In early May, Rodgers & Hart's madcap musical comedy THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE was given five riotous performances as the fourth season finale to the already legendary Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert series, presented at New York's City Center. Directed by Susan H. Schulman and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, it welcomed shell-shocked spring theatregoers with merriment and mayhem, delivered by a delectable cast.
""This BOYS FROM SYRACUSE hits high points that dissolve critical detachment,"" wrote Ben Brantley in the New York Times, ""pervaded with the infectious pleasure its performers took from appearing in it."" A blissful Howard Kissel of the Daily News announced that, having seen it: ""I can die a happy man.""
In mid-summer, the complete score of SYRACUSE was recorded for DRG Records. Produced by Hugh Fordin, and featuring Hans Spialek's original 1938 orchestrations, it was conducted by the ""excellent"" (Brantley) Rob Fisher and ""his amazing Coffee Club Orchestra"" (John Simon, New York Magazine). Moving intact from concert stage to recording studio was the ""spectacular cast"" (Kissel), which included Davis Gaines, Malcolm Gets, Michael McGrath, Mario Cantone, Patrick Quinn, Rebecca Luker, Sarah Uriarte Berry, Debbie Gravitte and Julie Halston.
""Let's hope that the upcoming cast album bottles this SYRACUSE in all its digital delight,"" said Irv Lichtman in Billboard. Judging by the finished product, it certainly has.
The 1997 original New York cast recording of Rodgers & Hart's THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE was released in mid-September on CD from DRG Records, available at all major record stores, by phone at 1-800-588-4374 or on-line at www.drg.com."