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

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

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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.

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Who would of thunk it? That some ingenious soul(s) 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/31/2005
Label:
Ghostlight
UPC:
0791558440720
catalogNumber:
84407
Rank:
12145

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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
Jan Folkson   Engineer
Nathaniel James   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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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee [Original Broadway Cast Recording] 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.