Baby (1983 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording
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This was out of print for a while and seems to be hard to come by every once in a while. Snap this one up while you can.
The music here ranges from soaring torch-songs (Story Goes On) to rock ballads (I Chose Right) to touching duets (With You) to well-written comedy (Ladies Singing Their Song) to down-right badly written numbers such as Fatherhood Blues (which, despite the title, has not one ounce of bluesy feel, which may have well been the point, but was not carried across, and instead plays like one long song from a bad episode of Barney).
The cast is good, but not great; then again, this is a show from one of the transitional seasons on Broadway (when shows started moving away from crooners toward smaller voices) and it shows. Breakouts include Liz Callaway, who has gone on to garner a bit of fame on her own, and Todd Graff, both of whom were nominated for a Tony for this show (though listening to the CD, you won't understand why). Other members of the cast are okay, despite the total lack of vocal emotion of one cast member in particular.
This is a good CD to have simply because of the odd subject matter and presentation (the show starts out with a "Look Who's Talking"-esque sperm-meets-egg sequence). Those who are looking for under-appreciated music would also enjoy this CD as almost all of the above songs deserve a better (or SOME) reputation in musical theatre circles. But one might look for Maltby & Shire compilation discs instead as some of the performances here are mousy, despite the fun, if rather dated and schmaltzy, orchestrations by Broadway guru Jonathan Tunick.
Overall, I'd recommend this CD to die-hard musical buffs, but not to those who still think My Fair Lady starred Audrey Hepburn.
With a few catchy songs and a small band for back up (kind of like LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS in that way), it's high on the CUTE factor. Songs you might recognioze from this show are I CHOSE RIGHT, PATTERNS, THE STORY GOES ON, not to mention a few cute ones like FATHERHOOD BLUES, I WANT IT ALL, and my personal favorite, WHAT COULD BE BETTER, a hysterical duet between Couple 1 trying to picture how their child is going to look.
If you are a musical theater fan, songs in this show are definately worth learning and dedicating to your loved one (esp. I CHOSE RIGHT). If you ONLY tend to like the hard core stuff like LES MISERABLES and PHONTOM OF THE OPERA (you know, the ones with huge orchestras and casts), this may not be for you. This is more for the LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and PIPPIN fans.
My favorites, to give you an example of my taste, are: LES MISERABLES (like everyone else), SWEENEY TODD, and CHILDREN OF EDEN (the new show just begining to surface in the states by Stephen Schwartz, creator of PIPPIN and GODSPELL).
The story is about three couples who have to deal with the prospect of having a baby. One is a college couple (Lizzie and Danny) who just move in together. The other one is a middle-aged couple (Alan and Arlene) who were looking forward to a life without the kids after sending their youngest kid to college. And the last one is a couple (Nick and Pam) having a hard time conceiving. The opening song "We Start Today" brilliantly set upped the premise of the show. All the situations of the three couples were introduced in that song.
"What Could Be Better" is cute and fun song that has an upbeat melody and playful lyrics. Liz and Danny enthusiastically imagine how that "tiny mix up" would be their baby or as they call it a "genetic duet" and a "two part invention". I was surprised that the three "Romance" numbers by Pam and Nick weren't quite as enjoyable in the recording compared to hearing the songs sung in the show.
Another witty song is "I Want It All" where all the three women sang their hearts out about how they want everything. Pam was hysterical with her obsession with motherhood as well as Arlene, the veteran among the three, anticipating the hard work of taking care of a baby. "I Chose Right" is one of the most romantic heartfelt love songs I've heard. Danny sang this to Lizzie before leaving for his band tour. It was a simple song yet it speaks volume about how Danny feels for Lizzie.
Act 1 ended by the powerful "The Story Goes On".Read more ›
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I really liked this show when I saw it during its original run. I highly recommend the music, but it does make more sense in the context of the show.Published 21 months ago by Robert Solomon
Loved the music for the play and wanted to keep the songs going. A must hear and if possible se the playPublished on February 9, 2014 by Suellyn Cota
If "power ballads" are your thing, then this is the musical for you. A pop-generated sound that is not to my tastes. Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by kenneth e. may
What a great show! I went to high school, with Marty Vidnovic (in the cast) and this is a valuable addition to my music collection.Published on May 25, 2013 by David R. Nordone
I bought this to help out with music direction for a college production, and I really wanted to love it. Read morePublished on June 22, 2011 by W. Smith
It was wonderful to hear the songs again. I did a community play in 1992. I had not been able to find a soundtrack for this play. Like finding an old friend.Published on May 17, 2011 by Dreama Lenn
Baby came out in the middle of a strike on Broadway and as a consequence its run was short but as a musical, Baby is fairly strong. Read morePublished on May 5, 2010 by David Keymer