1973 saw the debut of Seesaw – a musical play based on the William Gibson play Two for the Seesaw, featuring songs from Cy Coleman and his frequent collaborator, the legendary Dorothy Fields. A critical hit, the play ran for a year on Broadway before launching a successful regional run. The production was nominated for seven Tony Awards in 1974, winning two (Best Actor for Tommy Tune and Best Choreography); the female lead, Michelle Lee, won Best Actress at that year’s Drama Desk Awards.
Dave Palmer, the producer and arranger of the Cy Coleman tribute album “The Best Is Yet To Come,” recently went into the studio with the brilliant Sara Watkins to tackle the play’s title tune, and we love their take on it… transforming the tale into a heartbreaking pop ballad.
Watkins came to public consciousness as a member of Nickel Creek, an acoustic trio who’s natural musicianship and stellar vocals propelled them to great success and critical response, fusing their bluegrass roots into a contemporary sound that became all their own. In 2009, after a handful of records with Nickel Creek, Sara released her first self-titled solo record (produced by John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin) to tremendous acclaim, firmly establishing her as a solo artist who has only scratched the surface of her creative output. A side note: Sara and Dave Palmer also collaborated on another Cy composition, “Too Many Tomorrows,” on the aforementioned Cy Coleman tribute album.
For a jazzier version of this classic, check out this The Bill Evans Trio take from 1974.
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