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on March 10, 2013
I bought this CD based on the reviews, and have not been disappointed. It's a somewhat out-of-the ordinary tale that begins with opening of the time capsule that was buried at the 1939 New York World's Fair. The date is July 4, 2076, and the occasion is America's 300th anniversary. The opening number is wonderful, as the mayor starts to eat a specimen from of a festoon of bagels sent forward from the past, while being admonished that they "belong to the taxpayers." That's never stopped him before. Some things remain the same across the centuries. The title number is catchy, and cute. Life is wonderful in 2076, and the song drips with optimism about its present.
While rummaging through the time capsule, they find a letter stashed by a disgruntled candy seller at the '39 Fair, who was forced to buy shares in a candy company to get his permit to sell at the fair. Well, now that Future Rosy Candy stock is worth a fortune, and they have to find the lucky beneficiary. He's a mild mannered tree surgeon who is catapulted into position of president of the candy company. The company PR person grooms him to fit the role, which goes to his head, and turns everyone against him. He leaves the planet (it's 2076!) learns some lessons and has some realizations that bring him back to make things right.
The music is mostly very charming. Some chuckles here and there, some nice satire about capitalism and power brokers. For the most part, the score is melodic, lilting and fun, though for me there are a couple of clunkers. Most performances are very good. There are places where I find Philip Chaffin as the lucky inheritant a bit lacking in personality or verve - but then, he IS a classically mild-mannered character. Everyone else seems to carry the songs beautifully.
I listen to this CD more than I expected I would, simply because there are certain melodies that waft into my head now and again, and make me want to listen again and again.
I don't think it's a blockbuster musical, but I think it's a good addition to any collection of theatrical music. And you can't beat the cover!