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Merrily We Roll Along [Original Broadway Cast] [Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Songwriter Stephen Sondheim and librettist George Furth's 1981 musical Merrily We Roll Along, based on the 1934 George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart play, was -- like its predecessor -- more of a critical success, at least over time, than a popular one. In fact, with a run of only 16 performances, the musical was an outright flop, the worst commercial failure in the career of Sondheim, Broadway's leading composer, since Anyone Can Whistle ran nine performances in 1964. The reasons may have been several, the most significant one perhaps being the same backwards structure adopted by the play (each scene takes place earlier in time than the one before it), which intrigued ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Songwriter Stephen Sondheim and librettist George Furth's 1981 musical Merrily We Roll Along, based on the 1934 George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart play, was -- like its predecessor -- more of a critical success, at least over time, than a popular one. In fact, with a run of only 16 performances, the musical was an outright flop, the worst commercial failure in the career of Sondheim, Broadway's leading composer, since Anyone Can Whistle ran nine performances in 1964. The reasons may have been several, the most significant one perhaps being the same backwards structure adopted by the play (each scene takes place earlier in time than the one before it), which intrigued critics but tended to leave audiences confused and disengaged. Other reasons may have included the casting of young unknowns and the low-key staging and costumes, which consisted largely of sweatshirts. Then there was the plot, which concerned an idealistic young playwright (in the play) or composer (in the musical) who becomes jaded during the course of the story, except of course that in this telling he starts out jaded and becomes idealistic. In any case, the reason why the musical was remembered after those 16 performances and revived several times was Sondheim's score, which is one of his best. Writing from personal knowledge and covering the time period of his own career (1955-1980), Sondheim composed some of his most moving love songs ("Not a Day Goes By," "Good Thing Going") and some of his wittiest patter songs ("Franklin Shepard, Inc.," "Bobby and Jackie and Jack") in a collection that held together extraordinarily well. That young cast turned out to have some budding talents, including Lonny Price, who went on to a successful career as a stage director, and Jason Alexander, who starred on-stage (Jerome Robbins' Broadway) before achieving national television fame on Seinfeld. This is one of those cast albums, like House of Flowers or Anyone Can Whistle, that makes the listener marvel that the stage production could have failed when the music is so wonderful. [The 1985 CD reissue of the album added as a bonus track the song "It's a Hit!," which had been eliminated from the initial 1982 LP release for space reasons. The 2007 CD reissue added two more bonus tracks, one a previously unreleased demo recording of "It's a Hit!" enthusiastically performed by Sondheim himself, and the other a live performance of "Not a Day Goes By" by Bernadette Peters from her album Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2007
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828766863727
  • Catalog Number: 68637

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture - Original Broadway Cast (3:55)
  2. 2 The Hills of Tomorrow / Merrily We Roll Along (1980) / Rich And Happy - Original Broadway Cast (10:20)
  3. 3 Merrily We Roll Along (1979-1975) / Old Friends / Like It Was - Original Broadway Cast (3:59)
  4. 4 Merrily We Roll Along (1974-1973) / Franklin Shepard, Inc. - Original Broadway Cast (5:35)
  5. 5 Old Friends - Original Broadway Cast (4:40)
  6. 6 Not A Day Goes By - Original Broadway Cast (2:23)
  7. 7 Now You Know - Original Broadway Cast (4:10)
  8. 8 It's A Hit! - Original Broadway Cast (4:39)
  9. 9 Merrily We Roll Along (1964-1962) / Good Thing Going - Original Broadway Cast (5:40)
  10. 10 Merrily We Roll Along (1961-1960) / Bobby And Jackie And Jack - Original Broadway Cast (5:11)
  11. 11 Not A Day Goes By - Original Broadway Cast (2:22)
  12. 12 Opening Doors - Original Broadway Cast (6:53)
  13. 13 Our Time - Original Broadway Cast (4:22)
  14. 14 The Hills Of Tomorrow - Original Broadway Cast (2:22)
  15. 15 It's A Hit (Bonus track) - Original Broadway Cast (6:00)
  16. 16 Not A Day Goes By (Bonus track) - Original Broadway Cast (3:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stephen Sondheim Primary Artist, Vocals
Tom Shea Vocals
Bernadette Peters Vocals
Seymour Barab Track Performer
John Beal Track Performer
John Campo Track Performer
Tom Fay Track Performer
David Gale Track Performer
Jack Gale Track Performer
Paul Gemignani Conductor
Paul Ingraham Track Performer
Steve Johns Track Performer
Charles McCracken Track Performer
John Moses Track Performer
Harriet Orenstein Track Performer
Les Scott Track Performer
Alan Shulman Track Performer
Edward Strauss Track Performer
Roger Wendt Track Performer
Liz Callaway Vocals
The American Theatre Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Clarissa Howell Track Performer
Eduard Strauss Track Performer
Avron Coleman Track Performer
Gary Stevens Vocals
Paul Pizzuti Track Performer
Jason Alexander Vocals
David Loud Track Performer
Charles Millard Track Performer
Nick Cerrato Track Performer
Steven Jacob Vocals
Daisy Prince Vocals
Ann Morrison Vocals
Irving Berger Track Performer
Donna Marie Elio Vocals
Marianna Allen Vocals
Robert Ayers Track Performer
David Shine Vocals
David Cady Vocals
Tonya Pinkins Vocals
John X. Reed Track Performer
Lonny Price Vocals
Terry Finn Vocals
James Bonkovsky Vocals
David Brown Track Performer
Giancarlo Esposito Vocals
Geoffrey Horne Vocals
Paul Hyams Vocals
Sally Klein Vocals
George Maniere Track Performer
Abby Pogrebim Vocals
Forest D. Ray Vocals
Clark Sayre Vocals
Steve Uscher Track Performer
Maryrose Wood Vocals
Jim Walton Vocals
David Shiner Vocals
Marc Moritz Vocals
Mary Johansen Vocals
David Brown Track Performer
Paul Pizzutti Track Performer
Janie Gleason Vocals
Jim Walton Vocals
Garry Stevens Vocals
John Reed Track Performer
Technical Credits
Stephen Sondheim Composer, Lyricist
Didier C. Deutsch Reissue Producer
Paul Gemignani Musical Director
Paul Goodman Engineer
Jay David Saks Producer
Harold Prince Director
Thomas Z. Shepard Producer, Audio Production
Darcy Proper Reissue Producer
Nick Sangiamo Cover Photo
Richard Jay-Alexander Liner Notes
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Darcy M. Proper Reissue Producer
Larry Fuller Choreographer
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