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Light in the Piazza [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
     

The Light in the Piazza [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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by Original Broadway Cast
 
Adam Guettel, one of the leading compositional lights on the Broadway horizon, has come up with another stunner in The Light in the Piazza. Winner of the Tony for Best Original Score, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, and Best Orchestrations.

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"The Light in the Piazza" sweeps you off your feet with the first note of the overture! The voices are amazing and the score is spectacular. Adam Guettel has created a masterpiece!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The music is as it says in my headline, beautiful. The songs have that romatic feel to them and I wish it wasn't a limited engagement. Even though my favorite musical is "Monty Python's Spamalot," and I was rooting for "Spamalot" through the entire Tony Awards ceremony, this show has beautiful music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh, how do I actually "Say it somehow", to express my musings and ravings about this most exquisite recording? Like "Passion" by Sondheim and songs like "Losing my Mind" and "I'm still here" from "Follies", (also a Sondheim piece), this album is really for the discriminating musical theater fanatic, as well as for the theater/literary intellectual who wishes to hear something more than commercial theater pop (i.e "The Phantom of the Opera" or "Wicked", which I loved). With lush orchestrations and dazzling and poingant lyrics, it was reminicent of another gem which closed a couple years ago (Michel Legrand and James Lapine's "Amour"), another musical about love, loss and the arc of starting anew. Victoria Clark won a well-deserved Tony for her anguished and tormented mother. Like "Gypsy"'s Momma Rose, Clark's "Margaret" gets two eleven o'clock numbers which just pierce the heart where no other songs from recent musicals do: "Dividing Day" and "Fable". Listen to each intricate wordplay, and you'll find yourself crying your hearts out. Kelli O'Hara is a ravishing daughter, her title track is heartbreaking, whereas her romantic duet with Matthew Morrison "Say it somehow" is truly an inspired, and hopelessly romantic piece that many love songs today lack. Hopefully, a Tony Bennett, Renee Fleming, Diana Krall, or even Joss Stone would be willing to do it one day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first review of a Broadway score. I saw the play yesterday at a matinee. Even with a group of unruly middle-school children in the next section, the music captured them and quieted them down. I was hooked into the score and story from the first note and while the glorious Victoria Clark and Kelli O'Hara took the stage. The score is brilliant, sticks with you throughout, and will be very popular with those who fancy the current classical-multi language-crossover pop recordings (a la Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo, Sarah Brightman, etc), as the orchestrations swell, and there are some songs in Italian. Well....it takes place mostly in Florence (Fierenzi). All the Tonys and other awards and nominations are certainly well deserved. When music and voices as presented here can make me an emotional wreck for a good reason, it is so worth the time to check it out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just saw the national tour of this show and it is simply the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. I purchased this CD on the strength of what was presented on the Tonys whatever year that was, and have been in love with the music ever since. After having seen the show, the score is even more revealatory and wonderful. The way Guettel paints so perfectly the hights of love and the depths of dispair is spellbinding. Kelli O'Hara is wonderful as Clara, though I must say I enjoyed Katie Rose Clark's performance on the tour better. Matthew Morrison sounds beautiful, but again (and this is perhaps because seeing the action while hearing the music was so magnificent) I preferred David Burnham as Fabrizio. Victoria Clark will forever be Margaret. She simgs the rangy role so well, you just have to hear her to believe it. The orchestra is lush and beautiful and the recorded sound is rich and full. If, like me, you long for more classical type shows on the Great White Way, this is a CD to own and a show to see.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago