The Rothschilds (Original Broadway Cast)

The Rothschilds (Original Broadway Cast)

by Original London Cast



Although it ran over 14 months on Broadway from 1970 to 1972, The Rothschilds, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's final musical, suffered in comparison to the team's longest running show, Fiddler on the Roof. The comparison was inescapable: Fiddler was about a poor Jewish-Russian milkman of the early 20th century and his five daughters; The Rothschilds was about a rich Jewish-German banker of the late 18th and early 19th centuries and his five sons. But whereas the former was a sentimental tragedy depicting the destruction of tradition through the marriages of the daughters, the latter was a story of historical triumph depicting the rise of the most successful Jewish family in European history. If The Rothschilds had an inspiring tale to tell, it was also one that was emotionally less involving, a problem exacerbated by a structural difficulty: in an attempt to inject feeling into the show, much of the second act was given over to a romantic subplot involving one of the sons that only distracted attention from the main plot. Necessarily, Bock's music, steeped in period styles, and Harnick's lyrics were less universal than those of some of the Fiddler songs. In a sense, The Rothschilds told what would have happened if Fiddler's Tevye really had been a rich man, as he sang, but the fantasy turned out to be more interesting. Nevertheless, such songs as "He Tossed a Coin," "Sons," "Rothschild and Sons," and "In My Own Lifetime" were among the songwriters' best accomplishments, even if it was hard to imagine any of them being performed outside the show.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/19/1992
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074643033725
catalogNumber: 30337

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Original Cast Recording   Primary Artist
Robby Benson   Vocals
Hal Linden   Vocals,Track Performer
Paul Hecht   Vocals,Track Performer
Chris Sarandon   Vocals
David Garfield   Vocals
Timmy Jerome   Vocals
Leila Martin   Vocals
Allan Gruet   Vocals
Jill Clayburgh   Vocals
Timothy Jerome   Vocals

Technical Credits

Hal Linden   Contributor
Paul Hecht   Contributor
Chris Sarandon   Contributor
Sheldon Harnick   Lyricist
Jerry Bock   Composer
David Garfield   Contributor
John Guerriere   Engineer
Timmy Jerome   Contributor
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Tommy Shepard   Producer
Thomas Z. Shepard   Producer,Reissue Producer,Reissue Remixing
Clay Fullum   Arranger
Milton Greene   Arranger,Director
Wolfgang Steuhl   translation,Liner Note Translation
Genevieve Haines   translation,Liner Note Translation
Anna Saxon-Forti   translation,Liner Note Translation
Ken Mandelbaum   Liner Notes,Liner Note Art
Michael Kidd   Director
Leila Martin   Contributor
Allan Gruet   Contributor
Jill Clayburgh   Contributor
Don Walker   Orchestration

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