The Rink (1984 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording
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The story concerns freewheeling hippy Angel (Minnelli) who returns to the family nest after leaving as a teenager. Her weary-yet vital mother Anna (Rivera) has been running her husband's rollerskate rink by herself ever since he walked out on her when Angel was a little girl. Now the time has come that Anna can sell up and start living her own life...imagine her shock when her daughter shows up broke and looking for a reunion!
Touching and bittersweet, THE RINK also features a pre 'Seinfeld' Jason Alexander in a great role as Anna's wannabe-suitor Lenny, singing the heartfelt "Marry Me". Other standout numbers include "Colored Lights", Anna's riotous "Chief Cook and Bottle-Washer", "The Apple Doesn't Fall" and the cataclysmic "Mrs A." where Angel confronts her mother's indiscretions.
THE RINK was a mild success when it opened on Broadway, buoyed by the star-power of Rivera and Minnelli. The show folded a few weeks after Minnelli's departure (being replaced by Stockard Channing of GREASE fame). The London production featured A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC's Diane Langton but it quickly shuttered. A sadly underrated musical featuring a strong and memorable score. Highly-recommended.
THE RINK was a top notch effort from Kander & Ebb and bookwriter Terrence McNally. The book deserves special priase for being several notches above standard musical theatre fare. The characters are clearly defined. They are not, however, terribly likable and this put audiences off. As the warring mother and daughter Chita Rivera and Liza Minnelli both offered no-holds-barred performances. The cast album preserves a bit of the dialogue but the performances come through so strongly in the songs that the dialogue and synopsis are not really essential.
This is a great theatre score...songs loaded with character and plot detailas but also entertaining songs. It's no wonder Kander and Ebb remain so proud of this show, even though it ran 6 months. Perhaps someday THE RINK wll be revived and audiences will discover it.
A London production was mounted in 1988 and yielded a cast album too. It doesn't have the star power of the original but does offer a little more of the score.
Kander/Ebb's score may not rise to the level of their other classics ("Chicago", "Cabaret", "Kiss Of The Spider Woman"), but the score is still quite good and contains several marvelous songs.
Colored Lights [probably the score's most well-known song]
Chief Cook And Bottle Washer
We Can Make It
The Apple Doesn't Fall [great Rivera/Minnelli duet!]
Marry Me [sung by pre-"Seinfeld" Jason Alexander]
The recording has been recently remastered, sounds terrific and gets better with each listening.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was less than I expected. thought I ordered a dvd of this show. along came a cd. The show was less than marvelous, owing to its superb cast.
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A disappointment. I only found a few of the songs up to the other Kander and Ebb scores. There are a few really good ones but it's definitely one of their weaker scores. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Joel L. Gandelman
It's got some terrific catchy tunes - with the exception of the truely terrible 'We Can Make It,' but unfortunately this was the beginning of Liza Minnelli lip syncing to her own... Read morePublished 20 months ago by addison de witt
THE RINK opened in 1984, and with all that talent -- book by Terrence McNally, music by Kander and Ebb, starring Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera, with a pre-Seinfeld Jason Alexander... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Allen Smalling
It doesn't get better than Chita and Liza together on a cast album...throw in Kander & Ebb and you've truly got magic. Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by L. Clark
I'd love to see this show sometime but will be satisfied with the recording until then. It's wonderful to hear Chita and Liza at their vocal finest.Published on February 26, 2013 by Shawn Holman
I was lucky enough to see the original production of this show, sitting next to Rosemary Harris and watching the amazing Chita Rivera and Liza Minnelli chew up the stage in what... Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by David H. Brantley
I REALLY loved having the original cast recording of "The Rink" again. Great music, and I remember fondly seeing Chita and Liza do it in its first Broadway run. Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by maxhunter