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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Rita Gardner, who originated the role of the Girl (aka Luisa) in The Fantasticks in 1960, began presenting this one-woman show in 2002, and has enjoyed a long run with it -- and for good reason, as this CD reveals. Gardner's voice, like her talent, won't quit, and she can still glide across those girlish numbers from The Fantasticks convincingly 40-plus years later. With Alex Rybeck's deft piano accompaniment and a beguiling persona -- witty and charmingly self-deprecating, but always warm -- she glides, slides, and soars across several decades' worth of musical theater history, all the while recalling the off-Broadway world and her colleagues from the 1950s to the start of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Rita Gardner, who originated the role of the Girl (aka Luisa) in The Fantasticks in 1960, began presenting this one-woman show in 2002, and has enjoyed a long run with it -- and for good reason, as this CD reveals. Gardner's voice, like her talent, won't quit, and she can still glide across those girlish numbers from The Fantasticks convincingly 40-plus years later. With Alex Rybeck's deft piano accompaniment and a beguiling persona -- witty and charmingly self-deprecating, but always warm -- she glides, slides, and soars across several decades' worth of musical theater history, all the while recalling the off-Broadway world and her colleagues from the 1950s to the start of the 21st century. She's frequently funny and occasionally very poignant in her reminiscences, and it's all worth hearing and keeping. The repertoire ranges from Jones and Schmidt to Kurt Weill, Jerome Moross, Marvin Hamlisch, David Shire, and Jacques Brel, including a few unexpected choices that only liven up the proceedings even further.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/13/2006
  • Label: Harbinger
  • UPC: 632433220221
  • Catalog Number: 2202
  • Sales rank: 242,554

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Opening: Much More/I Can See It (3:50)
  2. 2 Welcome (0:39)
  3. 3 No Tune Like a Show Tune (1:56)
  4. 4 Your Good Morning (3:10)
  5. 5 Your Hand in Mine (3:13)
  6. 6 Off-Broadway Medley (5:41)
  7. 7 Mack the Knife (3:48)
  8. 8 Lazy Afternoon (2:43)
  9. 9 Carousel (4:25)
  10. 10 Larry Hagman (1:37)
  11. 11 Initials (1:05)
  12. 12 Lorraine Hansbury (1:35)
  13. 13 It's You (2:16)
  14. 14 I Don't Remember Christmas (2:58)
  15. 15 I Miss You (4:37)
  16. 16 What I Did for Love (4:13)
  17. 17 Taking My Turn (3:47)
  18. 18 The Fantasticks (2:21)
  19. 19 Try to Remember/They Were You (4:55)
  20. 20 Joy (3:01)
  21. 21 Playoff (0:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rita Gardner Primary Artist
Alex Rybeck Piano, Musical Direction
Technical Credits
Kurt Weill Composer
Jacques Brel Composer
Will Holt Composer
Roberta Peters Author
Galt MacDermot Composer
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Marvin Hamlisch Composer
Jerry Orbach Author
Sheldon Harnick Author
Jerry Herman Composer, Author
Obin Miller Composer
Ken Friedman Additional Music
Edward Kleban Composer
John Latouche Composer
Richard Maltby Jr. Composer
Jerome Moross Composer
Charles Nelson Reilly Author
David Shire Composer
Cynthia Daniels Engineer
Alex Rybeck Arranger
Harvey Schmidt Composer, Author, Artwork, Logo Design
James Rado Composer
Gerome Ragni Composer
Jim Tyler Arranger
Barry Kleinbort Producer, Liner Notes
Jim Wise Composer
Eric Blau Composer
Gary William Friedman Composer
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