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Merrily We Roll Along (The New Cast Recording)

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Download links and information about Merrily We Roll Along (The New Cast Recording) by Stephen Sondheim. This album was released in 1994 and it belongs to Theatre/Soundtrack genres. It contains 26 tracks with total duration of 01:15:02 minutes.

Artist: Stephen Sondheim
Release date: 1994
Genre: Theatre/Soundtrack
Tracks: 26
Duration: 01:15:02
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Tracks

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No. Title Length
1. Overture (featuring Michael Rafter) 3:05
2. Merrily We Roll Along (featuring The Cast, Michael Rafter, Merrily We Roll Along Orchestra) 4:13
3. That Frank (featuring The Cast, Michael Rafter, Merrily We Roll Along Orchestra) 4:20
4. First Transition (featuring Michael Rafter, Merrily We Roll Along Orchestra) 1:14
5. Old Friends (Part 1) / Like It Was (featuring Michael Rafter, Merrily We Roll Along Orchestra) 3:25
6. Franklin Shepard, Inc. (featuring Michael Rafter, Merrily We Roll Along Orchestra) 5:08
7. Second Transition (featuring Michael Rafter, Merrily We Roll Along Orchestra) 0:52
8. Old Friends (Part II) (featuring Michael Rafter, Merrily We Roll Along Orchestra) 3:48
9. Growing Up (featuring Michael Rafter, Merrily We Roll Along Orchestra) 6:14
10. Third Transition (featuring Michael Rafter, Merrily We Roll Along Orchestra) 1:01
11. Not a Day Goes By (Part I) (featuring Michael Rafter, Merrily We Roll Along Orchestra) 1:46
12. Now You Know (featuring The Cast, Michael Rafter, Merrily We Roll Along Orchestra) 4:17
13. Act Two Opening (featuring Michael Rafter, Merrily We Roll Along Orchestra) 1:47
14. It's a Hit! (featuring Michael Rafter, Merrily We Roll Along Orchestra) 3:45
15. Fourth Transition (featuring Michael Rafter, Merrily We Roll Along Orchestra) 0:59
16. The Blob (featuring The Cast, Michael Rafter, Merrily We Roll Along Orchestra) 1:35
17. Growing Up (Part II) (featuring Michael Rafter, Merrily We Roll Along Orchestra) 1:45
18. Good Thing Going (featuring Michael Rafter, Merrily We Roll Along Orchestra) 2:31
19. The Blog (Part II) (featuring The Cast, Michael Rafter, Merrily We Roll Along Orchestra) 2:00
20. Fifth Transition (featuring Michael Rafter, Merrily We Roll Along Orchestra) 0:44
21. Bobby and Jackie and Jack (featuring Michael Rafter, Merrily We Roll Along Orchestra) 4:35
22. Not a Day Goes By (Part II) (featuring Michael Rafter, Merrily We Roll Along Orchestra) 2:07
23. Sixth Transition (featuring Michael Rafter, Merrily We Roll Along Orchestra) 0:35
24. Opening Doors (featuring Michael Rafter, Merrily We Roll Along Orchestra) 7:00
25. Seventh Transition (featuring Michael Rafter, Merrily We Roll Along Orchestra) 1:16
26. Our Time (featuring The Cast, Michael Rafter, Merrily We Roll Along Orchestra) 5:00

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When the Off-Broadway York Theatre Company's revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Merrily We Roll Along opened on May 26, 1994, it ran 54 performances, which was 38 performances more than the original Broadway production of 1981. Sondheim (music and lyrics) and Furth (book) adapted their show from George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's 1934 play, describing the commercial ascension and spiritual decline of a theater composer in scenes set in reverse chronological order. Although the first production failed, the score, heard on an original Broadway cast album, confirmed that the music was first-rate, and the creators revised the show for subsequent productions, finally settling on a new version by 1992 when it was revived by the Haymarket Theatre in Leicester, England, and given another cast recording. This recording of the York production is similar in content to that one, but it is vastly superior in performance. The cast, led by Malcolm Gets, Adam Heller, and Amy Ryder, nails the songs, and the 15-piece band handles the orchestrations well. In contrast, the Haymarket cast was far less accomplished vocally, and some of its members had trouble doing American accents. All that keeps this recording from being the definitive one is that, unfortunately, the new version of the show is not as good as the original. Merrily We Roll Along didn't fail in 1981 because of the score, yet Sondheim and Furth labored to fix what wasn't broken, largely by making the main character more likable, a change that undercuts the main theme of the piece. The score remains one of Sondheim's best, boasting the heartbreaking ballads "Not a Day Goes By" and "Good Thing Going" as well as the brilliantly witty patter songs "Franklin Shepard, Inc." and "Bobby and Jackie and Jack." But the original Broadway cast album still presents the best version of the material.