Saturday Night (Original New York Cast) Cast Recording
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The craft is there already, though... the wordplay, the structure, the wonderful melodies can be seen even in this 45-year old material. And it's not just an intellectual exercise, either: "Saturday Night" is a charming show in its own right, and it's hard to believe that it took this long to stage. The story, centering on a group of young men trying to a) get a date, and b) strike it rich, is charming, and the snippets of dialog introducing the songs sound great.
The songs themselves include "What More Do I Need"? (The ultimate New York City valentine), "So Many People" (perhaps Sondheim's best pure ballad), "That Kind of a Neighborhood" (how many odes to Brooklyn have YOU heard recently, let alone one which can find a rhyme for "delinquents"?), and "Montana Chem," which could have been a Loesser song out of "How to Succeed." Speaking of "Montana Chem", it's one of four new songs on this recording which were not on the previous Bridewell company cast recording. This recording also features Jonathan Tunick's brilliant (as always) orchestrations, an overture, and a reprise or two not previously recorded.
The sound is a bit less "edgy" than that of the Bridewell recording, and most of the Brooklyn accents have been softened here (with one notable grating exception: in "In The Movies," Valentino is mentioned as 'wearing a poiple toiban')...Read more ›
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This was Sondheims first musical that he composed, though not his first produced. It was planned for Broadway but producer Lemual Ayres passed away and the production simply died... Read morePublished on October 27, 2012 by Tom George
This recording is a gem. The score is not the most striking of Sondheim's many, but is absolutely delightful, and (in my experience) becomes more and more lovable with better... Read morePublished on March 7, 2011 by AvalonM
While Sondheim has had his hits and flops, Saturday Night stands out as a middle ground. The score was started as one of his first only to be completed much later, but you can hear... Read morePublished on January 5, 2009 by ~Amante
Mr. Sondheim created this show, which failed to find backers, before he got the job of writing lyrics for Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story. Read morePublished on June 11, 2008 by William E. Adams
Good cast, enjoyable score and rare chance to consider what might have happend if SATURDAY NIGHT had managed to open on Broadway in 1954. Read morePublished on September 10, 2002 by Mark Andrew Lawrence
This early Sondheim effort is a real surprise, in more ways than one. First of all, it's not the bland, nondescript show that he and other musical officianados have maintained it... Read morePublished on May 31, 2002
This show is clearly not Sondheim at his brilliant best, and yet it is a measure of the composer that even so, this musical is highly enjoyable. Read morePublished on January 27, 2002 by P. Morris