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Baby (1983 Original Broadway Cast) [Cast Recording]

David Shire, Martin Vidnovic, Richard Maltby, Kim Criswell, Todd Graff, Catherine Cox, Beth Fowler, Liz CallawayAudio CD
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listen  1. OpeningKim Criswell, Chorus 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. We Start TodayLiz Callaway, Todd Graff 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. What Could Be Better?Liz Callaway, Todd Graff 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Plaza SongBeth Fowler, James Congdon 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Baby Baby BabyMartin Vidnovic, Todd Graff, James Congdon, Catherine Cox, Liz Callaway, Beth Fowler 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. I Want It AllLIz Callaway, Catherine Cox, Beth Fowler 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. At Night She Comes Home To MeMartin Vidnovic, Todd Graff 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Fatherhood BluesTodd Graff, Martin Vidnovic, James Congdon, Men 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Romance ICatherine Cox, Martin Vidnovic 1:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. I Chose RightTodd Graff, Liz Callaway 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Story Goes OnLiz Callaway 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Ladies Singing The BluesLiz Callaway, Catherince Cox, Beth Fowler, Girls 5:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. PatternsBeth Fowler 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Romance IICatherine Cox, Martin Vidnovic 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Easy To LoveJames Congdon 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Romance IIICatherine Cox 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Two People In LoveLiz Callaway, Todd Graff 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. With YouCatherine Cox, Martin Vidnovic 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. And What If We Had Loved Like That?Beth Fowler, James Congdon 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. The Birth / FinaleThe Company 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 10, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Jay Records
  • ASIN: B00000JT5V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,588 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Maltby and Shire's ode to impending parenthood Baby follows three expectant couples: unmarried college students (Liz Callaway, Todd Graff), empty nesters (Beth Fowler, James Congdon), and thirtysomethings who have been trying desperately to conceive (Catherine Cox, Martin Vidnovic). As the couples explore their different reactions to their situation, the songs alternate between humor and heart-tugging drama. In "I Want It All," the women weigh what they want out of their pregnancies and subsequent lives, while the men express their pleasure in the funky "Fatherhood Blues." In the emotional centerpiece of the show, "The Story Goes On," Callaway reacts after feeling her baby kick for the first time, while "The Ladies Singing Their Song" takes a gentle poke at well-meaning advice givers (Sondheim's ladies who lunch at a different phase of life). This long-awaited reissue of the 1983 original Broadway cast recording captures Jonathan Tunick's orchestrations of shimmering strings and sassy brass and also includes Fowler's solo "Patterns," a gem cut from the original production. Leading the strong cast is Callaway, who was nominated for a Tony (as was Graff and the show, score, book, director, and choreographer) and who later went on to star on Broadway as Grizabella in Cats, perform voiceovers for animation (Anastasia, the Aladdin sequels), and rerecord "The Story Goes On" as the title track of her 1995 solo album. This Baby is a most welcome arrival. --David Horiuchi

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Baby! September 14, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
In the mid-eighties the economics of Broadway really began to take its toll on smaller intimate musicals. "Baby" was a casualty of this sad state, closing with fewer than 250 performances. The best thing about "Baby" is the music by Richard Maltby and David Shire (who also wrote the musical version of "Big" in the 90's). The CD features Liz Callaway singing "The Story Goes On," which she later records again on her other CDs. Liz Callaway alone is enough reason to buy "Baby". But there are also the wonderful performances by the rest of the cast. Particularly exciting is the song featuring three pregnant women, "I Want It All."
This was out of print for a while and seems to be hard to come by every once in a while. Snap this one up while you can.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not stellar October 24, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Okay, so I'll be honest: BABY, when staged, is a bizarre show. It waltzes breezily in and out of the lives of three multi-generational couples as they stumble down the road to parenthood. Oddly, the CD feels more lucid than actually watching the play, primarily because of the excision of various odd bits of dialogue and very odd scene changes.
The music here ranges from soaring torch-songs (Story Goes On) to rock ballads (I Chose Right) to touching duets (With You) to well-written comedy (Ladies Singing Their Song) to down-right badly written numbers such as Fatherhood Blues (which, despite the title, has not one ounce of bluesy feel, which may have well been the point, but was not carried across, and instead plays like one long song from a bad episode of Barney).
The cast is good, but not great; then again, this is a show from one of the transitional seasons on Broadway (when shows started moving away from crooners toward smaller voices) and it shows. Breakouts include Liz Callaway, who has gone on to garner a bit of fame on her own, and Todd Graff, both of whom were nominated for a Tony for this show (though listening to the CD, you won't understand why). Other members of the cast are okay, despite the total lack of vocal emotion of one cast member in particular.
This is a good CD to have simply because of the odd subject matter and presentation (the show starts out with a "Look Who's Talking"-esque sperm-meets-egg sequence). Those who are looking for under-appreciated music would also enjoy this CD as almost all of the above songs deserve a better (or SOME) reputation in musical theatre circles. But one might look for Maltby & Shire compilation discs instead as some of the performances here are mousy, despite the fun, if rather dated and schmaltzy, orchestrations by Broadway guru Jonathan Tunick.
Overall, I'd recommend this CD to die-hard musical buffs, but not to those who still think My Fair Lady starred Audrey Hepburn.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful Broadway score with top theater singers. September 8, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
BABY is a wonderful musical with a strong score, a good book, and some of Broadway's best performers, including Liz Callaway. The songs range for great duets like "Two People in Love" and "What Could Be Better?" to soaring ballads like "The Story Goes On." This has just been released commercially in the US on JAY Records. Buy it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really cute musical with really nice music. May 20, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
BABY is definately a seventies musical about three couples in various stages of having a baby: Couple 1: The college girl and musician with an OOPS! pregnancy, COUPLE 2: The ones trying desperately to get pregnant but they are having trouble getting her pregnant, and COUPLE 3: The retired couple with another OOPS!
With a few catchy songs and a small band for back up (kind of like LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS in that way), it's high on the CUTE factor. Songs you might recognioze from this show are I CHOSE RIGHT, PATTERNS, THE STORY GOES ON, not to mention a few cute ones like FATHERHOOD BLUES, I WANT IT ALL, and my personal favorite, WHAT COULD BE BETTER, a hysterical duet between Couple 1 trying to picture how their child is going to look.
If you are a musical theater fan, songs in this show are definately worth learning and dedicating to your loved one (esp. I CHOSE RIGHT). If you ONLY tend to like the hard core stuff like LES MISERABLES and PHONTOM OF THE OPERA (you know, the ones with huge orchestras and casts), this may not be for you. This is more for the LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and PIPPIN fans.
My favorites, to give you an example of my taste, are: LES MISERABLES (like everyone else), SWEENEY TODD, and CHILDREN OF EDEN (the new show just begining to surface in the states by Stephen Schwartz, creator of PIPPIN and GODSPELL).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby Baby Baby... I Chose Right! October 26, 2004
By Thayer
Format:Audio CD
I wasn't familiar with this musical, until I saw a local production of the show few years ago. It quickly became one of my favorite musicals. The songs were very catchy and most of the songs have perceptive and touching lyrics that deal primarily with relationships.

The story is about three couples who have to deal with the prospect of having a baby. One is a college couple (Lizzie and Danny) who just move in together. The other one is a middle-aged couple (Alan and Arlene) who were looking forward to a life without the kids after sending their youngest kid to college. And the last one is a couple (Nick and Pam) having a hard time conceiving. The opening song "We Start Today" brilliantly set upped the premise of the show. All the situations of the three couples were introduced in that song.

"What Could Be Better" is cute and fun song that has an upbeat melody and playful lyrics. Liz and Danny enthusiastically imagine how that "tiny mix up" would be their baby or as they call it a "genetic duet" and a "two part invention". I was surprised that the three "Romance" numbers by Pam and Nick weren't quite as enjoyable in the recording compared to hearing the songs sung in the show.

Another witty song is "I Want It All" where all the three women sang their hearts out about how they want everything. Pam was hysterical with her obsession with motherhood as well as Arlene, the veteran among the three, anticipating the hard work of taking care of a baby. "I Chose Right" is one of the most romantic heartfelt love songs I've heard. Danny sang this to Lizzie before leaving for his band tour. It was a simple song yet it speaks volume about how Danny feels for Lizzie.

Act 1 ended by the powerful "The Story Goes On".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw the play
Loved the music for the play and wanted to keep the songs going. A must hear and if possible se the play
Published 2 months ago by Suellyn Cota
2.0 out of 5 stars I pop music is your tastes for Broadway, then this might interest you....
If "power ballads" are your thing, then this is the musical for you. A pop-generated sound that is not to my tastes. Read more
Published 9 months ago by kenneth e. may
5.0 out of 5 stars YES!
What a great show! I went to high school, with Marty Vidnovic (in the cast) and this is a valuable addition to my music collection.
Published 10 months ago by David R. Nordone
3.0 out of 5 stars Tender to the point of being sappy
I bought this to help out with music direction for a college production, and I really wanted to love it. Read more
Published on June 22, 2011 by W. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Baby Soundtrack
It was wonderful to hear the songs again. I did a community play in 1992. I had not been able to find a soundtrack for this play. Like finding an old friend.
Published on May 17, 2011 by Dreama Lenn
4.0 out of 5 stars A BETTER MUSICAL THAN ITS SHORT RUN INDICATES
Baby came out in the middle of a strike on Broadway and as a consequence its run was short but as a musical, Baby is fairly strong. Read more
Published on May 5, 2010 by David Keymer
5.0 out of 5 stars BABY the album
Excellent, Fabulous, Superb!!!
Great songs, witty and wise, from a wonderful play, sung by a phenomenal group of singers. Liz Callaway is particularly brilliant!
Published on November 27, 2009 by nancie goldstein schnur
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful.
I saw this musical on Broadway when I was 4 years old. Seriously. I was 4. And I've loved it ever since. It's genuine. It's perfect.
Published on May 27, 2009 by Still Waters
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure what to expect
I had a vague idea what the show was about, but was overall disappointed with the songs. None of them really memorable enough to stand on their own outside of the musical. Read more
Published on November 11, 2007 by Delia Valentin
5.0 out of 5 stars the baby ceeder
hello.i am a pianist and musician from israel.my main interest is musicals.i had this musical on cassette but it did`nt sound good anymore. Read more
Published on September 27, 2007 by Assor Elkayam
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