Nine [2003 Broadway Cast]

Nine [2003 Broadway Cast]

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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 filmSee more details below

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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:
06/17/2003
Label:
P.S. Classics
UPC:
0803607031220
catalogNumber:
312

Tracks

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

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Martin Agee   Violin,Concert Master
Randy Andos   Trombone
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
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,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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