Sunday, January 18, 2015

"Pretty Little Picture" with Added Harmonies

When "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" was revived in 1996, composer Stephen Sondheim restored some complex harmonies to the third verse of "Pretty Little Picture" that had been dropped from the original 1962 Broadway production. The result is fresh and interesting although perhaps a little distracting. (These revisions can be heard starting at 1:39 on the video.) The 1996 production ended up dropping the number altogether—inexcusably, I know—but it was included in the cast recording.

"Pretty Little Picture"
"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"
1996 Broadway Revival
Nathan Lane as Pseudolus
Jim Stanek as Hero
Jessica Boevers as Philia
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Peter de Sève, Original 1996 Broadway Cast Recording

Note:  As you probably know by now, I have more blog posts about Broadway and also about Stephen Sondheim.