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Music Man [2000 Broadway Revival Cast Recording]
     

The Music Man [2000 Broadway Revival Cast Recording]

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As American as a Sousa march and as much fun as a Thanksgiving Day parade, Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN, the crowd-pleasing and nostalgic 1957 paean to small-town Americana, is the classiest and brassiest revival currently on Broadway. Craig Bierko, in a match-made-in-heaven casting coup, stars as the lovable confidence man Prof. Harold Hill. Bierko nods to

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As American as a Sousa march and as much fun as a Thanksgiving Day parade, Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN, the crowd-pleasing and nostalgic 1957 paean to small-town Americana, is the classiest and brassiest revival currently on Broadway. Craig Bierko, in a match-made-in-heaven casting coup, stars as the lovable confidence man Prof. Harold Hill. Bierko nods to Robert Preston's indelible original, especially in his tongue-twisting verbal fluidity, but adds a rascally flirtatiousness that makes the showpieces, "Ya Got Trouble" and "76 Trombones" thunderous, shout-out roof-raisers. Rebecca Luker ("The Sound of Music") adds pizzazz and polish to the often too-prim-and-proper role of Marian, the librarian with a tender yearning, on the exquisite ballads "Goodnight, My Someone," "My White Knight," and "Till There Was You." This flawless new recording captures the full-throttle blare of the show's large orchestra and company, who help to make THE MUSIC MAN's many ensemble numbers distinctive highlights.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The score of The Music Man must be one of the most bulletproof among all Broadway musicals. By the time he wrote it, composer Meredith Willson was a mature talent who had spent the better part of a decade crafting a valentine to his Iowa boyhood. The result is a rock-solid collection of tunes imbued with the styles of pre-World War I America, from the marching-band sound of John Philip Sousa to barbershop quartets. It's hard not to make a good recording of the score if you just perform it as written, but the original 1957 production also boasted two indelible performances: Robert Preston's as Professor Harold Hill, and Barbara Cook's as Marian Paroo. Maybe that's why, although The Music Man is a perennial favorite of high school drama departments, it has not been recorded as many times as a show of its popularity usually is. When it was determined that a major Broadway revival was to be mounted after more than 43 years, casting was the obvious challenge. Surprisingly, though, the producers succeeded in finding two talented lead performers, neither of whom shies away from recalling the original performances. Rebecca Luker does not hesitate to sing in a manner similar to Cook, her soprano full of innocence and longing. The previously little-known Craig Bierko is even more unabashed in patterning his interpretation of Harold Hill on Robert Preston's, recreating nearly every inflection. Onstage, this acting choice works as a kind of homage. On record, of course, he is forced to compete with the original Broadway cast album (still in print), but here one catches more of the subtle changes he does make in his phrasing and line readings, and he is still very impressive. Doug Besterman's orchestrations are a bit too cute here and there, but on the whole this is an outstanding performance of The Music Man with a strong supporting cast.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2000
Label:
Q. RECORDS
UPC:
0075679291523
catalogNumber:
92915

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Baker   Percussion
Ann Brown   Trombone
Danny Cahn   Trumpet
Sarah Carter   Cello
Max Casella   Bass Drums
David Chase   Conductor
Eve Cornelious   Track Performer
Jack Doyle   Alto Saxophone
Matt Ingman   Tuba,Bass Trombone
Bob Millikan   Woodwind
Dave Ratajczak   Drums
Dick Sarpolo   Bass
Andrew Sterman   Woodwind
John Dent   Trumpet
Jeff Williams   Trombone
Paul Woodiel   Violin
Chris Komer   French Horn
Ellen Harvey   Trombone
Chuck Wilson   Woodwind
Rebecca Luker   Piccolo
Richard Heckman   Woodwind
Craig B.   Track Performer
Paul Benedict   Cymbals
Grace Paradise   Harp
Kenneth Finn   Trombone
Rob Berman   Keyboards
Michael Duran   Trombone
Mark Thrasher   Woodwind
Kevin Bogue   Trombone
Tracy Nicole Chapman   Track Performer
Blake Hammond   Soprano Saxophone
Mary Illes   Trombone
Wayne J   Trumpet
River Marching Band   Track Performer
Craig Bierko   Trombone
Michael Phelan   Cornet
Michael-Leon Wooley   Baritone Saxophone
John Solman   Tenor Saxophone
Ruth Williamson   Glockenspiel
Joy Lynn Matthews   Trombone
Martha Hawley   Trombone
Leslie Hendrix   Track Performer
Katherine McGrath   Track Performer
Jack Solman   Track Performer
Liam Burke   Trombone
Dan Sharkey   Trombone
Ralph Byers   Anvil
Andre Garner   Trombone
Mary Iiles   Track Performer
Cameron Adams   Trombone
Dick Clark   Trombone
Cynthia Leigh Heim   Trombone
Clyde Alves   Snare Drums
Pamela Remler   Trombone
Sara Brenner   Trombone
Jennie Ford   Trombone

Technical Credits

Hugh Fordin   Producer
Meredith Willson   Composer
Cynthia Daniels   Engineer
Peggy Sirota   Cover Photo
Eric Witzer   Art Direction

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The Music Man [2000 Broadway Revival Cast Recording] 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this is no doubt to become a classic recording, after two listenings I still feel Mr. Bierko atleast on the recording is trying to sound to much like Robert Preston. This makes me feel as if he is playing Robert Preston playing the role. The voices are all great. Rebecca Luker once again out does her self.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This show is amazing! The vocals are very impressive, and Craig Bierko is adorable. This is true Broadway.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This recording is simply awesome. Unbelievable instrumental arrangements perfectly complement all the outstanding vocals in every song. This is a phenomenal recording. A hit, a palpable hit!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Meredith Wilson's score is absolutely brilliant. This revival of this '50s masterpiece is brought back to life with an amazing Craig Bierko(said to be a better Harold Hill than Robert Preston by many) and the only thing more beautiful than Rebecca Luker is her voice. This soundtrack is extremely well done and sure to be enjoyed by all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you couldn't make it to the show in New York, this is a great CD to make up for it. You can follow the story just by listening to the music. The best thing about it is definitely Rebecca Luker though. She's an amazing singer, and a great actress. Her beautiful soprano voice is perfect for the role of Marian.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this beautiful Broadway Revival recording. Instantaneously, it became a classic on Broadway and now, it comes completely back to life in this recording!! Craig Beirko is outstanding!! The new Robert Preston has returned!!! To everyone, this is definitely a worthwhile purchase. I completely recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful cast recording, with great orchestration. Rebecca Luker's Marion is fantastic... she has a wonderful soprano voice. Rest of the cast members rival the originals.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is no doubt in my mind that this new cast lives up the standard set by the original cast. The voices of Bierko and Luker soar, and the supporting characters are simply enchanting. A definate must buy
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought the CD cause I was in the play and I wanted to hear a the Broadway version so I bought the revival and I liked it awhole lot and what was amazing about it was that Rebecca Luker the girl that play Marian Paroo is from my state of Alabama and went to college at Montevallo and I thought that was so cool.