The Mad Show [Original Cast Recording]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Mad Show, an Off-Broadway musical comedy revue, had a successful run of 871 performances after opening on January 9, 1966. The show, featuring a cast of five including future Broadway star Linda Lavin and future TV stars Jo Anne Worley Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and Dick Libertini, was produced under the imprimatur of Mad magazine and shared that publication's satiric sense of humor and orientation toward restless teenagers. Mary Rodgers composed the music, and she was joined by lyricists Marshall Barer, Larry Siegal, and Steven Vinaver, while Siegal and Stan Hart wrote the sketches. A certain "Esteban Ria Nido", later revealed to be Stephen Sondheim, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Mad Show, an Off-Broadway musical comedy revue, had a successful run of 871 performances after opening on January 9, 1966. The show, featuring a cast of five including future Broadway star Linda Lavin and future TV stars Jo Anne Worley Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and Dick Libertini, was produced under the imprimatur of Mad magazine and shared that publication's satiric sense of humor and orientation toward restless teenagers. Mary Rodgers composed the music, and she was joined by lyricists Marshall Barer, Larry Siegal, and Steven Vinaver, while Siegal and Stan Hart wrote the sketches. A certain "Esteban Ria Nido", later revealed to be Stephen Sondheim, contributed lyrics to the parody of "The Girl From Ipanema" called "The Boy From ...." The cast album contains plenty of the sketch material along with the songs, as the cast sends up the liberal mores of the mid-'60s along with consumerism, television, and other targets, including the self-serious folk-rock singer/songwriters of the day "Well It Ain't". Throughout, the tone of the humor has a dismissive air of adolescent dissatisfaction with just about everything having to do with parents and the adult world in general, which means that, even though some of the specific material dated after the '60s, much of it remains current from one generation to another.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471907223
  • Catalog Number: 19072

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture - Opening Number (2:02)
  2. 2 Academy Awards For Parents (4:27)
  3. 3 Eccch! (3:31)
  4. 4 The Boy From... (2:34)
  5. 5 Well It Ain't (2:15)
  6. 6 Misery Is (2:36)
  7. 7 Handle With Care (3:06)
  8. 8 Hate Song (3:29)
  9. 9 Entr'acte (1:39)
  10. 10 You Never Can Tell (2:29)
  11. 11 The Real Thing (1:49)
  12. 12 Looking For Someone (1:39)
  13. 13 Kiddie T.V. (3:27)
  14. 14 The Gift Of Maggie (And Others) - Jo Anne Worley (3:21)
  15. 15 Football In Depth (3:50)
  16. 16 Finale (0:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Original Off-Broadway Cast Primary Artist
Linda Lavin Vocals, cast
Danny Epstein Percussion
Sam Pottle Musical Direction
MacIntyre Dixon Vocals, cast
Jo Anne Worley Vocals, cast
Dick Libertini Vocals
Paul Sand Vocals
Jo Anne Worley Vocals
Daniel Epstein Percussion
Dick Libertini Vocals
MacIntyre Dixon Vocals
Technical Credits
Mary Rodgers Composer, Liner Notes
Don Meehan Vocal Engineer, Engineering
David Rubinson Producer
Alan Silverman Mastering
Sam Pottle Musical Director
Theodore S. Chapin Liner Notes
David Robinson Producer
Terri Castillo Chapin Liner Notes
Dan O'Leary Reissue Producer
Ivor David Balding Producer, Audio Production
Stan Hart Book
Jack Davis Cover Art
Alfred E. Neuman Director, Production Concept
Jack Davis Cover Art
Esteban Ria Nido Lyricist
Dan O'Leary Reissue Producer
Steven Vinaver Lyricist
Larry Siegel Lyricist, Book
Marshall Barer Composer, Lyricist
Peter Harvey Costume Design, Scenery
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