Marie Christine

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Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
Audra McDonald is the most dazzling singing actress to arrive on Broadway since Barbra Streisand's legendary 1962 debut. MARIE CHRISTINE, composed by up-and-comer Michael John LaChiusa, is the highly anticipated first leading role written specifically for the triple Tony-winner CAROUSEL, "Master Class," RAGTIME. LaChiusa's dark 1999 musical, loosely based on Euripides's Medea and set in turn-of-last-century New Orleans and Chicago, delivers ample opportunities for McDonald to exhibit her amazing dramatic and vocal talents: Her crystalline soprano brilliantly conveys emotions -- from mirth to misery and from menace to madness -- with minimum effort and maximum effect. ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
Audra McDonald is the most dazzling singing actress to arrive on Broadway since Barbra Streisand's legendary 1962 debut. MARIE CHRISTINE, composed by up-and-comer Michael John LaChiusa, is the highly anticipated first leading role written specifically for the triple Tony-winner CAROUSEL, "Master Class," RAGTIME. LaChiusa's dark 1999 musical, loosely based on Euripides's Medea and set in turn-of-last-century New Orleans and Chicago, delivers ample opportunities for McDonald to exhibit her amazing dramatic and vocal talents: Her crystalline soprano brilliantly conveys emotions -- from mirth to misery and from menace to madness -- with minimum effort and maximum effect. Buoyed by a superb ensemble featuring Tony-winner Anthony Crivello [KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN], producer Jay David Saks has created a thrilling,risky,and riveting recording that will likely turn the last new American musical to open on Broadway in the 20th century into an enduring classic.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Greek myth of Medea has attracted dramatists throughout recorded history. The tragic story of the princess and sorceress who helped Jason steal the Golden Fleece, but responded to his infidelity by killing his lover and her own children, it most famously provided the source for Euripides' play in 431 B.C., but also was adapted by French playwright Pierre Corneille in 1635 this version in turn made into an opera by Luigi Cherubini in 1797, Robinson Jeffers in 1947, and Jean Anouilh in 1953. In seeking to provide a vehicle for Broadway star Audra McDonald, composer Michael John LaChuisa returned to Medea and transferred the story to late 19th century New Orleans, turning Medea into Marie Christine L'Adrese, a cultured Creole who falls in love with a sea captain and follows him to his home in Chicago with the usual tragic results. Among the more prominent young Broadway composers of the 1990s, LaChuisa seems to be interested in creating a post-Sondheim musical theater that is a hybrid form somewhere between traditional musical comedy and opera. While musical, his shows rarely employ traditional song structures, though the settings of the lyrics make for more than just recitatives. His choice of subject matter here is hardly typical for a Broadway musical, but he and the show's investors seem to have banked on the notion that three-time Tony Award winner McDonald could be sufficiently compelling to overcome the forbidding plot and uncompromising score. Compelling she certainly was, onstage and on this cast album, but that wasn't enough to make Marie Christine a hit. Announced for a limited run but with the producers doubtless hoping to extend, the show opened on December 2, 1999, and closed on schedule after five-and-a-half weeks on January 9, 2000. The cast album, released three months later, preserves an intense and striking work that moves inevitably toward its shocking conclusion. It is far from easy listening, but remains powerful, especially because of McDonald's committed performance. But since it makes no obeisance to the traditional pleasures of musical theater, the show doesn't seems likely to live beyond this recording and stands as a significant example of the rift between a generation of serious-minded young Broadway composers typified by LaChuisa and Jason Robert Brown who set little store by mere entertainment and a group of pop-oriented songsters Frank Wildhorn, Elton John who prize entertainment above all and who, thus far, have been winning the war for Broadway's future, at least as far as commercial success goes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/18/2000
  • Label: Rca Victor Broadway
  • UPC: 090266359325
  • Catalog Number: 63593

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Before The Morning - Mary Bond Davis (3:15)
  2. 2 Manzell's Marie - Darius de Haas (1:42)
  3. 3 Your Grandfather Is The Sun - Vivian Ree (1:44)
  4. 4 Beautiful - Audra McDonald (1:44)
  5. 5 In An Instant - Audra McDonald (1:07)
  6. 6 Way Back To Paradise - Kimberly Jajuan (2:32)
  7. 7 When You Look At A Man - Audra McDonald (0:25)
  8. 8 The Storm - Audra McDonald (2:44)
  9. 9 C'est L'amour/To Find A Lover - Lynn Joy Matthews (4:17)
  10. 10 Nothing Beats Chicago/Ocean Is Different - Audra McDonald (2:47)
  11. 11 Danced With A Girl - Audra McDonald (3:30)
  12. 12 Tout Mi Mi/He Is My Release - Kimberly Jajuan (0:41)
  13. 13 Miracles And Mysteries - Vivian Reed (2:40)
  14. 14 I Don't Hear The Ocean - Audra McDonald (2:52)
  15. 15 Bird Inside The House - M. Rosena Hill (1:22)
  16. 16 We're Gonna Go To Chicago - Audra McDonald (2:53)
  17. 17 And You Would Lie/I Will Give - Mary Bond Davis (3:00)
  18. 18 Act I Finale - Lynn Joy Matthews (4:02)
  19. 19 Cincinnati - Kim Huber (3:32)
  20. 20 You're Looking At The Man - Mark Lotito (2:44)
  21. 21 The Scorpion - Audra McDonald (2:19)
  22. 22 Lover, Bring Me Summer - Janet Meta (1:38)
  23. 23 Tell Me - Audra McDonald (2:53)
  24. 24 Billy Was Sweet/Paradise Is Burning Down - Mary Testa (3:12)
  25. 25 Prison In A Prison - Audra McDonald (2:22)
  26. 26 Better And Best - Mark Lotito (1:07)
  27. 27 Good Looking Woman - Michael McCormick (2:44)
  28. 28 No Turning Back/Before the Morning (Reprise) - Kimberly Jajuan (3:41)
  29. 29 Beautiful (Reprise) - Audra McDonald (2:03)
  30. 30 I Will Love You - Audra McDonald (2:36)
  31. 31 Your Name - Anthony Crivello (2:29)
  32. 32 Finale-Innocence Dies - Mary Testa (2:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vivian Reed cast
Shawn Elliott cast
Kamau Adilifu Trumpet
Brent Black Ensemble
Kenneth Burward-Hoy Viola
Rebekah Johnson Violin
Robert Lawrence Violin
Jesse Levine Viola
John Moses Woodwind
Brian O'Flaherty Trumpet
Ron Oakland Violin
David Pleasant Percussion
Jennifer Warren cast
John Winder Woodwind
Lawrence Yurman Synthesizer, Conductor, Keyboards
Dr. David Evans Conductor
Anthony Crivello cast
Maura Giannini Violin
Scott Ballantyne Cello
Richard Heckman Woodwind
Steve Kenyon Woodwind
Janet Metz cast
Larry Spivack Percussion
Peter Samuel Track Performer
Jim Weaver cast
Peter Gordon French Horn
Audra McDonald cast
Andrea Frierson Track Performer
Darius de Haas Track Performer, cast
Lovette George cast
Janet Lantz French Horn
Mary Testa cast
Michael McCormick cast
Kimberly Jajuan Track Performer
Andre Garner cast
M. Rosena Hill cast
Kim Huber cast
Mark Lotito cast
Janet Meta Track Performer
C. Franz Alderfer Ensemble
Lynn Joy Matthews Track Performer, cast
Vivian Ree Track Performer
Ray Kilday Electric Bass
Deborah Sepe Cello
Raymond Kilday Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Mary Bond Davis cast
Technical Credits
Tom Lazarus Engineer
Jay David Saks Producer
Bruce Samuels Programming
Jonathan Tunick Orchestration
Dr. David Evans Musical Director
Michael John LaChiusa Composer
Brian Alverson Programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!

    For anyone who is a true broadway and/or musical theater fan this is a must. LaChiusa's music's is complex and compelling. You can not get enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    audra and michael john = match made in heaven

    Just so adolescents don't get a bad rap for being clueless Rentheads who wouldn't know art if it punched them in the face... "Marie Christine" is another near-brilliant work by Michael John LaChiusa. The score is original and varied, and Audra performs it SO well. Her vocal acting is bar-none and she communicates the show well although we don't have the benefit of the stage production in front of us. Surely, this is not LaChiusa's best work, nor Audra's. But even when they're not their absolute best, they're still above-par!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Please, spare your ears the pain!!!

    I totally agree with Amy, this is one of the worst CDs I've ever listened to!!! I love Audra McDonald's voice, and they all sing incredibly well, but the music is all so weird and it's not pleasant...AT ALL! I really liked the storyline, and without the music, it would probably make a GREAT movie. But I hope that you don't buy this, because believe me, you'll just end up regretting it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!

    I can't believe the two people above like this...CACOPHONY! Although I'm only 13, I have a large collection of Broadway soundtracks, and out of all of them, THIS one is the worst! I got the soundtrack because I am a HUGE fan of Audra Mcdonald, and I think she potrayed Marie Christine as best as possible. And the plot is good, but I'd rather listen to a bunch of cats scraping forks against a blackboard than have to sit and hear this music, (if you could even call it that)! Audra, you have such great talent, and I thoroughly enjoyed ''Ragtime'', but I DIDN'T enjoy this! If you're smart, you'll get something else!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's terrific...

    I, too, saw the show at the Beaumont, and disagree with the person above. While I liked the show, it was essentially 'cold,' whereas the recording enables the listener to focus on the music, and, of course, Audra McDonald's awesome performance and remarkable vocal prowess. I like the CD MORE than I liked the show.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Enchanting, mesmerising...unforgettable!

    I saw the show at the Vivian Beaumont and this recording, as fabulous as it is, does the show no justice. Audra's talent, however exceeds the limitations of an audio recording. Every twinge of her emotional and vocal prowess can be clearly heard and FELT when one hears her sing the song that ends act one. A triumph for Micheal John LaChiusa! Anthony Crivello, of course, is stunning and perfectly cast as Dante...his voice lends a link that completes the circle that Ms. McDonald has begun.

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