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Sweet Smell of Success [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
     

Sweet Smell of Success [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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by John Lithgow
 
Despite an impressive pedigree and a Tony award for lead actor John Lithgow, Sweet Smell of Success failed to light up the box office, ending its run after three months. This cast album reinforces some of the main criticisms against the show, including the lack of big, memorable songs and too much chorus. Still, taken apart from

Overview

Despite an impressive pedigree and a Tony award for lead actor John Lithgow, Sweet Smell of Success failed to light up the box office, ending its run after three months. This cast album reinforces some of the main criticisms against the show, including the lack of big, memorable songs and too much chorus. Still, taken apart from the show, the music works fairly well, presenting a cohesive underscore and persuasive performances. Though at times the music sounds a bit too much like one of those Broadway parodies so perfectly executed on The Simpsons, composer Marvin Hamlisch is enough of a pro to toss out a few gems along with the more run-of-the-mill material. "Don't Know Where You Leave Off" is pleasant enough, and the entire enterprise maintains a brilliantly orchestrated dark, jazzy, '50s feel that really suits the story. The packaging is indicative of the black-and-white tone of the stage show, with a clever synopsis and lyrics included in the liner notes. Fans of the Broadway production will get a terrific souvenir, while students of musical theater will appreciate the construction of the piece on a more theoretical level. All in all, it's a show that just may work better on album than on stage.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998992221
catalogNumber:
89922

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Lithgow   Primary Artist,Vocals
Marvin Hamlisch   Piano
Dennis Anderson   Reeds
Randy Andos   Trombone
John Beal   Bass
Joanna Glushak   Vocals
Ronald Janelli   Reeds
Kevin Kuhn   Guitar
Larry Lunetta   Trumpet
Bob Millikan   Trumpet
Douglas Purviance   Bass Trombone
Clay Ruede   Cello
Roger Wendt   French Horn
Charles Pillow   Reeds
Jeffrey Huard   Conductor,Musical Direction
Joel Fram   Keyboards
Brian d'Arcy James   Vocals
Steve Bartosik   Drums
Ken Dybisz   Reeds
Kelli O'Hara   Vocals
Bill Hayes   Percussion

Technical Credits

Drew Taylor   Contributor
Craig Carnelia   Lyricist,Producer
Marvin Hamlisch   Producer
John Lithgow   Contributor
William David Brohn   Orchestration
Frank Filipetti   Engineer
Joanna Glushak   Contributor
Jay Landers   Producer
Beth Williams   Executive Producer
Mark Burdett   Art Direction
Eric Michael Gillett   Contributor
Jack Noseworthy   Contributor
Nigel Parry   Cover Photo
Nancy Sacks   Graphic Design
Steve Ochoa   Contributor
John Guare   Book
Brian d'Arcy James   Contributor
David Brummel   Contributor
Tony Meola   Sound Design
Stacey Logan   Contributor
Nicholas Hytner   Director
Michael Paternostro   Contributor
Jodi Moccia   Associate Choreographer
Larry Magid   Producer
Bernard Dotson   Contributor
Richard Hester   Stage Manager
Lisa Gajda   Contributor
Timothy J. Alex   Contributor
Michelle Kittrell   Contributor
Laura Griffith   Contributor
Jennie Ford   Contributor
Mark Arvin   Contributor
Frank Vlastnik   Contributor
Jill Nicklaus   Contributor
Michelle Bosch   Assistant Management
Christopher Jahnke   Orchestral Assistant
Kelli O'Hara   Contributor

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Sweet Smell of Success [Original Broadway Cast Recording] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The show may well have been misconceived. The Susan-Dallas romance and Sidney's angst unbalanced everything, and what little there was of JJ didn't come off. The score was in the service of a lost cause in the theatre, but on this CD, it's mostly wonderful. The love songs that slowed the show badly are actually beautiful in themselves. Sidney's song ''At the Fountain'' is very fine. The big chorus numbers like ''Welcome to the Night'' come across with real power. This is a CD I have been playing often since I bought it in May. True, a few of Carnelia's lyrics are goofy (listen for the one about ''combing his hair with my comb'')but this is an impressive, much overlooked score.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best Broadway score I've heard since The Producers! Some of the best songs are the jazzy ones like ''Welcome to the Night'', ''One Track Mind'', and ''Dirt''. I also liked the not-jazzy tunes like ''I Cannot Hear The City'', ''For Susan'', and ''Don't Look Now''. Buy this CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great onstage and great in my car. I listen to the cd all the time. The tunes are catchy and the lyrics are so smart.