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Live Backers Audition *

Artist: Charles Strouse/Lee Adams (Librettist)

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Album: All American: Live Backers Audition *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Introduction
2)    All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 1]
3)    All American, musical: Melt Us
4)    All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 2]
5)    All American, musical: What a Country!
6)    All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 3]
7)    All American, musical: Our Children
8)    All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 4]
9)    All American, musical: Animal Attraction
10)    All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 5]
11)    All American, musical: Back to School Again
12)    All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 6]
13)    All American, musical: We Speak the Same Language
14)    All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 7]
15)    All American, musical: I've Never Seen Anything Like It
16)    All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 8]
17)    All American, musical: I Can Teach Them
18)    All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 9]
19)    All American, musical: It's Fun to Think
20)    All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 10]
21)    All American, musical: Once Upon a Time
22)    All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 11]
23)    All American, musical: Nightlife
24)    All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 12]
25)    All American, musical: I've Just Seen Her
26)    All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 13]
27)    All American, musical: Physical Fitness
28)    All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 14]
29)    All American, musical: Fight Song
30)    All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 15]
31)    All American, musical: What a Country! (reprise)
32)    All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 16]
33)    All American, musical: Pripoz Diva Se
34)    All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 17]
35)    All American, musical: If I Were You
36)    All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 18]
37)    All American, musical: I Couldn't Have Done It Alone
38)    All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 19]
39)    All American, musical: Once Upon a Time (reprise)
40)    All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 20]
41)    All American, musical: I've Just Seen Him
42)    All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 21]
43)    All American, musical: The Real Me
44)    All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 22]
45)    All American, musical: Which Way
46)    All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 23]
47)    All American, musical: Finale
 



Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Charles Strouse (vocals).
  • All American, the 1962 musical with songs by composer Charles Strouse and lyricist Lee Adams, was their follow-up to the 1960 hit Bye Bye Birdie, but it was a flop, running only 80 performances. An original Broadway cast album demonstrated that their score was adequate, with one song so far above the rest that the show was remembered as the "Once Upon a Time" musical. This album presents a performance of an early version of the score by the songwriters to demonstrate the show to potential financial backers. It actually succeeds in making the music seem more than adequate, in part because Strouse and Adams perform it enthusiastically and with a strong sense of the meaning of the lyrics, which seem cleverer here. Of course, the recording will be of interest primarily to musical theater fans, and what they will hear is a version of All American in which there's more going on in the first act, including a number of songs -- "Animal Attraction," "Back to School Again," "I've Never Seen Anything Like It," and "I Can Teach Them" -- that were cut before the Broadway opening, and less going on in the second act, which does not feature the songs "Have a Dream" and "I'm Fascinating," which were in the show at the Broadway opening. (Henderson, the character who sings "Have a Dream," does, however, have a different number here, "Pripoz Diva Se," that also was cut.) From Strouse and Adams' song introductions and summaries of the action, fans also will get a hint of one reason why All American failed: there seems to be enough plot for two musicals at least, a problem that was never solved. ~ William Ruhlmann

Producer:Ken Bloom
Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Country:USA
Studio/Live: Live
Release Date:1 August, 2007
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