Song & Dance - The Songs [Original Broadway Cast]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The material on this album began life as a one-character, sung-through television musical called Tell Me on a Sunday, broadcast by the BBC in January 1980. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black's song cycle told the story of Emma, an English hat maker who moves to New York and has romantic encounters with four men -- the musician she goes over for, a movie producer from Los Angeles, a software salesman from Nebraska, and a married executive. In 1982, it was turned into a stage musical by combining it with a ballet set to Lloyd Webber's variations on Paganini's composition for cello and orchestra, "A-minor Caprice," under the name Song and Dance, with Marti Webb, who had ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The material on this album began life as a one-character, sung-through television musical called Tell Me on a Sunday, broadcast by the BBC in January 1980. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black's song cycle told the story of Emma, an English hat maker who moves to New York and has romantic encounters with four men -- the musician she goes over for, a movie producer from Los Angeles, a software salesman from Nebraska, and a married executive. In 1982, it was turned into a stage musical by combining it with a ballet set to Lloyd Webber's variations on Paganini's composition for cello and orchestra, "A-minor Caprice," under the name Song and Dance, with Marti Webb, who had appeared in the TV version, again starring. The show ran for two-and-a-half years in London. Notwithstanding that success, the show was revised extensively for the Broadway production, with Richard Maltby, Jr. brought in to direct and, by his estimate, rewrite nearly two-thirds of the lyrics. The resulting Song & Dance opened on Broadway on September 18, 1985, and ran 474 performances. Bernadette Peters starred, and she won a Tony Award for her performance. This original Broadway cast album the cast consisting solely of Peters presents the whole of the first act, Tell Me on a Sunday, but none of the instrumental music from the second act, and is thus subtitled The Songs. Peters, in an uncertain British accent, is typically engaging, and Lloyd Webber's music is his usual mixture of light pop
ock and light opera. Listeners will hear elements reminiscent of Jesus Christ Superstar and Cats. But the story lacks dramatic purpose, and its episodic nature is not aided by the recitative that makes up most of the musical passages, few of which rise to the name of "song." The notable exceptions are "Unexpected Song" and "Tell Me on a Sunday," two attractive ballads that have found a life outside the show. But they are not enough to make this more than minor Lloyd Webber. The album contains one song, "Nothing Like You've Ever Known," that was cut from the stage production.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/18/1995
  • Label: Rca Victor Broadway
  • UPC: 090266826421
  • Catalog Number: 68264
  • Sales rank: 73,005

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture: Take That Look off Your Face - Gen Horiuchi (5:08)
  2. 2 Let Me Finish - Gen Horiuchi (3:30)
  3. 3 So Much to Do in New York - Gen Horiuchi (1:50)
  4. 4 First Letter Home - Gen Horiuchi (3:23)
  5. 5 English Girls - Gen Horiuchi (3:18)
  6. 6 Capped Teeth and Caesar Salad - Gen Horiuchi (4:16)
  7. 7 You Made Me Think You Were in Love - Gen Horiuchi (1:56)
  8. 8 Capped Teeth and Caesar Salad (Reprise) - Gen Horiuchi (1:26)
  9. 9 So Much to Do in New York, Pt. 2 - Gen Horiuchi (2:22)
  10. 10 Second Letter Home - Gen Horiuchi (2:00)
  11. 11 Unexpected Song - Gen Horiuchi (3:44)
  12. 12 Come Back With the Same Look in Your Eyes - Gen Horiuchi (3:37)
  13. 13 Take That Look off Your Face (Reprise) - Gen Horiuchi (3:56)
  14. 14 Tell Me on a Sunday - Gen Horiuchi (5:17)
  15. 15 I Love New York: So Much to Do in New York, Pt. 3 - Gen Horiuchi (3:06)
  16. 16 Married Man - Gen Horiuchi (3:33)
  17. 17 Third Letter Home - Gen Horiuchi (1:56)
  18. 18 Nothing Like You've Ever Known - Gen Horiuchi (3:41)
  19. 19 Finale/Let Me Finish (Reprise)/What Have I Done?/Take That Look ... - Gen Horiuchi (5:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Original Broadway Cast Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Bernadette Peters Vocals
Cynthia Onrubia Vocals, Dancer
Gregg Burge Vocals, Dancer
Charlotte d'Amboise Vocals, Dancer
Christopher d'Amboise Vocals, Dancer
Denise Faye Vocals, Dancer
Mary Ellen Stuart Vocals, Dancer
Scott Wise Vocals, Dancer
Gregory Mitchell Vocals, Dancer
Gen Horiuchi Vocals, Dancer
Technical Credits
A. L. Webber Writer, Orchestration
John Mauceri Musical Director, Musical Supervision
Don Black Lyric Transcription
David Cullen Orchestration
Paul Goodman Engineer
Martin Levan Sound Advisor
Joaquin J. Lopes Engineer
Thomas Z. Shepard Producer
J.J. Stelmach Art Direction
Mathilde Pincus Musical Supervision
Gregg Burge Choreographer
R. Tyler Gatchell Jr. Executive Producer
Peter Neufeld Executive Producer
Victor Jarowey Musical Supervision
Willa Kim Costume Design
Peter Martins Choreographer
Richard Maltby Liner Notes, Lyric Adaptations
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