Fame on 42nd Street [Original Cast Recording]

Fame on 42nd Street [Original Cast Recording]

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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 feetSee more details below

Overview

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:
0075679309723
catalogNumber:
93097

Tracks

  1. Act 1. Pray I make P.A.
  2. Act 1. Hard Work
  3. Act 1. I Want to Make Magic
  4. Act 1. Can't Keep it Down
  5. Act 1. Tyrone's Rap
  6. Act 1. There She Goes! / Fame
  7. Act 1. Let's Play a Love Scene
  8. Act 1. Bring on Tomorrow
  9. Act 1. The Teachers' Argument
  10. Act 2. The Junior Festival
  11. Act 2. Think of Meryl Streep
  12. Act 2. Mabel's Prayer
  13. Act 2. Dancin' on the Sidewalk
  14. Act 2. These Are My Children
  15. Act 2. Reconnecting With Iris (Pas de Deux (from the ballet "This is Fo
  16. Act 2. In L.A.
  17. Act 2. Let's Play a Love Scene
  18. Act 2. Bring on Tomorrow
  19. Act 2. Fame Finale
  20. Romantic Suite

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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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