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January 21, 2001

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Back in the Alley

Fynsworth Alley, that is. It's another show featuring new releases form this theatre-oriented label, including Emily Skinner's new solo LP, a new off-Broadway cast recording of Godspell and Christiane Noll's new CD of Broadway love songs.
PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
All for the Best Godspell (Revival Cast 2000) Will Erat, Barrett Foa The philosophy is bogus, but what a great homage to vaudeville! This revised version of the show (with active participation by composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz) ran briefly off-Broadway in August 2000.
God Save the People Godspell (Revival Cast 2000) Barrett Foa, Company With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (The Magic Show, Pippin) and book by John-Michael Tebelak, Godspell is a whimsical retelling of the last seven days of Christ. As originally staged on Broadway in 1971, Jesus appears in clown-like makeup with a big “S” on his shirt and the disciples (the rest of the cast) in flower-child drag.
Turn Back, O Man Godspell (Revival Cast 2000) Carpathia Jenkins Godspell started out as a workshop production, ran off-Broadway for 2,124 performances, and then moved to the Cherry Lane Theatre on Broadway for an additional 527 performances. At one time there were seven road companies touring in the USA alone.
What Did I Have That I Don’t Have? Emily Skinner (2000) Emily Skinner, orchestra cond. by Todd Ellison From On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1965), music and lyrics by Lerner and Loewe. Sparked by Lerner’s interest in ESP, the book(by Lerner) concerns Daisy Gamble (Barbara Harris) who, when hypnotized by Dr. Mark Bruckner (John Cullum) can predict the future and recall a previous life in 18th-century London. The show opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on October 17th, 1965 and ran 280 performances. A 1970 film version starred Barbara Streisand and Yves Montand.
Be Good or Be Gone Emily Skinner (2000) Emily Skinner, orchestra cond. by Todd Ellison From Pump Boys and Dinettes (1981), a delightful small-cast rockabilly musical with music and lyrics by the original cast members (Jim Wann, Cass Morgan, Debra Monk, John Foley, John Hardwick and John Schimmel). The show opened July 10, 1981 at the Westside Arts Theatre, (New York) and ran for 685 performances. This song is by Jim Wann.
Ballyshannon Emily Skinner (2000) Emily Skinner, Alice Ripley, orchestra cond. by Todd Ellison From James Joyce’s The Dead (1999). The music is by Shaun Davey, lyrics by Richard Nelson and Shaun Davey and book by Richard Nelson, based on the Joyce short story. One of the most highly-praised new musicals of several seasons and winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best New Musical, James Joyce's The Dead premiered at Playwrights Horizons, where it opened on October 28, 1999 for a sold-out limited engagement of 67 performances. The production transferred to Broadway where it opened on January 11, 2000. The show closed on April 16th, 2000 after 112 performances. Skinner was a member of the original cast, which also included Blair Brown, Christopher Walken, Sally Ann Howes and Marni Nixon.
I Wanna Go Back to Dixie The Remains of Tom Lehrer (2000) Tom Lehrer Originally from Tom Lehrer Revisited (1960) and one of two songs dedicated to John (“Southern Partisan”) Ashcroft.
Every Sperm is Sacred Monty Python Sings! (1989) Monty Python This is the other one, illustrating another facet of Ashcroft’s retrograde politics, to say nothing of his medieval attitude towards women.
Things Are Looking Up / Nice Work if You Can Get It A Broadway Love Story (2000) Christiane Noll, orchestra cond. by Todd Ellison A couple of songs originally from the 1937 Fred Astaire film A Damsel in Distress, which had an original score by Gershwin and paired Fred with, oddly, Joan Fontaine, who could neither sing nor dance.
24 Hours of Lovin’ A Broadway Love Story (2000) Christiane Noll, orchestra cond. by Todd Ellison By Carol Hall, from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1978), based on the true story of the rise and fall of the Chicken Ranch brothel (so named because, during the depression, customers often paid in poultry). In the original this is sung by Miss Mona’s maid, Jewel, in answer to the question of what she’s gong to do with her day off.
I Don’t Remember Christmas A Broadway Love Story (2000) Christiane Noll, orchestra cond. by Todd Ellison From Starting Here, Starting Now, a musical revue with music by David Shire and lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. It opened March 7, 1977 at the Barbarann Theatre Restaurant, (New York) and ran for 120 performances.


Acronyms and other mysteries defined:

OC: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.

OS: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.

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