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Bounce (2003 Original Cast)

Stephen Sondheim, Howard McGillin, Richard Kind, Michele PawkAudio CD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 4, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00011FWWY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,925 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture
2. Bounce
3. Opportunity
4. Gold!
5. Gold! (Part 2)
6. What's Your Rush
7. The Game
8. Next To You
9. Addison's Trip
10. The Best Thing That Ever Happened
11. I Love This Town
12. Isn't He Something!
13. Bounce
14. The Game
15. Talent
16. You
17. Addison's City
18. Boca Raton Aftermath
19. Get Out Of My Life
20. Bounce

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Bounce is a pretty accurate title for this Sondheim show, which receives a cast album after having been seemingly everywhere but Broadway. In a way this is fitting for a musical that's been on Sondheim's mind since 1952, when he first read about the adventures of the two Mizner brothers in The New Yorker. Based on this Fall 2003 Kennedy Center production, figuring out why Bounce doesn't quite click is tricky. Is it the heard-it-before quality of the material? The title track is disappointingly by-the-numbers Sondheim, for instance. Or is it the uneven cast? Howard McGillin lacks the outsize personality needed to infuse life into scheming Wilson Mizner (a part played by Nathan Lane in a 1999 Off-Broadway "workshop" of the show, then titled Wise Guys). But then Michelle Pawk does wonderfully in the sultry ballad "What's Your Rush?" before eclipsing McGillin in their duet, "The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened." Got it! Bounce may not work as a show, but a few of its songs are bound to show up in a cabaret near you sooner rather than later. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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Bounce ~ Original Cast

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BOUNCE - a look at the score June 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
On stage, BOUNCE offered some interesting musical sequences side by side with an awkward book that spent a good deal of time telling us a story without ever fully explaining why this particular story should interest us. Stephen Sondheim's scores are thoroughly composed to weave together information about the story and characters. Whether the music is pure and simple, or more complex, it serves specific purposes. When song fragments are reprised it is usually to help the listener establish links with what has been heard before. This is the major reason why his scores stand up to repeated listens...each time you go through the score you will become aware of more subtle details. Few composers writing for the theatre today understand this. The sooner they do, the better musical theatre will be!
OVERTURE - very much in the standard 1950s musical comedy style. An opening fanfare ("Boca Raton") leads to a lively playing of that tune, followed by "The Game", then the show's key ballad: "The Best Thing that Ever Has Happened", followed by the theme of "Gold!" and ending with a restatement of the "Boca Raton" theme.
BOUNCE - an old-fashioned vaudevillian soft shoe number. It's a catchy tune because the main melodic theme gets several repeats.
OPPORTUNITY - The opening line ("One Day Lose, the next day win") reappears later as the opening line of the first version of "The Game" among other places.
GOLD! - The first appearance of this tune and if you know Copland's "Appalachian Spring" and "Hoedown" from the RODEO ballet, you'll hear echoes of both here. That said, it not a totally satisfying number because the lyrics take the lead and the music never quite develops into satisfying whole.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BOUNCE - a work in progress August 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD
On stage, BOUNCE offered some interesting musical sequences side by side with an awkward book that spent a good deal of time telling us a story without ever fully explaining why this particular story should interest us.

Stephen Sondheim's scores are thoroughly composed to weave together information about the story and characters. Whether the music is pure and simple, or more complex, it serves specific purposes. When song fragments are reprised they provide specific links to what has happened earlier. This is the major reason why his scores stand up to repeated listens...each time you go through the score you will become aware of more subtle details. Few composers writing for the theatre today understand this. The sooner they do, the better musical theatre will be!

No doubt that the authors will revise BOUNCE and it may yet have a Broadway production. The CD proves the show has many fine musical sequences in Act One and virtually all of Act Two is pure gold. Consider it a work in progress.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Black Sheep of Sondheim Scores March 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
It took Sondheim ten years to follow up his 1994 masterpiece "Passion", and when "Bounce" made its debut in Chicago during the summer of 2003, many didn't know what to make of it. It played later that year at the Kennedy Center in DC, but, lacking the finances, did not come to Broadway. It's too bad, because, although there are quite a few flaws, "Bounce" really is a wonderful score.

"Bounce" tells the story of the Mizner brothers, whose peculiar journey started during the Gold Rush, and took them all the way to Alaska. The brothers, played impeccably by Richard Kind and Howard McGillin, couldn't be more different: Addison (Kind) is a closeted homosexual and sensitive Mama's boy; Wilson (McGillin) is a suave cad who falls hard for Nellie (the always terrific Michele Pawk), a dancer/grifter in Nome.

From there, they go to pretty much everywhere, and many problems ensue: Addy cannot come to terms with his sexuality; Wilson becomes addicted to drugs; and Nellie is an alcoholic. Addy and Willie's beloved mother (Jane Powell) dies towards the end of the first act. Addy falls in love with a rich young rebel, Hollis (Gavin Creel), who returns his affections, but, since this is Sondheim after all, nothing can turn out right.

After seeing this show in previews at the Kennedy Center, I can definitely testify that this show has several problems (mostly the book, and the fact that Gavin Creel was so incredibly underused), but the score is not one of them. It offers traditional Sondheim, with witty, esoteric lyrics and gorgeous voices.

Hopefully, this show will make it to Broadway in the near future. Until then, we can be glad that this lovely cast album was made.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical theater - not show tunes. June 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Listeners to "Bounce" would do well to remember that Sondheim writes musical theater where the book, lyrics and music are woven together. Comments from "Bounce" reviewers that some songs seem incomplete, ignore the fact that these songs take place within a context of story/dialogue/acting. Mr. Sondheim's music and lyrics are not meant to stand on their own seperate from the fabric of the show. To insist that they do, and to be disappointed when they don't, is to miss enjoying Sondheim's genius and contribution to musical theater and Broadway.
For example, one reviewer suggests that the lyrics/book contain an error when saying the Yukon is in Alaska. Correct. But, in the context of the song, it is a joke. And to focus on the words, and not the context, is to miss the joke. Likewise, to listen to the music without the story, is to miss "Bounce."
Fortunately, the "Bounce" CD has an very good booklet providing background, plot synopsis with musical cues, and lyrics. To get the full value of your purchase, while reading the synopsis, listen to the musical numbers as they are cued in the text. Visually imagine the action that might be happening on stage before, during and after the numbers. You'll have a much more enjoyable experience of "Bounce" and appreciate how the songs develop and simplify.
The CD and book production values are high quality. The voices are clear, strong and understandable. And, given today's climate of musical spectacle, the orchestrations by Mr. Tunick show excellent restraint and sensitivity.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars First read Mr. Sondheim's "Look I Made a Hat", then listen to "Bounce"
I greatly regret that I was unable to see "Bounce" while showing at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in 2003. I remember that the Chicago reviews were mixed. Mr. Read more
Published on May 18, 2012 by Judith Kay McGee
2.0 out of 5 stars A musical that missed the target - no bounce
This is an interesting CD, but only because Socdheim has now worked the show up into something title RaodShow which has just been given an airing in London at the Menier with some... Read more
Published on July 4, 2011 by W. Russell
4.0 out of 5 stars Bookend for Saturday Night
This show has the same problem as Boch and Harnick's "Rothschilds" - lots of craft and obvious talent, but who gives a damn that members of a family cornered the market using... Read more
Published on April 24, 2007 by John Ellis
3.0 out of 5 stars Not One of Sondheim's Best, But A Couple of Nice Songs
With so many great musicals written by Mr. Sondheim, efforts such as "Bounce" seem flimsy in comparison. Read more
Published on December 19, 2006 by AJK
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite...
Sonheim is one of the days best composers, but we all have bad days right? This was Sondheims bad day. Read more
Published on October 8, 2006 by ~Amante
1.0 out of 5 stars awful
I caught the Goodman Theatre production in Chicago and enjoyed it immensely, although it was obviously greatly flawed. Read more
Published on May 7, 2006 by theta
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait?
Someone said, anyone Sondheim is better than no Sondheim. Listening to, and knowing we will probably never see Bounce out here; re-inforces everything we know about him. Read more
Published on December 6, 2004 by Ozejohn
4.0 out of 5 stars How to fix Bounce. My gift to Mr. Sondheim.
You can't mix cynicism with life after death. If the world stinks, then more of the same stinks on ice. Imagine a duet of "If you walk in a storm hold your head up high... Read more
Published on October 21, 2004 by Frederick Norwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Well, uhm...
Let's be honest. Bounce will not (unlike shows like Sunday and Sweeney) change anyone's life. When that is said, one must also say that any Sondheim is better than no... Read more
Published on October 8, 2004 by Dvarg
4.0 out of 5 stars Better on record
I saw BOUNCE at the Goodman and was, like many people, underwhelmed. The book had no shape, no POV --- it was just "one damn thing after another. Read more
Published on September 13, 2004 by Daniel F. Pinkerton
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