Scarlet Pimpernel [Original Broadway Cast]

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 In the fall of 1998, the Broadway production of The Scarlet Pimpernel was extensively revised, so this album may no longer represent it.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: 2/3/1998
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678307928
  • Catalog Number: 83079
  • Sales rank: 8,200

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (1:30)
  2. 2 Madame Guillotine (2:49)
  3. 3 Believe (2:07)
  4. 4 Vivez! (4:17)
  5. 5 Prayer (3:35)
  6. 6 Into the Fire (3:50)
  7. 7 Falcon in the Dive (3:10)
  8. 8 When I Look at You (3:59)
  9. 9 The Scarlet Pimpernel (2:43)
  10. 10 Where's the Girl? (3:20)
  11. 11 When I Look at You (Reprise) (2:20)
  12. 12 The Creation of Man (3:41)
  13. 13 Marguerite's Dilemma (1:39)
  14. 14 The Riddle (3:05)
  15. 15 Entra'acte (2:40)
  16. 16 They Seek Him Here (3:00)
  17. 17 Only Love (4:06)
  18. 18 She Was There (3:06)
  19. 19 Storybook (3:08)
  20. 20 Where's the Girl? (Reprise) (1:12)
  21. 21 Lullaby (1:15)
  22. 22 You Are My Home (3:32)
  23. 23 The Duel (0:30)
  24. 24 Believe (Reprise) (1:15)
  25. 25 Into the Fire (Reprise) (0:54)
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sink Me!

    I love this musical and I hope you do too. My all-time favorite songs would have to be: Vivez! The Riddle, Into the Fire and Madame Guillotine. The song "Madame Guillotine" is absoutly frightening. I love "Vivez!" because, its so beautiful. Christine Andreas, has the most beautiful voice I ever heard. Douglas Sills is the handsome heroic Sir Percy Blakeney! Terrence Mann is the evil Chauvelin. I've never seen this musical but its absoultly the best one. I also love the "Prayer" one. Its so amazingly well done by Douglas. He pours out everything he has. Go! Buy it now. don't waste time. Who knows how long this lovely soundtrack will last for. Unlike the musical on broadway I don't know if its touring but its gone on broadway.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The CD is awesome!

    The songs are proformed by the best of the earth. The Cd is Awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Douglas Sills is Percival Blakeney!

    This is my favorite soundtrack. Douglas Sills, is one of a kind! His voice is amazing. These are my favorite songs that he sings on the soundtrack: Into the Fire The Creation of Man The Scarlet Pimpernel The Riddle & She Was There! Douglas is amazing I love his voice alot. I wish I saw him in SP. I've watched the movie but I've never seen the show or read the book. Sills is a perfect percy. He's a wonderful guy. He's the nicest guy I think I wish I could meet him in person. I never saw him except in NY on the Today Show. Wonderful Job Douglas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!

    I love the movie and the book of the Scarlet Pimpernel, so I bought this CD, and I was amazed! The drama, melodies, lyrics, and singers are fantastic! Douglas Sills plays Sir Percy (aka The Scarlet Pimpernel), Christine Andreas is Marguerite, and Terrence Mann is Chauvelin. "Madame Guillotine" starts the musical off with a bang as the citizens of France sing of the justice of murdering the French aristocrats; "Believe" is sung by Percy and Marguerite when they are sharing their wedding vows; "Prayer" is a very powerful and emotional solo that Percy sings when he finds out that his wife is just like the rest of the blood-thirsty French (which of course is not true); "Into The Fire" shows the determination of the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel; "When I Look At You" is sung by Marguerite who realizes she has lost her husband Percy's love; Chauvelin does such a wonderful job singing "Where's The Girl" that it makes your heart melt, even though he is the bad guy; Marguerite sings "Only Love" to try to win her husband's love back; and my very favorite, "She Was There" is sung by Percy when he finds out that Marguerite did not send St. Cyr to the Guillotine, and is in fact the woman that he fell in love with. Then there are the fun songs: "Vivez!", "The Scarlet Pimpernel", and the "The Creation of Man" that make you smile and sing along. The finished product is excellent! Each singer brings out their characters so well that it makes you feel as if you were in the middle of Revolutionary France in the 1700s. If you love the Scarlet Pimpernel, or musicals in general, get this CD! You won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Terry Rocks!

    I listened to this recording because I heard "storybook" and enjoyed it. I bought it because of Terrence Mann's stunning and powerful vocals. I have heard Rex Smith's rendition and there is no comparison. Terry is the Mann!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Musical in ages

    This Musical is the best musical I have seen and listened to in ages! I love it! The music is so touching and the orchistration is by far amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful!

    This musical is absolutely beautiful. The songs are triumphant and soul-stirring. Terrence Mann and Douglas Sills were amazing. I totally recommend this to everyone. Not a waste of money at all. Worth every penny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'M OBSESSED...I love it!

    After seeing the show and listening to the soundtrack, I became absolutley obsessed with this musical. It is my absolute favorite! The music is beautiful, the lyrics are powerful, and she show itself is just hillarious. Terry Mann is perfect for the role of Chauvelin, Christine Andreas has this uncontrolled vibrato, but Douglas Sills, where should I begin? He is absolutley amazaing! His voice is wonderfully captivating while he also brings his comedic talents into the songs. If you love musical theater as much as I do,this is one CD you NEED TO HAVE!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing Music And Fun

    Most amazing and funny musical i have ever scene !!!!!!!! Hopes to be a new fav

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Fresh, Original Sound

    My school was the second in the nation to put on this musical, and it was GREAT! I didn't know the music at all before, but it is beautiful. Seriously, it's a great show, and if you have the opportunity to see it, go. You won't be sorry. My favorite songs are Madame Guillotine and Riddle. Chauvelin is an awesome character!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow!

    This soundtrack left me speachless... it's just that good! I love The Creation of Man; it 's so funny! This soundtrack is a really good buy, I sugest that if you don't have it buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Terrence Mann is the Greatest!!!

    This is definately a beautiful musical. My fav. songs are felcon in the dive and Where's the girl. Terrence Mann is great, his voice is so rich and deep. Douglas Sills is so funny. this track is sooooo worth the money!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    fun fun fun! Beautiful, eloquent, and very swashbuckling!

    I was somewhat biased when I first heard about it, but being someone who loves Broadway and buying CD's, I just decided to get it. Frank Wildhorn's(Jekyll & Hyde, The Civil War) second musical is not only quite amusing but also chock full of gorgeous contemporary ballads which are easy to love.The storyline is based on Baroness Emmuska Orczy's famous classic ''The Scarlet Pimpernel'' about the outraged and heartbroken rich Englishman Percy Blakeney who with a group of friends, saves to-be victims of the slicing dicing guillotine in Revolution era France. No one, not even his French wife Marguerite who supposedly lied to Percy, knows who he is because in public circles he pretends to be a fop (a dandy, a fool, vain man). Marguerite is blackmailed by the murderous Chauvelin, and agent for the Revolution, for the identity of the Pimpernel, in exchange for her brother's life. Thus the story unravels.The role of Percy is played by Tony Award and Ovation award nominee Douglas Sills, who earned the Tony nomination for his role in ''Pimpernel''. The part of Chauvelin is played by Broadway legend baritone Terrence Mann, and the part of Marguerite is played by the lovely Christine Andreas.The lyrics by Nan Knighton are hilarious and poetic especially so in the main comedy number ''Creation of Man'', and when coupled with Wildhorn's unique writin style, you are in fo a treat, but that's not all.Sills not only brings out his comedic strength in this role but it is quite apparent in the cd, and his heartbrokeness is there, and his soaring beautiful voice is just icing on the cake. You just have to hear''Prayer'', ''Into the Fire'' and''Creation of Man''. T Mann's lavish baritone is perfect for the role of the ex-lover villain Chauvelin and one of his solo hits ''Where's the Girl?'' will have you in a trance like state. Andreas has one of the greatest soprano voices I've ever heard and when you hear her sing the top 40 hit duet from 1991 ''You Are My Home'' you will probably start crying.This show is highly comedic, intensely adventurous, extremely romantic, and over all superb and a treat for the ears. Fun fun fun!

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    Posted August 13, 2009

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