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by nymusicalsguy
Mon Apr 26, 2010 11:12 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: wanting things...
Replies: 4
Views: 1272

Re: wanting things...

Had Rob Marshall's Encores! revival transferred to Broadway in 1997 (as was hoped by many involved in the production), PROMISES would have a very different reputation today. Instead, we've been given a fitfully entertaining revival which should please many here (read my comments on it in a below thr...
by nymusicalsguy
Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:32 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Promises, Promises Revived...
Replies: 2
Views: 1428

Promises, Promises Revived...

With PROMISES, PROMISES facing the professional critics on Sunday evening, I feel it's now an appropriate time to share my own thoughts on the production. Hope this answers some of the questions folks here have had about the show, and changes to it... Joe +++ The poster artwork suggests a sugary rom...
by nymusicalsguy
Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:34 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Questions about "With a Smile"
Replies: 3
Views: 1199

Re: Questions about "With a Smile"

Hey Steve, "With A Smile" from the 1994 Japan-only CD release on the Nippon Columbia/Triad label, TRIBUTE TO BURT BACHARACH. It's a short but sweet 9-track CD with Japanese acts covering Bacharach tunes, and 2 new ones penned by Burt - "Mulino Bianco" (an instrumental performed b...
by nymusicalsguy
Mon Apr 12, 2010 3:43 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Promises Promises Review
Replies: 9
Views: 2049

Re: Promises Promises Review

I'd cut Barnes a little slack. I hardly think Burt himself would have thought of himself as a revolutionary in 1968...a highly successful composer of "delightful" pop tunes, certainly. A few years down the road, Burt's place in the pantheon became much clearer, as a composer of the highest...
by nymusicalsguy
Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:20 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Promises, Promises
Replies: 47
Views: 9971

Re: Promises, Promises

For better or worse, I believe many directors today look to leave their "mark" on a piece -- which is why they make changes to a show's text and/or score for revival. Rob Marshall did this with PROMISES in 1997, requesting the new song "You've Got It All Wrong" from Burt and Hal,...
by nymusicalsguy
Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:00 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Promises, Promises
Replies: 47
Views: 9971

Re: Promises, Promises

Hi, In answer to your question, no, none of the original songs have been removed. That said, "Grapes of Roth" and "Christmas Day" are largely used as underscore/background music (though there is choreography to the opening portion of "Grapes"), especially "Christma...
by nymusicalsguy
Wed Mar 31, 2010 12:33 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Promises, Promises
Replies: 47
Views: 9971

Re: Promises, Promises

Hey, friends, I'll try to answer a couple of these questions, but I'm indeed saving the rest for a full review... I was sitting in the orchestra center/house seat section. I do wish the producers hadn't reduced the orchestra...recent revivals of GYPSY, FINIAN'S RAINBOW, SOUTH PACIFIC and RAGTIME hav...
by nymusicalsguy
Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:06 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Promises, Promises
Replies: 47
Views: 9971

Re: Promises, Promises

Saw the new PROMISES last evening. I'll post a full review closer to the show's opening; I don't think it's fair to completely evaluate the show even in a forum such as this one when they're only on their second (as of tonight, third) preview. But I did want to share some of the MAJOR changes made t...
by nymusicalsguy
Sun Mar 14, 2010 1:01 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: ISALP in Promises, Promises
Replies: 3
Views: 1122

Re: ISALP in Promises, Promises

Burt said he was working on ISALP "around" the same time as PP; I think it's clear that ISALP was written before work commenced on PP. Forty-some-odd years later, 1966 is "around" the same time as 1968, certainly from Burt's standpoint. No matter, though. If Burt, Hal and Neil Si...
by nymusicalsguy
Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:39 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Burt's new musical
Replies: 3
Views: 1378

Burt's new musical

Finally, news of Burt's new musical theatre project has surfaced... From Playbill On-Line: [Spring Awakening lyricist Steven] Sater is working on a new musical with pop-hit composer Burt Bacharach, whose 1968 musical Promises, Promises returns to Broadway this season. Sater and Bacharach have penned...
by nymusicalsguy
Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:53 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Moon Guitar??
Replies: 4
Views: 1411

Re: Moon Guitar??

"Moon Guitar" is indeed a BB/HD song, though the lyrics haven't been recorded or indeed, ever surfaced.

It was actually the first credited BB/HD production as recorded in 1961 by the Rangoons on Laurie 3096.

Hope this helps!

Joe
by nymusicalsguy
Mon Mar 01, 2010 12:11 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Promises, Promises
Replies: 47
Views: 9971

Re: Promises, Promises

Totally agreed, BB Fan. I will stress that Jonathan Tunick is still orchestrating...it remains to be seen whether he will be reducing his original orchestrations (highly likely, and very unfortunate) or the production is simply using his originals, and enlisting him to write a new orchestration for ...
by nymusicalsguy
Sun Feb 28, 2010 11:05 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Promises, Promises
Replies: 47
Views: 9971

Re: Promises, Promises

Hi -- sorry for the confusion. "You'll Think of Someone" is currently Fran's first song (a duet with Chuck) in the show...I can picture the director squeezing in a scene prior to that song, in which Fran could sing "I Say A Little Prayer" as her opening number. The lyrics could w...
by nymusicalsguy
Sun Feb 28, 2010 7:56 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Promises, Promises
Replies: 47
Views: 9971

Re: Promises, Promises

I'm insanely disappointed that the director of the upcoming revival trusts the score so little that he feels the need to interpolate "I Say A Little Prayer" into it. Apparently the song WAS performed in the recent workshop presentation which led to this revival, and so it WILL be included....
by nymusicalsguy
Fri Feb 26, 2010 7:29 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Dionne's NO NIGHT SO LONG to finally hit CD...
Replies: 0
Views: 958

Dionne's NO NIGHT SO LONG to finally hit CD...

FYI, I wanted to share this item I posted on another music forum - Dionne Warwick's 1980 Arista album, NO NIGHT SO LONG, is finally getting a wide CD release (a previous Japanese pressing quickly became a rarity) according to Amazon UK & Dionne's fan club. They show a March 29/30 release date on...

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