The Rothschilds (Original Broadway Cast)

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although it ran over 14 months on Broadway from 1970 to 1972, The Rothschilds, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's final musical, suffered in comparison to the team's longest running show, Fiddler on the Roof. The comparison was inescapable: Fiddler was about a poor Jewish-Russian milkman of the early 20th century and his five daughters; The Rothschilds was about a rich Jewish-German banker of the late 18th and early 19th centuries and his five sons. But whereas the former was a sentimental tragedy depicting the destruction of tradition through the marriages of the daughters, the latter was a story of historical triumph depicting the rise of the most successful Jewish ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although it ran over 14 months on Broadway from 1970 to 1972, The Rothschilds, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's final musical, suffered in comparison to the team's longest running show, Fiddler on the Roof. The comparison was inescapable: Fiddler was about a poor Jewish-Russian milkman of the early 20th century and his five daughters; The Rothschilds was about a rich Jewish-German banker of the late 18th and early 19th centuries and his five sons. But whereas the former was a sentimental tragedy depicting the destruction of tradition through the marriages of the daughters, the latter was a story of historical triumph depicting the rise of the most successful Jewish family in European history. If The Rothschilds had an inspiring tale to tell, it was also one that was emotionally less involving, a problem exacerbated by a structural difficulty: in an attempt to inject feeling into the show, much of the second act was given over to a romantic subplot involving one of the sons that only distracted attention from the main plot. Necessarily, Bock's music, steeped in period styles, and Harnick's lyrics were less universal than those of some of the Fiddler songs. In a sense, The Rothschilds told what would have happened if Fiddler's Tevye really had been a rich man, as he sang, but the fantasy turned out to be more interesting. Nevertheless, such songs as "He Tossed a Coin," "Sons," "Rothschild and Sons," and "In My Own Lifetime" were among the songwriters' best accomplishments, even if it was hard to imagine any of them being performed outside the show.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/1992
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074643033725
  • Catalog Number: 30337

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (3:18)
  2. 2 Pleasure and Privilege - Jonathan Peck (3:05)
  3. 3 One Room (2:23)
  4. 4 He Tossed A Coin - Jonathan Peck (5:20)
  5. 5 Sons - Lee Franklin (6:28)
  6. 6 Everything - Jonathan Peck (4:14)
  7. 7 Rothschild And Sons (1:46)
  8. 8 Allons! - Keene Curtis (3:30)
  9. 9 Rothschild And Sons (Reprise) (0:46)
  10. 10 Finale To Act 1: Sons (Reprise) (3:05)
  11. 11 Act 2 Opening (part 1): Give England Strength - Keene Curtis (0:48)
  12. 12 Act 2 Opening (part 2): This Amazing London Town - Paul Hecht (1:07)
  13. 13 Act 2 Opening (part 3): They Say - Paul Tracey (2:34)
  14. 14 I'm In Love! I'm In Love (1:36)
  15. 15 I'm In Love! I'm In Love (Reprise) (0:57)
  16. 16 In My Own Lifetime (2:26)
  17. 17 Have You Ever Seen A Prettier Little Congress?/Stability - Keene Curtis (3:19)
  18. 18 Bonds - Keene Curtis (2:40)
  19. 19 Finale: The Will (0:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Original Broadway Cast Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Robby Benson Vocals
Hal Linden Vocals, Track Performer
Paul Hecht Vocals, Track Performer
Chris Sarandon Vocals
David Garfield Vocals
Timmy Jerome Vocals
Leila Martin Vocals
Allan Gruet Vocals
Jill Clayburgh Vocals
Timothy Jerome Vocals
Technical Credits
Hal Linden Contributor
Paul Hecht Contributor
Chris Sarandon Contributor
Sheldon Harnick Lyricist
Jerry Bock Composer
David Garfield Contributor
John Guerriere Engineer
Timmy Jerome Contributor
Fred Plaut Engineer
Tommy Shepard Producer
Thomas Z. Shepard Producer, Reissue Producer, Reissue Remixing
Clay Fullum Arranger
Milton Greene Arranger, Director
Wolfgang Steuhl translation, Liner Note Translation
Genevieve Haines translation, Liner Note Translation
Anna Saxon-Forti translation, Liner Note Translation
Ken Mandelbaum Liner Notes, Liner Note Art
Michael Kidd Director
Leila Martin Contributor
Allan Gruet Contributor
Jill Clayburgh Contributor
Don Walker Orchestration
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