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re: "Telephone Song" - great orchestration - complete
Posted by: reed23 06:28 pm EDT 04/12/24
In reply to: "Telephone Song" - great orchestration - part of it makes for great ringtone - also thoughts on the MC - PlayWiz 01:12 pm EDT 04/12/24

JAY Records producer John Yap recorded the complete "Telephone Song" (and dance) for his comprehensive recording of the original CABARET version. An unsung hero of the original production was David Baker, who created the exceptionally terrific dance arrangements throughout, and the Telephone Dance he composed for Ron Field's choreography was one of his masterpieces (making a climactic major theme out of Kander's initial throw-away vamp from the top of the song.) The JAY recording is also the only place you can hear "The Fruit Shop Dance," another major dance that has never been heard since the 1987 revival – a terrific dance-band arrangement of "It Couldn't Please Me More;" Field's dance, in addition to heightening the frivolity of the engagement party before Prince's devastating armband moment, depicted Fraulein Kost and her sailors crashing the party, with Fraulein Schneider in such a good mood that she actually assents to dancing with these men, her nemeses until that moment.

"Meeskite" has never been part of CABARET since the original super-smash production, and I regret its loss.
Link The Complete "Telephone Song" and Dance Arrangement
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