Boys From Syracuse Import
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|2. Act I: Dear Old Syracuse - Stuart Damon|
|3. Act I: What Can You Do With a Man - Karen Morrow/Rudy Tronto|
|4. Act I: Falling In Love With Love - Ellen Hanley|
|5. Act I: The Shortest Day Of The Year - Clifford David|
|6. Act I: This Can't Be Love - Stuart Damon/Jullienne Marie|
|7. Act II: Ladies Of The Evening - Gary Oakes/Rudy Tronto/Danny Carroll/Matt Tobin/Fred Kimbough/Richard Neives...|
|8. Act II: He and She - Karen Morrow/Danny Carroll|
|9. Act II: You Have Cast Your Shadow on the Sea - Stuart Damon/Julienne Marie|
|10. Act II: Come With Me - Clifford David/Gary Oakes/Richard Nieves|
|11. Act II: Sing For Your Supper - Ellen Hanley/Julienne Marie/Karen Morrow|
|12. Act II: Oh, Diogenes - Cathryn Damon|
|13. Act II: Finale - Gary Oakes/Rudy Tronto/Danny Carroll/Matt Tobin/Fred Kimbough/Richard Neives...|
Probably even more than the original 1938 production, this 1963 revival absolutely floored the critics, breathing fresh air into these infectious, prime-period Rodgers & Hart songs. Here are these rollicking renditions of Falling in Love with Love; Ladies of the Evening; Sing for Your Supper , and more, all debuting on CD!
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The cast, headed by Ellen Hanley and Karen Morrow, is not particularly well-known, but spectacularly talented. The book was adapted by George Abbott from Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors; and the music and lyrics are simply so wonderful, so unforgettable that the some smart producers should revive these Boys annually. "Falling in Love with Love"-about painful, unrequited love and emotional pain-is balanced by the lilting, happy-go-lovely, "This Can't Be Love." Add to this melange the plaintive ballad "You Have Cast Your Shadow on the Sea" and the rousing "Sing for your Supper" and you have a theatre piece with wit, charm, elegance, and an extraordinary sense of style. Larry Hart, the lyricist here, may have been a tormented gay man, but he is-and remains-the one true poet of love in American musicals during the first part of the twentieth century. This is one of the great recordings of Hart's material, sung with verve and gusto. It belongs on everyone's shelf.
This Cd has music by Richard Rodgers,lyrics by Lorenz Hart and was produced by George Abbott. Performers include: Danny Carroll,Rudy Tronto,Stuart Damon, Richard Nieves, Ellen Hanley. It was created in 1938...........
Against a backdrop of Ancient Greece: Two boys from Syracuse, Anthipholus and his servant Dromio, try to find their long-lost twins (in which there is plot confusion), are also named Anthipholus and Dromio. The two who were lost at sea are now a prosperous merchant and his servant; both are married, somewhat happy but not totally faithful. This is a story of mistaken identities with alot of Confusion of who these men really are , everything gets intertwined when the wife of the Ephesians, Adriana and her servant Luce, mistake the two strangers for their husband. everything gets sorted out in the end.
The music is Wonderful, my favorites are "This can't be love", "What Can You Do with a Man", "Dear Old Syracuse",
"You Have Cast Your Shadow on the Sea", these songs are sung with a wonderful melodic rhythm and you will find yourself humming to it.
I enjoyed the whole cd and it seems so fresh to hear even though this was performed some 40 years ago, the singing is Great, very humourous. I felt that I was sitting in the audience watching the whole story unfold...it still holds up well after all these years !!
Listen to it anywhere not just in your car!!
fun of the novelty numbers. All the recordings (this one included) are enjoyable and each has its own attractions as far as the music included (or not) is concerned ... but ... even as in-authentic as it is (it has a 1950's sensibility) I keep going back to the Lehman Engel recording, for pure listening pleasure, primarily because of the voices. This one's special attraction is its restoration of the original orchestrations, which are fun and give the score a special 'bounce'. Very enjoyable.
"We let the burglars take their snatch
To the shop for pawning.
All that we ever aim to catch
Is the ladies of the evening in the morning.
All night they bring rich men to grief
Till they have no cash left.
Cops can't afford the good roast beef
But we have the hash left."
The battle of the sexes erupts in a he-and-she song, "What Can You Do With a Man," which includes:
"I wear my nicest negligee
And find him reading Plato.
Nothing is new with a man.
What can you do with a man?
I shook the tree of life one day
And got a cold Potato.
I'm in a stew with a man.
What can you do with a man?"
Despite critical accolades, the original production of THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE lasted only 235 performances. This revival from 1963 ran 500, and the show hasn't really gone out of circulation since then. The show is not crammed with "name" talent but boasts Broadway vets like Ellen Hanley, Clifford David and Karen Morrow, who made or would make their way in many other shows. I can't speak to the level of playing, but the singing is first-rate. As you'd expect from an Angel/EMI CD, sound engineering is impeccable (SPARS A-D-D) and the "liner notes" booklet is most informative. (I bought the CD version despite what the tagline above may say.) Highly recommended.
Title quotation is from Ethan Mordden, Sing for Your Supper: The Broadway Musical in the 1930s (Golden Age of the Broadway Musical), p. 244.