So Long, 174th Street [Cast Recording]

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
A supremely charming and entertaining recording, So Long, 174th Street can only raise the question -- why wasn't the show itself more successful? Oh, the score by Stan Daniels (who also wrote the lyrics) may be a little less inventive than one might ideally hope for, but the cast, led by Robert Morse, Kaye Ballard, and Lori Ackerman, and also featuring George S. Irving, is as charming as any ever assembled, and Morse's and Ackerman's duets are totally beguiling, and the choruses and ensembles are catchy, spirited, and memorable with a vengeance. The failure of the 1976 stage production (which closed after 16 performances) is a mystery, but at least we have this 1993 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
A supremely charming and entertaining recording, So Long, 174th Street can only raise the question -- why wasn't the show itself more successful? Oh, the score by Stan Daniels (who also wrote the lyrics) may be a little less inventive than one might ideally hope for, but the cast, led by Robert Morse, Kaye Ballard, and Lori Ackerman, and also featuring George S. Irving, is as charming as any ever assembled, and Morse's and Ackerman's duets are totally beguiling, and the choruses and ensembles are catchy, spirited, and memorable with a vengeance. The failure of the 1976 stage production (which closed after 16 performances) is a mystery, but at least we have this 1993 recording, beautifully produced and lovingly and wittily performed. The musical was based on Joseph Stein's play Enter Laughing (which, in turn, was based on Carl Reiner's semi-autobiographical novel), and the travails of aspiring actor David Kolowitz (Morse) make for delightful listening. The annotation by Stein himself is more telling about the piece and the back-story than the production, but it's sufficient as an introduction. And the sound on the CD is impeccable. The only thing we'd like to see out of it would be another attempt to mount this as a stage production, to fully realize the work, but in the meantime this delightful CD will suffice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/1995
  • Label: Original Cast Record
  • UPC: 741117934122
  • Catalog Number: 9341
  • Sales rank: 87,820

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Act 1. Overture (4:15)
  2. 2 Act 1. David Kolowitz, the Actor (4:18)
  3. 3 Act 1. It's Like (2:06)
  4. 4 Act 1. I'm Undressing Girls With My Eyes - Lawrence John Moss (3:08)
  5. 5 Act 1. Bolero On Rye - Patti Karr (2:16)
  6. 6 Act 1. Whoever You Are (1:00)
  7. 7 Act 1. Say The Words (3:10)
  8. 8 Act 1. You - Barbara Lang (3:18)
  9. 9 Act 1. My Son, the Druggist - Kaye Ballard (4:41)
  10. 10 Act 1. He Touched Her (2:02)
  11. 11 Act 1. Men - Jimmy Brennan (3:58)
  12. 12 Act 1. Boy, Oh Boy (4:57)
  13. 13 Act 2. The Butler's Song - George S. Irving (3:55)
  14. 14 Act 2. Being With You (2:33)
  15. 15 Act 2. If You Want To Break Your Mother's Heart - Kaye Ballard (4:06)
  16. 16 Act 2. Hot Cha Cha - Stan Daniels (2:20)
  17. 17 Act 2. So Long, 174th Street (6:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Morse Primary Artist, Vocals, cast
Kaye Ballard Vocals, cast
George S. Irving cast
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett Choir, Chorus
Milton Rosenstock Vocal Director
Loni Ackerman Vocals, cast
Arthur Rubin Vocals, cast
Joy Franz cast
Dave Berk Choir, Chorus
Richard Marr Choir, Chorus
Lee Winston Choir, Chorus
Susan Stroman Choir, Chorus
Stan Daniels Vocals
Barbara Lang Vocals, cast
Jimmy Brennan Vocals, cast
Marcia Brushingham Choir, Chorus
Connie Coit Choir, Chorus
Dennis Holland Choir, Chorus
Patti Karr Vocals, cast
Ellen Manning Choir, Chorus
Darleigh Miller Choir, Chorus
Lawrence John Moss Vocals, cast
P.J. Nelson Choir, Chorus
So Long, 174th Street Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
George Irving Vocals
Girls of the So Long, 174th Street Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
So Long, 174th Street Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Luther Henderson Arranger, Orchestration
William David Brohn Orchestration
Carl Reiner Author
Milton Rosenstock Music Direction
Alan Johnson Choreographer
Robert Sher Producer
Wally Harper Arranger
Bruce Yeko Producer
William Krasnoborski Art Direction
Jim Riley Scenery
Burt Shevelove Director
Joseph Stein Liner Notes, Book
Stan Daniels Composer, Lyricist, Executive Producer
Stanley Simmons Costume Design
Graciela Daniele Assistant Choreographer
Frederick Brisson Presentation
Tom Morrow Cover Art
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