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Sweet Charity: A New Musical Comedy (1966 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks


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  • Audio CD (June 30, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Sony
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000J28T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,472 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Act 1: Overture
2. Act 1: Charity's Theme
3. Act 1: You Should See Yourself
4. Act 1: Big Spender
5. Act 1: Charity's Soliloquy
6. Act 1: Rich Man's Frug (Extended Verion - First Release)
7. Act 1: If My Friends Could See Me Now
8. Act 1: Too Many Tomorrows
9. Act 1: There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This
10. Act 2: I'm The Bravest Individual
11. Act 2: The Rhythm Of Life
12. Act 2: Baby, Dream Your Dream
13. Act 2: Sweet Charity
14. Act 2: Where Am I Going?
15. Act 2: I'm A Brass Band
16. Act 2: I Love To Cry At Weddings
17. Act 2: Finale: If My Friends Could See Me Now
18. I Love To Cry At Weddings (First Release)
19. You Wanna Bet
20. Where Am I Going?
See all 28 tracks on this disc

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Sweet Charity - Original Broadway Cast by Original Broadway Cast Recording

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This document of Bob Fosse's 1966 Broadway production is almost enough to make one forget the dreadful and dated 1968 film version with Shirley MacLaine (who, though brilliant, never rose above the film's concessions to the era--who'll ever forget Sammy Davis Jr.'s "psychedelic" production number on "The Rhythm of Life"?). Ironically, it was the late, great Fosse's film debut. More's the pity he simply didn't just provide a visual document of his original Broadway show; after all, it was Fosse who'd conceived the notion of a musical comedy based on Fellini's 1957 film Nights of Cabiria as a vehicle for Broadway star Gwen Verdon (Mrs. Fosse at the time) and then put writer Neil Simon together with composer Cy Coleman and lyricist Dorothy Fields. Onstage, it simply worked great. The score produced two huge hit standards--"Big Spender" and "If My Friends Could See Me Now"--and proved that fantasies about hookers (even though Charity's called a "taxi dancer" here) with hearts of gold could provide mainstream entertainment years before Julia Roberts became Pretty Woman. Sony gives the rerelease its regular Broadway Masterworks series update treatment, with previously unreleased tracks, elongated songs (featuring material cut from the original album), interviews from opening night, and even composer Coleman performing three songs from the show with an orchestra for a long-unavailable album he cut in the late '60s. --Bill Holdship

Customer Reviews

The music is still thoroughly enjoyable.
David M. Pody
The best thing, though, is the performance of Gwen Verdon in the title role.
Nelson Aspen
Very rarely has it been bettered than in the original 1966 cast album.
Byron Kolln

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
SWEET CHARITY is one of the greatest of Broadway musicals. Very rarely has it been bettered than in the original 1966 cast album.
Gwen Verdon found her greatest stage role in Charity Hope Valentine, the down-on-her-luck dancehall hostess with a heart of gold. Verdon's performance would have won her yet another Tony, but she lost to Angela Lansbury's equally-good performance in MAME.
Verdon is joined by a dream cast including John McMartin (INTO THE WOODS), Helen Gallagher (NO NO NANETTE), Barbara Sharma, James Luisi, Ruth Buzzi, Thelma Oliver and Arnold Soboloff.
Gwen Verdon belts out her numbers in her own trademark style. Verdon could sing out entries from a phonebook and stop the show. She's quite fetching in the quirky character pieces "You Should See Yourself" and the snappy wordplay of the clarifying "Charity's Soliloquy". She later brings down the house with the certifiable showstoppers "If My Friends Could See Me Now", "I'm a Brass Band", "Where Am I Going?" and "I'm the Bravest Individual".
As Charity's two gal pals Nickie and Helene, Helen Gallagher and Thelma Oliver sing the caustic "Baby Dream Your Dream", and join Verdon for the showstopping "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This".
An essential cast album in any collection, this reissue of SWEET CHARITY on the Columbia Broadway Masterworks label includes rare audio of Fred Robbins interviewing the cast at the opening-night party as well as a longer 'first release' version of "I Love to Cry at Weddings".
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Benedetto on February 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
...about a score that includes "Big Spender" and "If My Friends Could See Me Now", but in which they aren't the best songs?
Cy Coleman's other work has been distinguished and attractive enough, but it was with this show that he left a permanent mark on the history of the American musical theatre. The story of Charity (essayed unforgettably by the late Gwen Verdon) is an uproarious and very moving fable about love, trust and their implications. This potent mix of emotions didn't entirely translate to the movie (where Charity's humiliation was a bit too realistic for comfort), but it emerges fully from the original cast album.
Coleman's score (with fine lyrics by Dorothy Fields) is dazzling, ranging from the aforementioned standards to the haunting "Where Am I Going?" to the exhilarating "I'm a Brass Band". And this recording, despite its small omissions (the third part of the "Rich Man's Frug" dance sequence, for example), stands as the definitive account, and would do so even without the interesting bonus tracks.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nelson Aspen on February 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a Braodway musical that has it all, and the great songs from this classic are all beautifully preserved on this CD.

The best thing, though, is the performance of Gwen Verdon in the title role. Just through her vocals, you will be able to imagine her in her prime..hoofing, mugging and charming you as she did with so many lucky audiences over her long, illustrious career.

A great tribute to all the creative forces involved in the creation of this durable, toe-tapping, musical production!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Peter on June 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Directed and choreographed by the one and only Bob Fosse, who repeated those assignments in the film version, with a wonderful score by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields, "Sweet Charity" is also a tailor-made vehicle for the late, great Gwen Verdon, dancer, actress and singer (in that order) extraordinare. A fellow amazon.com reviewer has been quick to point out in other posts that no cast recording made in a studio can really capture what Ms. Verdon was like onstage. I never saw her onstage, I'm sorry to say, but of all the recordings of her that i've heard, I think this one does the best job of capturing that. She is full of energy, personality, and emotion and is always endearing as the dance-hall hostess who is always a sucker for love. And she has a collection of great songs to wrap her voice (Which is not especailly great in itself but is full of such zest and personality that you can easily forgive it) around, from the standards "If My Friends Could See Me Now" and "I'm a Brass Band" to the delightful "I'm the Bravest Individual" (A duet with the wonderfully neurotic John McMartin as her strait-laced boyfriend), the emotional "Where Am I Going?" and the interesting "Charity's Soliloquy." And judging by the film, which starred Shirley McLaine, she also had plenty of oppurtunitites to show off her legendary dancing abilities, such as her "See Me Now" strut, her exuberant "Brass Band" march (In the film, McLaine dancing in her band uniform looks a lot like Robert Preston in "The Music Man!") and a joyfully defiant tap dance in "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AJK on June 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"Sweet Charity", starring Gwen Verdon as the hopelessly optimistic Charity, is a classic mid-sixties musical, with a terrific score by Cy Coleman & Dorothy Fields.

Best Tracks include:

Big Spender [classic!]

If My Friends Could See Me Now [classic!]

There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This

Baby, Dream Your Dream

Sweet Charity

Where Am I Going?

I'm A Brass Band

Actually, most of the above are probably Broadway standards!
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