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Charles Strouse (Composer): All American: Live Backers Audition *

Audio Samples

>Introduction
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 1]
>All American, musical: Melt Us
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 2]
>All American, musical: What a Country!
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 3]
>All American, musical: Our Children
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 4]
>All American, musical: Animal Attraction
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 5]
>All American, musical: Back to School Again
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 6]
>All American, musical: We Speak the Same Language
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 7]
>All American, musical: I've Never Seen Anything Like It
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 8]
>All American, musical: I Can Teach Them
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 9]
>All American, musical: It's Fun to Think
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 10]
>All American, musical: Once Upon a Time
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 11]
>All American, musical: Nightlife
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 12]
>All American, musical: I've Just Seen Her
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 13]
>All American, musical: Physical Fitness
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 14]
>All American, musical: Fight Song
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 15]
>All American, musical: What a Country! (reprise)
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 16]
>All American, musical: Pripoz Diva Se
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 17]
>All American, musical: If I Were You
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 18]
>All American, musical: I Couldn't Have Done It Alone
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 19]
>All American, musical: Once Upon a Time (reprise)
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 20]
>All American, musical: I've Just Seen Him
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 21]
>All American, musical: The Real Me
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 22]
>All American, musical: Which Way
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 23]
>All American, musical: Finale

Track List

>Introduction
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 1]
>All American, musical: Melt Us
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 2]
>All American, musical: What a Country!
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 3]
>All American, musical: Our Children
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 4]
>All American, musical: Animal Attraction
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 5]
>All American, musical: Back to School Again
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 6]
>All American, musical: We Speak the Same Language
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 7]
>All American, musical: I've Never Seen Anything Like It
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 8]
>All American, musical: I Can Teach Them
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 9]
>All American, musical: It's Fun to Think
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 10]
>All American, musical: Once Upon a Time
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 11]
>All American, musical: Nightlife
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 12]
>All American, musical: I've Just Seen Her
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 13]
>All American, musical: Physical Fitness
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 14]
>All American, musical: Fight Song
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 15]
>All American, musical: What a Country! (reprise)
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 16]
>All American, musical: Pripoz Diva Se
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 17]
>All American, musical: If I Were You
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 18]
>All American, musical: I Couldn't Have Done It Alone
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 19]
>All American, musical: Once Upon a Time (reprise)
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 20]
>All American, musical: I've Just Seen Him
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 21]
>All American, musical: The Real Me
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 22]
>All American, musical: Which Way
>All American Live Backer Audition: Narration [Part 23]
>All American, musical: Finale

Album Notes

Personnel: Charles Strouse (vocals).

All American, the 1962 musical with songs by composer Charles Strouse and lyricist Lee Adams, was their follow-up to the 1960 hit Bye Bye Birdie, but it was a flop, running only 80 performances. An original Broadway cast album demonstrated that their score was adequate, with one song so far above the rest that the show was remembered as the "Once Upon a Time" musical. This album presents a performance of an early version of the score by the songwriters to demonstrate the show to potential financial backers. It actually succeeds in making the music seem more than adequate, in part because Strouse and Adams perform it enthusiastically and with a strong sense of the meaning of the lyrics, which seem cleverer here. Of course, the recording will be of interest primarily to musical theater fans, and what they will hear is a version of All American in which there's more going on in the first act, including a number of songs -- "Animal Attraction," "Back to School Again," "I've Never Seen Anything Like It," and "I Can Teach Them" -- that were cut before the Broadway opening, and less going on in the second act, which does not feature the songs "Have a Dream" and "I'm Fascinating," which were in the show at the Broadway opening. (Henderson, the character who sings "Have a Dream," does, however, have a different number here, "Pripoz Diva Se," that also was cut.) From Strouse and Adams' song introductions and summaries of the action, fans also will get a hint of one reason why All American failed: there seems to be enough plot for two musicals at least, a problem that was never solved. ~ William Ruhlmann



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