Chicago [1996 Broadway Revival Cast] [10th Anniversary Edition]

Chicago [1996 Broadway Revival Cast] [10th Anniversary Edition]


The tenth anniversary edition of the 1996 Broadway revival cast recording of Chicago is a two-CD, one-DVD box set in a 10" x 5 1/2" package containing a 68-page booklet loaded with stylish black-and-white photographs of the various performers who have appeared in the show over the years. The first CD is the 73-minute cast recording as first released in 1997.…  See more details below


The tenth anniversary edition of the 1996 Broadway revival cast recording of Chicago is a two-CD, one-DVD box set in a 10" x 5 1/2" package containing a 68-page booklet loaded with stylish black-and-white photographs of the various performers who have appeared in the show over the years. The first CD is the 73-minute cast recording as first released in 1997. The second is a 44-minute disc containing demos of cut songs performed by songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb; excerpts from the original Broadway cast album of 1975; foreign-language recordings; and performances by some of the more recognizable stars who have served as substitutes in different productions, including Liza Minnelli, Brooke Shields, and Melanie Griffith. The 24-minute DVD presents interviews with some of the principals in the revival and collages of international productions done in such countries as Brazil and Russia. That all sounds like a lot of material, and it is, but the package is really a kind of audio/visual scrapbook that is more miscellaneous than comprehensive and coherent. Although Chicago, based on a 1926 straight play of the same name about a murderess who uses publicity to escape punishment, had a healthy run of nearly one thousand performances on Broadway in the '70s, it really came into its own 20 years later with the 1996 revival, which began life as one of the vintage shows given a semi-staged concert production of a few performances by the Encores! series at New York's City Center. Director Walter Bobbie, in an interview contained on the DVD, acknowledges that he chose the work because he found it timely in the wake of the O.J. Simpson murder trial that had recently concluded, and he was only the first of many to cite that connection. When Kander & Ebb collaborated with Bob Fosse, who directed and choreographed the original production and co-wrote the libretto with Ebb, the Watergate scandal had just rocked the country, Kander notes on the DVD, and Fosse's interpretation of the material was even darker than Bobbie's in the '90s. Kander & Ebb, meanwhile, were in their element. The songwriters of Cabaret had another opportunity to investigate the post-World War I era, Kander to draw upon his favorite styles of hot jazz, vaudeville, and ragtime, Ebb to write his smart, sarcastic lyrics. Twenty years later, the revival might have been seen as less cynical than, as Bobbie says, insightful, given the times. But, as Kander notes, the show did not really change much. As an homage to Fosse, with outstanding performances and a clever, stripped-down staging, Chicago was hailed in 1996. That doesn't entirely explain why the revival was still running ten years later, however. As a show, it remained relevant in a world in which Simpson-like celebrity scandals were no farther away than the next broadcast of an entertainment news program on TV. But some of the credit for the long, ongoing run must go to producers Barry and Fran Weissler, known on Broadway for their modest budgets and stunt casting of celebrities from beyond the world of musical theater. The Chicago budget was modest from the start, with no scenery and a cast clad largely in black fishnet tights. The stunt casting has become a hallmark. The second CD shows that that hasn't always been a good thing. The likes of Lynda Carter and John O'Hurley, not to mention Shields and Griffith, may draw in curious tourists, but, at least on the basis of these specially recorded tracks, their talents seem only passable. (As the anniversary album was being released, Usher was just completing a limited run as the defense lawyer Billy Flynn; he is not featured on the disc.) Another hallmark has been the ongoing advertising campaign, with the parade of celebrities decked out in skimpy black clothing looking seductive on New York buses and subways. Most of the pages in the booklet are given over to these photographs. The overall result is a celebration of a wildly successful stage production. (The booklet also contains pages of chronology and statistics documenting that success.) But all of this can seem ironic just from listening to that still-impressive first disc, on which Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, James Naughton, and Joel Grey savor Ebb's witty words, words that have some very nasty things to say about the state of the world that seemed as true in 2006 as they were in 1926, 1975, and 1996, unfortunately.

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Rca Victor Broadway


Disc 1

  1. Act 1. Overture
  2. Act 1. All That Jazz
  3. Act 1. Funny Honey
  4. Act 1. Cell Block Tango
  5. Act 1. When You're Good to Mama
  6. Act 1. All I Care About
  7. Act 1. A Little Bit of Good
  8. Act 1. We Both Reached for the Gun
  9. Act 1. Roxie
  10. Act 1. I Can't Do It Alone
  11. Act 1. I Can't Do It Alone (reprise)
  12. Act 1. My Own Best Friend
  13. Act 2. Entr'acte
  14. Act 2. I Know a Girl
  15. Act 2. Me and My Baby
  16. Act 2. Mister Cellophane
  17. Act 2. When Velma Takes the Stand
  18. Act 2. Razzle Dazzle
  19. Act 2. Class
  20. Act 2. Nowadays
  21. Act 2. Hot Honey Rag
  22. Act 2. Finale

Disc 2

  1. Loopin' the Loop (Demo recording)
  2. All That Jazz (German Original Cast Recording) (sung in German)
  3. When You're Good to Mama
  4. All I Care About
  5. Roxie
  6. Ten Percent (Demo recording)
  7. Me and My Baby
  8. Razzle Dazzle (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
  9. Funny Honey/Me and My Baby/Nowadays (sung in Spanish)
  10. My Own Best Friend (Columbia Records single)
  11. All That Jazz (London Cast Recording)
  12. Nowadays (Original Cast Recording)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Liza Minnelli   Vocals
Ute Lemper   Vocals
Lynda Carter   Vocals
Gwen Verdon   Vocals
Jerry Orbach   Vocals
Joel Grey   Vocals,Actor
John Kander   Piano,Vocals
James Naughton   Vocals,Actor
Bebe Neuwirth   Vocals,Actor
Marcia Lewis   Vocals,Actor
Leigh Zimmerman   Vocals
Chita Rivera   Vocals
Robert Fisher   Actor,Musical Direction
Denise Faye   Vocals,Actor
Michael Kubala   Vocals,Actor
John Mineo   Vocals,Actor
Ann Reinking   Vocals,Actor
Rocker Verastique   Vocals
David Warren-Gibson   Vocals,Actor
Mary Ann Lamb   Vocals,Actor
Tina Paul   Vocals,Actor
Brooke Shields   Vocals
Michael Berresse   Vocals,Actor
Caitlin Carter   Vocals,Actor
John O'Hurley   Vocals
Rob Fisher   Actor,Musical Direction
Jim Borstelmann   Vocals,Actor
Bruce Anthony Davis   Vocals,Actor
David Sabella   Vocals,Actor
Bianca Marroquin   Vocals
Chicago Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Mamie Duncan Gibbs   Vocals,Actor
Melanie Griffith   Vocals
Mamie Duncan-Gibbs   Vocals,Actor
Anna Montanaro   Vocals

Technical Credits

John Kander   Composer,Liner Notes
Douglas Besterman   Producer
Peter Howard   Dance Arrangement
Richard King   Engineer
Scott Lehrer   Engineer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Jay David Saks   Producer
Thomas Z. Shepard   Producer
Bob Fosse   Book
Robert Fisher   Producer,Liner Notes
Walter Bobbie   Liner Notes
Fred Ebb   Lyricist,Book
Ann Reinking   Liner Notes
Paul Cremo   Producer
Charlie Pakkari   Engineer
David Lai   Producer
Barry Weissler   Liner Notes
Rob Fisher   Producer,Liner Notes
Wagner Fulco   Engineer
Charlie Paakkari   Engineer
James Nicholes   Engineer
James P. Nichols   Engineer
Doug Besterman   Producer
Marcus Spiegel   Producer

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