Miss Spectacular (The Concept Album)

Miss Spectacular (The Concept Album)

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Musical theater songwriter Jerry Herman enjoyed his last Broadway hit with La Cage aux Folles in 1983, but he has kept writing, and Miss Spectacular is presented here as a concept album, no doubt with the intention of mounting a stage production in the future. The recording is not technically a studio-cast album, since the songs are not sung by a fewSee more details below

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Musical theater songwriter Jerry Herman enjoyed his last Broadway hit with La Cage aux Folles in 1983, but he has kept writing, and Miss Spectacular is presented here as a concept album, no doubt with the intention of mounting a stage production in the future. The recording is not technically a studio-cast album, since the songs are not sung by a few performers meant to portray the actual characters, but instead by seven different performers in what amounts to a various-artists recording. It's an accomplished bunch, including several actor-singers associated with the musical theater, notably Faith Prince, Christine Baranski, and Debbie Gravitte (the only person to sing more than one song), as well as performers more associated with the concert stage, such as Steve Lawrence and Michael Feinstein. The synopsis included in the CD booklet tells the story of a Midwestern girl who goes to Las Vegas to seek fame and fortune, specifically by entering a contest sponsored by the Hotel Spectacular. Herman has penned some entertaining songs, including "Las Vegas," which Lawrence handles well, gamely including a lyric that refers to himself and wife Eydie Gorme, and the comic "Where in the World Is My Prince?," sung with appropriate humor by Faith Prince. The score sounds like old-fashioned show music, which perhaps doesn't matter in terms of a stage version, since Broadway often seems to be in its own unique time warp. But the songs don't approach in wit or tunefulness those of previous Herman shows such as Hello, Dolly! and Mame. Still, theater fans should be happy that Herman is still working and willing to add this late, minor effort to their collections of his shows.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/11/2002
Label:
Drg
UPC:
0021471299526
catalogNumber:
12995

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Original Cast Recording   Primary Artist,Indexed Contributor
Michael Feinstein   Vocals,Track Performer
Don Pippin   Conductor,Musical Direction
Robert Adcock   Cello
Dale Anderson   Percussion
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Robert Becker   Viola
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Mike Berkowitz   Drums
William Booth   Trombone
Eric Butler   Choir, Chorus
Lee Callet   Woodwind
Darius Campo   Violin
Steve Carnelli   Banjo,Guitar
Jon Clarke   Woodwind
Craig Copeland   Choir, Chorus
Assa Drori   Violin
Jimmy Ercole   Woodwind
Dennis Farias   Trumpet
Kirstin Fife   Violin
George Graham   Trumpet
Gwen Heller   Violin
Scott Higgins   Percussion
Paula Hochhalter   Cello
Greg Huckins   Woodwind
David Joyce   Choir, Chorus
Miguel Martinez   Cello
Jayme Miller   Violin
Barbara Northcutt   Woodwind
Kazi Pitelka   Viola
Faith Prince   Track Performer
Bob Sanov   Violin
Joe Soldo   Conductor
David Stenske   Violin
Sheridon Stokes   Woodwind
Kimiyo Takeya   Violin
Cecilia Tsan   Cello
Gayle Levant   Harp
Leslie Woodbury   Violin
Christine Baranski   Track Performer
Daniel Kelley   French Horn
Christina Soule   Cello
Debbie Gravitte   Track Performer
Davis Gaines   Vocals,Track Performer
Bob Joyce   Choir, Chorus
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Carolyn Osborn   Violin
Linda Harman   Choir, Chorus
Andrew Picken   Violin
Darrin McCann   Violin
Paul Klintworth   French Horn
Tiffiany Yi Hu   Violin
Eve Butler   Violin
Jennifer Munday   Violin
Vanessa Vandergriff   Choir, Chorus
Jennifer Walton   Violin
Valerie DiCarlo   Woodwind
Karen Morrow   Track Performer
Jeff Austin   Choir, Chorus
Dick Wells   Choir, Chorus
Mark Adams   French Horn
James Atkinson   French Horn
Donald Pippin   Conductor,Musical Direction
Alex Iles   Trombone
Kenneth Kugler   Trombone
Paul Cohen   Cello

Technical Credits

Jerry Herman   Producer
Don Pippin   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Hugh Fordin   Executive Producer
John Richards   Engineer
Larry Blank   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
LuAnn Graffeo   Art Direction
Lucas Deaver   Cover Illustration
Donald Pippin   Producer,Vocal Arrangements

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