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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
As their submission to the 2004 New York Musical Theatre Festival, songwriter Jeff Bowen and librettist Hunter Bell decided to, as Bowen puts it in the song "An Original Musical," "write a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical." Naturally, when it came to "Filling Out the Form" (another song), in the bracketed space marked "[title of show]," they titled this show [title of show]. The result displays the writer/performers' affection for and understanding of the form of the musical, as well as their ambitions and uncertainties, all of this expressed in contemporary American slang. (The album contains enough cursing to satisfy a rap ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
As their submission to the 2004 New York Musical Theatre Festival, songwriter Jeff Bowen and librettist Hunter Bell decided to, as Bowen puts it in the song "An Original Musical," "write a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical." Naturally, when it came to "Filling Out the Form" (another song), in the bracketed space marked "[title of show]," they titled this show [title of show]. The result displays the writer/performers' affection for and understanding of the form of the musical, as well as their ambitions and uncertainties, all of this expressed in contemporary American slang. (The album contains enough cursing to satisfy a rap star, but does not carry a parental advisory sticker.) There is one song in which the two female performers, Susan Blackwell and Heidi Blickenstaff, ponder about each other, "What Kind of Girl Is She," a question that seems to be answered by their follow-up duet, "Secondary Characters." The four singers work up their greatest enthusiasm in "Die Vampire, Die!," a song about the various forms of discouragement facing the creative artist, including actual people and also the voices inside the artist's own head.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/2006
  • Label: Ghostlight
  • UPC: 791558441420
  • Catalog Number: 84414
  • Sales rank: 27,830

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Untitled Opening Number (2:15)
  2. 2 Two Nobodies in New York (2:50)
  3. 3 An Original Musical (3:54)
  4. 4 Monkeys and Playbills (3:26)
  5. 5 The Tony Award Song (0:28)
  6. 6 Part of It All (3:04)
  7. 7 I Am Playing Me (1:40)
  8. 8 What Kind of Girl Is She? (1:50)
  9. 9 Die Vampire, Die! (4:58)
  10. 10 Filling Out the Form (1:52)
  11. 11 September Song (4:50)
  12. 12 Secondary Characters (2:25)
  13. 13 A Way Back to Then (2:33)
  14. 14 Mine People's Favorite Thing (4:39)
  15. 15 Finale (1:09)
  16. 16 [Title of Show] (4:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hunter Bell Vocals
Susan Blackwell Vocals
Heidi Blickenstaff Vocals
Jeff Bowen Vocals
Larry Pressgrove Keyboards
Technical Credits
Terrence McNally Liner Notes
Joel Moss Producer, Engineer
Scott Hull Mastering
Jan Folkson Engineer
Michael Berresse Liner Notes
Kurt Deutsch Producer, Executive Producer
Hunter Bell Book
Susan Blackwell Lyricist
Jeff Bowen Composer, Lyricist
Randy Merrill Mastering Associate
Larry Pressgrove Music Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    I really wanted to love this show

    While entertaining, this show isn't quite as postmodern as it claims to be. The "high concept" of a show within a show within a show, seem too forced. It reminded me of the high school kids who know they're smart and go about trying to prove it. Many of the songs feel like cheap Avenue Q ripoffs. That being said, I did enjoy the honesty about it. The performers were sweet and likeable. Many of the songs are wacky enough to be memorable. I especially liked "Die Vampire Die". I anticipate that this show will become a cult favorite and many community groups will butcher this music for years to come.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Tell nine people!

    The show itself is about two guys writing an original musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical. I am really glad I bought this cd after hearing a short clip on the NPR. The music is great; a piano and wonderful harmonies from the cast. I really enjoy singing along to it and did I mention I love the harmonies. I also enjoy the humor and reality/realism of the show because it is autobiographical of the creators which makes it original and plausible that maybe one day I could write a musical and have it make it on Broadway. I am in love with all of the songs some favorites being "Die, Vampire, Die", "Two Nobodies in New York","Nine People's Favorite Thing" and "Secondary Characters" but I would really list the whole cd if I could. So, I just recommend just breaking down and buying the cd, instead of only some songs that sound appealing on itunes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    the music is amazing! i really like that the orchestrations are mostly piano. it makes the show more practical. every song keeps your attention. i really want to see this show.

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