CD Reviews: October

Three musical rarities from Masterworks Broadway.
October 17, 2013

Seven Comes Eleven, Cowardly Custard and A Little Night Music

Original Cast Recording: Seven Comes Eleven

The suave cabaret impresario Julius Monk produced a series of sparkling and urbane revues between 1956 and 1968, with Seven Comes Eleven: A Gaming Gambol being the sixth revue in 1961 at Monk’s famous Upstairs at the Downstairs. Filled with smart and hilarious songs and sketches, Eleven boasted a superb cast including Tony-winner Mary Louise Wilson, Rex Robbins and Philip Bruns. (Masterworks Broadway)

Original Soundtrack Recording: A Little Night Music

The CD release of Harold Prince’s 1978 film version of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music is a disappointment if you already know and love the original Broadway cast recording. Although this new disc is transferred from the original stereo masters, it just doesn’t sound very good and Elizabeth Taylor doesn’t do “Send in the Clowns” any favors. (Masterworks Broadway)

Original Cast Recording: Cowardly Custard

Noël Coward fans will thrill to the release of the Mermaid Theater’s 1972 London Festival Production of Cowardly Custard. A two-CD set bursting with wit and sophistication, Cowardly Custard tells the story of Coward’s life through his songs and scenes from his shows (1920s through 1960s) and was the only revue of his work produced during his lifetime. It’s a delight! (Masterworks Broadway)