Nine [2003 Broadway Cast]

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
A tremendously versatile and daring film actor, Antonio Banderas displays his impressive stage chops in the Tony-nominated 2003 revival of Nine. Banderas has sung before (remember the film version of Evita? ), but on this vibrant cast recording he really exhibits a characterful vocal talent that promises future triumphs. As the self-absorbed Italian film director (modeled, of course, on Federico Fellini) the Spanish heartthrob brings his own brand of Latin charm to Maury Yeston’s clever and affecting score. And while Banderas commands both the stage and the album, he’s expertly flanked by a cast of adoring (and not-so-adoring) -- in the context of the musical -- female...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
A tremendously versatile and daring film actor, Antonio Banderas displays his impressive stage chops in the Tony-nominated 2003 revival of Nine. Banderas has sung before (remember the film version of Evita? ), but on this vibrant cast recording he really exhibits a characterful vocal talent that promises future triumphs. As the self-absorbed Italian film director (modeled, of course, on Federico Fellini) the Spanish heartthrob brings his own brand of Latin charm to Maury Yeston’s clever and affecting score. And while Banderas commands both the stage and the album, he’s expertly flanked by a cast of adoring (and not-so-adoring) -- in the context of the musical -- female support players. A major revival, finely played.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Twenty-one years after its original run on Broadway, Maury Yeston's musical Nine (based on the Federico Fellini film ) was revived in essentially similar form, albeit, of course, with an entirely different cast. The story remained that of Italian film director Guido Contini (Antonio Banderas, "Guido's Song"), struggling to make a new film for which he has yet to write the script and at the same time hold together his marriage to his wife (Mary Stuart Masterson, "My Husband Makes Movies") as he is surrounded -- in the present or in his memory -- by a succession of women including his mistress (Jane Krakowski, "A Call from the Vatican"); his producer, accompanied by a film critic (Chita Rivera and Saundra Santiago, "Folies Bergères"); his mother (Mary Beth Peil, "Nine"); his first prostitute (Myra Lucretia Taylor, "Ti Voglio Bene/Be Italian"); and his favorite actress (Laura Benanti, "Unusual Way"). Thus, the score is, to a large extent, a succession of showcases for female singers, and on the cast album they prove to be a capable, if largely unspectacular bunch. Typical is stage veteran Rivera, who convincingly transforms herself into a French woman for "Folies Bergères," without making anyone forget Liliane Montevecchi's Tony-winning performance in the original production. Banderas, who demonstrated his musical chops in the movie version of Evita, brings out some of the appealing humor of Guido that Raul Julia first demonstrated when he created the role, but that Banderas' Evita co-star Jonathan Pryce missed in the 1992 London concert cast recording of Nine. That isn't to say that Banderas is the equal of Julia, however, even if he may have been the best choice available in 2003. (His heavy Spanish accent sometimes makes comprehension difficult, for one thing.) The score, once again sporting Jonathan Tunick's sympathetic orchestrations, has been cut down slightly, with the minor tracks "The Germans at the Spa" and "Waltz from 'Nine'" eliminated. The result is a respectable effort that is better than the London concert cast album, but not a patch on the Original Broadway Cast recording.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/17/2003
  • Label: P.S. Classics
  • UPC: 803607031220
  • Catalog Number: 312
  • Sales rank: 147,150

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture delle Donne (4:15)
  2. 2 Spa Music (0:45)
  3. 3 Not Since Chaplin (2:47)
  4. 4 Guido's Song - Antonio Banderas (3:29)
  5. 5 My Husband Makes Movies - Mary Stuart Masterson (4:01)
  6. 6 A Call from the Vatican - Jane Krakowski (3:32)
  7. 7 Only with You - Antonio Banderas (3:08)
  8. 8 The Script - Antonio Banderas (2:15)
  9. 9 Folies Bergères - Saundra Santiago (6:11)
  10. 10 Nine - Mary Beth Peil (3:14)
  11. 11 Ti Voglio Bene/Be Italian - Myra Lucretia Taylor (4:56)
  12. 12 The Bells of St. Sebastian - Antonio Banderas (4:50)
  13. 13 A Man Like You - Laura Benanti (1:51)
  14. 14 Unusual Way - Laura Benanti (5:00)
  15. 15 Contini Submits - Antonio Banderas (1:14)
  16. 16 The Grand Canal - Antonio Banderas (2:23)
  17. 17 Every Girl in Venice - Deidre Goodwin (1:45)
  18. 18 Amor - Antonio Banderas (3:11)
  19. 19 Only You - Antonio Banderas (4:04)
  20. 20 Finale - Antonio Banderas (0:45)
  21. 21 Simple - Laura Benanti (2:58)
  22. 22 Be on Your Own - Mary Stuart Masterson (3:16)
  23. 23 I Can't Make This Movie - Antonio Banderas (2:08)
  24. 24 Getting Tall @@William Ullrich (3:15)
  25. 25 Reprises - Antonio Banderas (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Martin Agee Violin, Concert Master
Randy Andos Trombone
Les Scott Clarinet, Saxophone
Liuh-Wen Ting Viola
Chita Rivera Vocals, cast
Jane Krakowski Vocals, cast
Sarah Seiver Cello
Marc Goldberg Bassoon
Antonio Banderas Vocals, cast
Theresa MacDonnell French Horn
Laura Benanti Vocals, cast
Brian Cassier Bass
Rona Figueroa cast
Linda Mugleston cast
Conrad Harris Violin
Bill Miller Percussion, Drums
Brian Miller Flute
Stephanie Bast cast
Barbara Biggers Harp
Deidre Goodwin Vocals, cast
Jessica Leigh Brown cast
Anthony Colangelo cast
Rachel Debenedet cast
Raymond Riccomini Trumpet
Timothy Schadt Trumpet
Gregory Dlugos Keyboards
Sara Gettelfinger cast
Kathy Voytko cast
Kristin Marks cast
Mary Stuart Masterson Vocals, cast
Mary Beth Peil Vocals, cast
Saundra Santiago Vocals, cast
Elena Shaddow cast
Myra Lucretia Taylor Vocals, cast
Kevin Stites Conductor, Musical Direction
Gregory J. Dlugos Keyboards
William Ullrich Vocals, cast
Nine Cast Ensemble cast
Nine Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Nell Campbell cast
Technical Credits
Philip Chaffin Executive Producer
Tommy Krasker Producer, Executive Producer
Joe Lambert Mastering
Tom Lazarus Engineer, Engineering
Jonathan Tunick Orchestration
Maury Yeston Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Arthur Kopit Book
Jeremy Rich Casting
Jonathon Weston Sound Design
Gregory Meeh Special Effects
Bart Migal Engineer, Digital Editing, Pro-Tools
Scott Ellis Art Adviser
Derek Bishop Art Direction
Jim Carnahan Casting
Jonathan Butterell Choreographer
Barbara Crompton Company Manager
Arthur Gaffin Production Stage Manager
Laurie Goldfeder Stage Manager
Scott Pask Artwork
Kate Wilson Dialect Coach
Gene Feist Director
Todd Haimes Artistic Director
Mario Fratti Adaptation
David Leveaux Director, Liner Notes
Bradley McCormick Assistant Management
Vicki Mortimer Costume Design
Ellen Richard Managing Director
Robbie Rozelle Editorial Coordinator
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow

    I think this score is simply fabulous! The tunes are spicy, beautiful and hauntingly written. Especially Jane Krakowski is dynamite

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