Original Broadway Cast

Seesaw [Original Cast Recording]

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William Gibson's 1958 two-character play Two for the Seesaw took some bumps on its way to becoming the 1973 musical Seesaw. The story of an unhappily married WASP lawyer's affair with a Jewish woman in New York was updated to the early ‘70s with an eclectic score composed by Cy Coleman that incorporated elements of funky pop/rock and Latin pop along with old-time Broadway show music and Coleman's familiar ‘50s-style jazz-pop, while Dorothy Fields' lyrics frankly referenced the sexual revolution going on outside the theater (notably in the X-rated businesses blocks away on 42nd Street). After the book writer and director were fired out of town, choreographer Michael Bennett took over both jobs, so it shouldn't be surprising that a new character was introduced who was a choreographer (played by Tommy Tune) and who got to perform a big, schmaltzy production number, "It's Not Where You Start." That song, actually, had been written for Coleman and Fields' unproduced late-‘60s musical Eleanor (that's right, it was to be about Eleanor Roosevelt), just as another big number, "Poor Everybody Else," sung by female lead Michele Lee, was written for, but cut from, their previous musical, Sweet Charity. Such Broadway-style tunes didn't sit very well with Coleman's attempts to go funky with "My City" (a celebration of New York's underside) and "Ride Out the Storm," or with the Latin rhythm of "Spanglish." Meanwhile, the love story played by Lee and male lead Ken Howard, expressed in a series of so-so love songs, seemed to get lost, making Seesaw an unwieldy collection of different musical elements that failed to coalesce.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:03 Amazon
2 3:36 Amazon
3
feat: Michele Lee
2:10 Amazon
4 2:49 Amazon
5 3:10 Amazon
6
feat: Michele Lee
2:06 Amazon
7
feat: Ken Howard
2:21 Amazon
8
feat: Michele Lee
2:23 Amazon
9
feat: Company
3:28 Amazon
10 1:30 Amazon
11
feat: Ken Howard
2:57 Amazon
12
feat: Michele Lee
2:51 Amazon
13 4:16 Amazon
14 0:42 Amazon
15 5:16 Amazon
16
feat: Michele Lee
4:35 Amazon
17
feat: Company
0:44 Amazon
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