The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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Underdog that it is, this spunky little musical still garnered seven 2005 Tony nominations including Best Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical as well as Best Direction of a Musical. Hear what the fuss is all about on this terrific original cast recording.
All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Who would of thunk it? That some ingenious souls would use the spelling bee -- that great American institution that millions of children have ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Underdog that it is, this spunky little musical still garnered seven 2005 Tony nominations including Best Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical as well as Best Direction of a Musical. Hear what the fuss is all about on this terrific original cast recording.
All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Who would of thunk it? That some ingenious souls would use the spelling bee -- that great American institution that millions of children have suffered through -- as a gristmill for a Broadway musical? The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee does exactly that, and Ghost Light has provided an original Broadway cast recording of the musical. The compositions and lyrics are from William Finn, and with a Tony under his belt, he's got the experience to make even a spelling bee dramatic. As one might imagine, the cast includes a number of overachievers gathered at a junior high gym for the contest. There are love songs to the dictionary "My Friend, the Dictionary" rhymes Nietzsche with Christiana Richie, expressions of inferiority "I'm Not That Smart", and lots and lots of spelling. The music is catchy and the cast are fine singers, though numbers like "Pandemonium" are a bit overwhelming as what seems like a dozen spellers trade lines and build to a crescendo as the band plays louder and louder. A musical without the visuals can seem a bit fragmented, and that's true of The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee. Some may find all of this a bit precious and not unlike sitting through another spelling bee. Others i.e., overachievers will no doubt enjoy a glance back at their glory days.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/31/2005
  • Label: Ghostlight
  • UPC: 791558440720
  • Catalog Number: 84407
  • Sales rank: 12,352

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dennis Anderson Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Alto Saxophone
Scott Kuney Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Electric Guitar
Russ Rizner-French French Horn
Ming Yeh Violin
Liuh-Wen Ting Viola
Richard Heckman Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone
Sylvia Davanzo Concert Master
Jose Llana Vocals
Derrick Baskin Vocals
Carmel Dean Synthesizer
Vadim Feichtner Piano, Conductor
Deborah S. Craig Vocals
Celia Keenan-Bolger Vocals
Jesse Tyler Ferguson Vocals
Jay Reise Vocals
Sylvia D'Avanzo Concert Master
Sarah Saltzberg Vocals
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Cast Ensemble cast
Lisa Howard Vocals
Glenn Ghian Percussion, Drums, Timpani, Mallets
Dan Fogler Vocals
Amy Ralske Cello
Technical Credits
William Finn Composer, Lyricist
Joel Moss Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Engineering
Michael Starobin Orchestration
Bill Rosenfield Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Scott Hull Mastering
Jan Folkson Engineer, Digital Editing
Nathaniel James Jr. Mastering Associate
Kurt Deutsch Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Carmel Dean Vocal Arrangements
Vadim Feichtner Dance Arrangement, Music Direction
Rebecca Feldman Concept
Jay Reise Additional Music
Rachel Sheinkin Book
Nathan James Mastering Associate
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Except for,......

    I, personally, love this album. The songs are so fun and written wonderfully, but there are some songs that are inappropriate and unnecessary for this particularly show. These characters are kids themselves and though they are growing up, they shouldn't be so.....explicit when it comes time to talk about what's happening to them. Discretion and respect would be nice and would've made this album more enjoyable for, most likely, the majority of the people, young and old, listening to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW!

    I never thought a musical by this title would be this amazing. it's funny and sweet at the same time. it's humorous but musical all in one... two thumbs way way up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spelling Bee is AWESOME

    The perfect show to be honest... never a dull moment.. has every aspect of a show you want: comedy, drama, tears, joy, gut-busting laughter, and incredible singing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wow...

    I went to see the show a week ago and it was just amazing much better than I had expected. It was outstandingly funny all the way through with small parts that allow you to bond with the individual characters as well. Incredible show, great soundtrack, a definite must see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    so brilliant i love it

    this is an awesome cd. i love all the songs...the singers match their characters very well. plus if you're in a bad mood, this musical will brighten your day

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FABULOUS

    This show is truly creative and hilariously funny. I saw the show two weeks ago and had a hard time staying in my seat, I was laughing so hard. William Finn does a great job playing with the words. A great show.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Itz ok............ mostly for children

    I really didn't find anything great about this album and I don't think I'll ever wind up going to see the show. I do think however that it is GREAT for children ages 3 - 7. It is very child-ish but it could be a fun night out in the city if you brought your younger childern to see this show.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NOT just for small children!

    Nope, it's not just for little kids. It's for the older children! Anyway, I think Spelling Bee is wonderful. The score is very well constructed and the talent is outstanding. I will definately see this when it goes on tour!

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    Posted February 10, 2009

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