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|Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Helen Traubel|
Pipe Dream (1955 Original Broadway Cast)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
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ADVENTUROUS AND BEAUTIFUL
MOVIE MAVEN | New York, NY USA | 05/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm willing to overlook lyrics like"...the girls have never looked so come-and-getty" or "I suffer somethin' awful when I think 'cause thinkin' puts my brain on the blink" in order to just bask in the gorgeous music of PIPE DREAM----certainly one of Rodgers and Hammerstein's most adventurous and beautiful scores.I'm sure that there must be problems gettings the rights from the John Steinbeck Estate to re-write the musical's book which is based on two of Steinbeck's novels: "Cannery Row" and "Sweet Thursday." Otherwise, I've no doubt that this musical would be overhauled and revived on Broadway immediately. Just listen to the Overture and I promise you're bound to be hooked.Some of the numbers in the score took Rodgers and Hammerstein closer to opera than they'd ever been except, perhaps, in "Carousel:" One is a rousing, male chorus filled with twists and turns which is called "The Bum's Opera;" another is a splendid duet for soprano and mezzo called "Suzy Is A Good Thing." The two romantic songs, filled with the yearning that R&H are famous for ("All At Once You Love Her" and "Everybody's Got A Home But Me") are as beautiful and simple as anything the team wrote. And the duet for leading man and lady "Will You Marry Me?" is simplicity itself. Helen Traubel, William Johnson and Judy Tyler are the 3 stars who lead the completely captivating cast.There are, granted, two comic numbers that, for me, totally misfire: "Thinkin'" and "The Party That We're Gonna Have Tomorrow Night" but they are a small price to pay to hear this almost unknown, magnificent theatre music."
An average offering from Rodgers and Hammerstein
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 03/04/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Only Rodgers and Hammerstein would have written a musical where the distinguished opera singer Helen Traubel played the owner of a whorehouse. PIPE DREAM opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre in 1955 and shuttered after 246 performances, the shortest run for a Rodgers and Hammerstein show.PIPE DREAM was based on a story by John Steinbeck and dealt with serious issues. In previous collaborations, Rodgers and Hammerstein had also dealt with such issues as racial intolerance (SOUTH PACIFIC), the clash of East and West (THE KING AND I), domestic violence (CAROUSEL) and sexual longing (OKLAHOMA!). In PIPE DREAM, the young heroine is a prostitute.PIPE DREAM featured a strong cast headed by legendary Wagnerian opera singer Helen Traubel with William Johnson, as well as Judy Tyler, considered one of the great Broadway ingenues of her era.The score is filled with delights like "Everybody's Got a Home But Me", "Suzy is a Good Thing", "Sweet Thursday" and "All At Once You Love Her" as well as "The Next Time It Happens", which would be recycled for the 1996 Broadway incarnation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's STATE FAIR.All-in-all, this cast album is fantastic, and I highly recommend it."
Great Score Swallowed By Poor Book
JSalis5449@aol.com | Arlington, VA | 08/13/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Top notch R&H music -- never appreciated nor well known except to the most diehard Broadway fans-- this due to a faulty libretto and short Broadway run.Trust me -- this score ranks high in the duo's portfolio, interestingly since neither was warm to the plot, but thus produced a work that, although didn't work in 1955, believe it or not would definitely work in the 1990's."