Sondheim On Sondheim [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Sean Patrick Flahaven, executive producer of this original cast recording of the 2010 Broadway musical revue Sondheim on Sondheim, begins his liner notes by pointing out that "There have been a wonderfully staggering 17 Broadway productions of Sondheim shows in the past 15 years...." Flahaven is not talking about new shows, however; the last time composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim wrote the score for a new Broadway musical was in 1994. Those 17 productions are all revivals of Sondheim's old shows or, like Sondheim on Sondheim, musical anthologies of his work. That is a measure of the standing in which Sondheim, who turned 80 in 2010, is held among musical theater ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Sean Patrick Flahaven, executive producer of this original cast recording of the 2010 Broadway musical revue Sondheim on Sondheim, begins his liner notes by pointing out that "There have been a wonderfully staggering 17 Broadway productions of Sondheim shows in the past 15 years...." Flahaven is not talking about new shows, however; the last time composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim wrote the score for a new Broadway musical was in 1994. Those 17 productions are all revivals of Sondheim's old shows or, like Sondheim on Sondheim, musical anthologies of his work. That is a measure of the standing in which Sondheim, who turned 80 in 2010, is held among musical theater aficionados, and Sondheim on Sondheim is a show for them. Sondheim himself is heard and, in the production, seen on film discussing various aspects of his life and career, with the cast of eight including the veterans Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams, and Tom Wopat, plus five talented younger performers illuminating his points by singing songs from his shows. Sondheim begins at the beginning, with his birth, but almost immediately he dismisses a strictly chronological narrative, declaring, "Let's skip around." That they do, to the extent that the show is not a musical autobiography so much as a series of anecdotes and observations punctuated by some of Sondheim's best songs. "This is not 'And then I wrote …,'" Flahaven warns, and he's right, but, to a certain extent, it is "And then we cut …" because many of the songs were written for, but ultimately not used in, Sondheim musicals. For example, in the case of Company, an early version of "I Am Not Getting Married Today" called "The Wedding Is Off" is presented, and two unused tries at a finale, "Multitudes of Amys" and "Happily Ever After," precede the actual one, "Being Alive." Sondheim fans inevitably will note missing favorites, and there is no attempt at balancing the selections among his shows. In fact, if anything, an attempt seems to have been made to promote relatively obscure Sondheim musicals perhaps in hope of inspiring revivals at the expense of better-known ones. So, for example, there's nothing here from Sweeney Todd, but there are extensive excerpts, including two full productions numbers, from Merrily We Roll Along, which has not been revived on Broadway since it flopped in 1981. The cast album does not reflect exactly the show as it was performed on-stage. Two numbers from an unproduced 1951 musical, Climb High "Talent/When I Get Famous" are included, even though they were cut from the show, while "Ah, But Underneath" from the 1987 revised version of Follies, a showcase for Williams, is not here. Also, although the album spreads across two CDs with extra room available, Sondheim's comments have been trimmed here and there; notably, a harsh memory about his mother has been deleted. That said, the album is generally a good audio representation of a show made for musical theater fans hungry for inside stories about a man who, as the only new song sardonically puts it, has been referred to as "God."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/2010
  • Label: P.S. Classics
  • UPC: 803607109325
  • Catalog Number: 1093
  • Sales rank: 41,930

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My name is Stephen Joseph Sondheim... (1:37)
  2. 2 Invocation / Forget War [from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the (1:37)
  3. 3 Love Is in the Air [from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1:21)
  4. 4 Comedy Tonight (0:48)
  5. 5 Take Me to the World (2:17)
  6. 6 Ten years after I was born (0:47)
  7. 7 Talent / When I Get Famous [f (2:15)
  8. 8 Something's Coming (2:39)
  9. 9 My first professional show... (0:53)
  10. 10 So Many People (2:49)
  11. 11 For many years, Hal Prince... (1:16)
  12. 12 You Could Drive a Person Crazy (3:16)
  13. 13 The Wedding Is Off (2:16)
  14. 14 Now You Know (2:16)
  15. 15 Hal Prince and I did six shows together... (1:04)
  16. 16 Franklin Shepard, Inc. (4:59)
  17. 17 Good Thing Going (2:33)
  18. 18 Sometimes a song changes its shape... (0:42)
  19. 19 Waiting for the Girls Upstairs (5:49)
  20. 20 The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened [from Road Show (formerly titled (3:06)
  21. 21 My first serious relationship... (0:22)
  22. 22 Happiness (3:20)
  23. 23 Fosca's Entrance (I Read) (3:57)
  24. 24 Is This What You Call Love? (2:06)
  25. 25 Loving You (1:56)
Disc 2
  1. 1 God (3:53)
  2. 2 If you ask me to write a love song... (0:25)
  3. 3 Losing My Mind / Not a Day Goes By [from Merrily We Roll (4:49)
  4. 4 A lot of people think... (0:36)
  5. 5 Opening Doors (6:32)
  6. 6 We had three endings to Company... (0:28)
  7. 7 Multitudes of Amys (1:25)
  8. 8 Happily Ever After (1:00)
  9. 9 Being Alive (3:46)
  10. 10 Something Just Broke (2:12)
  11. 11 The Gun Song (3:57)
  12. 12 Jule Styne and I realized with Gypsy... (0:33)
  13. 13 Smile, Girls (2:40)
  14. 14 I suppose if there is one that's closest... (0:21)
  15. 15 Finishing the Hat (2:56)
  16. 16 Beautiful (3:05)
  17. 17 I had a lot of trouble with my mother... (0:38)
  18. 18 Children Will Listen (2:25)
  19. 19 To me, teaching is a sacred profession... (1:11)
  20. 20 Send in the Clowns (3:24)
  21. 21 I've often been asked why don't I write... (0:58)
  22. 22 Company / Old Friends (1:48)
  23. 23 Anyone Can Whistle (1:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Andy Einhorn Primary Artist, Piano, Conductor
Original Cast Recording Indexed Contributor
Stephen Sondheim Narrator
Barbara Cook Vocals
Vanessa Williams Vocals
Tom Wopat Vocals
R.J. Kelley French Horn
Mark Hartman Keyboards
Sarah Seiver Cello
Norm Lewis Vocals
Christian Hebel Violin, Concert Master
Alden Banta Woodwind
Euan Morton Vocals
Matthew Scott Vocals
Adam Krauthamer French Horn
Bill Ellison Bass
Leslie Kritzer Vocals
Rick Heckman Woodwind
Erin Mackey Vocals
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer, Lyricist
Stephen Moore Executive Producer
Philip Chaffin Producer
Tommy Krasker Producer
Michael Starobin Orchestration
Jule Styne Composer
James Lapine Concept, Stage Direction
David Loud Arranger, Music Direction
Victor Mancusi Pro-Tools
Bart Migal Engineer
Derek Bishop Art Direction
Dan Moses Schreier Sound Design
Sean Patrick Flahaven Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Mark Bakalor Web Design
Robert Edridge-Waks Editorial Coordinator
Allan Stein Marketing
Alan D. Marks Executive Producer
David Dabbon Orchestration
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  • Posted December 4, 2010

    A must for Sondheim fans

    Loved the show, & loved remembering it with the cd.
    If you are a fan of Sondheim's, or even if you are not a big fan; you get a glimpse of his genius through this show.

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