Stephen Schwartz: Pippin (1972 Original Broadway Cast Recording) Various Artists A Decca Broadway Original Cast Album

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Label: Universal / Verve

Genre: Soundtrack

Subgenre: Musicals

Artist: Various Artists A Decca Broadway Original Cast Album

Composer: Stephen Schwartz

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  • Ben Vereen
  • 1Magic To Do04:08
  • John Rubinstein
  • 2Corner Of The Sky03:18
  • Eric Berry
  • 3War Is A Science04:36
  • Ben Vereen
  • 4Glory04:33
  • Ben Vereen
  • 5Simple Joys02:56
  • Irene Ryan
  • 6No Time At All04:44
  • John Rubinstein
  • 7With You02:42
  • Leland Palmer
  • 8Spread A Little Sunshine03:02
  • John Rubinstein
  • 9Morning Glow02:55
  • Ben Vereen & John Rubinstein
  • 10On The Right Track03:34
  • Jill Clayburgh
  • 11Kind Of Woman02:14
  • John Rubinstein
  • 12Extraordinary02:34
  • John Rubinstein & Jill Clayburgh
  • 13Love Song02:36
  • Jill Clayburgh
  • 14I Guess I'll Miss The Man02:10
  • Candy Brown, Kathryn Doby, Ann Reinking, Jennifer Nairn-Smith, Pamela Souza
  • 15Finale Pippin06:17
  • The Supremes
  • 16I Guess I'll Miss The Man (Single Version)02:41
  • Jackson 5
  • 17Corner Of The Sky (Single Version)03:36
  • Michael Jackson
  • 18Morning Glow (Single Version)03:37
  • Total Runtime01:02:13

Info for Stephen Schwartz: Pippin (1972 Original Broadway Cast Recording)

One of the best-selling Broadway cast albums of the '70s, featuring Ben Vereen and Irene Ryan! This 1972 recording was Motown's first venture into Broadway; this reissue includes three bonus Pippin covers: the Jackson 5's hit version of Corner of the Sky ; the Supremes' hit version of I Guess I'll Miss the Man , and Michael Jackson's recording of Morning Glow!

A young man graduates from college and wonders how to find real meaning in his life. What's an heir to the 9th-century Holy Roman Empire to do? If you're Pippin, son of Charlemagne, you decide to dabble in war, sex, and politics before finally finding love. When Bob Fosse directed the original Broadway production of Pippin in 1972, he transformed what had originally been a relatively innocent college project for composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz into a burlesque filled with broad comedy, bawdy characters, and magical but dark situations. John Rubinstein (best known for his TV work and son of pianist Artur) plays the title character, and Ben Vereen kick-started his career (and won a Tony) as the narrator figure known as the Leading Player. Schwartz's combination of Godspell-like ensemble energy with various pop-rock styles makes for a snappy, tuneful score, including the soul-driven opener 'Magic to Do,' the soaring 'Corner of the Sky,' the lovely ballads 'With You' and 'Love Song,' and the romping 'No Time at All' (delivered with saucy conviction by The Beverly Hillbillies' Irene Ryan as Pippin's grandmother).

While the original album release was somewhat notorious for its lack of liner notes, the 2000 remastered release includes an essay on the show's creation, a detailed synopsis, and full lyrics, as well as three bonus tracks. Pippin was originally released on the Motown label, so some of its songs were cross-promoted by Motown stars: The Supremes deliver a conventional take on the gentle 'I Guess I'll Miss the Man,' the Jackson 5 deliver a blast of high-pop energy to 'Corner of the Sky,' and Michael Jackson solos on 'Morning Glow.' (David Horiuchi)

Ben Vereen (Leading Player)
John Rubenstein (Pippin)
Jill Clayburgh (Catherine)
Eric Berry (Charlemagne)
Leland Palmer (Fastrada)
Irene Ryan (Berthe)
Edward Strauss, piano solos
Stanley Lebowsky, conductor

Directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse
Produced by Bob Gaudio, Phil Ramone, Deke Richards, Stephen Schwartz

Digitally remastered

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical - Ben Vereen
Best Direction of a Musical - Bob Fosse
Best Choreography - Bob Fosse
Best Scenic Design
Best Lighting Design

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