The Immigrant: A New American Musical [Original Cast]

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
The immigrant quest for a better life is a quintessential American experience. What is America, after all, but a land of immigrants? Perhaps this accounts for the continued popularity of Mark Harelik's The Immigrant, as well as Sarah Knapp (lyricist) and Stephen M. Alper's (composer) effort to convert the play into a musical. The Immigrant originally told the story of a Russian Jew who settles in a small, Protestant town in Texas around the turn of the century. In Knapp and Alper's hands, the story follows two couples. Husband and wife Haskell and Leah have immigrated from Russia to the Texas town; husband and wife Milton and Ima, on the other hand, bring the Jewish ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
The immigrant quest for a better life is a quintessential American experience. What is America, after all, but a land of immigrants? Perhaps this accounts for the continued popularity of Mark Harelik's The Immigrant, as well as Sarah Knapp (lyricist) and Stephen M. Alper's (composer) effort to convert the play into a musical. The Immigrant originally told the story of a Russian Jew who settles in a small, Protestant town in Texas around the turn of the century. In Knapp and Alper's hands, the story follows two couples. Husband and wife Haskell and Leah have immigrated from Russia to the Texas town; husband and wife Milton and Ima, on the other hand, bring the Jewish couple into their Protestant home. The Immigrant's songs, then, cover the conflicts that erupt as each couple adjusts to the customs and habits of the other. In "I Don't Want It," for instance, Leah worries that she and her husband are losing their Jewish heritage: how can she have a child in a strange land with strange ways? In "A Stranger Here," Ima worries about taking on a Russian Jew as a tenant, while Milton is much more practical: Haskell is a paying customer. The joy of The Immigrant: A New American Musical is that these conflicts -- and their eventual resolutions -- are worked out in tuneful songs, which are well sung. An enjoyable listening experience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2005
  • Label: Ghostlight
  • UPC: 791558440423
  • Catalog Number: 84404
  • Sales rank: 118,492

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Stars (2:18)
  2. 2 A Stranger Here (4:10)
  3. 3 Simply Free (5:08)
  4. 4 Changes (8:50)
  5. 5 Travel Light (3:47)
  6. 6 Keep Him Safe (2:35)
  7. 7 Changes (Reprise) (1:41)
  8. 8 I Don't Want It (3:31)
  9. 9 The Stars (Finale, Act I) (2:11)
  10. 10 Take the Comforting Hand (1:48)
  11. 11 Padadooly (3:51)
  12. 12 The Stars (1:40)
  13. 13 The Sun Comes Up (10:00)
  14. 14 Candlesticks (3:14)
  15. 15 Shabbos (2:55)
  16. 16 Where Would You Be? (2:53)
  17. 17 No Place to Go (3:41)
  18. 18 Take the Comforting Hand of Jesus (3:15)
  19. 19 The Stars (Finale, Act II) (3:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Garment Reeds
Kimberly Grigsby Piano, Conductor, Musical Direction
Brian Cassier Bass
Adam Heller Vocals, cast
Cass Morgan Vocals, cast
Entcho Todorov Violin
Walter Charles Vocals, cast
Technical Credits
Steven Halpern Composer, Producer
Peter Fitzgerald Sound Design
Steve Norman Executive Producer
Joe Yannece Mastering
Jan Folkson Producer, Engineer, Engineering
Kimberly Grigsby Music Direction
Mel Marvin Liner Notes
Willa Kim Costume Design
Noah Cornman Executive Producer
Kurt Deutsch Executive Producer
Brian Webb Scenic Design
Mark Harelik Book
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