Steel Pier (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

Steel Pier (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

by Original London Cast

CD

Overview

John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical Steel Pier, with an original book by David Thompson, was set at a dance marathon held at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City in 1933. That it failed on Broadway in the spring of 1997 may be attributed both to the competition -- it was swamped by Titanic -- and to a peculiar plot twist: feeling that the subject matter was not dire enough, the creators decided that the leading man should be, well, dead. Typically, Kander and Ebb chose a dark story (their previous efforts include Cabaret, Chicago, and Kiss of the Spider Woman) and then wrote a lot of slick songs, few of which were integrated into the story, the intention being that the plot would add weight to the music and the music would give buoyancy to the plot. Composer Kander's primary influence came not from Broadway but from Hollywood, as he evoked the music Harry Warren wrote for Warner Bros. movie musicals like 42nd Street; Ebb's lyrics were as serviceable.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/1997
Label: Rca Victor Broadway
UPC: 0090266887828
catalogNumber: 68878

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Original Cast Recording   Primary Artist
Mark Sherman   Percussion
John Kander   Track Performer
Diane Barere   Cello
Richard Auldon Clark   Violin,Viola
Andy Drelles   Woodwind
Lawrence Feldman   Woodwind
Barry Finclair   Violin,Viola
Richard Henrickson   Violin
Jill Jaffe   Violin,Viola
Earl McIntyre   Tuba,Bass Trombone
John Pintavalle   Violin
Matthew Raimondi   Violin
Roger Wendt   French Horn
Christopher Cardona   Violin
Charles Gordon   Tenor Trombone
Paul Woodiel   Violin
Alexander Vselensky   Concert Master
David Loud   Conductor
Susan Follari   Violin,Viola
Gregory Utzig   Guitar,Piano
Karen Ziémba   Track Performer
Anita Miller   French Horn
Anthony Geralis   Synthesizer
Kristin Chenoweth   Track Performer
Gregory Mitchell   Track Performer
James Moore   Synthesizer
Ronn Carroll   Track Performer
Mary Illes   Track Performer
Debra Monk   Track Performer
Daniel McDonald   Track Performer
Gregory Harrison   Track Performer
William Shadel   Woodwind
Orchestra   Track Performer
Richard Kelley   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Jay David Saks   Producer
David Thompson   Liner Notes
Richard Dombrowski   Art Direction

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