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Golden Apple (Original 1954 Cast Recording) (Kaye Ballard - Jack Whiting)
Version: BROADWAY
Composer: Moross, Jerome
Lyricist: Latouche, John
Gillette, Priscilla/Ballard, Kaye

Price: $16.95

Audio CD
RCA


NEW RELEASE


Product Description
An Original Cast Recording!
Music composed by Jerome Moross.
Written by John Latouche.
Starring Priscilla Gillette, Stephen Douglass and Kaye Ballard.
35 Track total.

THE GOLDEN APPLE is a musical retelling of Homer's "The Odyssey" and "The Illiad", re-set in the American Northwest at the turn of the 20th century. It first opened off-Broadway at the Phoenix Theatre in 1954, causing a sensation. It later reopened on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre, where it promptly shuttered 16 weeks later. What went wrong? How much of the magic was lost during the move to Broadway?

Judging from the original 1954 cast album, you can't tell any problems. It featured a delicious cast headed by Priscilla Gillette and also featured Stephen Douglass (DAMN YANKEES), Kaye Ballard (RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA), Jack Whiting and Bibi Osterwald (HELLO DOLLY!). Featuring in the ensemble were Jonathan Lucas and Portia Nelson. The score was written in superb fashion by Jerome Moross and John LaTouche (CANDIDE).

The score features Kaye Ballard's now-classic rendition of "Lazy Afternoon", as well as "My Love is on the Way", "Windflowers", "Store-Bought Suit", "Circe", "Helen is Always Willing" and "The Sewing Bee".

Priscilla Gillette sings with emotion and conviction in every note. The intervening narration between the numbers is charming and delightful.
A lovely score. Highly recommended!

Track Listing - of a lovely score!:

1 Overture (From "the Golden Apple")
Ben Steinberg 0:57

2 Narration #1 (From "the Golden Apple")
Jack Whiting 0:10

3 My Love Is On the Way (From "the Golden Apple")
(with with Priscilla Gillette) 0:58

4 Heroes Come Home (From "the Golden Apple")
(with with Charlotte Rae, Dean Michener) 1:33

5 It Was a Glad Adventure (From "the Golden Apple")
(with with Dean Michener) 1:17

6 Come Along Boys (From "the Golden Apple")
(with with Citizens of Angel's Roost) 0:40

7 It's the Going Home Together (From "the Golden Apple")
(with with Priscilla Gillette, Stephen Douglass) 2:25

8 Narration #2 (From "the Golden Apple")
Jack Whiting 0:09

9 Mother Hare's Prophecy (From "the Golden Apple")
(with with Martha Larrimore, Priscilla Gillette, Stephen Douglass) 2:12

10 Narration #3 (From "the Golden Apple")
Jack Whiting 0:06

11 Helen Is Always Willing (From "the Golden Apple")
(with with Ulysses' Men) 1:48

12 Narration #4 (From "the Golden Apple")
Jack Whiting 0:10

13 Judgment of Paris (From "the Golden Apple")
(with with Bibi Osterwald, Charlotte Rae, Jonathan Lucas, Martha Larrimore, Portia Nelson) 6:54

14 Narration #5 (From "the Golden Apple")
Jack Whiting 0:05

15 Lazy Afternoon (From "the Golden Apple")
(with with Jonathan Lucas, Kaye Ballard) 0:05

16 Narration #6 (From "the Golden Apple")
Jack Whiting 0:08

17 Departure For Rhododendren (From "the Golden Apple")
(with with Bibi Osterwald, Charlotte Rae, Dean Michener, Hugh Ross, Jonathan Lucas, Portia Nelson, Stephen Douglass) 2:29

18 My Picture In the Papers (From "the Golden Apple")
(with with Jonathan Lucas, Kaye Ballard) 1:46

19 Narration #7 (From "the Golden Apple")
Jack Whiting 0:12

20 Hector's Song (From "the Golden Apple")
(with with Jack Whiting) 1:33

21 Narration #8 (From "the Golden Apple")
Jack Whiting 0:05

22 Windflowers (From "the Golden Apple")
(with with Priscilla Gillette) 2:47

23 Narration #9 (From "the Golden Apple")
Jack Whiting 0:06

24 Store-Bought Suit (From "the Golden Apple")
(with with Stephen Douglass) 1:06

25 Narration #10: the Big Spree (From "the Golden Apple")
Jack Whiting 0:11

26 Calypso (From "the Golden Apple")
(with with Jack Whiting, Stephen Douglass) 2:06

27 Scylla and Charybdis (From "the Golden Apple")
(with with Jack Whiting) 1:53

28 Goona-Goona (From "the Golden Apple")
(with with Stephen Douglass, Ulysses' Men) 2:42

29 Doomed, Doomed, Doomed (From "the Golden Apple")
(with with Gary Gordon, Julian Patrick, Stephen Douglass) 2:35

30 Circe (From "the Golden Apple")
(with with Jack Whiting, Jonathan Lucas, Julian Patrick, Stephen Douglass) 2:25

31 Narration #11 (From "the Golden Apple")
Jack Whiting 0:08

32 Ulysses' Soliloquy (From "the Golden Apple")
(with with Martha Larrimore, Stephen Douglass) 2:13
33 Sewing Bee (From "the Golden Apple")
(with with Ladies of Angel's Roost) 0:38

34 Tirade (From "the Golden Apple")
(with with Priscilla Gillette) 1:17

35 Finale: Coming Home Together (From "the Golden Apple")
(with with Priscilla Gillette, Stephen Douglass)


Review from Allan Segal (who was in the pit during the short-lived attempt at a revival) -

"Here it is about 52 years after I played first trumpet in this show which started off Broadway then went into the Alvin Theater and the on to a limited run in Washington DC for about 10 days and then.......closed. It was and is a great show and of course the limited music on the CD does not do the show full justice. The music is brilliant and the orchestrations by Hershey Kaye is outstanding. We did the album in 2 seperate recording sessions and I remember that we recorded the overture which was very challenging last during the session. It was a perfect take the first time we played it. I still enjoy the music every time I listen to it and I only hope that some young producer gets his hands on the show and says, "this is a diamond worth doing again."

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