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All American (1962 Original Broadway Cast) [Cast Recording, Original recording remastered]

Charles Strouse , Lee Adams , Ray Bolger , Eileen Herlie , Ron Husmann , Anita Gillette , Fritz Weaver Audio CD
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listen  1. Act 1: Overture 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. "All American": Melt Us (Voice) 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. What A Country! (Voice) 1:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. "All American": Our Children (Voice) 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. "All American": We Speak The Same Language (Voice) 1:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. "All American": It's Fun To Think (Voice) 1:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. "All American": Once Upon A Time (Voice) 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Nightlife (Voice) 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. "All American": I've Just Seen Her (Voice) 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. "All American": Physical Fitness; The Fight Song (Voice) 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Act II: I Couldn't Have Done It Alone (Voice) 1:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. "All American": If I Were You (Voice) 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Have A Dream (Voice) 1:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. "All American": I'm Facinating (Voice) 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. The Real Me (Voice) 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. "All American": Which Way? (Voice) 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Finale (Voice) 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Ray Bolger, Eileen Herlie, Ron Husmann, Anita Gillette, Fritz Weaver
  • Composer: Charles Strouse, Lee Adams
  • Audio CD (May 19, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000027WL
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,948 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sheet music 1962 5p. 12.00x9.00 For voice, piano, guitar, ukulele.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A neglected gem of a musical! March 29, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
All American opened in New York during a city-wide newspaper strike so no one heard about it and it didn't last long. It deserved better with its bright score, including some tunes that have entered the popular domain such as "Once Upon A Time". It has excellent dancing and a theme which is still timely: an imigrant professor on an American college campus learning what it means to be an American and falling in love with the dean of women. You'll hum and whistle its tunes once you get to know them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Neglected Score! September 30, 2004
By David
Format:Audio CD
As with their previous hit, "Bye, Bye Birdie", this show was a satire. Unfortunatley, this was not a hit. It may have been because of a newspaper strike, but more likely because of it's book. It tried to be too many things, and as a result the story telling became distorted.

The score is a different story. From the great overture, to the wonderful comedy numbers, to the lovely ballads, the score always has your attention. Performance wise, it does have it's share of flaws. Ray Bolger (Wheres Charley?), does a good job, though it is nothing to get excited about. Eileen Herlie, who play the dean, has an annoying vibrato. Just skip through her tracks and the rest is smooth sailing. Ron Hussman was allowed to appear on this columbia record, but he did have a contract with capitol records. He gives a wonderful performance as the love-struck college student.

All in All, a cd that would be worth your investment, because it looks like it is slowly going out of print. Pick yours up today.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Strouse - a pure Delight! August 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I can't stop wondering why this show did not succeed. The score is better than the most of Strouse's scores at that time (it's even better than Bye Bye Birdie). There isn't one song that doesn't urge you to hum itself and songs like "Melt us", "We speak the same language", "Nightlife" or "I've just seen her" are songs of a quality Broadway hasn't brought forth for maybe 20 years. Of course at that time (early sixties) there were more great musicals on Broadway and when "All American" opened there was strong competition with shows like "How to succeed..." and "A funny thing happened..." but could that be the reason to not even give it a tony best score nomination. Well,....
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Musical That Changed My Life January 22, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I played the male lead in this wonderful muscial when my high school presented it over 20 years ago. I fell in love with the girl who had the female lead and we have been together ever since (through college, law school, marriage and kids!). It is a great collection of songs, as well as a great script. It is a shame it never did well on Broadway. I have always thought it would make a great musical for the big screen in the same genre of "Music Man" or "Grease". Maybe someday, but for now the songs are worth listening to if you like musicals, especially the type that came out in the early 1960's.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Music! June 30, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I love the music in this musical!!! We did this for our high school musical in 2002, and it was fabulous!! The music in it is great! The songs are humorous and melodic. They go with the musical quite well. This cd recording of it is okay i wouldn't call it the best because the woman playing Elizabeth can't sing without an annoying vibrato. Other than that the cast does an excellent job of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A WORTHY "ALL AMERICAN" MUSICAL SCORE . . . . October 28, 2007
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ALL AMERICAN, Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' follow-up to their highly successful BYE BYE BIRDIE had everything going for it: a book by Mel Brooks (based on the novel "Professor Fodorski" by Robert Lewis Taylor), Ray Bolger ("The Wizard of Oz," WHERE'S CHARLEY?) in the leading role; support from the wonderful Eileen Herlie (Tony nominee for TAKE ME ALONG), Ron Husmann (Theatre World Award Winner/Tony nominee for TENDERLOIN), Anita Gilette (also a Theatre World Award Winner and Tony nominee), and Theatre World/Drama Desk/Tony winner Fritz Weaver. It had great Broadway-style orchestrations by Robert Ginzler and solid conducting by John Morris. But it ran for only 80 performances.

So, what went wrong?

In two words: Joshua Logan. Even though Logan was "the biggest director on Broadway with a string of incredible hits," his concept for the show clashed mightily with that of its creators. In his liner notes, Didier C. Deutsch remarks that "Many times, later on, he [Logan] told me he felt he had put his finger into the show in the wrong way. . . . [the characters'] physicality became more important than the satirical point of view we had initially envisioned."

Too bad. It reminds me of other times "Directors with a capital D" applied their lead-footedness to light musical comedy, especially in films: John Huston's "Annie," Francis Ford Coppola's "Finian's Rainbow," and - although not a "light" musical - Mr. Logan's "Camelot."

Also too bad because the score for ALL AMERICAN is really quite good and deserves an audience. From the opening immigration and naturalization rag ("Melt Us") through the final number ("Which Way?"), there's not a bum song in the lot.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not sure but here goes January 6, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Iam buying this cd out of curiousity. Heard Ray Bolger and Eileen Herlie singing "Once Upon a Time" on a compilation disc and thought this might be an interesting show. By the way, from the reviews that I read it appears that this is another lost gem from the early 60's. May I suggest to those who like listening to shows that should have had longer runs but didn't that they check on Mr. President and Little Me. Both are great and alas had short runs but Little Me did get two revivals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great performance and great stars.
Published 22 days ago by Julie Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Vintage '60's Broadway
Though it only ran for 80 performances, this is quite an enjoyable Broadway show from Charles Strouse and Lee Adams who wrote the 1960 Broadway hit, "Bye, Bye, Birdie! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Richard E. Hardy
5.0 out of 5 stars An old fashion musical
I bought it for myself. Never having hear of it, I enjoyed it. I doubt that it will ever be revived though.
Published 18 months ago by George Walsh
1.0 out of 5 stars All American - original cast
This is a good show with excellent music by Charles Strouse. Sad to say, on this recording the songs are poorly performed by the leads. Read more
Published on December 3, 2011 by chicbridge
3.0 out of 5 stars Bolger can't sing
The quality of the sound is terrific and the song "Once upon a time" is fabulously beautiful. The main problem with this production is that Ray Bolger does not even attempt to... Read more
Published on April 28, 2011 by John R. Brauer
4.0 out of 5 stars Ray Bolger shines in an [otherwise] off-the-wall musical......
ALL AMERICAN is a lesser known musical with book by the prince of comedy, Mel Brooks (BLAZING SADDLES, THE PRODUCERS, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN), lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles... Read more
Published on June 7, 2007 by D. Pawl
3.0 out of 5 stars Aless than successful musical
Having seen the OBC tryout in Philadelphia in the early 60s, I felt a need to add this to my collection. Read more
Published on May 6, 2007 by Ryan Watson
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Ray Bolger is always fun to watch and listen to. This musical. however, is not very memorable. A couple of the songs, like Once Upon a Time and Physical Fitness are fun . Read more
Published on August 7, 2000 by John Rice
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