Apple Tree [Original Broadway Cast]

The Apple Tree [Original Broadway Cast]

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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

Overview

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?"

Product Details

Release Date:
11/24/1992
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074644820928
catalogNumber:
48209

Tracks

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
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
Larry Keyes   Engineer
Goddard Lieberson   Producer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Eddie Sauter   Orchestration
Robert Waller   Engineer
Tim Tiedemann   Engineer,Remixing
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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The Apple Tree [Original Broadway Cast] 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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").