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Little Fish (World Premiere Recording)

Little Fish (World Premiere Recording)

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The world premiere recording of Little Fish by Michael John LaChiusa (Giant, See What I Wanna See, Bernarda Alba, The Wild Party) features Alice Ripley, Gregory Jbara, Chad Kimball, Brooke Tansley and Robert Torti.

"I never really knew what I was like until I quit smoking, by which time there was hell to pay." So observes Charlotte, a young writer of short stories as she confronts her past, present and future in post 9/11 Manhattan. With the help of her well-intentioned friends, Marco and Kathy, Charlotte embarks on a modern-day odyssey as she desperately attempts to fill her nicotine-starved days with swimming at the Y and jogging, but to no avail. She's a stranger in her own body, and it's not a pretty thing. Flashbacks to earlier years when she first arrived in New York bump up uncomfortably with her present. She's confronted by eccentric demons of her past: her ex-lover Robert (who pops up to criticize her at the most inopportune moments); the quintessential New York roommate-from-hell, Cinder; and a former employer, Mr. Bunder, a proponent of the five-martini lunch. Charlotte is also haunted in her dreams by her adolescent heroine, Anne Frank, who warns her of the danger of flotsam�the accumulation of psychic and emotional debris that interrupts the flow of one's life. Unable to act on impulse and unable to connect with her friends, Charlotte begins to atrophy, until finally, the dam breaks. She discovers to her horror, and ultimate relief, that she has always been running away from herself; not only does she have to kick her smoking habit, she has to overcome her addiction to fleeing. Once she begins clearing away the flotsam, Charlotte is able to be a better friend, a better writer and (yes, there is such a thing) a better New Yorker. As opposed to swimming against the tide, alone and without direction, Charlotte realizes that sometimes, like little fish, it's smarter and safer to swim with the school. (Via Dramatists Play Service)
1. Days
2. Robert
3. It's A Sign
4. The Pool
5. Winter Is Here
6. Short Story
7. Perfect
8. John Paul
9. He
10. Cigarette Dream
11. Flotsam
12. I Ran
13. The Ninety-Year Old Man
14. By The Way
15. Remember Me
16. Anne
17. Little Fish
18. Poor Charlotte
19. The Track
20. Flotsam (Reprise)
21. Simple Creature
22. Revelations
23. In Two's And Three's
Music and Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa
Album Produced by Joel Moss and Kurt Deutsch
Orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin

Cast: Alice Ripley (as Charlotte), Chad Kimball (Marco), Gregory Jbara (Mr. Bunder), Robert Torti (Robert), Dina Morishita (Kathy), German Santiago (John Paul), Samantha Shelton (Cinder) and Brooke Tansley (Anne)

Band: David O (Keyboards), Geoff Nudell (Woodwinds), Kevin Tiernan (Guitar), Dominik Hauser (Bass), Kurt Walther (Percussion) and Bruce Coughlin (Keyboard 2)

This recording was made possible by the Shen Family Foundation.
"A stylish new musical. LITTLE FISH translates the sort of neurotic, sidewise narrative associated with The New Yorker's fiction into the terms of musical comedy. A lively musical about what it means to feel lifeless in contemporary Manhattan. Mr. LaChiusa's score proceeds to blend the jazzy, noirish feel of what is conventionally called the symphony of the city. LITTLE FISH can be regarded as a direct, latter-day answer to (Sondheim's) Company." —NY Times

"There is so much wonderful writing in the ninety minutes of LaChiusa's LITTLE FISH—the lyrics are wittily pointed and elegantly formed; the music inventively bends standard melodic patterns into unexpected shapes; LaChiusa is sharp with observation, generous with compassion, and able to evoke volumes of experience in the flick of a single phrase." —Village Voice
The world premiere recording of Little Fish by Michael John LaChiusa (Giant, See What I Wanna See, Bernarda Alba, The Wild Party) features Alice Ripley, Gregory Jbara, Chad Kimball, Brooke Tansley and Robert Torti.

"I never really knew what I was like until I quit smoking, by which time there was hell to pay." So observes Charlotte, a young writer of short stories as she confronts her past, present and future in post 9/11 Manhattan. With the help of her well-intentioned friends, Marco and Kathy, Charlotte embarks on a modern-day odyssey as she desperately attempts to fill her nicotine-starved days with swimming at the Y and jogging, but to no avail. She's a stranger in her own body, and it's not a pretty thing. Flashbacks to earlier years when she first arrived in New York bump up uncomfortably with her present. She's confronted by eccentric demons of her past: her ex-lover Robert (who pops up to criticize her at the most inopportune moments); the quintessential New York roommate-from-hell, Cinder; and a former employer, Mr. Bunder, a proponent of the five-martini lunch. Charlotte is also haunted in her dreams by her adolescent heroine, Anne Frank, who warns her of the danger of flotsam�the accumulation of psychic and emotional debris that interrupts the flow of one's life. Unable to act on impulse and unable to connect with her friends, Charlotte begins to atrophy, until finally, the dam breaks. She discovers to her horror, and ultimate relief, that she has always been running away from herself; not only does she have to kick her smoking habit, she has to overcome her addiction to fleeing. Once she begins clearing away the flotsam, Charlotte is able to be a better friend, a better writer and (yes, there is such a thing) a better New Yorker. As opposed to swimming against the tide, alone and without direction, Charlotte realizes that sometimes, like little fish, it's smarter and safer to swim with the school. (Via Dramatists Play Service)
1. Days
2. Robert
3. It's A Sign
4. The Pool
5. Winter Is Here
6. Short Story
7. Perfect
8. John Paul
9. He
10. Cigarette Dream
11. Flotsam
12. I Ran
13. The Ninety-Year Old Man
14. By The Way
15. Remember Me
16. Anne
17. Little Fish
18. Poor Charlotte
19. The Track
20. Flotsam (Reprise)
21. Simple Creature
22. Revelations
23. In Two's And Three's
Music and Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa
Album Produced by Joel Moss and Kurt Deutsch
Orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin

Cast: Alice Ripley (as Charlotte), Chad Kimball (Marco), Gregory Jbara (Mr. Bunder), Robert Torti (Robert), Dina Morishita (Kathy), German Santiago (John Paul), Samantha Shelton (Cinder) and Brooke Tansley (Anne)

Band: David O (Keyboards), Geoff Nudell (Woodwinds), Kevin Tiernan (Guitar), Dominik Hauser (Bass), Kurt Walther (Percussion) and Bruce Coughlin (Keyboard 2)

This recording was made possible by the Shen Family Foundation.
"A stylish new musical. LITTLE FISH translates the sort of neurotic, sidewise narrative associated with The New Yorker's fiction into the terms of musical comedy. A lively musical about what it means to feel lifeless in contemporary Manhattan. Mr. LaChiusa's score proceeds to blend the jazzy, noirish feel of what is conventionally called the symphony of the city. LITTLE FISH can be regarded as a direct, latter-day answer to (Sondheim's) Company." —NY Times

"There is so much wonderful writing in the ninety minutes of LaChiusa's LITTLE FISH—the lyrics are wittily pointed and elegantly formed; the music inventively bends standard melodic patterns into unexpected shapes; LaChiusa is sharp with observation, generous with compassion, and able to evoke volumes of experience in the flick of a single phrase." —Village Voice
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