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BABY, The New Musical
Original Broadway Cast
BABY, The New Musical
Genres: Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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Maltby and Shire's ode to impending parenthood Baby follows three expectant couples: unmarried college students (Liz Callaway, Todd Graff), empty nesters (Beth Fowler, James Congdon), and thirtysomethings who have been try...  more »

      
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All Artists: Original Broadway Cast
Title: BABY, The New Musical
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Ter
Release Date: 4/29/2003
Album Type: Cast Recording
Genres: Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Musicals, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

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Maltby and Shire's ode to impending parenthood Baby follows three expectant couples: unmarried college students (Liz Callaway, Todd Graff), empty nesters (Beth Fowler, James Congdon), and thirtysomethings who have been trying desperately to conceive (Catherine Cox, Martin Vidnovic). As the couples explore their different reactions to their situation, the songs alternate between humor and heart-tugging drama. In "I Want It All," the women weigh what they want out of their pregnancies and subsequent lives, while the men express their pleasure in the funky "Fatherhood Blues." In the emotional centerpiece of the show, "The Story Goes On," Callaway reacts after feeling her baby kick for the first time, while "The Ladies Singing Their Song" takes a gentle poke at well-meaning advice givers (Sondheim's ladies who lunch at a different phase of life). This long-awaited reissue of the 1983 original Broadway cast recording captures Jonathan Tunick's orchestrations of shimmering strings and sassy brass and also includes Fowler's solo "Patterns," a gem cut from the original production. Leading the strong cast is Callaway, who was nominated for a Tony (as was Graff and the show, score, book, director, and choreographer) and who later went on to star on Broadway as Grizabella in Cats, perform voiceovers for animation (Anastasia, the Aladdin sequels), and rerecord "The Story Goes On" as the title track of her 1995 solo album. This Baby is a most welcome arrival. --David Horiuchi

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CD Reviews

BABY the album
nancie goldstein schnur | New York, USA | 11/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Excellent, Fabulous, Superb!!!
Great songs, witty and wise, from a wonderful play, sung by a phenomenal group of singers. Liz Callaway is particularly brilliant!"
A BETTER MUSICAL THAN ITS SHORT RUN INDICATES
David Keymer | Modesto CA | 05/06/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Baby came out in the middle of a strike on Broadway and as a consequence its run was short but as a musical, Baby is fairly strong. I'm not a great lover of Broadway musicals but in the late eighties, my wife Esther and I tried out for a local production of Baby. Unfortunately for me, I came down with laryngitis two days before auditions --even though I'd played Pseudolus for the director the year before, with eight feature songs in the show and seven in the first act, he didn't cast me for the older couple's husband. Instead, I ended up with sixteen lines of dialogue and half a chorus of solo, plus beefing out the chorus on other songs. Esther, however, was cast, and she was glorious. I especially liked the song "Patterns" where she reflects on being forty-five and pregnant again. It was a beautiful song and hearing my lovely wife sing it brought me almost to tears. A lot in Baby is hackneyed, but the best parts of it are glorious."