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Cats [Original Broadway Cast]
     

Cats [Original Broadway Cast]

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by Original Broadway Cast
 
Andrew Lloyd Webber's epic Cats takes its characters from T.S. Eliot's book Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. Though the book contains no narrative structure, Webber has created one, although what drew audiences to the theater in droves was the charm of the feline characters, not the tale of what happens to them. The score

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Andrew Lloyd Webber's epic Cats takes its characters from T.S. Eliot's book Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. Though the book contains no narrative structure, Webber has created one, although what drew audiences to the theater in droves was the charm of the feline characters, not the tale of what happens to them. The score is rather fetching but simple, with moments of elegance, like the now-standard "Memory." The longest-running musical of its time, Cats is at times overrated, but as a whole it retains the charm that attracted audiences. This is the original Broadway cast album, with strong performances from Betty Buckley and Terrence Mann. A high-quality version, it's not quite as brilliant as the London rendition, but it comes close. In 1998, a video recording of the Broadway cast was released.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2006
Label:
Decca Broadway
UPC:
0602498746219
catalogNumber:
000663202
Rank:
2810

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Original Cast Recording   Primary Artist
Betty Buckley   Vocals
Ken Page   Vocals
Donna King   Vocals
Hector Mercado   Vocals
Cynthia Onrubia   Vocals
Kenny Ard   Vocals
Stanley Lebowsky   Conductor
Réné Clemente   Vocals
Steven Gelfer   Vocals
Janet L. Hubert   Vocals
Anna McNeely   Vocals
Harry Groener   Vocals
Christine Langner   Vocals
Wendy Edmead   Vocals
Terrence Mann   Vocals
Timothy Scott   Vocals
Robert Hoshour   Vocals
Ken Ard   Vocals
Timothy Scott   Vocals
Reed Jones   Vocals
Hermann W. Sebek   Vocals
Whitney Kershaw   Vocals
Réné Ceballos   Vocals
Cats Chorus   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Martin Levan   Producer
Rene Wiegert   Music Direction
Trevor Nunn   Liner Notes

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Cats [Original Broadway Cast] 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Between the original London cast and this Broadway cast album of CATS, I find this version to be the better of the two. Not to do a disservice to Elaine Paige and the original London Cast, but there is more theatricality and energy in this version, helped by the beneficial revisions that have served to improve the score. The cast is uniformly excellent, with Buckley's melancholic hues lending themselves perfectly to the role of Grizabella, and Ken Page a benevolent Old Deuteronomy. Terrence Mann's Tugger and Harry Groener's Munkustrap complete the superb cast, lending character to their portrayals of the Jellicle cats. Although this recording still has cuts in the dance sections, and does not include the Pekes and the Pollicles sequence, this remastered issue allows the recording to sound much better than on the original Geffen and Polydor CDs that had horrid sound quality. I know it may sound less sinewy than the London cast version, but the musical arrangements are much livelier and perhaps more alert. The set now comes with an improved libretto booklet that offers the lyrics in better font, but yet still contains some typo errors and does not utilise the page space. But ultimately the music is more important, so I would greatly recommend this version over the London cast version.
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