Fame on 42nd Street [Original Cast Recording]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Fame, the 1980 movie about students at a special performing arts high school in New York, was successful not only in theaters but also in record stores, where the soundtrack album, featuring the Top Ten title song, was a million seller. Film producer David De Silva not surprisingly had the idea of adapting the movie into a stage musical, which got on its feet in the late '90s. The creative team that wrote the screenplay and the movie score, however, was absent, replaced by librettist José Femandez and songwriters Steve Margoshes and Jacques Levy. The title song was the sole holdover. Femandez's story was sort of a sequel to the movie, following the class of 1984, with ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Fame, the 1980 movie about students at a special performing arts high school in New York, was successful not only in theaters but also in record stores, where the soundtrack album, featuring the Top Ten title song, was a million seller. Film producer David De Silva not surprisingly had the idea of adapting the movie into a stage musical, which got on its feet in the late '90s. The creative team that wrote the screenplay and the movie score, however, was absent, replaced by librettist José Femandez and songwriters Steve Margoshes and Jacques Levy. The title song was the sole holdover. Femandez's story was sort of a sequel to the movie, following the class of 1984, with sardonic references to the film in the script. But in practice, many of the plot lines were exactly the same, even if all the character names were different. Margoshes' music did not follow in the style of film composer Michael Gore's synthesizer-heavy '80s pop
ock, but was instead earnest contemporary show music, with lots of soaring ballads. The show was first produced as a road tour and generated a cast album in 1999. It finally got to New York at an off-Broadway theater, billed as Fame on 42nd Street, on November 11, 2003. This is the cast album of that production, and even though the cast is entirely different from the 1999 version, the music is essentially the same. The singers are a bit less accomplished, but not bad, doing their best to sell the serviceable songs that seem even further removed from the '80s than they did five years ago. The disc runs out to the limits of a CD, 75 minutes, by including bits of dialogue and adding a seven-and-a-half-minute orchestral suite of the music as a so-called "bonus track." The result is a modest success, as long as the listener wasn't expecting more of the Michael Gore music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2003
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075679309723
  • Catalog Number: 93097

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Original New York Cast Primary Artist
Original Cast Recording Indexed Contributor
Vincent Fay Electric Bass
Nancy Hess Vocals, cast
Dave Schiller Percussion
Matthew Taylor Reeds
Peter Reardon Vocals, cast
Lynn Crigler Keyboards
Q. Smith Vocals, cast
David Finch cast
Eric Barnes Conductor, Keyboards, Musical Direction
David Tancredi Drums
Cheryl Freeman Vocals, cast
Edward Hamilton Guitar
Budapest Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
László Kovács Conductor
David "Aisho" Rivilla García cast
Sarah Schmidt cast
Angela Brydon Vocals, cast
Alexis Carra cast
Ryan Christopher Chotto cast
Jenna Coker Vocals, cast
Emily Corney Vocals, cast
Nicole Leach Vocals, cast
Gannon McHale Vocals, cast
Dennis Moench Vocals, cast
Jesse Nager cast
Jennifer Parsinen cast
Dawn Noel Pignuola cast
Eduardo Rioseco cast
Danita Salamida cast
Shakiem Evans Vocals, cast
Christopher J. Hanke Vocals, cast
Michael Kary Vocals, cast
Matthew Taylor Reeds
Fame on 42nd Street Cast Ensemble cast
Joseph Giorgianni Trumpet
José Restrepo Vocals
Bryan Johnson Trombone
Sara Schmidt Vocals
Dov Schiller Percussion
Joe Giorgianni Trumpet
Technical Credits
Christopher Bond Sound Design, Production Stage Manager
Hugh Fordin Producer
Jacques Levy Composer
Steve Margoshes Composer, Orchestration
Dean Pitchford Composer
Alan Silverman Mastering
Harold Wheeler Orchestration
Cynthia Daniels Engineer
Carol Rosegg Production Photography
Eric Barnes Musical Director
Eric Witzer Art Direction
Dan Bucchi Digital Editing
David DeSilva Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Lars Bethke Choreographer
Bryan Brown Contributor
Danita Salamida Choreographer
José Femandez Author
Drew Scott Harris Director
Stuart Howard Casting
Norbert U. Kolb Scenic Design
Paul Tazewell Costume Design
David De Silva Executive Producer
Drew Scott Harris Director
Dan O'Leary Liner Notes
Christopher K. Bond Sound Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BUY A COPY NOW!

    I have always loved the movie...but the new show on 42nd street is something else! I highly recommend the show to everyone, but if not the show...GET THE CD! It captures the energy, emotion, and pure fun you feel sitting in the theatre. EVerything about it is amazing! You will dance around for hours to it! BUY A COPY TODAY!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WONDERFUL!

    This CD is really amazing! When I saw it, I was astounded! Everyone on the CD has a beautiful voice, and the songs are excellent. Nicole Leach, Sara Schmidt, Dennis Moench, and Cristopher J. Hanke are especially wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING!!

    when i saw fame i was in shock of just how wonderful it was. it is the best show in the world! even though the cd isn't as good as the show is live it is still amazing! carmen, serena, nick, schlmo, and joe are all amazing actors/singers and they are all great people in real life! the ensemble is also spectacular! go see fame and you will be amazed at how amazing it is!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Amazing CD!

    The Fame cd is the best cd!!!! The show was great and the cd was a huge memory!! I would recomend this cd to anyone who enjoys showtunes! I can't wait to see the show again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful!

    I have heard quite a few different cast albums of Fame and I have to say the Fame on 42nd Street is by far the BEST! The entire cast is fabulous. Cheryl Freeman is wonderful as "Miss Sherman" and her version of "These Are My Children" will most likely leave you in tears. She sings the song with such passion! You aren't likely to forget Jose Restrepo's song "Can't Keep It Down" either. He knows how to keep you laughing. If you've seen the show live, you will know what I mean. There is so much talent in this cast. You've just got to hear it for yourself!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Musical of All Time

    I have already seen Fame on 42nd Street twice. I have nothing but amazing things to say about Fame ON 42nd Street. I was awed from the first few bars of Pray I Make P.A. until the curatin call. I couldn't believe my ears or my eyes. The cast was amazing. They were all triple threats. Everyone has clear defined voices that wowed me. Sara Schmidt plays Serena Katz, and is amazing. Christopher J. Hanke does not neeed to sing abouit making magic because he does with his amazing voice. These are just a few of the fantastic actors in this amazing musical. The music is amazing, there is a little bit of everything, I can not imagine anyone hating Steve Margoshe's creative tunes. The lyrics are amazing, they are extremely creative and brilliant. Everyone should order this cd. The music is amazing, the lyrics are amazing. Sara Schmidt has the best voice I have ever heard.

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