Molly Pope is a one-of-a-kind treasure, making songs you love sound brand new (and yet of another era). Here’s her take on “Broadway Baby.” Too bad for all the goddamned crowd noise from the audience full of philistines.
A Playbill.com article that gives some more details behind the track we’ve all already heard thanks to fuckyeahstephensondheim:
According to a posting on the website of PS Classics, the label that released the cast recording of the award-winning revival, “The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently asked if they could include ‘Broadway Baby’ on a compilation CD they were doing, of songs from musicals set in New York City. We of course said yes, but we also felt the track might be more appropriate on a compilation disc as a Hattie solo, without Solange and the Whitmans mysteriously returning at the end. So the wonderful Jayne Houdyshell went back into the studio last month and recorded a new ending, and as a gift to our customers, we thought we’d make the solo track available here.”
Huntington Theatre (Boston) Managing Director Michael Maso performs “Broadway Baby” from Follies during the his acceptance speech of the Wimberly Award at the company’s 2012 Spotlight Spectacular.
Michael Maso received the 2012 Wimberly Award, the Huntington’s highest honor. Michael has served as the Huntington’s Managing Director since 1982, producing more than 170 plays in partnership with three artistic directors, growing the Huntington’s budget from $750,000 to $13.2 million, and leading the Huntington’s ten-year drive to build the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. His considerable efforts have played a significant role in positioning the Huntington as one of the country’s leading regional theatres.
Broadway Baby|Lea DeLaria on the Sondheim: The Stephen Sondheim Album
probably the best version i’ve ever heard of this song.
When we were putting together this album, we wanted Lea to do her version of The Ballad of Sweeney Todd, which Bruce had heard her perform live a few months earlier. However, Lea had just signed a deal to record her Play It Cool album for Warners, and they wanted the song, so we had to come up with an alternative. I think it all worked out in the end. :)