Colored Lights: The Broadway Album

Colored Lights: The Broadway Album

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by Deborah Gibson
     
 

Deborah Gibson's theatrical soul has often made close brushes with her pop persona. Even while singing all that '80s nostalgia, there were traces of a young Broadway starlet seeping through. In between previous pop releases, Gibson acted on and off Broadway in just about everything (notably Les Miserables, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and opposite See more details below

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Deborah Gibson's theatrical soul has often made close brushes with her pop persona. Even while singing all that '80s nostalgia, there were traces of a young Broadway starlet seeping through. In between previous pop releases, Gibson acted on and off Broadway in just about everything (notably Les Miserables, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and opposite Betty Buckley in Gypsy). Here, at last, is her no-nonsense "Broadway Album." For those outside walking distance to the venues in which she performed, this will be the first full-on introduction to Gibson as theatrical star. The track selections are wise, ranging from familiar ("On My Own") to obscure (the upbeat Latin pop song "Raise the Roof"), with traditional and modern imprints stamped according to her taste. She pads the album with "Sex," self-penned doo wop from an upcoming project, which works as an interlude. Poor fans who fear that she is headed down a dark tunnel that leads to a public kiss with Madonna should listen carefully to her lyrical winking: "Dad's '59 Chevy or Grandma's Ford Fairlane...anyplace is fair game." Now, the question is, where will Gibson's career lead from here? She wrote some amazing material on 1995's Think With Your Heart, some of which could easily stand against these classics. The focal point of this album is Gibson -- the white light is all hers. The very fine orchestrations are secondary to her vocals, there are no duets, and backup singers are in limited supply. But it works. She is at ease, aims to please, and obviously enjoys every bit of what she's doing. The showstopper "They All Laughed" casts a sweet, frenetic spell and is vocally and instrumentally the highlight of the album -- most particularly when she chuckles, rumbles, and squeaks at the finish. There are two things requested of listeners in order to fully enjoy this project: that they be fans of Gibson and fans of theater. If you fit the playbill, you're in luck.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/04/2003
Label:
Varese Sarabande
UPC:
0030206219524
catalogNumber:
062195

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Deborah Gibson   Primary Artist
Debbie Gibson   Indexed Contributor,Vocals
John Fumo   Trumpet
Debra Byrd   Background Vocals
Mark Converse   Percussion,Drums
Dan Fornero   Trumpet
Grant Geissman   Guitar
Vladimir Polimatidi   Violin
David Stout   Trombone
Randy Landas   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jean Marinelli   French Horn
Ron Abel   Conductor,Keyboards,Musical Direction
Ilene Novog   Viola
Alex Rannie   Harp
Mark Hollingsworth   Reeds
John Krovoza   Cello
Jerry Sharell   Background Vocals
Cheryl Ongaro   Violin
Ruth Bruegger   Violin
Steve Orich   Keyboards
Ray "The Closer" Garcia   Background Vocals
Phillip D. Feather   Reeds
John Krovozc   Cello
Sylvia MacCalla   Background Vocals
Ray Garcia   Background Vocals
Stephen Orich   Keyboards
Mark Coverse   Percussion
Ilene Novoe   Viola

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Lyricist
Debbie Gibson   Lyricist,Producer,Liner Notes
Freddie Mercury   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Peter Allen   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer,Lyricist
William Finn   Lyricist
John Kander   Composer
Alain Boublil   Lyricist
Chris Gehringer   Mastering
Ira Gershwin   Lyricist
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer,Lyricist
William Meade   Producer
Claude-Michel Schönberg   Composer
Charles Strouse   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Mark Wilder   Mastering
Chris Tergesen   Engineer
Lanny Meyers   Orchestration
Ron Abel   Producer,Orchestration,Musical Director
Bob Merrill   Composer,Lyricist
Deborah Gibson   Composer,Producer
Fred Ebb   Composer,Lyricist
Michael Yuen   Art Direction
Steve Orich   Orchestration
Greg Arnold's Tricycle   Mastering
Mike Yuen   Art Direction
William Meade   Producer
Chris Tergeson   Engineer

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