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Merrily We Roll Along (Stephen Sondheim) 2-CDs Encores 2012
Composer: Stephen Sondheim
Lyricist: Stephen Sondheim

Price: $17.95

Audio CD (double)
PS CLASSICS


NEW RELEASE


Product Description
Merrily We Roll Along
2012 Encores! Cast Recording (2-CD Set)

Disc One:

1.Overture

2.Merrily We Roll Along

3.That Frank

4.First Transition

5.Like It Was

6.Franklin Shepard, Inc.

7.Second Transition

8.Old Friends

9.Growing Up

10.Third Transition

11.Not a Day Goes By

12.Now You Know

Disc Two:

1.Entr' acte

2.Gussieís Opening Number

3.It's a Hit!

4.Fourth Transition

5.The Blob Part I / Growing Up (Reprise)

6.Good Thing Going

7.The Blob Part II

8.Fifth Transition

9.Bobby and Jackie and Jack

10.Not a Day Goes By (Reprise)

11.Sixth Transition

12.Opening Doors

13.Seventh Transition

14.Our Time

Merrily We Roll Along, composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim and bookwriter George Furthís first collaboration following their landmark Company, opened on Broadway in 1981 to some of the most savage reviews of Sondheimís career, closing after a run of only 16 performances. But fitting for a show that runs in reverse, the end was only the beginning of the story. Sondheim moved on to success with James Lapine on Sunday in the Park With George; Furth then encouraged Lapine to take a look at the show, beginning a major overhaul of Merrily by Sondheim and Furth that lasted over 20 years. In 2011, with the work complete, original orchestrator Jonathan Tunick was brought in to score the new songs; he ended up reorchestrating the entire score, giving it a consistency and clarity he felt it deserved. In 2012, New York City Centerís Encores! series premiered this new version of Merrily We Roll Along, starring Colin Donnell, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adam Grupper, Elizabeth Stanley and Betsy Wolfe, and featuring a 23-piece orchestra conducted by Rob Berman. Howard Kissel in the Huffington Post found the show "totally, gloriously reborn... This production seems the fulfillment of the promise that was always in the score. It is a powerful reminder of what our musical theater can be at its best." Entertainment Weekly proclaimed it a "donít miss" event, exclaiming, "Who knows when you'll have another chance to hear this score, with Jonathan Tunick's beautifully brassy orchestrations... Gods of the theater, smile on us and bless us with a cast recording!" PS Classics is proud to present a two-disc new cast recording of Merrily We Roll Along -- one, in effect, thirty years in the making -- complete with 52-page full-color booklet with essay, synopsis, lyrics, production photos and an expansive note by Jonathan Tunick.



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