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Amour (Broadway Premiere Recording)

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Amour, an English adaptation of the French musical La Passe-Muraille, with music by Michel Legrand, opened on Broadway on October 20, 2002, and closed after only 17 performances, making it, in theater terms, a flop. Notwithstanding its failure to find an American audience, the show earned five Tony nominations: for best musical, best score Legrand and Jeremy Sams, best book Sams, best actor Malcolm Gets, and best actress Melissa Errico. In part, all those nominations are evidence of the dearth of new musicals on Broadway, but they also reflect the considerable quality of the show, and the production. Bravely, Sh-K-Boom Records undertook a cast album six months after ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Amour, an English adaptation of the French musical La Passe-Muraille, with music by Michel Legrand, opened on Broadway on October 20, 2002, and closed after only 17 performances, making it, in theater terms, a flop. Notwithstanding its failure to find an American audience, the show earned five Tony nominations: for best musical, best score Legrand and Jeremy Sams, best book Sams, best actor Malcolm Gets, and best actress Melissa Errico. In part, all those nominations are evidence of the dearth of new musicals on Broadway, but they also reflect the considerable quality of the show, and the production. Bravely, Sh-K-Boom Records undertook a cast album six months after the closing, and the recording which, due to the musical's brevity, captures just about all of it in 74-plus minutes demonstrates that quality. Legrand's music has a sprightly pop charm reminiscent of his film scores, particularly The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, and Sams' rhyme-filled lyrics are witty and amusing. The magical story of an ordinary man who comes to walk through walls and thereby achieves fame and love for a time, is light and amusing with a touch of sadness, and it is performed delicately by an accomplished small cast and band. The result is a wonderful pocket musical that probably should have opened Off-Broadway, where it might have attracted the kind of cult following that kept The Fantasticks running for decades, rather than on Broadway, where it clearly could not compete with the giant spectacles currently dominating the musical theater. As it is, it may attract many regional and amateur productions when people get to hear its entertaining score on this disc.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/2003
  • Label: Ghostlight
  • UPC: 791558400328
  • Catalog Number: 84003
  • Sales rank: 192,872

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture - Ly (2:03)
  2. 2 Office life - Sarah Litzsinger (2:35)
  3. 3 Going home alone (1:10)
  4. 4 Other people's stories - Melissa Errico (2:33)
  5. 5 The street vendors' waltz - Christopher Fitzgerald (2:52)
  6. 6 Dusoleil walks through the wall (2:42)
  7. 7 The doctor - Malcolm Gets (2:19)
  8. 8 An ordinary guy (2:30)
  9. 9 Dusoleil's revenge - Sarah Litzsinger (4:13)
  10. 10 Somebody - Melissa Errico (2:32)
  11. 11 Prosecutor's song (1:36)
  12. 12 Whore's lament (3:03)
  13. 13 Monsieur Passepartout - Sarah Litzsinger (1:59)
  14. 14 Special time of day - Melissa Errico (3:41)
  15. 15 Waiting (2:18)
  16. 16 The latest news - Christopher Fitzgerald (1:44)
  17. 17 Dusoleil in jail - Sarah Litzsinger (4:08)
  18. 18 Painter's song - Norm Lewis (2:03)
  19. 19 Isabelle on her balcony - Melissa Errico (3:01)
  20. 20 Transformation - Ly (0:39)
  21. 21 The advocate's plea - Christopher Fitzgerald (1:35)
  22. 22 The trial - David Cunningham (6:13)
  23. 23 Duet for Dusoleil and Isabelle - Ly (2:07)
  24. 24 Whistling ballet - Sarah Litzsinger (2:29)
  25. 25 Amour - Melissa Errico (2:31)
  26. 26 Dusoleil meets the press - Ly (2:12)
  27. 27 Serenade - Ly (4:19)
  28. 28 An ordinary guy (3:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michel Legrand Track Performer
Gerard Piano, Celeste
Bill Nolte Vocals
Malcolm Gets Vocals
Todd Ellison Piano, Conductor, Musical Direction
Anthony Geralis Piano, Celeste
Norm Lewis Vocals
Lewis Cleale Vocals
Nora Mae Lyng Vocals
Melissa Errico Vocals
Ben Kono Woodwind
Mark Vanderpoel Bass
Christopher Fitzgerald Vocals
Sarah Litzsinger Vocals
John Cunningham Vocals
Benjamin Kono Woodwind
Bill Hayes Percussion
Antony Geralis Piano, Celeste
Technical Credits
Michel Legrand Composer, Liner Notes
John and Phil Cunningham Contributor
Joel Moss Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Bill Nolte Contributor
Scott Hull Mastering
Joan Marcus Production Photography
Malcolm Gets Contributor
Jean-Marie Guyaux Cover Photo
Todd Ellison Vocal Arrangements
Jeremy Sams Liner Notes, English Translations, Language Adaptation, Plot Synopsis
Jan Folkson Pro-Tools
Norm Lewis Contributor
Lewis Cleale Contributor
Nora Mae Lyng Contributor
Nathaniel James Jr. Mastering Associate
Melissa Errico Contributor
Kari Alberg Artwork
Marcel Aymé Adaptation
Dan Moses Schreier Sound Effects
Kurt Deutsch Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Christopher Fitzgerald Contributor
Didier VanCauwelaert Librettist
Didier van Cauwelaert Librettist, Liner Notes
Kurt Keutsch Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AH, AMOUR....

    Ah, Amour!, so sad to see it gone. This CD is one of the most wonderfully pieced stories on disc, that to listen to the heartfelt and lyrical love story breaks hearts, especially the song "Amour" with Melissa Errico and Malcolm Gets. A must have!

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