The Apple Tree [Original Broadway Cast]

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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann

Songwriters and librettists Jerry Bock And Sheldon Harnick followed their once-in-a-lifetime success with Fiddler On The Roof by writing The Apple Tree, an experimental musical that adapted three short stories, Mark Twain's "The Diary Of Adam And Eve," Frank R. Stockton's "The Lady Or The Tiger?," and Jules Feiffer's "Passionella," each with a cast featuring Alan Alda, Barbara Harris, and Larry Blyden. There turned out to be little to tie the three tales together, although each was a love story with unconventional complications. The tone of the work varied from romantic to satiric even within each story, and the acting tended to be so precious and cloying that it was hard for the viewer (and now the listener) to have much emotional involvement. Nevertheless, a new show by the authors of the still-running Fiddler On The Roof probably couldn't have been a major flop, and The Apple Tree managed to run for over a year. The cast album reveals competent writing and particularly enthusiastic performances by Harris, though the only memorable song is "What Makes Me Love Him?," which has some of the funny, touching quality of Fiddler's "Do You Love Me?"

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Apple Tree, musical
1 The Orchestra 01:16 Amazon
2 Barbara Harris 02:37 Amazon
3 Barbara Harris 01:22 Amazon
Alan Alda 03:10 Amazon
5 Barbara Harris 02:04 Amazon
6 02:37 Amazon
7 Alan Alda 02:14 Amazon
8 Alan Alda 01:46 Amazon
9 Barbara Harris 01:20 Amazon
10 Barbara Harris 03:29 Amazon
11 Larry Blyden / The Orchestra 04:13 Amazon
12 Alan Alda / Barbara Harris 03:26 Amazon
13 Larry Blyden 00:59 Amazon
14 Barbara Harris 02:00 Amazon
15 Barbara Harris 01:58 Amazon
16 Alan Alda / Larry Blyden / Barbara Harris / Marc Jordan 03:40 Amazon
17 The Orchestra 00:25 Amazon
18 Barbara Harris 04:08 Amazon
19 Barbara Harris 01:44 Amazon
20 Barbara Harris 01:22 Amazon
21 Barbara Harris 02:29 Amazon
22 Barbara Harris 01:33 Amazon
23 Alan Alda 02:41 Amazon
24 Alan Alda / Barbara Harris 02:12 Amazon
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