The Boys from Syracuse [1997 Concert Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
With the exceptions of a few landmark shows (Show Boat, Anything Goes), Broadway musicals from before the era of the original cast album (which is to say, pre-1943), do not tend to be represented by multiple album-length recordings of their scores. For example, as of 1997, Rodgers & Hart's May 1938 musical I Married an Angel had no legitimate cast or soundtrack albums (though there were grey-market versions of a 1942 radio broadcast and the soundtrack to the 1942 film), while their October 1939 musical, Too Many Girls, only had one, by a 1977 studio cast. Both of those shows had longer initial runs than the Rodgers & Hart musical that came in between them, The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
With the exceptions of a few landmark shows (Show Boat, Anything Goes), Broadway musicals from before the era of the original cast album (which is to say, pre-1943), do not tend to be represented by multiple album-length recordings of their scores. For example, as of 1997, Rodgers & Hart's May 1938 musical I Married an Angel had no legitimate cast or soundtrack albums (though there were grey-market versions of a 1942 radio broadcast and the soundtrack to the 1942 film), while their October 1939 musical, Too Many Girls, only had one, by a 1977 studio cast. Both of those shows had longer initial runs than the Rodgers & Hart musical that came in between them, The Boys from Syracuse (November 23, 1938), and yet this is the fourth cast album based on the score (following a 1953 studio cast album, the 1963 Off-Broadway revival cast album, and the original London cast album of 1963). Maybe the point is that The Boys from Syracuse has proven more easily revivable, and the revivals have led to recordings. Why is that? The show is based on Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, which may mean that it has a better script than other Rodgers & Hart shows of the '30s. It also has an excellent score (but so do the others mentioned). On May 1, 1997, City Center Encores!, the New York-based organization dedicated to mounting concert performances of neglected vintage musicals, took it on, and DRG quickly stepped in to preserve it on disc. The original Hans Spialek orchestrations (with a bit of uncredited tweaking here and there) remain lively; Rodgers' melodies, if similar to many of his others (the march "Come with Me" anticipates "Oklahoma!"), are tuneful; and Lorenz Hart's lyrics are a witty combination of classical and current (circa 1938, that is) references. And here, the casting is ideal, particularly with regard to the women. Rebecca Luker is a sweet-voiced Adriana ("Falling in Love with Love") and Debbie Gravitte a broadly comic Luce ("What Can You Do with a Man?"), and when they team up with Sarah Uriarte Berry (after her triumphant "This Can't Be Love") on "Sing for Your Supper," they make for a new version of the Andrews Sisters. This recording has more music from the score than any previous disc, too, making it a terrific treatment of one of Rodgers & Hart's better efforts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/1997
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471476729
  • Catalog Number: 94767
  • Sales rank: 16,347

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture - City Center Encores! (5:14)
  2. 2 Prologue - City Center Encores! (0:43)
  3. 3 I Had Twins - City Center Encores! (4:39)
  4. 4 Dear Old Syracuse - City Center Encores! (4:01)
  5. 5 What Can You Do with a Man? - City Center Encores! (3:00)
  6. 6 Falling in Love with Love - City Center Encores! (3:19)
  7. 7 The Shortest Day of the Year - City Center Encores! (2:40)
  8. 8 This Can't Be Love - City Center Encores! (2:36)
  9. 9 This Can't Be Love (Reprise) - City Center Encores! (1:05)
  10. 10 The Shortest Day of the Year (Reprise) - City Center Encores! (2:42)
  11. 11 Let Antipholus in: Finale Act I - City Center Encores! (2:48)
  12. 12 Ladies of the Evening - City Center Encores! (4:05)
  13. 13 He and She - City Center Encores! (3:21)
  14. 14 You Have Cast Your Shadow on the Sea - City Center Encores! (3:10)
  15. 15 Come with Me (2:46)
  16. 16 Big Brother (2:20)
  17. 17 Twins Ballet (4:42)
  18. 18 Sing for Your Supper (6:06)
  19. 19 Oh, Diogenes! (4:57)
  20. 20 This Can't Be Love: Finale Act II (0:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Belinda Whitney-Barratt Violin
John Beal Acoustic Bass
Harvey Estrin Clarinet, Flute, Piccolo, Saxophone
Lawrence Feldman Clarinet, Flute, Piccolo, Saxophone
Barry Finclair Viola
John Frosk Trumpet
Jack Gale Trombone
Regis Iandiorio Violin
Jill Jaffe Viola
Dennis James Acoustic Bass
Robert Lawrence Violin
Jeanne LeBlanc Cello
Bob Millikan Trumpet
Lise Nadeau Celeste, Harp
Ralph Olsen Clarinet, Flute, Piccolo, Saxophone
Suzanne Ornstein Violin
John Redsecker Drums
Clay Ruede Cello
Marilyn Reynolds Violin
Mineko Yajima Violin
Masako Yanagita Viola
Richard Brice Viola
Debbie Gravitte Vocals
Rebecca Luker Vocals
Davis Gaines Vocals
Katherine LiVolsi Stern Violin
Mort Silver Clarinet, Flute, Piccolo, Saxophone
Malcolm Gets Vocals
Jon Kass Violin
Michael McGrath Vocals
Blair Tindall English Horn, Oboe
Erik Charleston Percussion
Ashley Horne Violin
Lisa Matricardi Violin
Coffee Club Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Rob Fisher Conductor
Mario Cantone Vocals
Technical Credits
Hugh Fordin Producer
Alan Silverman Mastering
Cynthia Daniels Engineer
Bert Fink Liner Notes
Theodore S. Chapin Liner Notes
Susan H. Schulman Director
Amy Morton Art Direction
Rob Fisher Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best version of this classic

    While there are other orchestrations and versions of this Rogers and Hart masterpiece, this one is particularly intelligent in its faithfulness to the creators' intentions. Not an easy piece to perform, it has a whole range of subtleties that are brought out here to great effect.

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