Original Broadway Cast - Applause [Original Broadway Cast]

Original Broadway Cast - Applause [Original Broadway Cast]
Styles: Show/Musical, Cast Recordings
Recording Location: New York, NY
Genre: Stage & Screen
Recording Date: April 8, 1970
Album: Applause [Original Broadway Cast]
Release Date: 1970
Artist: Original Broadway Cast
Duration: 54:46

Applause was the biggest hit to emerge from the 1969-70 Broadway musical season. A musical adaptation of the classic 1950 film All About Eve, it told the story of aging Broadway star Margo Channing and her scheming protégée Eve Harrington.

In the movie, Margo had been played by 42-year-old Bette Davis, Eve by Anne Baxter. Onstage, it was 45-year-old Lauren Bacall, making her musical theater debut, and Penny Fuller. The book was by Betty Comden and Adolph Green (for once not writing lyrics), while the score was by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams, whose only previous hit was "Bye Bye Birdie." The show was a triumph for Bacall, who won the Tony for best actress, and it also created a star in Bonnie Franklin, who sang the title song (which became a minor standard) and went on to the 1975 TV series One Day at a Time. Solidly written and directed, Applause won the Tony for best musical and ran just short of 900 performances. As the cast album reveals, however, the weak spot in the show was the score, which is traditional-sounding and pedestrian. Not known as a singer, Bacall hasn't much range, but the songs have been tailored for her limitations, so that's not a problem. The problem is a lack of originality.

You only have to compare it to Stephen Sondheim's score for Company, which opened less than a month later, to hear the death throes of an old Broadway and the sparkling birth of a new one.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Applause, musical
Overture / Lee Adams / Charles StrouseAmazon
Backstage Babble / Lee Adams / Charles StrouseAmazon
Think How it's Gonna Be / Lee Adams / Charles StrouseLen CariouAmazon
But Alive / Lee Adams / Charles StrouseLauren BacallAmazon
The Best Night of my Life / Lee Adams / Charles StrousePenny FullerAmazon
Who's That Girl? / Lee Adams / Charles StrouseLauren Bacall / Penny FullerAmazon
Applause / Lee Adams / Charles StrouseBonnie Franklin / The GypsiesAmazon
Hurry Back / Lee Adams / Charles StrouseLauren BacallAmazon
Fasten Your Seat Belts / Lee Adams / Charles StrouseLauren Bacall / Len Cariou / Robert Mandan / Lee Roy Reams / Ann WilliamsAmazon
Welcome to the Theatre / Lee Adams / Charles StrouseLauren BacallAmazon
Good Friends / Lee Adams / Charles StrouseLauren Bacall / Brandon Maggart / Ann WilliamsAmazon
She's No Longer a Gypsy / Lee Adams / Charles StrouseBonnie Franklin / The Gypsies / Lee Roy ReamsAmazon
One of a Kind / Lee Adams / Charles StrouseLauren Bacall / Len CariouAmazon
One Hallowe'en / Lee Adams / Charles StrousePenny FullerAmazon
Something Greater / Lee Adams / Charles StrouseLauren Bacall / Len CariouAmazon
Finale / Lee Adams / Charles StrouseCompanyAmazon
Applause (demo) / Lee Adams / Charles StrouseCharles StrouseAmazon
The Loneliest Man in Town (demo) / Lee Adams / Charles StrouseCharles StrouseAmazon
Smashing N.Y. Times (demo) / Lee Adams / Charles StrouseCharles StrouseAmazon
God Bless (demo) / Lee Adams / Charles StrouseCharles StrouseAmazon

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