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Merrily We Roll Along (2012 Encores! Cast) Cast Recording

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PS Classics is proud to present a two-disc new cast recording of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG - one, in effect, thirty years in the making - complete with 52-page full-color booklet with essay, synopsis, lyrics, production photos and an expansive note by Jonathan Tunick.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 10, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: P.S. Classics
  • ASIN: B007Q1IT1I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,956 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Eric J. Akawie on September 5, 2012
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I've been listening to the Original Broadway Cast recording of Merrily We Roll Along for 20 years or more. I've bought other recordings of the show, but never listened to them more than 2 or 3 times. The performances never measured up to the original, and the new songs never came to life for me - "Th Blob" etc. were unwelcome distractions from the show I knew and loved.

But this recording has earned a pride of place next to the original. I've listened to it again and again since buying it, and it's made me appreciate the changes, and embrace the new performances. Plus the crisp, clear production is miles above the low, muddy RCA CD I've been playing for all those years. I can't recommend it enough to fans of the show.
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Great album from the Encores! series. As it includes parts of the book it is the first recording that actually could be heared as a whole. The songs are gorgeous and the performances very good and credible. The only but is the new arragement, but I think that it is a matter of time to get used to it. One of Sondheim's masterpieces, a glorious flop!!!
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I fell in love with Stephen Sondheim's and George Furth's "Merrily We Roll Along" when I first heard the original-cast recording from 1981. I thought, "How could it miss with a score this brilliant?" Then I read the story of how the original Broadway production was beset by problems that had nothing to do with the music.

I give Sondheim and Furth great credit for their persistence over the next 27 years in looking for ways to make such a great idea (telling the story backwards, reinforcing the irony in its theme of friendship destroyed by ambition) connect with the audience. The answer lay in making the characters more sympathetic and understandable, even if one disagreed with their decisions.

Now the Encores concert series has brought the show back to vibrant life with this terrific production, and PS Classics has given the world a first-rate recording of the score, spread generously over two CDs so we can hear lots of dialogue, giving the songs context. Jonathan Tunick, the greatest Broadway orchestrator of all time, has thoughtfully reconsidered his original charts and made some adjustments to better reflect the dramatic nature of the story.

This is the best cast recording of the revised version of "Merrily..." I have ever heard. The show is thrilling and heartbreaking by turns, and it cries out for consideration by theater companies all over the world.
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This is a great CD - the full orchestra sounds fantastic. Everyone sings beautifully. In some cases, the singing is better on this CD than when it was sung live. Listening to the CD really feels like you seeing the show again, because it includes a lot of dialogue. I saw the show (but didnt have a great seat) so now I feel like I have a seat in the orchestra!
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'Merrily We Roll Along' in this version is a small masterpiece--even if it takes a few listenings to catch on to this. Sondheim's brilliance is everywhere present and growing in the entire piece. With several real masterpieces on the CD.

Just one thing----wasn't this aired at local movie theaters as full cast, filmed production? Well, I have news for all you. This show will sell widely as a DVD. Please provide that as soon as possible. I want to hear and see 'I want it the way that it was,' and 'Not a day goes by;' and I want to see as well as hear the great finale to the piece. Which must bring the house down figuratively if not yet visually every night.

Please provide 'Merrily...' with a DVD presence that we can purchase. There will be a massive sale of the item.
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I saw the live production three times, and I have a copy of the full piano score. The work is a complete arc of magic. This performance is my favorite of the several that I have on CD. Rob Berman and the orchestra are amazing. Broadway simply can't afford such an orchestra anymore, but I'm glad that Encores! still manages. The cast is very strong -- amazingly so -- but more importantly they are an ensemble that brings Sondheim's brilliance to life. Character, music, lyrics, and that deep, almost painful insight into human nature that only theater can illuminate -- this score and this performance has it all.
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I'm in the minority in preferring almost all the other Sondheim scores to
this one, but I'm addressing this review to those who love the score: this
is an excellent reading of it, much more complete than others (and, of course,
including numbers written along the way in revisions), with a real theatre
feeling to it. Some may prefer other singers in one role or another, but
this is a fine ensemble, very much inside their parts. As for the new
orchestrations: they aren't all that much different from the originals, and
it's fascinating hearing the tuba get a solo in the overture! The last time I
heard a tuba in a musical was in the 1927 Show Boat! Then, too, you're getting
two CDs for less than what one CD normally costs (unless the price has gone
up since I bought it). All in all, very worth having.
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For those off us who consider ourselves Sondheim junkies, Merrily We Roll Along is one of the fabulous flops. The original version ran but sixteen performances. The cast album assumed a larger than life role because virtually no one was able to see the show. What a glorious score!!! Not a Day Goes By, Old Friends, and Now You Know are among the best of the lot. This version which was a concert format provides the first full New York score. London in many seasons back made an attempt. This is fte first definitve American version of the score in its more or less accepted version. Absolutely an essential purchase for the devoted Sondheim afficionado
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