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Closer Than Ever (Vocal Selections): Piano/Vocal - Full Length Musical

Closer Than Ever (Vocal Selections): Piano/Vocal

Alfred Publishing

Full Length Musical

ISBN: 9780769214672

Music by David Shire
Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.

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(Vocal Selections). Titles are: Back on Base * Closer Than Ever * If I Sing * Life Story * Miss Byrd * One of the Good Guys.
"A truly magical, satisfying experience! Wonderful! Exhileratingly comical … sung with flair, compassion and wit! -Associated Press

"Step aside, all you apple-cheeked newspaper boys and American idiots, you little mermaids and littler orphans. The grown-ups have something to say!" -New York Times, Critic's Pick

"Top-notch 'Closer' goes the distance! If you can't find something to relate to here, you simply haven't lived or loved… warmth and wisdom resonate throughout. A spot-on foursome of actors skillfully navigates the tonal shifts of this alternately funny, poignant and insightful show! Terrific!" -New York Post

"First rate! Magically comical... I just fell in love with it! This show is bigger than its four-person cast and we're closer than ever to believing in tomorrow because of it!" -Liz Smith

"Hilarious! Packed with emotion, the sort that sneaks up on you when you're not expecting it! Classy! Marvelous!" -Huffington Post

"Deliciously tuneful! Slyly comic… it seems almost impossible not to nod one's head in agreement, if not just sing along." -TheaterMania

"Energetic! Breezy, Romantic! … Enacted with devotion by a quartet of polished singers!" -Backstage

"Outstanding! Clever, smart … with understated honesty! -CurtainUp

"Fresher and more pertinent than ever! There are many stars shining ever so brightly at the York! Smartly staged… breathtaking… Closer Than Ever is simply great. Go. Immediately." -Oscar E. Moore

"Closer Than Ever sheds light on how two people in any relationship can indeed learn to be 'closer than ever.' It speaks to all of us who have ever loved, wanted to, or still believe we can!" -Peter Filichia

"There's a little something for everyone in this show! For anyone who loves love, loves musicals, loves the million ways we all fall in and out of love with each other in New York City every day, and most of all, loves that crazy combination of laughing through your tears — this is the perfect show!" -Pretty Delicious

"Smart! Marvelously funny! The York Theatre Company and its associate producers (Edward Negley, Neil Berg and Adam Friedson) are to be commended for bringing it back." -Wolf Entertainment Guide
CLOSER THAN EVER opened at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York on November 6, 1990. Running for 312 performances, the original cast included Brent Barrett, Sally Mayes, Richard Muenz, and Lynne Wintersteller. The revue won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical and all the authors garnered Drama Desk Award nominations for their contributions. Because CLOSER THAN EVER received enormous critical and financial success, RCA gave it a lush two disc recording--further insuring its popularity outside of New York.
MAN 1 Youthful and handsome. Laments of a lover who doesn’t love him back, the struggle of getting fit and healthy, the commitment of marriage, living life without a love, the importance of friendship, second chances, and growing up. Male, 30-40 yrs old Range: F3 - B5

MAN 2 A man approaching middle age and leaving youth behind. Reflects on the dynamic of friends and lovers, the struggle of getting through the day-to-day life of being a family man, becoming fit and healthy, moving forward and not looking back, balancing career and family, and what it means to be a father. Male, 40-50 yrs old Range: A3 - G5

MAN 3 The pianist and occasional contributor. Discusses a couple that are never on the same page and what it means to be a father. Male, 35-50 yrs old Range: A3 - F5

WOMAN 1 Homely and intelligent, with a modern flair. Expresses views on friendships with ex-boyfriends, the duality of public and private selves, remaining friends forever, balancing career and family, the surprises of middle-aged life, and becoming content with isolation. Female, 35-45 yrs old Range: F3 - A5

WOMAN 2 An energetic firecracker, with comedic ability and touching sincerity. She tells of a lover who doesn’t love her back, her belief on life-long relationships, giving love a second chance, the revitalization given to her by a new lover. Female, 35-45 yrs old Range: F3 - A5
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