Discover the soundtrack of Fosse/Verdon. Check back every Tuesday for new tracks from the latest episode.
Re-mastered tracks for this episode are comprised of “Big Spender” and “Cabaret” which are recorded by the cast.
The sound of a Danelectro guitar was used in the orchestration of “Big Spender", since it’s a signature sound of that song and the CHARITY score.
“Big Spender” was a tricky song to get an orchestra performance for that matched the intensity of the original. There’s something grimy and fiery on those original recordings that it took a few takes to get right.
An upright piano was used in the Cabaret songs and not a grand piano to ensure it felt as close to the original as possible.
Direction to the singers recreating these songs was to never “impersonate" the idols they’re portraying (Liza, Joel Grey, Chita, etc) but instead to capture the spirit of those specific performances.
Broadway shows usually have 3 trumpets, but we have 4 for the CHARITY songs, which is a signature Ralph Burns move. They were able to locate this 4th trumpet part hand written on an Italian Manuscript paper.
There is a nod to the “Sweet Charity” overture on the main title card in episode 1.
José Feliciano - Goin’ to Chicago
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - A Taste Of Honey
Original Broadway Cast - Sweet Charity
I Wanna Be A Dancing Man - Fred Astaire
Who’s Got The Pain - Gwen Verdon
Whatever Lola Wants - WB Orchestra
Show Me The Way To Get Out Of This World (‘Cause That’s Where Everything Is’) - Peggy Lee
Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing) - Gene Krupa
There’ll Be Some Changes Made - Benny Goodman
There’ll Be Some Changes Made - Sue Raney
Re-mastered tracks from this episode are comprised of “Corner of The Sky” and “I Guess I’ll Miss The Man” which are recorded by the cast.
Fosse/Verdon episode 4 uses only music from PIPPIN and no original compositions.
The PIPPIN Medley in episode 4 has all sorts of cues and nods to the iconic score.
The very end of PIPPIN Medley quotes a signature French Horn line from the cast album (and that French Horn line is ONLY on the album and not the Broadway score).