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You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown [1999 Broadway Revival Cast]
     

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown [1999 Broadway Revival Cast]

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You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown actually began life in 1966 as a record album (MGM 900), Clark Genser's collection of songs based on Charles Shultz's popular Peanuts comic strip. It was expanded into an off-Broadway musical in 1967, retaining the loose structure of the songs in a series of vignettes, and ran over 1, 500

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You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown actually began life in 1966 as a record album (MGM 900), Clark Genser's collection of songs based on Charles Shultz's popular Peanuts comic strip. It was expanded into an off-Broadway musical in 1967, retaining the loose structure of the songs in a series of vignettes, and ran over 1, 500 performances. Annotator Mike Isaacson claims it is "the most produced musical in history," in part, no doubt, because the subject matter concerns children, the songs are simple, and the cast has only six characters, making it ideal for schools. The Broadway revival mounted in 1999, though not a financial success, was probably a good idea because it afforded an opportunity to revise and update the work to make it even more acceptable to those schools. Director Michael Mayer rewrote much of the libretto and brought in musical supervisor Andrew Lippa, who wrote new arrangements for half the songs and added two new ones, "Beethoven Day," which found Lucy using such contemporary slang as "Whatever," and the excellent "My New Philosophy," a song for the newly added character of Sally. On this cast album, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown comes full circle to be a record again (for the fifth time), and it remains charming, with a good cast featuring Anthony Rapp as Charlie Brown, B.D. Wong as Linus, and Kristin Chenoweth as Sally. Despite the revisions, it will never be Rugrats (which is okay with most listeners), and that may keep it from repeating its '60s success, but it remains an ingenuous piece.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/09/1999
Label:
Rca Victor Broadway
UPC:
0090266338429
catalogNumber:
63384

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Performance Credits

Jill Jaffe   Violin,Viola
Mary Ann McSweeny   Bass
Anthony Rapp   Vocals,Track Performer
B.D. Wong   Vocals,Track Performer
Roger Bart   Vocals,Track Performer
Kristin Chenoweth   Vocals
Stanley Wayne Mathis   Vocals,Track Performer
Kimberly Grigsby   Piano,Conductor,Keyboards
Kenny Brescia   Guitar
Christine MacDonnell   Reeds
Mary Ann McSweeney   Bass
Joseph Mowatt   Percussion
Ilana Levine   Vocals,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Vince Guaraldi   Composer
Vincent Caro   Engineer
Andrew Lippa   Arranger,Producer,Musical Supervision
Michael Isaacson   Liner Notes
Anthony Rapp   Contributor
Caroline Ulrich   Artwork
Clark Genser   Songwriter

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You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown [1999 Broadway Revival Cast] 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
KMG777 More than 1 year ago
This CD contains some favorites from years gone by (one song I sang in a 3rd grade concert decades ago) and some new songs that are sure to have you singing along.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great album for anyone who has ever loved Shultz's ''Peanuts''. My favorite song is ''Book Report'' in which all the characters cumulate their reports in harmony. While not as musically profound as other modern musicals, ''Charlie Brown'' retains youthful innocence that is somewhat of a relief. The cast was very well suited for this task. B.D. Wong uses Linus' lisp very accurately and Stanley Wayne Mathis (an excellent singer) sings ''Beethoven Day'' superbly. This musical is also memorable because both ''Sally'' and ''Snoopy'' recieved Tony Awards for their performances (which were great as well). In short, this musical should be posessed by anyone who is a connesouire of musical theater.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was delighted with this cd
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best and most enjoyable Musicals I have seen/heard! Rent's Anthony Rapp does a brilliant Charlie Brown, while other great singers are on as well, Kristen Chenoweth, Roger Bart, Stanley Mathis and B.D. Wong! Awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen this show twice--on broadway and in MD, and it is so GREAT! and the soundtrack is just so much fun to listen to! every single character is wonderful--i highly recommend this cd!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While there are a few odd vocal quirks, I searched around the different versions before deciding definitely on this one. I think the singers capture the spirit of the songs better than other versions. Still, I think there could be room for improvement.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great cd, although it was a little disturbing to hear Snoopy sing. LOL!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This new recording is a fresh take on this Broadway musical with a cast that is vibrant and full of life. Rent's Anthony Rapp (Charlie Brown) and Tony(C) award winners Kristen Chenoweth (Sally Brown) and Roger Bart (Snoopy) shine along with other actors B.D. Wong (Linus), Ilana Levine (Lucy) and Stanley Wayne Mathis (Schroeder). Fun and entertaining for kids of all ages!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Middle School just performed this musical and I loved the music. I'm glad I found a cd with the music on it! It rocks!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is so much better than the off-broadway version with gary ''radar o'reilly'' burghoff. with the addition of schroeder and the great song ''beethoven day,'' this cast recording is very enjoyable and fun to listen to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago