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Sondheim Evening: A Musical Tribute (1973 Concert Cast) [Cast Recording, Live]

Stephen SondheimAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 13, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1973
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Cast Recording, Live
  • Label: RCA Victor Broadway
  • ASIN: B000003F1M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,480 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Act I: Ov - Paul Gemignani
2. Act I: Do I Hear a Waltz?: Do I Hear A Waltz? - Dorothy Collins
3. Act I: Gypsy: If Mama Was Married - Alice Playten/Virginia Sandifur
4. Act I: West Side Story: America - Chita Rivera
5. Act I: Follies: One More Kiss - Justine Johnston/Victoria Malloy
6. Act I: Follies: Broadway Baby - Ethel Shutta
7. Act I: Company: You Could Drive A Person Crazy - Donna McKechnie/Pamela Myers/Susan Browning
8. Act I: Evening Primrose: Take Me To The World - Marti Rolph
9. Act I: Evening Primrose: I Remember - Victoria Mallory
10. Act I: A Little Night Music: Silly People - George Lee Andrews
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Act II: Entr'acte - Paul Gemignani
2. Act II: Anyone Can Whistle: Me And My Town - Angela Lansbury/Harvey Evans/Tony Stevens
3. Act II: Company: The Little Things You Do Together - Mary McCarty
4. Act II: Company: Getting Married Today - Beth Howland/Teri Ralston/Steve Elmore
5. Act II: Follies: Buddy's Blues - Larry Blyden/Donna McKechnie/Chita Rivera
6. Act II: Saturday Night: So Many People - Susan Browning/Jack Cassidy
7. Act II: Company: Another Hundred People - Pamela Myers
8. Act II: Company: Happily Ever After - Larry Kert
9. Act II: Company: Being Alive - Larry Kert
10. Act II: Do I Hear A Waltz? We're Gonna Be All Right - Laurence Guittard/Teri Ralston
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Affectionately referred to as the "Scrabble album" for its playful cover art, Sondheim Evening: A Musical Tribute was the first of many tribute albums celebrating the music of Broadway's greatest modern composer, Stephen Sondheim. In 1973, however, he was still a relative newcomer whose work as a lyricist was more celebrated than his early efforts as a composer, which included Company and Follies. Accordingly, this tribute deviates from later efforts by including a few songs for which he only provided lyrics, but somewhat surprisingly, it also sets a trend by unearthing rarely heard selections--from Saturday Night and Evening Primrose--as well as songs cut from various shows, including A Little Night Music, which had just premiered a few weeks earlier). And that cast! Members of the original companies--including Angela Lansbury, Chita Rivera, Dorothy Collins, Alexis Smith, and Donna McKechnie, just to name a few--as well as Sondheim himself singing "Anyone Can Whistle" from the piano. Obviously, later tribute albums have more material to work with and similar all-star rosters (though they sometimes resort to gimmicks such as men singing women's songs), but this one has yet to be topped. --David Horiuchi

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for Sondheim fans! December 31, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Aside from featuring a song ("Two Fairy Tales") that appears on no other tribute/compilation CD that I'm aware of, and several other rarely performed tunes, this tribute has another significant feature: All the singers appeared in, or were intended to appear in, original Sondheim productions, so the net effect is to provide some tantalizing examples of how these songs sounded live on stage by their original singers.
There are so many treasures on this CD! Examples: If you doubted that Beth Howland owns "Getting Married Today," this rendition will put your doubts to rest; she actually sings it faster than on the OBR of Company! Similarly, while there have been plenty of decent renditions of "Broadway Baby," Ethel Shutta proves why she was the first (and best). Nancy Walker's "I'm Still Here" ranks with the greatest versions of this song. And what a joy it is to hear Angela Lansbury, by this time an experienced musical thespian, singing songs from Anyone Can Whistle with considerable assurance.
One small complaint I have is that while the cast of the then-current A Little Night Music appears, none of them sings any songs on their own; they merely provide part of the chorus (and Hermione Gingold was one of the "Beautiful Girls). As I am a Len Cariou fan, I was disappointed that I didn't get to hear him live. Still, this is a sensational collection that should delight both Sondheim fans and musical theatre fans in general.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection of early Sondheim material July 12, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This concert was recorded live at the Shubert theatre in New York in March of 1973 - just a few weeks after A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC had opened. Being a live recording there are some technical drawbacks - hence 4 stars instead of 5 - but the electicity generated by the performers and the event have never been matched by any subsequent Sondheim concert.
Among the highlights: -Nancy Walker's definative performance of "I'm Still Here."
-Ethel Shutta recreating her showstopping "Broadway Baby" which was abridged on the FOLLIES cast album
-Jack Cassidy and Susan Browning in a premiere recording of "So Many people" from the unproduced SATURDAY NIGHT
-Larry Kert offering both "Happily Ever After" and its replacement "Being Alive" from COMPANY.
-A half-dozen songs that had not been heard because they were dropped from shows before opening night or left off teh cast albums.
-Angela Lansbury recreating two of her big numbers from the ill-fated ANYONE CAN WHISTLE
-and, a grand finale where Sondheim himself sings (?) the title song from WHISTLE.
A useful overview of some of his best work (to 1973 at least) enlived by some steller performances. The original 2 LP set had been out-of-print for many years fetching $85 a copy at collector shops. RCA's CD edition restores some addional material left off the Lp and is a great bargain!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish this CD would never end! April 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is probably my favorite of the Sondheim compilation CDs I have. It's a live concert recorded in 1973, right in the middle of the "Golden Age" of Sondheim. It's got the great songs one would expect ("Being Alive", "America", "Broadway Baby") and it also has a good handful of songs that were cut from his shows...all of them on par or better with the ones that were kept in! It stars many of the members of "Company" and "Follies" along with biggies like Chita Rivera and Angela Lansbury, whose "Me and My Town" is a riot. My only complaint is the sound quality. But if anything, it just gives the recording more character! This is a great CD and I couldn't consider my Sondheim collection complete without it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!! November 22, 1998
Format:Audio CD
This is a must for Sondheim fans. Nancy Walker does "I'm Still Here" and gives the best version on disc to this date. Most of the other performances are done by the actors who introduced them in the original productions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST of Sondheim July 21, 2006
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The best Sondheim collection available. The live performances add greatly to the album. All the performances are fresh and fun, or heartfelt and lovely. Added bonus is the performance of unused songs from several shows. The whole thing is wonderful. Only wish it had been done more recently to include the shows of the past 30 yrs. Could be quite an evening. The Carnegie Hall tribute album is glossier and more recent, but I like this better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Sondheim Concerts ever January 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this set used on vinyl when I was 17. Then again on cassette when I was 25. I'm now about to buy it on cd. Why? Hands down it is the best concert album of his works. Nothing gimimicky, just a great evening of song, most with the original performers recreating their moments. Also, there are more than a handful of cut songs and obscure lyrics. For you Sondheim buffs: the original lyrics to "We're Gonna Be All Right" which got sanitized during the tryout becuase Dorothy Rodgers thought the lyrics were too racy. And a previous reviewer complained that there were No performance of Night Music songs on the disc, Here's why. The Cast Album had just been recorded by Columbia and they held the rights to any of the original cast recording of the songs. During "Liasons" and "Send in the Clowns" the Engineers from Warner Brothers (the original Label) had to shut off the mics. A shame...written accounts of the evening state that Glynis Johns had the house in tears with Send in the Clowns. Still and all, a worthwhile album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any Sondheim/musical theatre lover
I first heard this album on vinyl back in 1977. It belonged to someone else, and I had a hard time finding even a mention of it during the ensuing decades. At last it's on CD! Read more
Published 7 months ago by My2Cents
5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Best Sondheim Tribute From the Early Years
There were so many more musicals to come in 1973 when this event took place--it preceded "Sweeney Todd," "Sunday in the Park With George," and "Into the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars The golden age of Sondheim
If you've read Ted Chapin's "Everything Was Possible," this concert is doubly valuable for its glimpses into the genesis of "Follies. Read more
Published on September 9, 2010 by David McKee
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most exciting evenings in the theatre, ever.
Reviewing this album in 1998 I wrote:

This concert was recorded live at the Shubert theatre in New York in March of 1973 - just a few weeks after A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC... Read more
Published on March 29, 2008 by Mark Andrew Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Stephen Sondheim
This re-release of a 1973 live concert tribute to Stephen Sondheim, long out of print, is a must for any Sondheim lover. Read more
Published on January 12, 2008 by Carol A. Aronoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Marry Me a Little
This is an old favorite that I already had on LP, but decided to finally upgrade to CD. Obviously, I like it or I wouldn't have bothered.
Published on August 15, 2005 by Alexander M. Oleksij
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection
One of the best things about this collection is the end with Sondheim himself singing the title song to his flop show, Anyone Can Whistle. Read more
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