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  • Audio CD (26 Jun. 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00004TG64
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,926 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Act 1: Overture
  2. Act 1: Saturday Night
  3. Act 1: Class
  4. Act 1: Delighted, I'm Sure
  5. Act 1: Love's A Bond
  6. Act 1: Isn't It?
  7. Act 1: In The Movies
  8. Act 1: Exhibit A
  9. Act 1: A Moment With You
  10. Act 1: Saturday Night (Reprise)
  11. Act 1: Gracious Living Fantasy
  12. Act 1: Montana Chem.
  13. Act 1: So Many People
  14. Act 1: One Wonderful Day
  15. Act 2: Saturday Night (Reprise)
  16. Act 2: I Remember That
  17. Act 2: 'Love's A Bond' Blues
  18. Act 2: All For You
  19. Act 2: That Kind Of A Neighborhood
  20. Act 2: What More Do I Need?
  21. Act 2: One Wonderful Day (Finale)

Product description

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A few years before he burst onto Broadway with a stunning debut (as the lyricist for West Side Story), a certain young maverick was at work on his very first musical--though it would remain buried for almost half a century. Stephen Sondheim was only in his mid-20s when he wrote the music and lyrics in 1954 for Saturday Night, a romantic comedy set in the Brooklyn of 1929. It's fascinating to detect in embryo traces of the Sondheim still to evolve: in the twists of imagery drawn from the stock market or in the rapid-fire, saucy tone that might easily fit into "Gee, Officer Krupke", as well as in the quietly yearning harmonies of the show's loveliest ballad, "So Many People". There's also a sweet innocence here, emanating from an era when being dateless on a Saturday night could be presented as one of life's major challenges. The show received its very belated premiere in London, but the original 1998 cast recording that resulted left out four songs, such as "Gracious Living Fantasy," in which the Wall Street gofer hero Gene (played with guileless charm by David Campbell) imagines making it in high society. Moreover, Sondheim himself supervised the session for this recording, made with the cast of the show's New York premiere. Saturday Night turns on its ensemble, which in this production is endearingly fresh and doe-eyed. Sure, it's a portrait of the artist as a very young man, but is not to be overlooked as a mere piece of juvenilia. --Thomas May


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