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|John Kander, Fred Ebb|
70, Girls, 70 (1971 Original Broadway Cast)
Genres: Soundtracks, Classical, Broadway & Vocalists
This half-forgotten Kander and Ebb show lasted barely a month in 1971, done in, perhaps, by a needlessly complicated book about denizens of an old folks' home becoming shoplifters. Still, many of the numbers have a certain... more »
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This half-forgotten Kander and Ebb show lasted barely a month in 1971, done in, perhaps, by a needlessly complicated book about denizens of an old folks' home becoming shoplifters. Still, many of the numbers have a certain quirky charm. The songs were more or less (usually less) integrated into the plot, each one an excuse for a different cast member to ham it up. "Coffee in a Cardboard Cup" is a fiery, hilarious showstopper ("drearier" rhymes with "cafeteria") while the wistful "Home" deserves to be rediscovered. This sleeper of a show will particularly delight those in need of a little something to gnaw on between Cabaret and Chicago, as Kander and Ebb's trademark mix of honky-tonk vaudeville and ultramelodic sentimentality is in evidence all through the score. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
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Masterpiece-thrilling-not to be missed--a treasure
M. Woods | Miami, FL USA | 05/04/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a special treat. This ranks with chicago and cabaret as kander and ebb's best. what a magnificent score, beautifully recorded so we can relive the theater experience. and what an experience. virtually every song is a gem, starting with the rousing "old folks", through mildred natwick's precious performances on HOME and the elephant song. trust me, i own virtually every show cd every produced and having discovered this cd, i cannot stop playing it."
Fun and Brassy!
M. Woods | 07/25/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A wonderful Kander and Ebb score! Full of their usual showstopping type numbers! You'll just love "Coffee In A Cardboard Cup" and "Broadway, My Street", while "Do We?" and "Old Folks" are sure to at least make you chuckle. I highly recommend this C.D to join any collection. You might own "Cabaret", "Chicago" and "Kiss Of The Spider Woman", but your Kander and Ebb collection will be incomplete without this one!Also recommended by the same song writing team: "Woman Of The Year", "The Happy Time" and "Flora The Red Menace.""
A peculiar-yet beguiling Broadway musical
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 01/27/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"70 GIRLS 70 was written by John Kander and Fred Ebb, best-remembered for their firecracker CABARET and CHICAGO scores. This 1971 offering was based on the British play BREATH OF SPRING (later turned into the film MAKE MINE MINK) about a motley group of seniors who steal furs and money from young people, in order to help the elderly and less-fortunate.The show featured an amazing lineup of regal old-timers headed by Mildred Natwick, Hans Conried and Lillian Roth, and also featured Henrietta Jacobson, Lillian Hayman, Dorothea Freitag and Lucie Lancaster. 70 GIRLS 70 shuttered after 35 performances.The score yielded at least one hit: "Yes", which became a staple in Liza Minnelli's repertoire for years. Other great numbers include "Go Visit" (a showstopping turn for Henrietta Jacobson and young Tommy Breslin); "Coffee in a Cardboard Cup"; "Broadway, My Street" and "The Elephant Song".Still, a must-own for Broadway enthusiasts. [SONY SK-30589]"