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A Doll's Life (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

by Various Artists

Comden and Green and Larry Grossman's imagined musical continuation of Ibsen's A Doll's House. This is what happens to Nora after she leaves her husband and children and strikes out on her own...
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Overture
The Doll's Life Orchestra
3:45 $0.99
2. Prologue / A Woman Alone
Betsy Joslyn, Peter Gallagher & Norman A. Large
7:13 $0.99
3. Letter to the Children
Betsy Joslyn
2:52 $0.99
4. New Year's Eve
Edmund Lyndeck, George Hearn, David Vosburgh & Norman A. Large
4:10 $0.99
5. New Year's Eve (Reprise) / Stay With Me, Nora
Peter Gallagher & Betsy Joslyn
3:08 $0.99
6. She Thinks That's the Answer / The Arrival / Loki and Baldur / You Interest Me / The Departure / Letter from Klemnacht
Barbara Lang, Peter Gallagher & George Hearn
10:24 $0.99
7. Learn to Be Lonely
Betsy Joslyn
3:37 $0.99
8. Rats and Mice and Fish / Jailer, Jailer
Betsy Joslyn
4:10 $0.99
9. Rare Wines
Edmund Lyndeck & Betsy Joslyn
4:07 $0.99
10. No More Mornings
Betsy Joslyn
3:13 $0.99
11. There She Is
George Hearn, Peter Gallagher & Edmund Lyndeck
3:38 $0.99
12. Power
Betsy Joslyn
2:36 $0.99
13. Letter to the Children (Reprise) / At Last / The Grand Cafe
Betsy Joslyn & George Hearn
5:29 $0.99
14. Can You Hear Me Now? / Finale
Betsy Joslyn
3:58 $0.99
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Album Notes
A Doll's Life is a musical with a book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Larry Grossman. It is among the most notorious flops in Broadway theatre history.

The musical is set at a rehearsal of Ibsen's A Doll's House in 1982.

The Broadway production opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on September 23, 1982 and closed on September 26 after 5 performances and 18 previews. Directed by Hal Prince and choreographed by Larry Fuller with scenic design by Timothy O'Brien and Tazeena Firth, costume design by Florence Klotz, and lighting design by Ken Billington. The cast featured George Hearn, Betsy Joslyn, and Peter Gallagher and Edmund Lyndeck.

Reviews were negative. According to The New York Times, "It was overproduced and overpopulated to the extent that the tiny resolute figure of Nora became lost in the combined mechanics of Broadway and the Industrial Revolution." According to John Kenrick, the musical had "an almost operatic score, but the book droned on about the unfairness of life and an overly-elaborate Hal Prince production only made matters worse."

Despite its failure, the show received several Tony Award nominations, and an original cast recording was released on the Original Cast Records label.

Broadway wags dubbed the show "A Doll's Death." One even suggested "A Door's Life," in reference to the portal out of which Nora slams at the end of the original Ibsen play, and which 'danced' almost continually throughout the musical, far more interestingly than most of the rest of the action.


Set within the framework of a contemporary rehearsal of Henrik Ibsen's classic play A Doll's House, it addresses the question of what might have transpired after Nora slammed the door and abandoned her tyrannical husband Torvald. Borrowing the fare from a young violinist, Otto, she takes the train to Christiania, where she accepts work in a café and soon becomes involved not only with Otto, but Eric Didrickson, the wealthy owner of shipping lines and fish canneries, and Johan Blecker, a lawyer, as well. Throughout the show, scenes in her new life mingle with intermittent flashbacks to the one she left behind...



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