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Music by Peter Link
Lyrics by Joe Bravaco & Larry Rossler
Book by Larry Rossler

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SundownMusical.com
When eight men faced off on a dusty street in Tombstone, Arizona, 1881, they had no idea that their fight would launch them into legend. The Gunfight at the OK Corral lasted less than sixty seconds. But those fleeting moments grew rapidly into an American myth, one that informs our national character to this day, SUNDOWN explores the myth and the men who unwittingly formed it: the Earps, the Clantons, the McLaurys, and the unlikely outlaw known as Doc Holliday. His story is an American romance - the romance of the gun. Sundown tells the story of Doc Holliday, the notorious gambler and gunfighter, and his fateful meeting with Wyatt Earp in Tombstone, Arizona.

Barter Theatre Production

Barter Theatre Production

These larger than life figures play a part in one of the most compelling legends of the American West -- the Gunfight at the OK Corral. However, Sundown takes another look at the legend in a musical that's filled with poignancy and humor. Here, Doc Holliday is seen as a modern man struggling to reform but making all the wrong choices. Then, just when he finds the one good thing in his life, an intriguing woman known as Cattle Kate, he discovers that time has run out and, perhaps, his fate had long ago been sealed. The musical was developed in workshops at ASCAP and the York Theatre in Manhattan and received it's world premier at Lyric Stage in Texas.


According to Peter Filichia, theatre critic of New Jersey's premier paper, the Star Ledger, and internet columnist for Theatremania.com, the lively country-based score is Link's best work.

One of the Top Ten 
Best Theatrical Albums of 2004

Jonathan Frank, Talking Broadway

Sample Music from the Sundown Studio Cast CD

 


Judy McLane

Click on links below to listen to samples of the music:


Arizona Morning
sung by Steve Blanchard
and men's chorus

Bridges
sung by Judy McLane

We Ain't Never Had It So Good
sung by Joe Lutton, Bob Aronson,
Jeffrey Wolf and Peter Link

One More Drink
sung by Joe Lutton,
Judy McLane and men

Poison Water
sung by the entire cast

Wait
sung by Dennis Deal, Jimmy Bennet
and Patrick Ryan Sullivan

Prisoner
sung by Judy McLane

The Rest Of My Life
sung by Steve Blanchard
with Patrick Ryan Sullivan


Sundown
sung by Steve Blanchard
with Julia Wade

 

 

 

 


Steve Blanchard

 


Patrick Ryan Sullivan
& Steve Blanchard

 


Joe Lutton

 


Patrick Ryan Sullivan

 

Sundown CD Reviews

I found the biggest surprise of the year, theatrical recording-wise at least, while listening to the recently released recording of Sundown while Stairmastering at Harlem's New York Sports Club. Although not the best place to listen to a musical about the 1881 gunfight at the O.K. Corral, the fact that its country music-inspired score cut through the hip-hop blaring overhead and completely captivated me should speak volumes to the strength of the score and its performers.


Written by composer Peter Link (King of Hearts, Salvation) and lyricist Larry Rosler (who, with Joe Bravaco, also wrote the book), the show is more tuneful and emotionally resonant than many shows to hit the Great White Way in recent memory.


The show has seen a few productions already (the Lyric Stage in Irving, Texas, and Virginia's Barter, as well as a staged reading at New York's York Theatre Company), and the recording is a studio cast recording featuring Broadway actors Steve Blanchard (currently the Beast in Beauty and the Beast) as Doc Holliday, Judy McLane (currently Tanya in Mamma Mia!) as his lady love Kate Fisher, and Patrick Ryan Sullivan as Wyatt Earp.
If your knowledge of the gunfight is limited (like mine is) to the Star Trek episode "Spectre of the Gun," Sundown recounts the classic tale of the old west, wherein Doc Holliday joined forces with Wyatt Earp and his brothers to battle the Clanton Gang in Tombstone, Arizona. Told from the point of view of Doc Holliday, the show manages what other Western shows tried and almost achieved (such as Johnny Guitar) or flat-out failed miserably at (such as Urban Cowboy) and that is, to tell a tuneful tale set in the mythic west that consists of three-dimensional characters that have a reason to sing - and do so with more than passable songs to boot! (Indeed, the sensual pick-up number "One More Drink" sung by Joe Lutton and Judy McLane perfectly captures the spirit and playfulness that was missing from Urban Cowboy.)


Musically, Sundown recalls a harder edged Big River, thanks to rollicking character numbers like "Fly In The Ointment" and "Politickin'," which stand side by side with beautiful ballads like "Bridges" (beautifully performed by Judy McLane) and the title song (a plaintive 'end of the trail' number sung by Doc Holliday). While the CD is hampered at times by arrangements featuring far-too-obviously synthesized instruments, the material in general and the performers in particular make for an incredibly strong and highly listenable album. For more information and to listen to samples, visit www.sundownmusical.com.


By Jonathan Frank, Sound Advice
@ Talkingbroadway.com

 

 

 

Music by Peter Link
Lyrics by Jacob Brackman
Book by Steve Tesich

The New York Times

" Now at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, King of Hearts is about the need for love, frivolity and grandeur. Simplicity and intimacy are recaptured with affection, authenticity and focus. The musical is pure romantic escape – into fantasy and into the fantastic…a celebratory rite of love’s redemptive power. Mr. Link’s music is a fusion of classical chorales, down-home American country style, French music hall and Viennese waltzes… Whatever may sound derivative dissolves into the ephemera of real charm and enchantment. It is worth investigating."

Alvin Klein


King Of Hearts
Sample Music

Click titles to play:

Close Upon The Hour
sung by Don Scardino

King Of Hearts
sung by Pamela Blair

Somewhere Is Here
sung by Millicent Martin

Nothing Only Love
sung by
Julia Wade

Mrs. Draba
sung by Don Scardino

Down At Madeleine's
sung by Millicent Martin & Company

Transformation
sung by Company


Broadway Production

 

 
Much Ado About Nothing
Music by Peter Link
Book by William Shakespeare

With: Sam Waterston  Kathleen Widdoes  Barnard Hughes  April Shawnham  Douglass Watson  Glenn Walker, Mark Hammer, Army Freeman, Bette Henritz, Jeanne Hepple, Jerry Mayer, Jack Gianino, Marshall Efron, Will Mackenzie, Tom McDermott, Charles Bartlett, George Gugleotti, David Lenthall

 


"… captivates the imagination, captures the heart, and fills the night with laughter." - The Christian Science Monitor

Joseph Papp’s 1972 CBS-TV television production of The New York Shakespeare Festival’s Broadway staging of Shakespeare’s rollicking comedy is brassy, bouncy and all-together entertaining. Featuring Sam Waterston and the Tony nominated performances of Kathleen Widdoes and Barnard Hughes, Papp’s turn-of-the-century version has Teddy Roosevelt roughriders and bicycle-riding women suffragettes, but remains faithful to the classic tale: Beatrice and Benedick are still sparring partners fighting their merry war of words; the evil Don Jon continues conspiring to break up the wedding of Hero and Claudio; and it’s once again up to Dogbery to save the day. Critically acclaimed and enormously popular with audiences, "Much Ado About Nothing," originated at the open-air Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, was transferred to Broadway and was perceived as the first successful Shakespeare to play without a major star in Broadway history. The CBS broadcast was seen by twenty million people.
  
Directed by A.J. Antoon Nick Havinga
Originally aired: 1974

 

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