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This review is from: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Pipe Dream (New York City Center Encores! Presents) (Audio CD)
How blessed we are to have this new recording of one of the lesser Rodgers and Hammerstein shows. The music is lilting and happy. The performances are far richer and fuller than the original 1955 recording. This cast are well-suited for their roles, and they give their all. Leslie Uggams brings an earthiness to Fauna that the original,Helen Traubel, could never have achieved. And Uggams breathes life into one of R&H's most joyful songs, "Sweet Thursday." The song is a delight. One can only wish that Encores would release a DVD of the performance. It was surely filmed for archival purposes, and for those of us who are far away from NYC, we could revel in the show via film. I've been enamored of this show ever since I bought a remaindered copy of the script in a department store book department when I was a kid. I loved reading it over and over. It was years later that I acquired the original cast album and could actually hear what the music sounded like. And now we have this beautiful new recording, an amazing live performance, to give "Pipe Dream" its due. The show doesn't belong in the same hallowed halls of R&H greatness, but it does entertain and deserves to be remembered.
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Initial post: Sep 30, 2012, 1:48:37 PM PDT
Elden Buck says:
I made a point of going just on the strength of "Fauna's Song" from the YouTube rehearsal footage. It was a lovely evening, but I don't think I'd have understood the nature of the hitches in Doc and Suzy's courtship if I hadn't read about the plot in theater history books. I was captivated by the way the libretto latched onto weird asides like Snow White, the Hit Parade, and the idea of people being sand-bagged.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2012, 7:13:46 AM PDT
S. Cowley says:
I have the book to this show and I too think it is excellant
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