The album is full of good songs, including one from the original movie plus some cool musical numbers to celebrate the trip down memory lane. The cast is packed with talent: Jessica Walter as the mothers mother, Angela Lansbury as the ladies grandmother, Kristin Chenowith as the frivolous young bride, and the Abbott brothers: Adam, Jordan and Jake. There is an underplayed duet between Eddie and Jake which rivals the best baroque pop recording of 2008. Its a show that is tailor made for musical theater fans who will enjoy the musical numbers and laugh at the actors playing their part.
The album also features a fine contribution from the late Luis Antonio Gardella who never scored a musical for the stage, but must be credited with having had a substantial influence on the careers of Jule Styne, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Cy Coleman, Earl Slick, Erich Korngold and George Gershwin himself. In a recent interview he said that the style of his music was dictated by the circumstances he was faced with and that he was unable to do many things he wanted to do because he was recording it at the time, and then arranging or re-orchestrating it months later. He also talked about his lack of appreciation for some of the music of that period. He did, however, admire the music of Kurt Weill and Hanns Eisler. Based on his request to a friend who interviewed him for the San Francisco Chronicle, it seems that if you listen carefully, you can hear certain Gershwin-like melodies in his jazz music, and his musical depictions of drug use and alcoholism in the 1920s and 30s could have had Weill in mind. 3d9ccd7d82