The Apple Tree [Original Broadway Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Songwriters and librettists Jerry Bock And Sheldon Harnick followed their once-in-a-lifetime success with Fiddler On The Roof by writing The Apple Tree, an experimental musical that adapted three short stories, Mark Twain's The Diary Of Adam And Eve, Frank R. Stockton's The Lady Or The Tiger?, and Jules Feiffer's Passionella, each with a cast featuring Alan Alda, Barbara Harris, and Larry Blyden. There turned out to be little to tie the three tales together, although each was a love story with unconventional complications. The tone of the work varied from romantic to satiric even within each story, and the acting tended to be so precious and cloying that it was hard ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Songwriters and librettists Jerry Bock And Sheldon Harnick followed their once-in-a-lifetime success with Fiddler On The Roof by writing The Apple Tree, an experimental musical that adapted three short stories, Mark Twain's The Diary Of Adam And Eve, Frank R. Stockton's The Lady Or The Tiger?, and Jules Feiffer's Passionella, each with a cast featuring Alan Alda, Barbara Harris, and Larry Blyden. There turned out to be little to tie the three tales together, although each was a love story with unconventional complications. The tone of the work varied from romantic to satiric even within each story, and the acting tended to be so precious and cloying that it was hard for the viewer and now the listener to have much emotional involvement. Nevertheless, a new show by the authors of the still-running Fiddler On The Roof probably couldn't have been a major flop, and The Apple Tree managed to run for over a year. The cast album reveals competent writing and particularly enthusiastic performances by Harris, though the only memorable song is "What Makes Me Love Him?," which has some of the funny, touching quality of Fiddler's "Do You Love Me?"
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/24/1992
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074644820928
  • Catalog Number: 48209

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Eden Prelude - The Orchestra (1:16)
  2. 2 Here In Eden (2:37)
  3. 3 Feelings (1:22)
  4. 4 Eve (3:10)
  5. 5 Friends (2:04)
  6. 6 The Apple Tree (Forbidden Fruit) (2:37)
  7. 7 Beautiful, Beautiful World (2:14)
  8. 8 It's A Fish (1:46)
  9. 9 Go to Sleep, Whatever You Are (1:20)
  10. 10 What Makes Me Love Him? (3:29)
  11. 11 Eden Postlude - The Orchestra (4:13)
  12. 12 The Lady Or the Tiger? Prelude (3:26)
  13. 13 I'll Tell You a Truth (0:59)
  14. 14 Make Way (2:00)
  15. 15 Forbidden Love (In Gaul) (1:58)
  16. 16 The Apple Tree (Reprise) - Larry Blyden (3:40)
  17. 17 I've Got What You Want - The Orchestra (0:25)
  18. 18 Tiger, Tiger (4:08)
  19. 19 Make Way (Reprise) (1:44)
  20. 20 Which Door? - Barbara Harris (1:22)
  21. 21 I'll Tell You a Truth (Reprise) - Barbara Harris (2:29)
  22. 22 Passionella Prelude (1:33)
  23. 23 Oh, To Be A Movie Star - Alan Alda (2:41)
  24. 24 Gorgeous - Barbara Harris (2:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Klein Vocals
Marc Jordan Vocals, Track Performer
Alan Alda Vocals
Barbara Harris Vocals
Carmen Alvarez Vocals
Jaclynn Villamil Vocals
Larry Blyden Vocals, Narrator
Mary Louise Vocals
Jay Norman Vocals
Michael Davis Vocals
The Orchestra Track Performer
Barbara Harris Vocals
Jane Norman Vocals
Elliott Lawrence Musical Direction
Technical Credits
Elliot Lawrence Vocal Arrangements
Sheldon Harnick Lyricist, Book
Jerry Bock Book
Didier C. Deutsch Reissue Producer, Reissue
Larry Keyes Engineer
Goddard Lieberson Producer
Fred Plaut Engineer
Eddie Sauter Orchestration
Robert Waller Engineer
Tim Tiedemann Engineer, Remixing, Mastering
Marc Kirkeby Liner Notes
Genevieve Haines translation, Liner Note Translation
Anna Saxon-Forti translation, Liner Note Translation
Elliott Lawrence Vocal Arrangements
Michael Danner Liner Note Translation
Richard Williams Animation
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Apple Tree: An Underrated Musical

    This musical is essentially three one-act plays, strung together, that start with the dramatically strongest one ("The Diary of Adam and Eve") and wind down to a silly Cinderella story ("Passionella"). However, for infectious melodies with laughs and poignancy you can hardly do better, and you will find yourself humming these long after the CD is over. The superb musical team of Harnick & Bock hit many home runs here, from Eve's sweet and simple "What Makes Me Love Him?" to the Snake's villainous tenor song about forbidden fruit, to the little chimney sweep's Fannie-Brice-like novelty song "Oh, To Be a Movie Star." I especially like the songs reacting to the birth of children in Eden (Adam's funny "It's A Fish" and Eve's lovely lullabye "Go To Sleep Whatever You Are").

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