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New Faces '68 [Original Broadway Cast Album]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Leonard Sillman staged his first New Faces revue on Broadway in 1934; 34 years later came his seventh and final effort, New Faces of '68. The revue format was practically moribund by then, and it didn't help that the show opened in the midst of national crises that made it seem sillier than it was and even -- that most dreaded of 1960s putdowns -- irrelevant. One month before the opening on May 2, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated. One week before the closing on June 15, the same thing happened to New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy. No wonder the show ran only 52 performances. Who wanted to go to the musical theater at times like that, unless it was to see ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Leonard Sillman staged his first New Faces revue on Broadway in 1934; 34 years later came his seventh and final effort, New Faces of '68. The revue format was practically moribund by then, and it didn't help that the show opened in the midst of national crises that made it seem sillier than it was and even -- that most dreaded of 1960s putdowns -- irrelevant. One month before the opening on May 2, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated. One week before the closing on June 15, the same thing happened to New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy. No wonder the show ran only 52 performances. Who wanted to go to the musical theater at times like that, unless it was to see Hair? Even in better times, however, New Faces of '68 might not have had much of a chance, especially if its level of sketch comedy is accurately indicated by "Tango," a series of "believe it or else" one-liners accompanied by Spike Jones-style percussion that didn't offer any competition to the joke-wall on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, available for free on TV. As might be expected, the musical selections and the cast of unknowns are wildly uneven. Most of the performers were making their only Broadway appearances, which seems a shame only in the case of Marilyn Child, who affectingly sings the proto-women's lib ballad "Where Is Me?" Of the performers who did go on to other things, Brandon Maggart later a featured performer in Applause among other shows makes the best out of a series of songs using numbers and letters as puns that should have turned up later on Sesame Street; Robert Klein later the star of They're Playing Our Song in addition to an extensive career as a comedian has several funny bits, singing "Love in a New Tempo" the new tempo being a march and mugging his way through the parodies "Hullabaloo at Thebes" a musical version of Oedipus and "Die Zusammenfugung" an opera about marijuana. Joining Klein in the last is Madeline Kahn later the star of On the Twentieth Century as well as many comic films, who gets to show off her operatic voice, though her real showcase is "Das Chicago Song," a Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht send-up in which she gets to do to Lotte Lenya what she would later do to Marlene Dietrich in Blazing Saddles. For most musical theater fans, the turns by Klein and Kahn will more than justify the purchase of this album. Interestingly, missing from the disc is "The Girl of the Minute," a song from the show that marked the Broadway debut of the songwriters David Shire and Richard Maltby, Jr.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2005
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471907025
  • Catalog Number: 19070
  • Sales rank: 300,048

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Original Broadway Cast Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Robert Klein Vocals
Madeline Kahn Vocals
Marilyn Child Vocals
Brandon Maggart Vocals
Frank Wagner Dialogue
Leonard Sillman Vocals, Staging
Nancie Phillips Vocals
Elaine Giftos Vocals
George Ormiston Vocals
Suzanne Astor Vocals
Ted Simons Musical Direction
Frank Wagner Dialogue
Trudy Carson Vocals
Rod Perry Vocals
Michael K. Allen Vocals
Gloria Bleezarde Vocals
Technical Credits
Alonzo Levister Composer, Lyricist
David Axelrod Composer, Lyricist
Michael Cohen Composer, Lyricist
Carl Friberg Composer, Lyricist
Fred Hellerman Composer, Lyricist
Richard Maltby Jr. Composer, Lyricist
Phil Ramone Engineer
David Shire Composer, Lyricist
Alan Silverman Mastering
Gail Parent Composer, Lyricist
Kenny Solms Composer, Lyricist
Miles Kreuger Liner Notes
Sam Pottle Composer, Lyricist
Murray Grand Composer, Lyricist
Winn Morton Costume Design
June Carroll Composer, Lyricist
Sidney Shaw Composer, Lyricist
Tony Geiss Composer, Lyricist
Clark Gesner Composer, Lyricist
Dan O'Leary Reissue Producer
Frank Wagner Continuity
Leonard Sillman Concept
Paul Nassau Composer, Lyricist
Fran Minkoff Composer, Lyricist
Hal Hackady Composer, Lyricist
Gene Bissell Lyricist
Jerry Powell Composer, Lyricist
George Lee Producer
Arthur Diegel Composer, Lyricist
Michael McWhinney Composer, Lyricist
Ronny Graham Composer, Lyricist
Dan O'Leary Reissue Producer
Frank Wagner Continuity
Leonard Stillman Producer
George Lee Audio Production
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