What a great idea--Barry on Broadway. Who-da-thunk-it? This is another great album from the master of versatility. Obviously, a little different than a standard Manilow album, there are 18 tracks of Broadway musical tunes in all. All beautifully done and dated from 1904 "Give My Regards to Broadway" (Little Johnny Jones) to 1991 "But the World Goes Round" (And the World Goes Round). The 18 tracks were selected by Barry after researching hundreds of Broadway show songs.
"Where or When" by Richard Rogers and from Babes in Arms was always one of my favorites, as is "Dancing in the Dark." "Look to the Rainbow," from Finian's Rainbow is a beautiful duet between Barry and Barbara Cook.
The only song I didn't like was "You Can Have the TV," a song about a couple splitting up and so, they are splitting up their stuff. Too depressing for me (you take this--I'll take that). Still, the song is done well.
One of my favorite Manilow songs is also here. "If We Only Have Love", from the 1968 Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. I have this song on another Manilow album and did not realize it was from a musical. (If we only have love, we could stop all the bad stuff and make the world a better place.) So true. I wish everyone felt this way and just tried a little harder to find the love, instead of the anger.(--Oh well, dream on.)
Anyway, "Dancing in the Dark" is so beautiful. It makes me wish I could go ballroom dancing right now, and just dance off on a cloud into the stars. What a fantastic song!
"I'll Be Seeing You" is from the 1938 musical "Right This Way," but I will ALWAYS remember it as Liberace's theme song, and I betcha Barry remembers too. My brother and I (God rest his soul) were GLUED to the TV in the 50s(?) watching this extraordinarily talented master showman perform. When I heard this song, it brought back the memories of the glitzy band jackets, the white piano, and the candelabra. But, more than anything, the show always ended with "I'll Be Seeing You," and, to the best of my recollection, it sounded just like Barry does the song. I suspect Liberace is looking down saying, "Thanks, Barry, for remembering me."
There are many other songs, as you can see from the list, such as "All I Need is the Girl", from Gypsy. I would be remiss if I forgot to mention the daunting "Bring Him Home" from the 1985 Les Miserables, where an older man is asking God to take care of a boy going off to war and to bring him home. "If I die; let me die. Let him live; bring him home." It touches your heart.
"The Kid Inside" is just awesome. "There's a kid inside, and I have him with me always. . . He's there again. . .singing Come Along, Come Along for the ride . . .there he goes again!" I LOVE this song soooo much. It reminds us of the child inside us all. My friends, whatever you do, PLEASE, do not let the child inside you die. He will keep you young and alive! :)
A very enjoyable album, I'm so glad I got it!
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- Label: Arista
- Copyright: (P) 1991 Arista Records, Inc.
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- Total Length: 1:01:04
- ASIN: B001BJG9AE
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