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on 24 July 2012
Sondheim's passion and dedication for his older works is admirable. Rather than cast aside those works that didn't reach the heights of Company or Sweeney Todd, Sondheim is a committed artist, willing to experiment and bring on new collaborators to bring out different nuances in his works. Moreso than Follies or Road Show, this spirit of innovation is most evident in the evolution of his score for "Merrily We Roll Along".

The quality of the recording is excellent. Some of the vocals on the album aren't technically polished and I must confess I am still rather partial to the Original Broadway Cast recording. But the fact remains that Merrily... will never be a huge blockbuster musical, and this is the case with many Sondheim works. They are nevertheless gems for avid theatregoers and fans of the musical theatre who desperately wish for the artform to continually evolve, with or without the co-operation of mainstream commercial interests. As such it is always a treat to have a recording of a Sondheim score. The Merrily recording preserves a lot of the revisions, along with much dialogue.

This recording reflects the New York Encores! staging of the work, which I unfortunately didn't get to see. It has, however, renewed my interest in seeing this show performed and this score given the audience it deserves, and as such I enthusiastically await the staging at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London at the end of this year.
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on 8 July 2013
This double CD gives just about the whole of the musical. I saw the musical recently in London and wanted to hear the entire show again and this CD does the trick. Wonderful Sondheim musical, must be seen and heard.
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on 8 July 2013
I have the original cast recording and purchased this updated version because of the recent Broadway revival and now West End revival that I saw.

Includes new songs that the old one doesn't. A must for anyone who's a Sondheim fan to have in their collection.
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on 5 December 2013
Awesome show, great revival cast, can't fault anything. I have previous original cast recordings of this show and this one is by far the one that most draws me in. Love it.
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on 28 December 2013
a fair recording of 2012 Broadway production however not as good as the London production, which should have been recorded to show how it should have been played.
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on 31 July 2013
Excellent re imagining of one of Sondheims most innovative musicals
Great performances from all concerrned including the orchestra and a quality recording
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on 10 July 2014
London recording would have been much better. Damian Humbley's London performance just takes the whole show up a level.
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on 30 August 2013
A must for anyone who wants to relive their night out. It was also much cheaper than at the theatre.
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on 14 January 2015
Bursting with feel good energy from start to finish.
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on 11 May 2016
Great performance
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