Chicago [1996 Broadway Revival Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Chicago, the 1975 John Kander-Fred Ebb musical, took an unusual path to revival in 1996. Though the original show was a hit, running 923 performances, it was remembered as a triumph for choreographer/director/co-librettist Bob Fosse and stars Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera rather than for its story based on the 1926 play that was also the basis for the 1942 film Roxie Hart, about a murderess who goes free or its score. Nevertheless, when New York's City Center included it in its Encores! series of concert versions of forgotten musicals in the spring of 1996, much attention was paid to the murder-and-media storyline, which suddenly had surprising parallels to a certain ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Chicago, the 1975 John Kander-Fred Ebb musical, took an unusual path to revival in 1996. Though the original show was a hit, running 923 performances, it was remembered as a triumph for choreographer/director/co-librettist Bob Fosse and stars Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera rather than for its story based on the 1926 play that was also the basis for the 1942 film Roxie Hart, about a murderess who goes free or its score. Nevertheless, when New York's City Center included it in its Encores! series of concert versions of forgotten musicals in the spring of 1996, much attention was paid to the murder-and-media storyline, which suddenly had surprising parallels to a certain recent trial and its surrounding legal shenanigans. And somehow the score, which had seemed merely functional 20 years before, sounded much better. Six months later, the show, still with only modest staging, was revived on Broadway to rave reviews. The resulting cast album, running the 70+ minutes possible to CDs, is far more complete than the previous one, and the cast, including Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, Joel Grey, and James Naughton, is accomplished. The music remains generic '20s pastiche, however, and the lyrics, even in a post-O.J. world, seem unremittingly arch.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/28/1997
  • Label: Rca Victor Broadway
  • UPC: 090266872725
  • Catalog Number: 68727
  • Sales rank: 293

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture - Ebb & Kander (1:47)
  2. 2 All That Jazz - Ebb & Kander (5:03)
  3. 3 Funny Honey - Ebb & Kander (3:36)
  4. 4 Cell Block Tango - Ebb & Kander (6:13)
  5. 5 When You're Good to Mama - Ebb & Kander (3:20)
  6. 6 All I Care About - Ebb & Kander (3:48)
  7. 7 A Little Bit of Good (3:15)
  8. 8 We Both Reached for the Gun - Ebb & Kander (3:58)
  9. 9 Roxie - Fred Ebb & Kander (5:10)
  10. 10 I Can't Do It Alone - Ebb & Kander (4:48)
  11. 11 I Can't Do It Alone (Reprise) - Ebb & Kander (0:39)
  12. 12 My Own Best Friend - Ebb & Kander (2:39)
  13. 13 Entr'acte - Kander (2:19)
  14. 14 I Know a Girl - Ebb & Kander (2:05)
  15. 15 Me and My Baby - Ebb & Kander (3:13)
  16. 16 Mr. Cellophane - Ebb & Kander (4:22)
  17. 17 When Velma Takes the Stand - Ebb & Kander (2:12)
  18. 18 Razzle Dazzle - Ebb & Kander (4:17)
  19. 19 Class - Ebb & Kander (3:08)
  20. 20 Nowadays - Ebb & Kander (4:48)
  21. 21 Hot Honey Rag - Kander (1:48)
  22. 22 Finale - Fred Ebb & Kander (1:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jay Berliner Banjo
Dave Bargeron Trombone
Bruce Bonvissuto Trombone
Richard Centalonza Woodwind
John Frosk Trumpet
Kenneth Hitchcock Woodwind
Seymour Red Press Woodwind
Ron Raffio Bass, Tuba
Marilyn Reynolds Violin
Daryl Shaw Trumpet
Ronald Zito Drums
Leslie Stifelman Piano
Technical Credits
Stan Freberg Composer
Leonard Bernstein Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Miklós Rózsa Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Composer
Trevor Rabin Composer
Michel Legrand Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Harold Rome Composer
Joel Grey Contributor
Kander Composer
James Naughton Contributor
Bebe Neuwirth Contributor
Jerry Ross Composer
Richard Adler Composer
Barney Bigard Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Marcia Lewis Contributor
Mark Mancina Composer
James Nichols Engineer
Jay David Saks Producer
David Shire Composer
Bill Rosenfield Liner Notes
J.J. Stelmach Art Direction
Leigh Zimmerman Contributor
Walter Bobbie Director
Michael Kubala Contributor
John Mineo Contributor
Ann Reinking Choreographer
Rocker Verastique Contributor
David Warren-Gibson Contributor
Mary Ann Lamb Contributor
Tina Paul Contributor
Rob Fisher Director
Michael Berresse Contributor
Caitlin Carter Contributor
Jim Borstelmann Contributor
Bruce Anthony Davis Contributor
Janet Gari Composer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Best Cast Recording of this Show

    This is the best recording of this great show. Contains songs such as Me & My Baby which ended up in the movie as instrumental only. Vocals are great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW!!!!

    I have seen this musical and sang this musical on stage and the more versions i hear the different it gets but this one is absolutely perfect! It shows the actual stage versions of the songs. I love number four "Cell Block Tango." after hearing it everyday in my head i hear "POP SIX SQUISH AHAH SISSEROW LIPSHIZ" This will truely hit your heart and mind!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic display of what broadway is all about!!

    This is not only my favorite musical, its my favorite music as well! I honestly cant get enough of the funny, sarcastic lyrics in this cd. This musical deserves every bit of praise it gets for its music as well as for its crazy characters. The show is a must see, and the cd is a must buy!! :) hope this was helpful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Chicago is Broadway's brightest jewel!

    I love this show! This is an awesome recording. The London one is good, too. I recommend that one because of the stellar performance given by Ruthie Henshall as Roxie Hart. This show rocks!

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