Chorus Line [2006 Broadway Revival Cast]

Chorus Line [2006 Broadway Revival Cast]

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The Tony Award-winning 1970s musical A Chorus Line steps into the future on this 2006 new-cast recording. All the groundbreaking spirit of the original (which closed in 1990, after more than 6,000 performances) comes through anew in this revival, thanks to a talented young troupe without a weak link -- a good thing, as this may be the ultimate ensemble show.See more details below

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The Tony Award-winning 1970s musical A Chorus Line steps into the future on this 2006 new-cast recording. All the groundbreaking spirit of the original (which closed in 1990, after more than 6,000 performances) comes through anew in this revival, thanks to a talented young troupe without a weak link -- a good thing, as this may be the ultimate ensemble show. Lyricist Edward Kleban and composer Marvin Hamlisch broke the Broadway mold by building a musical around the aspirations of a group of dancers auditioning not for a starring role but merely a spot in the chorus. Especially in the long, central "Montage" (heard here in a more complete version than on the original cast album), what emerges is a candid and often comical set of character sketches -- presented, of course, with toe-tapping and finger-snapping pizzazz. By the time "One," the show's top tune, comes around, it's not Jonathan Tunick's enhanced orchestrations or the added material (longer cuts of "I Hope I Get It" and "The Music and the Mirror") that captivate, but simply the undimmed power of one of Broadway's most original successes.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
A Chorus Line, the musical about Broadway dancers set at an audition, played on Broadway for nearly 15 years, 1975-1990, closing as the longest-running musical in history (a title later usurped by Cats and The Phantom of the Opera). A Broadway revival a mere 16 years later may seem a bit soon. But that long run was an indication of the show's universal appeal. Ironically, despite the specific focus on dancers' careers, specifics based on actual dancers' tape-recorded memories, A Chorus Line put up on-stage many experiences common to all people, particularly in the lengthy montage that takes up tracks five, six, seven, and eight here, amounting to almost 19 minutes of songs and dialogue about family life and adolescent foibles. The dancing that is the main point of the show is, of course, not available on a CD, but composer Marvin Hamlisch and lyricist Edward Kleban's score continues to appeal. Hamlisch provides pastiches of Broadway show music and some elements current for the mid-'70s, including disco in the long instrumental section of "The Music and the Mirror" and a power ballad, "What I Did for Love." Kleban does not shy away from using the vulgar and vernacular to express the dancers' troubles and fears, an approach that was more shocking in 1975 than it could be 30 years later, but that still works. The 2006 cast sings effectively, and Jonathan Tunick, Bill Byers, and Hershy Kay provide new orchestrations that spiff up the sound. Typical for the CD era, this album is longer than previous recordings, besting the original cast album, even in its 1998 "bonus tracks" form, by almost nine minutes. That 1975 album remains a fresher rendering, though audiences attending the revival and wanting a souvenir will get an excellent re-creation on this disc. (The 1985 movie version introduced a few new songs that have not been retained in the revival and remain exclusive to the soundtrack album.)
San Francisco Chronicle - Robert Hurwitt
The most complete version yet.... The prime value of the CD is as an accurate memento of an impressive show.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/2006
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0828768978528
catalogNumber:
89785
Rank:
40071

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Peterson   Woodwind
Ken Alan   Vocals
Brian Brake   Drums
Mike Cannon   Vocals
Kevin Porter   Trombone
Jonathan Tunick   cast
Grant Turner   Vocals
Natalie Cortez   Vocals
Charlotte d'Amboise   Vocals
Scott Englebright   Trumpet
Brad Anderson   Vocals
Michael Berresse   Vocals
Pamela Jordan   Vocals
Joel Hoekstra   Guitar
Derek James   Bass Trombone
Michael Paternostro   Vocals
Patrick Vaccariello   Conductor
Joey Dudding   Vocals
Deidre Goodwin   Vocals
Tyler Hanes   Vocals
Jim Laev   Keyboards
Allen Biggs   Percussion
Jeffrey Schecter   Vocals
Chorus Line Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Michelle Aravena   Vocals
David Baum   Vocals
Tom Bertetta   Trumpet
Gene Burket   Woodwind
E. Clayton Cornelious   Vocals
Mara Davi   Vocals
Jeanne Geiger   Trombone
Jessica Lee Goldyn   Vocals
Nadine Isenegger   Vocals
Sascha Jocobsen   Bass
Lorin Latarro   Vocals
Dwight Okamura   Keyboards
Heather Parcells   Vocals
Stephen Parker   Woodwind
Alisan Porter   Vocals
Jose Rodriguez   Trumpet
Jason Sherbundy   Piano,Keyboards
Jason Tam   Vocals
Michael Touchi   Woodwind
Chryssie Whitehead   Vocals
Tony Yazbeck   Vocals
Yuka Takara   Vocals,cast
Lyndy Franklin   Vocals,cast
James T. Lane   Vocals,cast
Paul McGill   Vocals,cast
Jose Rodriguez   Trumpet
Natalie Cortez   Vocals
Pamela Jordan   Vocals
Michael Cannon   Vocals
Grant Turner   Vocals
Charlotte d'Amboise   Vocals
Stephen Parker   Woodwind

Technical Credits

Marvin Hamlisch   Composer,Liner Notes
Don Pippin   Vocal Arrangements
Michael Bennett   Director,Liner Notes,Concept
Billy Byers   Orchestration
David Caddick   Producer,Audio Production
Edward Kleban   Composer,Lyricist
Todd Whitelock   Engineering
Mark Wilder   Mastering
Hershy Kay   Orchestration
Bob Avian   Direction
Walter Looss   Cover Photo
Bob Wolff   Engineer
David Lai   Executive Producer
Nicholas Dante   Book
James Kirkwood   Book
Pablo Arraya   Engineer
Walter Iooss   Cover Photo
Patrick Vaccariello   Music Direction
Laurie Goldfeder   Stage Manager
Barlow   Contributor
Susannah Bell   Company Manager
William Joseph Barnes   Production Stage Manager
Susan Bell   Company Manager
Edward Kleben   Composer
Donald Pippin   Vocal Arrangements
Natasha Katz   Adaptation
Hartman   Contributor

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