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A Stephen Sondheim Evening


  • 1. Frogs, musical play: Invocation and Instructions to the Audience, The
    2. Saturday Night, musical play: Saturday Night
    3. Saturday Night, musical play: Isn't It?
    4. Saturday Night, musical play: Saturday Night (reprise)
    5. Pacific Overtures, musical play: Poems
    6. Saturday Night, musical play: What More Do I Need?
    7. Company, musical: Another Hundred People
    8. Anyone Can Whistle, musical: With So Little to Be Sure Of
    9. Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, musical: Pretty Little Picture, A
    10. Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, musical: The House of Marcus Lycus, A
    11. Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, musical: Echo Song, A
    12. Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, musical: There's Something About a War, A
    13. Company, musical: Being Alive
    14. Little Night Music, musical: The Miller's Son, A
    15. Sweeney Todd, musical play: Johanna
    16. Merrily We Roll Along, musical: Not a Day Goes By
    17. Pacific Overtures, musical play: Someone in a Tree
    18. Little Night Music, musical: Send In the Clowns, A
    19. Merrily We Roll Along, musical: Merrily We Roll Along
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 61174

  • Credits
    ProducerThomas Z. Shepard
    Engineer

    Performers include: George Hearn, Judy Kaye, Liz Callaway, Bob Gunton, Cris Groedenal, Steve Jacob, Victoria Mallory, Angela Lansbury.
    Recorded live on March 3rd, 1984.
    Personnel: Steve Uscher (guitar); Thomas Fay (keyboards); Bruce Coughlin, Paul Pizzuti (percussion).
    Audio Remasterer: Jay Newland.
    Recording information: Sotheby Parke Bernet, N.Y.C., NY (03/03/1983).
    Stephen Sondheim must be one of the most anthologized Broadway composers, his shows having been cannibalized into several revues, re-conceived musicals, and concert performances. This is a particularly good one. It is a concert featuring a cast of eight, among them Cris Groenendaal, Bob Gunton, George Hearn, and Angela Lansbury, recorded in 1983 and featuring songs written for shows ranging from Sondheim's unproduced first effort, Saturday Night, to what was then his latest, Merrily We Roll Along. Particularly notable are the songs cut from shows, such as "There's Something About a War" from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The composer himself turns up toward the end to play piano for Lansbury on "Send in the Clowns" and help sing "Old Friends." [The original two-LP set released in 1983 (CBL2-4745) contained 21 selections. When the album was released on CD in 1994 (09026-61174-2), two songs, "Fear No More" and "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow," were cut to keep the time down to the limits of one CD.] ~ William Ruhlmann

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