Saturday Night [Original New York Cast Recording]

Saturday Night [Original New York Cast Recording]

     
 

SATURDAY NIGHT, Stephen Sondheim's latest New York premiere, is also the legendary composer's first professional effort. Originally slated for the Great White Way in 1955, this charming musical comedy was shelved after the untimely death of the show's producer. Forty-five years later, SATURDAY NIGHT wowed critics with its delicious and wistfully nostalgic score,… See more details below

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SATURDAY NIGHT, Stephen Sondheim's latest New York premiere, is also the legendary composer's first professional effort. Originally slated for the Great White Way in 1955, this charming musical comedy was shelved after the untimely death of the show's producer. Forty-five years later, SATURDAY NIGHT wowed critics with its delicious and wistfully nostalgic score, overflowing with Sondheim's singular genius for verbal dexterity and unusual rhyming schemes. Set in Brooklyn on the eve of the 1929 stock market crash, this simple tale of a restless group of friends eager for love and adventure received a superb production starring silky-smooth Aussie cabaret star David Campbell. This debut American recording features the exqusite ballads "So Many People" and "What More Do I Need?" as well as "That Kind of a Neighborhood" and the colorful title song, ensemble numbers that anticipate WEST SIDE STORY's wickedly satirical lyrics. SATURDAY NIGHT also includes music not heard onstage, including an extended "Overture" and two previously unrecorded songs, "Montana Chem" and "Delighted, I'm Sure." Until his next opus arrives, SATURDAY NIGHT will be manna for the Master's many ardent devotees.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
After having its world premiere in London in 1997, 43 years after it was written, Stephen Sondheim's first professional musical, Saturday Night, was produced in Chicago in 1999 and finally, on January 18, 2000, opened off-Broadway in New York. Based on a play by Julius J. and Philip G. Epstein, it tells the tale of a group of male friends in Brooklyn in 1929, most of whom are focused on getting dates on Saturday night, though one is determined to rise socially and financially, even if he has to break a few rules to do it. The young Sondheim demonstrates a feel for these ethnic characters that probably helped lead the producers of West Side Story to think he could also handle the words sung by the gang members in that show. But as in West Side Story, he sometimes has them using a vocabulary that is implausibly large, and the songs show off the sharp wit for which he later became known, especially "In the Movies," which contrasts real life with screen fantasy, and "What More Do I Need?," a declaration of love despite the travails of urban life. The tuneful music is a mixture of 1950s show music conventions and accurate pastiches of 1920s pop, the latter including "Love's a Bond," a song it's easy to imagine coming out of the megaphone of Rudy Vallée. The 1997 London production of Saturday Night produced a cast album in 1998, but this one is an improvement on it. Sondheim revised the show for the Chicago production, and this album contains several previously unheard songs and reprises. The American cast is an improvement on the British one, which sometimes had trouble with those Brooklyn accents. And the album is packaged with an elaborate CD booklet that contains the lyrics. As such, this Saturday Night is the preferred recording.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/20/2000
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597960921
catalogNumber:
79609

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Performance Credits

Belinda Whitney-Barratt   Violin
Kenneth Burward-Hoy   Viola
Eugene J. Moye   Cello
Brian O'Flaherty   Trumpet
Suzanne Ornstein   Violin
Clay Ruede   Viola
Rogers   Violin
Scott   Woodwind
Clinton Sharman   Trombone
Richard Sortomme   Violin
John Winder   Woodwind
Steve Marzullo   Synthesizer
Maura Giannini   Violin
Scott Ballantyne   Cello
Richard Heckman   Woodwind
Toby Appel   Viola
Rachel Ulanet   Vocals
Lauren Ward   Vocals
Tino Gagliardi   Trumpet
Matt Peterson   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Tommy Krasker   Producer
Joel Moss   Engineer
Bruce Samuels   Programming
Ric Wilson   Mastering

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