Scarlet Pimpernel [Original Broadway Cast]

Scarlet Pimpernel [Original Broadway Cast]

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In 1992, when it had its first recording, Frank Wildhorn and Nan Knighton's The Scarlet Pimpernel was a concept album vaguely based on the novels of Baroness Oczy, but without a real story and largely constructed as a star vehicle for Linda Eder. Nearly six years later, the cast album of the BroadwaySee more details below

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In 1992, when it had its first recording, Frank Wildhorn and Nan Knighton's The Scarlet Pimpernel was a concept album vaguely based on the novels of Baroness Oczy, but without a real story and largely constructed as a star vehicle for Linda Eder. Nearly six years later, the cast album of the Broadway show (with a libretto by Knighton) that opened November 9, 1997, is a vast improvement. Six of the 15 vocal numbers have been cut and eight added, providing a much-needed balance of material by beefing up the parts of the villain and the Scarlet Pimpernel himself. The soft rock arrangements have been jettisoned, and there is more of the Les Miserables-like, convincingly theatrical style of original songs such as "Into the Fire" and "The Creation of Man." At the same time, the better ballads from the original, "You Are My Home" and "When I Look at You," have been retained. The singers are up to Wildhorn's rangy demands, even if Christine Andreas is inevitably less distinctive than Eder. The Scarlet Pimpernel still isn't a great work of music or theater, but now it's a legitimate, well-performed musical theater work. (In the fall of 1998, the Broadway production of The Scarlet Pimpernel was extensively revised, so this album may no longer represent it.)

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/1998
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678307928
catalogNumber:
83079

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Nadien   Violin
Belinda Whitney-Barratt   Violin
Kenneth Burward-Hoy   Viola
Gilles Chiasson   Vocals,Track Performer
Mike Christianson   Trombone
Eddie Dixon   Vocals
David Finck   String Bass
Barry Finclair   Violin
Jeff Gardner   Vocals
Crystal Garner   Viola
Chris Gekker   Trumpet
Joyce Hammann   Violin
Benjamin Herman   Percussion
Jeanne LeBlanc   Cello
Jesse Levy   Cello
Charles Libove   Violin
Terry Mann   Track Performer
John Meyers   Percussion
Ted Mook   Cello
Dick Sarpolo   Bass
Laura Seaton   Violin
Andrew Sterman   Clarinet,Flute
Leslie Tomkins   Viola
Cenovia Cummins   Violin
Billy Bowers   Vocals
Avril Brown   Violin
Debra Shufelt   Viola
Chris Komer   French Horn
Maxine Roach   Viola
Liuh-Wen Ting   Viola
Dave Clemmons   Vocals
James Dybas   Vocals
Robert Gustafson   Keyboards
Christine Andreas   Vocals,Track Performer
Ron Sharpe   Vocals
Andrew Wilder   Keyboards
Ashley Horne   Violin
Laura Oatts   Violin
Naomi Katz   Violin
Lisa Matricardi   Violin
Britt Swenson   Violin
Judy James   Vocals
Katie Nutt   Vocals
Melissa Joan Hart   Track Performer
Douglas Sills   Vocals
David Cromwell   Vocals
Alison Lory   Vocals
Sandy Rosenberg   Track Performer
Pamela Burrell   Vocals
Paul Castree   Vocals
Terrence Mann   Vocals
Stephanie Bast   Vocals
Kelly Dent   French Horn
Sutton Foster   Vocals
Catherine LaValle   Vocals
Gilbert Dejean   Bassoon,Contrabassoon
Michael Roth   Violin,Concert Master
Charles West   Vocals

Technical Credits

James Nichols   Engineer
Karl Richardson   Producer
Kim Scharnberg   Orchestration
Frank Wildhorn   Composer,Producer
Craig Kallman   Executive Producer

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