records
UPC:
5014636601529
catalogNumber:
6015

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Herman   Track Performer
Don Pippin   Conductor
George "Funky" Brown   Track Performer
Debbie Shapiro   Track Performer
Stephen Hill   Track Performer
Frances Ruffelle   Track Performer
David Toguri   Staging
Tommy Tune   Track Performer
George Hearn   Track Performer
David Firman   Conductor,Musical Direction
Denis Quilley   Track Performer
Stubby Kaye   Track Performer
Donald Pippn & Orchestra   Conductor,Musical Direction
David Jacobs   Track Performer
Paige O'Hara   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jerry Herman   Composer
Don Pippin   Musical Director
Georgia Brown   Contributor
Jean Gilbert   Contributor
Steve O'Hara   Contributor
Debbie Shapiro   Contributor
Stephen Hill   Contributor
John Luard Timperley   Producer,Engineer
Mark Josephs   Contributor
Frances Ruffelle   Contributor
Stubby Kay   Contributor
Nigel Waugh   Contributor
Mary Carewe   Contributor
David Toguri   Director,Contributor
Tommy Tune   Contributor
George Hearn   Contributor
Lee Gibson   Contributor
Anne Skates   Contributor
John Craig   Producer
David Firman   Musical Director
Susan Flannery   Contributor
Barry J. Mishon   Producer
Denis Quilley   Contributor
Gerry Tebbutt   Contributor
David Urwin   Contributor
Michael Dore   Contributor
Michael Winsor   Contributor
Robert Fardell   Contributor
Becky Norman   Contributor
Elizabeth Watts   Contributor
Stephen Jeffries   Contributor
Robert Meadmore   Contributor
Sue Aldred   Contributor
Lindsay Dolan   Choreographer
Paige O'Hara   Contributor

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