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Bajour (1964 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording

4.1 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 8, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Masterworks Broadway
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000027WC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,970 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jonathan Lapin on January 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
a generation ago -- or two -- the broadway musical season would usually produce one blockbuster, several flops, and 2 or 3 "nice shows" that would play to theatre parties and tourists and show queens, and then after six months to a year, close at a modest profit or a modest loss.
BAJOUR is a classic of this type of show. it is replete with almost hilarious comedy songs, and almost lovely ballads. its ambitions were modest, but it accomplished them 100%. and there are some great performances here by broadway legend chita rivera, and the sadly ignored and underrated nancy dussault.
if you expect every show to be MY FAIR LADY, this album is not for you. but if you want to spend a thoroughly enjoyable hour listening to what the broadway musical once was, you cannot do better than BAJOUR!
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Here's a great treasure for the serious musical theatre collectors. With it's zesty story of a troupe of gypsies in New York, BAJOUR ran for a none-too-shabby 232 performances on Broadway; a perfect example of the tidy, one-season wonder. It's sparkling cast includes Chita Rivera as fiery gypsy maiden Anyanka; and Nancy Dussault as Emily Kirsten, the anthropology student fascinated by the culture clash in progress.

Originally, BAJOUR was to have been a reunion for the producers and creative team behind "Bye Bye Birdie", but for whatever reason that never quite panned out. Instead, the score of BAJOUR was fashioned by Walter Marks with a book by Ernest Kinoy (loosely based on stories which originally appeared in the New Yorker magazine, written by Joseph Mitchell). Chita Rivera, who had recently returned from her duties in the London company of "Bye Bye Birdie", was a shoo-in for the role of Anyanka and delivers handsomely. Nancy Dussault had been the final Maria in the original run of "The Sound of Music", and her pert, vivacious stage personality was likewise a perfect fit for Emily.

Tuneful and bouncy, the score of BAJOUR glistens with several wonderful pieces that will prove irresistible for the serious Broadway enthusiasts. "Love-Line", "Mean!", and "I'll Try" (the latter a comedic duet for Anyanka and Emily) are ideal for the livewire talents of Chita Rivera. Ms Dussault has some excellent pieces like "Living Simply", which climaxes into a swirling three-part melody with Robert Burr and the male ensemble; the manic "Where is the Tribe for Me?" has a zany, Carol Burnett-feel to it (she was originally considered for the role of Emily); and "Love is a Chance", a gangbusters 11 o'clock gem.
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This starts off with a bang with a tribe of gypsy's taking over the streets of Manhattan hoping for the ultimate "Bajour" (swindle). Yes, this is a musical about con-artists, but oh what a fun ride. Herschel Bernardi is a hoot as the Gypsy King, rival to fellow tribe leader Herbert Edelman ("The Golden Girl's" Stan) with whom he tries to make a deal. A silly and somewhat convoluted story is overshadowed by its fantastic score, and as sung by the marvelous Nancy Dussault ("Too Close For Comfort") and the fiery Chita Rivera (in a pre-cursor to her "Chicago" role of Velma Kelly), but it is Dussault who really scores her with her multi-faceted portrayal, and the lucky lady managed to get the Tony Nomination. Her comic genius is evident in "Where is the Tribe For Me?", while Rivera has several great solos, one sentimental ("Loveline") and one comically malevolent ("I'm a Meanie!"). While Rivera performed the title song on TV, it was Bernardi who performed it on stage. Mae Questel pops in as Dussault's mother briefly, while Gus Trikonis is a strong, if unremarkable, romantic hero. There's a lot to love in this bajour, and while a revival is unlikely, one can fantasize in their mind. For me, it's a guilty pleasure I can't escape from.
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Chita Rivera and Nancy Dussault are the stars of this show. The score isn't wonderful, but there are plenty of tunes to keep you humming. Two songs, "Mean" and "I Can," demonstrate why Ms Rivera has been a plus for any musical production
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I was lucky enough to see this show when I was 21, and all my life I have enjoyed soaking up the succulent score. Even today's hits don't have songs this good any more. If Styne & Hart could have collaborated on a score, it would turn out something like this. And to think one man wrote it ! Chita's "Love Line" still gives me chills & tears. Nancy's tribe song is adorable. "Mean" refuses to let go of you. "Honest Man" makes you want to get up and perform it with someone good ! These lyrics are brilliantly clever fun, and the melodies actually have MELODY ! Remember melody ? Just listen to that thrilling overture. Remember Overtures ??? Hey, Broadway originals ! How about getting Chita & Nancy to re-create "Yes I Can" ? GET THIS CD !!!
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This was a show that starred Chita Rivera near the beginning of her career. The music is OK with a couple of decent songs, certainly not great music. It's not politically correct for today's sensibilities. This was my neighbor, Leland Palmer's, first broadway show, along with fellow chorus member, Michael Bennett. She's shared some funny stories like the time she accidentally tripped the star, Ms Rivera, as she was going off stage. Ms Rivera was very gracious, and great to work with I was told. Fortunately not a career ender for either performer. You probably won't get an opportunity to see a revival of Bajour
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