Winner After Winner!
-Brian Scott Lipton, THEATERMANIA.COM
6/10 Productions presents
The Odd Potato CD
The Broadway Album
Based on the Emmy Award winning Television Special
Music by Gail Bluestone & Book and Lyrics by Eileen Bluestone Sherman
STARRING 20 TONY AWARD WINNERS FROM BROADWAY'S GREATEST HITS!
After more than 20 years of success as a picture book, Emmy Award winning TV special, and popular musical seen in New York and around the country, families can enjoy the show over and over as an all-star, all Tony Award-winning cast performs The Odd Potato on CD with narration by two-time Tony Winner, Judd Hirsch.
“As heard on disc, where it's narrated by Judd Hirsch and accompanied by Jay Kerr's piano, The Odd Potato is simple, sweet, and pleasantly scored… Highlights include "My Mother's Menorah" (Judy Kaye), "Don't Forget the Pepper" (Debbie Gravitte), and "A Little Imagination" (Maryann Plunkett). Hal Prince introduces the title song, and, as she so often does, Elaine Stritch gets the last word.”
—Ken Mandelbaum, Broadway.com
“Potato's contribution to the canon of creative, family-oriented holiday fare…is hard to dispute. After all, who can argue with a latke singing the praises of his deliciousness?”
—Kenny Herzog, Long Island Press
“In case you've ever wondered what a singing potato might sound like, the answer is that he'd sound like a Tony Award winner. Make that two Best Actor winners separated by a quarter century. In the Hanukkah family musical The Odd Potato, this year's Best Actor winner Dan Fogler (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) goes wild and Latin with, "I Am a Latin Latke," as a sizzling potato pancake. Jim Dale (Barnum) sings the show's title song. These are two of several comic relief numbers in the story.
Hal Linden is impressive in an emotional, strongly sung "what if" type lament, and Maryann Plunkett gets the most solid musical comedy number, "A Little Imagination." It's sunny and catchy, peppered with good energy. Speaking of pepper, Debbie Gravitte offers "Don't Forget the Pepper," a recipe song, with her usual pizazz and vim. (I dare you not to smile when she gets cooking.)
This unpretentious production has the right recipe for reinforcing Jewish traditions and family values and it has a happy ending.”
—Rob Lester, TalkinBroadway.com