Anastasia: The Musical (plus premier recordings of Wright and Forrest songs from At The Grand/Betting On Bertie/Grand Hotel/Kean
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Disc and artwork in near mint condition, jewel case ay have minor scuffs from shelf wear. Kept in nonsmoking adult home. Please feel free to ask any questions before purchasing. Will ship via USPS Media Mail with delivery confirmation, in recycled materials to help save our environment. ANASTASIA THE MUSICAL, aka ANASTASIA AFFAIRE (w/ BONUS Wright & Forrest songs) [CD 1998] Judy Kaye Len Cariou. 1. Prelude and the Unfinished Melody 2. Song from Somewhere, A - Judy Kaye 3. I Can See Her Now - George Lee Andrews/David Green/Walter Willis 4. Homeward - Judy Kaye 5. Born Aristocrat - Len Cariou/Steve Barton 6. Drawn to You - Steve Barton 7. My Kind of Love - Judy Kaye/Len Cariou 8. Thanks to Her - George Lee Andrews/David Green/Walter Willison 9. That Song - Judy Kaye 10. Act One Finale - Judy Kaye/Steve Barton 11. Here Tonight, Tomorrow Where? - George Lee Andrews/David Green/L 12. Anastasia Waltz, The - Len Cariou 13. Lost and Found - Judy Kaye/Len Cariou/Steve Barton 14. Think upon Something Beautiful - Regina Resnik/Judy Kaye 15. Little Hands - Regina Resnik 16. I Live Again - Judy Kaye 17. If This Is Goodbye - Judy Kaye/Len Cariou 18. Finale: Think upon Something Beautiful - Regina Resnik PLUS PREMIERE RECORDINGS OF WRIGHT AND FORREST SONGS: 19. Prelude: Table With a View/And Life Goes on... (GRAND HOTEL) 20. Bare Necessities, The - Simon Jones (AT THE GRAND) 21. You Can't Cry on My Shoulder - Eric Riley (GRAND HOTEL) 22. Brain (BETTING ON BERTIE: THE ORIGINAL JEEVES MUSICAL) 23. Amsterdam - David Holmes (KEAN) 24. After Autumn - Marcia Lewis (GRAND HOTEL) 25. Music of Love, The - Donna Lee Marshall (GRAND HOTEL) 26. Postlude: Table With a View/And Life Goes on... (GRAND HOTEL) BOOK BY JEROME CHODOROV AND GUY BOLTON, FROM THE PLAY ANASTASIA BY BOLTON AND MAURETTE. MUSIC AND LYRICS BY ROBERT WRIGHT AND GEORGE FORREST, BASED ON THEMES OF SERGEI RACHMANINOFF.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 4.92 x 5.59 x 0.47 inches; 3.74 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Original Cast Record
- Original Release Date : 1998
- Date First Available : December 4, 2006
- Label : Original Cast Record
- ASIN : B000006AU6
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #382,971 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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"The musical ANYA opened on November 29, 1965 as the last tenant of the Ziegfeld Theater. Written by George Abbot from Guy Bolton's English version of Marcelle Maurette's play the score was fashioned by Robert Wright and George Forrest, using themes from the works of Rachmaninoff. Abbott directed and Hanya Holm choreographed a cast that included Constance Towers, Michael Kermoyan, Irra Petina, and Lillian Gish in the leading roles. With mixed-to-negative reviews, the show closed December 11, 1965 after two weeks of previews and sixteen performances. United Artists, an investor in the show, issued the cast album of ANYA shortly after the opening." -- from Merrick S. Talcove's liner notes for THE ANASTASIA AFFAIRE
I own a copy of ANYA, but I haven't listened to it since (perhaps) 1965. However, I remember it fondly, and while listening to it I fell in love with Constance Towers. Not as good as Wright & Forrest's scores for THE SONG OF NORWAY (which I had heard on the radio), KISMET and THE GREAT WALTZ (both of which I had seen staged by the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera), but listenable non-the-less. And KEAN is one of my all-time favorites. I truly believed that Wright & Forrest could do no wrong.
So when I read the Amazon reviews for ANASTASIA: THE MUSICAL, I thought, "These guys don't know what they're talking about." So I did some web research and located a used copy of THE ANASTASIA AFFAIRE. I put it in the player, but what emerged from the speakers had little resemblance to the ANYA I remembered. This was truly bad!
Wright & Forrest have been tinkering with ANYA every since it flopped in 1965. What was once a large scale Broadway musical is now an intimate chamber piece. It might possibly work as a chamber opera, if the libretto weren't so awful! Some of the lyrics have to be heard to be believed. The show also calls out for an orchestra. Reducing Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto to a piece for twin pianos is comparable to watching "Lawrence of Arabia" on a two-inch black and white TV. Rachmaninoff wrote Romantic music with a capital "R." An orchestra can underscore the passion of the characters and carry us along in a way two pianos can not.
I think all the fiddling to ANYA has damaged it beyond repair. Only four of the original songs remain: "A Song from Somewhere," "Here Tonight, Tomorrow Where?" "Little Hands," and "If This Is Goodbye." I believe Decca owns the United Artists masters, including ILLYA, DARLING, the musical version of NEVER ON SUNDAY. I urge them to reissue ANYA so we can hear once again the original score. Otherwise, I may have to dig out my LP and hook up my turntable.
P.S. Even though it's bad, it's not as awful as NIGHT OF THE HUNTER or Z . . . THE MASKED MUSICAL, and I was unable to finish JEKYLL & HYDE.