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Weill: Lady in the Dark / Risë Stevens, Adolph Green, Lehman Engel, Danny Kaye Soundtrack

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Lady In The Dark: Glamour Dream: Oh, Fabulous One
  2. Lady In The Dark: Huxley (Liza, Beekman)
  3. Lady In The Dark: One Life To Live (Liza)
  4. Lady In The Dark: Girl Of The Moment (Liza)
  5. Lady In The Dark: Wedding Dream: Liza, Liza
  6. Lady In The Dark: Mapleton High Chorale
  7. Lady In The Dark: This Is New (Randy, Liza)
  8. Lady In The Dark: The Princess Of Pure Delight (Liza, Randy)
  9. Lady In The Dark: Circus Dream: The Greatest Show On Earth (Ringmaster, Randy)
  10. Lady In The Dark: The Best Years Of His Life (Ringmaster, Randy, Liza)
  11. Lady In The Dark: Tschaikowsky (Ringmaster)
  12. Lady In The Dark: The Saga Of Jenny (Liza)
  13. Lady In The Dark: Childhood Dream: My Ship (Liza)
  14. Lady In The Dark: One Life To Live
  15. Lady In The Dark: The Princess Of Pure Delight
  16. Lady In The Dark: It's Never Too Late To Mendelssohn
  17. Lady In The Dark: Tschaikowsky And Other Russians
  18. Lady In The Dark: Jenny
  19. Lady In The Dark: My Ship


Product Details

  • Performer: Kurt Weill, Maurice de Abravanel, Risë Stevens, Adolph Green, Danny Kaye, et al.
  • Audio CD (June 3, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000029VA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAME on August 4, 2004
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This studio album of Weill and Gershwin's LADY IN THE DARK features the lovely Rise Stevens making the role of Liza Elliott her own, with Adolph Green in the role that made Danny Kaye a star in the original production.

This sumptuous reissue on the Columbia 'Masterworks Heritage' label presents the recording in creamy stereo, with the orchestra under the baton of Lehman Engel. Rise Stevens is perhaps the best singer to have played Liza on any recording of LADY IN THE DARK. The trained opera singer lets her hair down for the manic "Saga of Jenny", and yields glowing versions of "My Ship" and "One Life to Live". Also featured among the cast are John Reardon and Stephanie Augustine.

My only qualm about the release is the horrid packaging. The disc is enclosed in a cardboard sleeve at the back of a booklet-style slipcase, leaving the CD vulnerable to scratches and dust (I remedied the problem by putting the CD in a separate plastic jewel case and filing it on the shelf next to the empty booklet case). However this should not deter collectors and musical theatre fans from seeking out this lovely recording.
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A nifty performance of one of Broadway's classic scores. The biggest problem is that just about everything is slightly abridged (mostly verses, connecting material, dialogue underscoring and choral repeats--although if I'm reading the vocal score right, most of this would still be interesting to listen to); still, a reasonably good taste of the whole thing. The liner notes also don't really give a story synopsis, so if you aren't familiar with the plot, seek out a summary so you aren't completely confused by what is going on. Rise Stevens' acting is pretty mannered, and she goes over the top vocally every now and then; she seems to be shouting, not singing at the end of "Jenny." Adolph Green is hysterically funny and acquits himself supremely well in "Tchaikovsky." How you'll enjoy the appendix of Danny Kaye's recordings depends on how much you like Danny Kaye--enough said.
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By A Customer on January 3, 2003
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MISS STEVENS shinesas Liza Eliot in this perfect recording of "Lady in the Dark". [For the first time - with repect to the other artists - the lyrics are pristine!] THE recording? IF you own a 'surround system' - this one IS flawless - just a perfect balance of voice and instrument. [A great restoration job - if only they could do the same to the Lawrence version....]
FOR the collector - get all three recordings currently available - the 1997 London version is the most complete, the Gertrude Lawrence? It's more of a Star Vehicle for Miss Lawrence - lots of dialogue - with really only the two "Liza' numbers - "Saga of Jenmny" and "My Ship" intact - but also well worth the journey.
AS A BONUS - Miss Stevens recording contains the Danny Kaye contribution missing from the Gertrude Lawrence recording - plus his versions of "My Ship" and "The Saga of Jenny".
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What keeps me from giving this 5 stars is that curious addition of Danny-Kaye-versions-of-the-show's-songs, added to it. So let's dispense with those first: they're either weird (Danny Kaye singing "My Ship"? C'mon) or forgettable.

But the bulk of the CD is the Rise Stevens version of the show, and they went to great lengths, back in the early '60s, to get this (studio) revival right. A few cuts, but most of the music is here. And it's a reminder how inventive Kurt Weill was. Ira Gershwin's lyrics often coast along, or submerge into cuteness. But Weill is always thinking, thinking thinking about how to get the song or the situation right. A solid addition to anyone's library.
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This is the best recording of a score written for Gertrude Lawrence that never received an original cast recording in spite of it's being considered a ground breaking work. "Lady" never get's produced for the stage any longer because it's subject is so hugely misogenistic. The story of a woman magazine editor who suffers an identity crisis until she realizes that she'll never be a real woman until she gives up her career and gets' married. It's a "drama" with three large musical numbers, the last of which is the Circus Dream. You can look up the much abridged movie version Staring Ginger Rodgers in the Famous mink and sequin evening dress. must have weighed a ton and been hot as hell.
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I love this recording! All of the musical numbers take place during three separate dream sequences. Parts of it are over-the-top, but it's meant to be that way. It's not meant to be naturalistic.

Risë Stevens plays Liza Elliot, a fashion magazine editor, who is undergoing psychoanalysis because she has been suffering from depression. Liza presents her dreams to her analyst, and the musical numbers spring forth from these dreams.

I prefer this recording to the more complete recording with Maria Friedman Lady In The Dark (1997 Original London Cast).
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