Seussical [2000 Original Broadway Cast]

Seussical [2000 Original Broadway Cast]

     
 

It might shock fans of John Grisham and Stephen King, but America's most widely read author of all time may be Dr. Seuss (Ted Geisel, 1904-91). And now, the creator of the Cat in the Cat, Horton the Elephant, and the Grinch is the toast of Broadway with Seussical: The Musical, the most fantastical and "stoo-mendous" hit in ages. Producer Phil Ramone has…  See more details below

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It might shock fans of John Grisham and Stephen King, but America's most widely read author of all time may be Dr. Seuss (Ted Geisel, 1904-91). And now, the creator of the Cat in the Cat, Horton the Elephant, and the Grinch is the toast of Broadway with Seussical: The Musical, the most fantastical and "stoo-mendous" hit in ages. Producer Phil Ramone has captured every delicious drop of whimsy in this 100 percent faithful cast recording. A superb ensemble featuring David Shiner, Kevin Chamberlin, and the sassy-throated Sharon Wilkins is no less stunning than the amazing creations that populated Seuss' preposterous imagination. Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have seamlessly melded their words and music to the Good Doctor's world, brewing an ear-popping gumbo that includes touches of Latin, pop, vaudeville, swing, gospel, and funk.Seussical is simply a magical listening experience for children of all ages.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's first three Broadway musicals, Once on This Island, My Favorite Year, and Ragtime, each suggested by its subject an appropriate style of music to employ, and to a large extent, they followed the material, writing island music, 1950s-style pop, and ragtime as required. For their fourth musical, Seussical, based on the children's stories of Dr. Seuss, "We found there were no limits to what kind of music we could use," they wrote in a note contained in the booklet to the original Broadway cast album. As a result, "The score emerged as a Seussian gumbo of musical styles" that ended up including elements of Latin, swing, gospel, R&B, funk, Spike Jones-style comedy music, vaudeville, and synthesizer pop, among other things. It sounds like Flaherty also may have recycled music from earlier shows, with "Amayzing Mayzie" having the Caribbean feel of Once on This Island and "A Day for the Cat in the Hat" sounding like something from Ragtime. The familiarity of the styles makes the music seem like a series of pastiches, however, from the pop
ock of the "Overture" to the Aretha Franklin/Patti LaBelle impersonation Sharon Wilkins indulges in during "Biggest Blame Fool" and elsewhere, concluding with the swing sound of "Green Eggs and Ham." Far more accomplished are the more traditional pop theater songs, particularly "Alone in the Universe." But if Flaherty's music does not impress, Ahrens' lyrics do. Occasionally borrowing directly from Seuss, she writes songs that capture the zany style of the books. Though she and Flaherty have deliberately undertaken disparate projects, the element that unites them is the warmheartedness of their tone. Ahrens always approaches her material with sympathy and sweetness, which makes a children's show a good project for her. In their libretto, she and Flaherty have not entirely solved the problem of knitting together a group of separate stories, so the show is episodic. Just as the music lacks unity, so does the plot. But individual parts work well, and it's Ahrens' lyrics, particularly the affecting song of devotion "All for You," and some of the performances, notably those of Kevin Chamberlin as Horton the Elephant, Michele Pawk as Mayzie LaBird, and Janine LaManna as Gertrude McFuzz, that give the show its best moments.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/06/2001
Label:
Decca Broadway
UPC:
0601215979220
catalogNumber:
159792
Rank:
10871

Tracks

  1. Overture
  2. Oh, The Thinks You Can Think
  3. Horton Hears A Who
  4. Biggest Blame Fool
  5. Here On Who
  6. A Day For The Cat In The Hat
  7. It's Possible (McElligot's Pool)
  8. How To Raise A Child
  9. The Military
  10. Alone In The Universe
  11. The One Feather Tail Of Miss Gertrude McFuzz
  12. Amayzing Mayzie
  13. Amayzing Gertrude
  14. Monkey Around
  15. Chasing The Whos
  16. How Lucky You Are
  17. Notice Me, Horton
  18. How Lucky You Are (Mayzie's Reprise)
  19. Horton Sits On The Egg / Act I Finale
  20. Egg, Nest and Tree
  21. Mayzie In Palm Beach
  22. Alone in The Universe (Reprise)
  23. Solla Sollew
  24. Havin' A Hunch
  25. All For You
  26. The People Versus Horton The Elephant
  27. Finale / Oh, The Thinks You Can Think
  28. Green Eggs And Ham

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jack Cavari   Guitar
Stephanie Cummins   Cello
Charles Descarfino   Percussion
David Engel   Vocals,cast
Larry Farrell   Trombone
Karl Kawahara   Violin
Brian O'Flaherty   Trumpet
Alice Playten   Vocals,cast
John Winder   Woodwind
Eric Young   cast
Steve Marzullo   Keyboards
Warren Odze   Drums
David Lowenstein   cast
Maxine Roach   Viola
Eddie Korbich   cast
Michele Pawk   Vocals,cast
Paul Sundford   Woodwind
Mary Ann Lamb   cast
Naomi Katz   Concert Mistress
Dan Willis   Woodwind
Jerome Vivona   cast
Janine LaManna   Vocals
John Reid   Trumpet
Joyce Chittick   cast
William Ryall   cast
Jennifer Cody   cast
Tom Plotkin   cast
Sharon Wilkins   Vocals,cast
Stuart Zagnit   Vocals,cast
Ann Harada   cast
Sara Gettelfinger   cast
David Holcenberg   Conductor
Michelle Kittrell   cast
Erick Devine   Vocals,cast
Catrice Joseph   cast
Natascia Diaz   Vocals,cast
Justin Greer   cast
Devin Richards   cast
David Shiner   Vocals,cast
Darren Lee   cast
Seussical Cast Ensemble   Choir, Chorus
Kevin Chamberlin   Vocals
Anthony Blair Hall   Vocals

Technical Credits

Douglas Besterman   Orchestration
Phil Ramone   Producer
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer
Stephen Flaherty   Composer,Liner Notes,Vocal Arrangements
Alecia Parker   Executive Producer
Eugene Lee   Scenery
Gary Gunas   Executive Producer
William Ivey Long   Costume Design
Lynn Ahrens   Songwriter,Liner Notes
David Holcenberg   Musical Director
Jonathan Deans   Sound Consultant

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