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Mack & Mabel [1988 London Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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: 6/28/1994
  • Label: First Night Records
  • UPC: 501463660157
  • Catalog Number: 6015
  • Sales rank: 162,945

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (4:53)
  2. 2 Introduction - David Jacobs (0:39)
  3. 3 When Movies Were Movies (3:19)
  4. 4 Look What Happened to Mabel - Paige O'Hara (4:31)
  5. 5 Big Time (3:28)
  6. 6 I Won't Send Roses (4:03)
  7. 7 I Won't Send Roses (Reprise) (1:57)
  8. 8 I Wanna Make the World Laugh (3:21)
  9. 9 Wherever He Ain't (3:06)
  10. 10 Hundreds of Girls - Denis Quilley (4:47)
  11. 11 Entr'acte (2:57)
  12. 12 When Mabel Comes in the Room - Paige O'Hara (6:17)
  13. 13 Hit 'Em on the Head (3:58)
  14. 14 Time Heals Everything (3:31)
  15. 15 Tap Your Troubles Away (4:14)
  16. 16 I Promise You a Happy Ending (4:06)
  17. 17 I Won't Send Roses (Reprise) (1:11)
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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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