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Rink (Original London Cast)
     

The Rink (Original London Cast)

 
The Rink, a musical with a book by Terrence McNally and songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb about the relationship between a mother and daughter, was perceived as a vehicle for Liza Minnelli, who played Angel, the daughter, when it opened on Broadway on February 9, 1984, even though Chita Rivera, who played Anna, the mother, won the

Overview

The Rink, a musical with a book by Terrence McNally and songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb about the relationship between a mother and daughter, was perceived as a vehicle for Liza Minnelli, who played Angel, the daughter, when it opened on Broadway on February 9, 1984, even though Chita Rivera, who played Anna, the mother, won the Tony Award for her performance, and it ran only as long as Minnelli was willing to stay in it, which turned out to be a mere 204 performances, far short of financial success. Four years later, on February 17, 1988, it finally got a London production, with Diane Langton as Angel and Josephine Blake as Anna, and was again a commercial failure. But the British version and subsequent European stagings at least demonstrated that this was a seriously intended look at intergenerational conflict between people of the World War II era and their baby-boomer progeny. Anna and Angel, in frequent flashbacks, undergo most of the challenges facing those generations in the '50s, '60s and '70s, and while the authors' sympathies are clearly with the mother (particularly in Ebb's lyrics to "Chief Cook & Bottle Washer" and "Don't 'Ah Ma' Me"), nevertheless the daughter's failings ultimately are blamed on circumstances beyond her control. Kander's music, as usual, is primarily located in '20s and '30s jazz styles, which doesn't really work with the material. (His feelings about contemporary music are revealed by the ugly blast of guitar rock that invades "What Happened to the Old Days?") But there are several good Kander & Ebb songs that became available for Minnelli's nightclub act. Langton has solved the problem of performing them by simply doing a Minnelli imitation; Blake makes a more distinct impression as Anna, which is really the meatier role.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/1997
Label:
Jay Records
UPC:
0605288126529
catalogNumber:
1265

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Francis   Woodwind
Martin Frith   Woodwind
Jimmy Hastings   Woodwind
Diane Langton   Vocals,cast
Paul Pritchard   Horn
Don Richardson   Bass
Peter Walton   Guitar
James Gavin   Vocals,cast
Alan Berlyn   Trumpet
Richard Bodkin   Vocals,cast
Michael Gyngell   Vocals,cast
Gareth Snook   Vocals,cast
Marcus Savage   Keyboards
Bobby Worth   Drums
Jim Wilson   Trumpet
Josephine Blake   Vocals,cast
Peter Smith   Trombone
David Beer   Musical Direction
Lyanne Compton   Vocals,cast
Sheree Murphy   Vocals
Peter Edbrook   Vocals
Steve Hervieu   Vocals
Jim Hastings   Woodwind
Peter Smith   Trombone

Technical Credits

Sheridan Morley   Liner Notes
John Kander   Composer
John Kurlander   Engineer
Terrence McNally   Author
John Yap   Producer,Executive Producer
Fred Ebb   Composer,Lyricist
Baker Tamborini   Cover Design
Simon Lowe   Arranger
David Beer   Director,Music Direction
Julian Beech   Sound Design
John A. Yap   Producer,Executive Producer

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