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Applause (Oc) [Remastered] Original recording remastered, Cast Recording

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 17 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Cast Recording
  • Label: Decca - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B00004ZDV0
  • Other Editions: Paperback  |  Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,911 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Overture
2. Backstage Babble
3. Think How It's Gonna Be
4. But Alive
5. The Best Night of My Life
6. Who's That Girl?
7. Applause
8. Hurry Back
9. Fasten Your Seat Belts
10. Welcome to the Theatre
11. Good Friends
12. She's No Longer a Gypsy
13. One of a King
14. One Hallowe'en
15. Something Greater
16. Finale
17. Applause -- Charles Strouse (vocal and piano) (bonus track)
18. The Loneliest Man in Town -- Charles Strouse (vocal and piano) - bonus track
19. Smashing N.Y. Times -- Charles Strouse (vocal and piano) - bonus track
20. God Bless -- Charles Strouse (vocal and piano) - bonus track

Product Description

Lauren Bacall's Broadway debut, now on CD for the first time! Available again after a 20-year-plus absence, this Tony Award-winning 1970 hit is a song-filled adaptation of the Hollywood classic All About Eve ; this reissue includes bonus, previously unreleased demos of three songs cut from the show before its Broadway opening!

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Format: Audio CD
First... a request to people reviewing stage cast albums, Several reviews refer to these recordings as "soundtracks."
"Soundtrack" recordings are records/cds transfered from from movies ONLY.
Live theatre does not use pre-recorded "soundtracks" - the casts perform live on stage and these "original cast recordings" are made in recording studios and designed for home listening.
PLEASE.... maintain your credibility by using the correct term!
Finally, after years of negotiation Decca Broadway is making the 1970 Tony winning musical APPLAUSE avaialble on Cd. Was it worth the wait? Well, yes and no. APPLAUSE is one of those late 60's musicals adapted from a hit play/novel/movie and offering lots of glitz and energy to cover up the deficiencies of the show itself.
Star Lauren Bacall provided the "star" quality though she has no real singing voice but as an actress she rises above it bringing the character to vivid life. Len Cariou sings well as Bacall's boyfriend but has very little to do.
Bacall gets the key gems and with two major exceptions any of the numbers in which she does not appear can be ignored. The first exception is the lively title song - a tribute to the power of applause. It has almost nothing to do with the plot but still stopped the show nightly. The other,is a dramatic soliloque for Penny Fuller in the (virtually) non-singing role of Eve: "One Hallowe'en." This is Eve's big moment to really show her true colours and Fuller makes the most of it. Missing from the recording - becasue it is a dialogue scene - is the following moments when Eve recieves humiliating comeuppance.
The original Lp release was done by ABC records and had an annoying "boxy" sound quality that has not been corrected on the cd.
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APPLAUSE is the acclaimed musical stage-version of the classic film "All About Eve", which memorably told the tale of conniving Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) who worms her way into the life of stage diva Margo Channing (Bette Davis) and begins her climb to eclipse Margo as the most successful actress on Broadway.
The stage version moves the story forward from the 50's into the swinging 70's, making good use of the music-style from the period. APPLAUSE opened on Broadway starring Lauren Bacall (in her musical debut) as Margo Channing, and Penny Fuller as Eve Harrington. The cast also included Len Cariou (A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC), Bonnie Franklin, Lee Roy Reams (42ND STREET), Ann Williams and Robert Mandan.
The songs, written by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams, are uniformably excellent, with standouts including "But Alive", "The Best Night of My Life", "Applause", "Who's That Girl?"; the canny "Welcome to the Theatre"; and Eve's semi-breakdown in "One Hallowe'en" which dissolves into a frenzied and frightening reprise of "But Alive".
Later in the run when Bacall completed her contract, producers scored a huge coo by convincing Anne Baxter (Eve in the movie) to replace Bacall as Margo. A fantastic, must-own cast-album.
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At the risk of being tarred and feathered by discipiles of this show, I can't in good conscience recommend this soundtrack to those who are not familiar with the the music. Since it's debut on Broadway in 1970 there has yet to be a major revival of this show - for many reasons. First and foremost, the score is simple and repetitive and wholly lacking any sort of originality. Furthermore, the songs have become extremely dated; you need only listen to first minute or two of this soundtrack and you too will hear the cheesy late-60s showtune orchestration, complete with horribly uninspired percussionist. While the other two major shows by Strouse & Adams ("Annie" and "Bye Bye Birdie") are equally "simple" in terms of musical creativity, they at least contain catchy melodies and are filled with exuberant charm. "Applause" is one of those shows that succeeded because of 1) lack of competition and 2) the public's failure to appreciate the truly great musical revolutions of the time, namely Stephen Sondheim's "Company," that also bowed in 1970 to a much less enthusiastic response. Unfortuantely, a Tony Award doesn't always mean equal quality, as demonstrated by "Applause."
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This is a bouncy, bubbly recording based on the 1950 film classic "All About Eve." While it helps if you've seen the movie, it isn't necessary, as there is a fairly detailed synopsis in the CD booklet. It also isn't necessary to see the play for the songs to make sense. They follow the storyline of the movie very closely, and, in some cases, even enhance it, in the traditions of Oscar and Hammerstein. It is true that Lauren Bacall isn't the world's best singer, but what she lacks in tone, she more than makes up for in crispness and vitality. She truly is the persona of theatre star Margo Channing. Most of the song's are bouncy and catchy, and you'll be playing them over and over again. 'But Alive' is full of energy and has a go-get-em spirit about it. 'Who's That Girl?' is also really good and paints a good picture of a 1940's Margo. 'Fasten Your Seat Belts' is very indicative of the classic line in the movie. The title song is also very interesting and is wonderfully delivered by Bonnie Franklin. The rest of the songs are also quite good, but the CD is worth buying for these alone. Whether you enjoy "All About Eve", you're a Lauren Bacall fan, or you simply enjoy great soundtracks, this is a wonderful CD to own.
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