Bernarnda Alba [Original Cast Recording]

Bernarnda Alba [Original Cast Recording]

by Michael John LaChiusa
     
 
While stage musical styles range from comedy to tragedy, many casual fans will be more familiar with the former style. For those souls, the air of tragedy that runs through Bernarda Alba will be suffocating: this is a dark musical that begins and ends tragically. Based on The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico García

Overview

While stage musical styles range from comedy to tragedy, many casual fans will be more familiar with the former style. For those souls, the air of tragedy that runs through Bernarda Alba will be suffocating: this is a dark musical that begins and ends tragically. Based on The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico García Lorca, the play has been converted to musical status by Michael John LaChiusa. LaChiusa is known for works such as First Lady Suite and Marie Christine, musicals that concentrate on women's lives. In this sense, Bernarda Alba follows suit. After the death of her cheating husband, Alba is determined to protect her five daughters from other unscrupulous men; indeed, from all men. Add to this volatile mix a senile mother and a suitor who is attached to one daughter but also loved by the other four, and you have a situation ripe for emotive songs. The able cast is headed by Phylicia Rashad as Alba and filled out by Sandra Santiago, Judith Blazer, Sally Murphy, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Nikki M. James as the sisters. The music exploits the Spanish setting, though becomes, thanks to the overall dark mood, overpowering by the tragic close. Fans of the musical will certainly want a copy of the soundtrack.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/11/2006
Label:
Ghostlight
UPC:
0791558441222
catalogNumber:
84412
Rank:
280698

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Performance Credits

Michael John LaChiusa   Primary Artist
Yolande Bavan   Vocals
Daphne Rubin-Vega   Vocals
Bruce Samuels   Synthesizer
Steve Benson   Guitar
Jennifer Hoult   Harp
Larry Spivack   Percussion
Judy Blazer   Vocals
Phylicia Rashad   Vocals
Deborah Abramson   Synthesizer,Conductor,Musical Direction
Sally Murphy   Vocals
Nancy Ticotin   Vocals
Ray Kilday   Bass (Vocal)
Saundra Santiago   Vocals
Judith Blazer   Vocals
Katie Schlaikjer   Cello
Raymond Kilday   Bass (Vocal)
Joseph Gottesman   Viola
Laura Shoop   Vocals
Benjamin Wyatt   Cello
Steven Benson   Guitar
Nikki M. James   Vocals
Candy Buckley   Vocals
Sarah Davol   Woodwind

Technical Credits

Joel Moss   Producer,Engineering
Ira Weitzman   Liner Notes
Michael John LaChiusa   Lyricist
Kurt Deutsch   Producer,Executive Producer
Paul Kolnik   Cover Photo
Jessica Perlmeter Cochrane   Assistant Management
Josh Lowenthal   Company Manager
Julie C. Miller   Assistant Management

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