Promises, Promises (1968 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording
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The movie version starred Jack Lemmon, who was great for the part. In the musical, the role went to Jerry Orbach, who was then in his prime as a Broadway musical star. The other cast members in this production are all fine, but he's the one who really shines. His voice isn't potent and powerful, as it was in "Carnival", but instead takes on a lighter tone perfect for the fresher style of music in "Promises, Promises". His part is demanding: nine out of seventeen songs are sung wholly or in part by Chuck. The rest of the cast keeps pace with the lead, especially Edward Winter(J.D. Sheldrake), Marian Mercer(Marge MacDougall) and a young Donna McKechnie(Vivien Della Hoya). The female lead is performed by Jill O'Hara, whose strangely squeaky voice charmed at times, but seemed to fail her in a few spots. However, none of the songs was disappointing and her shakiness was rare enough to not be too grating.
Our favorite song was the signature tune "What Do You Get When You Fall In Love?", sung by Orbach and O'Hara.Read more ›
Why it took so long for the Cast Recording to be released on CD is a mystery but it's been worth the wait because the sound quality really is a marked improvement over the LP. The score is first-rate from beginning to end. With songs like the title number, "I'll Never Fall In Love Again", and "Whoever You Are", you can't fail to be persuaded by Bacharach & David's great gifts. The show buzzes from overture to finale (and THAT overture, by the way, is one of the most exciting recorded). There's no hiding the period of the show, it's quintessentially a work of the sixties, tremendously orchestrated by Jonathan Tunick, and sung powerfully by the cast, in particular Jerry Orbach. But when all's said and done, it is the melodic quality, the rhythmic vitality, and the lyrical savvy of this work that makes it so irresistible. I warmly endorse the album. It's full of heart and hope - and not a little heartache too. Burt Bacharach surely is among the very best melodists America has produced, and with the passage of time this show's score seems more and more comfortable in the company of other masterpieces of the Broadway stage.
When I think of the sounds of the 1960s, the Beatles and the Beach Boys come immediately to mind. BUT - the music of Bert Bacharach (often with the wonderfully honest and unsentimental lyrics of Hal David) is almost the "official" soundtrack for the period of the second half of that decade. Promises, Promises is a snapshot of that time, when corporate life was almost exclusively dominated by men, sexual liberation was coming on fast, and New York was (or thought it was) the cultural center of America. With this outstanding Broadway cast recording, you can't go wrong! Great to be able to stop playing my sadly worn vinyl LP!
The plot is simple: It revolves around Chuck Baxter who lends out his apartment to various executives at Consolidated Life hoping for some kind of an advancement in return, the twist comes when Fran, the charming cafeteria hostess he's smitten with turns out to be the mistress of "THE BIG BOSS".
The Overture is one of the best composed for the stage, right up there with the overture from "Gypsy" in that it captures the mood and spirit of the entire show.
Jerry Orbach shines as "Chuck" and he tackles the signature Bacharach meter changes head on with his renditions of "Half as Big as Life", "She Likes Basketball" and "Promises, Promises". Orbach was awarded the Tony for Best Actor for his performance.
Jill O'Hara who made a splash as "Sheila" in the Original Off Broadway production of "Hair" the previous year hit the big time (and scored a Tony nomination) for her turn as "Fran Kubelik". Her voice is perfectly suited for the vulnerability and fragility of her character, especially in the show stopping number "Knowing When To Leave". "Whoever You Are, I Love You" and her duet with Orbach on "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" are also standouts.
"Turkey Lurkey Time" may be weak as far as lyrics go but no one can beat that infectious Bacharach beat that frames the entire song. It became one of the best remembered show stoppers of it's time thanks to the brilliant choreography of the late-great Michael Bennett. The number brought the house down EVERY TIME.Read more ›
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Bacharach and David had such a hard time writing this show that they never wrote another. The Broadway theatre which demands instant new songs, because some don't work, was a huge... Read morePublished 17 months ago by addison de witt
I'm happy with this purchase. The book came in excellent condition.Published 20 months ago by Michele Maugeri
It brought back found memories over 35 years ago with my girl friend turned Wife 3 years later.Published 21 months ago by don voss
The story does not translate to contemporary audiences, but I knew that before I purchased the CD. It involves married men cheating on their wives, a young woman taken advantage... Read morePublished on July 28, 2014 by 60's loves the 60's
This was difficult to find. I wanted to listen to some old classics during a long, driving vacation. And the price was NOT in the hundred dollar range than many suppliers wanted.Published on June 23, 2013 by AHD
I love the Bacharach/David team to begin with, but this recording is just about perfection in a musical. Read morePublished on March 18, 2011 by R. Brown
I have the Broadway Cast of this and the New Broadway cast. Both are very good recordings of an excellent show but this London Cast is perfection. Read morePublished on October 11, 2010 by A. Moscato
In 1970 I saw a luminous Bety Buckley in Promises Promises in London. Last month I saw a lackluster Kristen Chenowith in the New York revival. Read morePublished on September 27, 2010 by Erniethehorse
A great cast! Special kudos to the late Edward Winter, mostly ignored in these reviews, who delivers an extraordinary "Wanting Things." See the revival, but buy this CD.Published on July 2, 2010 by ROBERT SMITH