Miss Spectacular (The Concept Album)

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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: 6/11/2002
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471299526
  • Catalog Number: 12995

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (5:32)
  2. 2 Miss What's Her Name (2:59)
  3. 3 Las Vegas (3:10)
  4. 4 Ziegfeld Girl (4:32)
  5. 5 Sarah Jane - Chorus (2:00)
  6. 6 Ziegfeld Girl (Reprise) - Chorus (2:15)
  7. 7 Where In The World Is My Prince? (3:10)
  8. 8 No Other Music (3:33)
  9. 9 I Wanna Live Each Night (4:05)
  10. 10 Miss Spectacular (3:12)
  11. 11 My Great Dream (3:09)
  12. 12 Finale - Chorus (4:14)
  13. 13 Exit (2:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Original Studio Cast 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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