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Posted October 1, 2010
Something old, something new...
One of the better Broadway albums I've gotten in a while. The music is beatiful, new and exciting; the voices powerful and clear. I think it captures and preserves everything that made this musical wonderful. Lea Salonga's "Love Look Away" and the opening number "A Hundred Million Miracles" evoke all the images of the production. Sandra Allen's renditions of "I Enjoy Being a Girl" and "Fan Tan Fannie" are fun and flirtatous and have now become my new favorites. Musical Director/Co-Producer David Chase makes note in the CD jacket about the tradiional Chinese instruments that are used in the show and their sounds come through like a dream on this recording, especially the strong and vibrant percussion which the show relies heavily on. Following the concept of the show, the music showcases the struggle between tradition and conformity. It utilizes both the traditional sounds of Chinese instruments and opera as well as more modern technology and pop sounds. Different from the orginal in that some characters have been eliminated and new characters introduced and songs re-assigned. While sticking to the old Rogers and Hammerstein score, the CD is laced with pieces of David Henry Hwang's new book. An excellent addition to any Broadway fan's collection!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.