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A Chorus Line [2006 Broadway Revival Cast]

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
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.
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.

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: 828768978528
  • Catalog Number: 89785
  • Sales rank: 17,685

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
A 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Favorite Musical

    I saw this show the summer of 2007 in NYC and it was the experience of a lifetime! The show is both touching and funny. This soundtrack is absolutely a must have for any musical fanatic. Much of the show is fun, lighthearted, and quirky, featuring such songs as "Dance: Ten, Looks: Three" and "Nothing," but there are some amazing dance numbers, like "Music and the Mirror," and beautiful ballads, like the climactic number "What I Did for Love." I promise that you will not soon regret purchasing this disk.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just more

    This revival CD of A Chorus Line is everything like the original just more. The only difference is that there is more dialogue put into almost all of the songs which is great for revisiting the cd after seeing the musical. The cd also comes with all of the lyrics from the songs on the album. The only problem is that Sing is pretty bad compared to the original. This is a must buy for any fan of the original cast recording of A Chorus Line.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Revival Cast of Chorus Line Falls Short of Original Cast

    If you liked the Original Cast recording of A Chorus Line, you will be sorely disappointed by this version. The Original Cast is moving, tender, fun and a joy to listen to. This version is just plain awful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Revival

    "A Chorus Line" 2006 Revival is one of the best shows I have seen in a long time. The production team did a wonderful job keeping the high nervous energy of the audition process alive. James T. Lane as "Richie" takes one's breath away with his clean lines and energetic moves. Go see the Show on Broadway.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A wonderful and Touching Revival

    The revelations of talented dancers in their quest for seeking an opportunity to appear on the broadway stage. Individual stories describe their frustrations along the way. Music and choreography outstanding.

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