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Marry Me A Little (1981 Original Off-Broadway Cast)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
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Sparkles with Sondheim!
S. McCasland | Deer Park, Ny. USA | 01/07/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the greatest Sondheim musicals of all time! I recommend this to any lover of the great Stephen Sondheim.
A never-ending track list of his greatest, rare numbers with a gentle, soothing and lulling piano accompianent. Although some here have complained about only the piano, I believe it makes the album even better than some of his others. You can actually enjoy the rhapsody of a piano and a singer without the overpowering orchestra in musicals like SWEENEY TODD. Sometimes a piano and a singer make things all the more beautiful.
With two of my favorite songs, "There Won't Be Trumpets" and "Marry Me a Little", this album has some songs you've heard on other Sondheim albums, like SATURDAY NIGHT and ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, this is a compilation of his earlier numbers with a romantic plot of a loving couple who seems to last forever... but, like many, face the ups and downs of love. Ending with a touching rhapsody, "Who Could Be Blue?", MARRY ME A LITTLE is one of Sondheim's finest masterpieces. Your collection will not be complete without this piece of genius."
Charming Early Sondheim
Mark Falconer | New York, NY | 01/22/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Judging by previous reviewers, this seems to be a very under-appreciated CD. Yes, the piano accompaniment can be a little off-putting at first (especially in the more densely harmonic songs like "Silly People"), this CD is still worth buying for the beauty of these songs. So Craig Lucas isn't a top-notch singer/actor. His voice is certainly pleasant enough, and I love his "Uptown/Downtown" and "Happily Ever After." Suzanne Henry is also more than acceptable, shining on "So Many People" and "Can That Boy Fox-Trot."After a person listens to this CD, he'll probably want to see the show. And isn't that the ultimate goal of all cast albums?"
David | N.J. | 06/23/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The songs are hard to find, but the recording is mediocre. These people are not the greatest vocal talents in the world, and ocassionally they come off harsh. Then there is the piano. Some of these songs are quite energetic, and the piano does not do them justice. It is really quite boring sometimes. There are some high points though. "The Girls of Summer", "Bang", "Saturday Night", and the title song. Buy it you are a Sondheim completeist, or a fan who likes the obscure Sondheim, rather than "Send in the Clowns"."