The disc also includes the four songs written for the film Dick Tracy. "Sooner or Later" is given a sultry rendition by Jane Krakowski. "More" and "Back in Business" both sound as if they have been taken directly off an original cast album. Both have a big "Broadway" sound complete with tap dancing. "What Can You Lose" is given a plaintive rendition by Guy Haines. Also on the set is "The Glamorous Life" which was written for the film version of A Little Night Music and three orchestral suites from the score for Stavisky.
To round out the set is the 1967 score to the TV movie
musical, Evening Primrose. This score was previously
recorded by Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters on Mandy's
Dress Casual CD. So Gary Beach, who would not have been
my first choice for this role, and Liz Callaway have some
mighty big shoes to fill. Both, I am happy to report, do quite
well with the material and compliment each other very nicely.
Of the showstoppers, the highlights are Sally Mayes in "Everybody Loves Louis". Although the band seems to be struggling with the rhythm at times, this doesn't seem to throw Sally off one bit. Nancy Dussault's "Getting Married Today", Susan Johnson's "Who's That Woman" and 'Nita Whitaker's "Good Thing Going" stand out in my mind as the most memorable. "Someone in a Tree," "Quartet" from Sweeney Todd, and "Barcelona" are all self-contained scenes that sound as if they were taken directly from cast albums. Hearing these tracks makes you realize what a master Sondheim is at integrating spoken dialogue and music.
Billy Porter adds a bit of gospel flavor to "Not a Day Goes By/
What Can You Lose?" and brings down the house. The cast of
Forever Plaid puts an amusing spin on "The Ballad of
Sweeney Todd." "More" is done jazz style by the Tonics in their
usual four-part harmony. David Cassidy sings "Sooner or Later"
without changing gender ("I always get my man") and the other
two Cassidy brothers, Shaun and Patrick, join him for "You Could Drive
a Person Crazy."
That's all for this week. Join me in two weeks for my next column when I will be reviewing three more recordings, this time from three musical theater stars Down Under.
Till then, happy listening!