Sondheim Evening: A Musical Tribute (1973 Concert Cast) Cast Recording, Live
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There are so many treasures on this CD! Examples: If you doubted that Beth Howland owns "Getting Married Today," this rendition will put your doubts to rest; she actually sings it faster than on the OBR of Company! Similarly, while there have been plenty of decent renditions of "Broadway Baby," Ethel Shutta proves why she was the first (and best). Nancy Walker's "I'm Still Here" ranks with the greatest versions of this song. And what a joy it is to hear Angela Lansbury, by this time an experienced musical thespian, singing songs from Anyone Can Whistle with considerable assurance.
One small complaint I have is that while the cast of the then-current A Little Night Music appears, none of them sings any songs on their own; they merely provide part of the chorus (and Hermione Gingold was one of the "Beautiful Girls). As I am a Len Cariou fan, I was disappointed that I didn't get to hear him live. Still, this is a sensational collection that should delight both Sondheim fans and musical theatre fans in general.
Among the highlights: -Nancy Walker's definative performance of "I'm Still Here."
-Ethel Shutta recreating her showstopping "Broadway Baby" which was abridged on the FOLLIES cast album
-Jack Cassidy and Susan Browning in a premiere recording of "So Many people" from the unproduced SATURDAY NIGHT
-Larry Kert offering both "Happily Ever After" and its replacement "Being Alive" from COMPANY.
-A half-dozen songs that had not been heard because they were dropped from shows before opening night or left off teh cast albums.
-Angela Lansbury recreating two of her big numbers from the ill-fated ANYONE CAN WHISTLE
-and, a grand finale where Sondheim himself sings (?) the title song from WHISTLE.
A useful overview of some of his best work (to 1973 at least) enlived by some steller performances. The original 2 LP set had been out-of-print for many years fetching $85 a copy at collector shops. RCA's CD edition restores some addional material left off the Lp and is a great bargain!
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There were so many more musicals to come in 1973 when this event took place--it preceded "Sweeney Todd," "Sunday in the Park With George," and "Into the... Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by David
If you've read Ted Chapin's "Everything Was Possible," this concert is doubly valuable for its glimpses into the genesis of "Follies. Read morePublished on September 9, 2010 by David McKee
Reviewing this album in 1998 I wrote:
This concert was recorded live at the Shubert theatre in New York in March of 1973 - just a few weeks after A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC... Read more
This re-release of a 1973 live concert tribute to Stephen Sondheim, long out of print, is a must for any Sondheim lover. Read morePublished on January 12, 2008 by Carol A. Aronoff
This is an old favorite that I already had on LP, but decided to finally upgrade to CD. Obviously, I like it or I wouldn't have bothered.Published on August 15, 2005 by Alexander M. Oleksij