Colored Lights: The Broadway Album

Colored Lights: The Broadway Album

by Deborah Gibson
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Colored Lights: The Broadway Album

Deborah Gibson's theatrical soul has often made close brushes with her pop persona. Even while singing all that '80s nostalgia, there were traces of a young Broadway starlet seeping through. In between previous pop releases, Gibson acted on and off Broadway in just about everything (notably Les Miserables, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and opposite Betty Buckley in Gypsy). Here, at last, is her no-nonsense "Broadway Album." For those outside walking distance to the venues in which she performed, this will be the first full-on introduction to Gibson as theatrical star. The track selections are wise, ranging from familiar ("On My Own") to obscure (the upbeat Latin pop song "Raise the Roof"), with traditional and modern imprints stamped according to her taste. She pads the album with "Sex," self-penned doo wop from an upcoming project, which works as an interlude. Poor fans who fear that she is headed down a dark tunnel that leads to a public kiss with Madonna should listen carefully to her lyrical winking: "Dad's '59 Chevy or Grandma's Ford Fairlane...anyplace is fair game." Now, the question is, where will Gibson's career lead from here? She wrote some amazing material on 1995's Think With Your Heart, some of which could easily stand against these classics. The focal point of this album is Gibson -- the white light is all hers. The very fine orchestrations are secondary to her vocals, there are no duets, and backup singers are in limited supply. But it works. She is at ease, aims to please, and obviously enjoys every bit of what she's doing. The showstopper "They All Laughed" casts a sweet, frenetic spell and is vocally and instrumentally the highlight of the album -- most particularly when she chuckles, rumbles, and squeaks at the finish. There are two things requested of listeners in order to fully enjoy this project: that they be fans of Gibson and fans of theater. If you fit the playbill, you're in luck.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2003
Label: Varese Sarabande
UPC: 0030206219524
catalogNumber: 062195

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Deborah Gibson   Primary Artist
Debbie Gibson   Vocals
John Fumo   Trumpet
Debra Byrd   Background Vocals
Mark Converse   Percussion,Drums
Grant Geissman   Guitar
Vladimir Polimatidi   Violin
David Stout   Trombone
Randy Landas   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jean Marinelli   French Horn
Ron Abel   Conductor,Keyboards,Musical Direction
Ilene Novog   Viola
Alex Rannie   Harp
Mark Hollingsworth   Reeds
John Krovoza   Cello
Jerry Sharell   Background Vocals
Cheryl Ongaro   Violin
Ruth Bruegger   Violin
Steve Orich   Keyboards
Ray "The Closer" Garcia   Background Vocals
Phillip D. Feather   Reeds
John Krovozc   Cello
Sylvia MacCalla   Background Vocals
Ray Garcia   Background Vocals
Stephen Orich   Keyboards
Mark Coverse   Percussion
Ilene Novoe   Viola
Daniel Fornero   Trumpet

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Lyricist
Debbie Gibson   Lyricist,Producer,Liner Notes
Freddie Mercury   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Peter Allen   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer,Lyricist
William Finn   Lyricist
John Kander   Composer
Alain Boublil   Lyricist
Ira Gershwin   Lyricist
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer,Lyricist
William Meade   Producer
Claude-Michel Schönberg   Composer
Charles Strouse   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Chris Tergesen   Engineer
Lanny Meyers   Orchestration
Ron Abel   Producer,Orchestration,Musical Director
Bob Merrill   Composer,Lyricist
Deborah Gibson   Composer,Producer
Fred Ebb   Composer,Lyricist
Michael Yuen   Art Direction
Steve Orich   Orchestration
Mike Yuen   Art Direction
William Meade   Producer
Chris Tergeson   Engineer

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Colored Lights: The Broadway Album 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Deborah Gibson takes an unexpected turn after releasing "M.Y.O.B" in 2001. Indeed, her life-long work and dedication to her craft shows here. Finally, it all pays off "to call the roll the dice...and to raise the roof". Where "M.Y.O.B." was aimed at returning Gibson to mainstream and commerical pop/dance success, Gibson's "Colored Lights" is a landmark album that firmly roots Gibson's career as a vocalist. There were no fancy production and studio tricks; just Deborah simply singing. In all the songs, Gibson expresses herself with much more conviction and abandon than in the past. The best tunes on this CD might be "Raise the Roof!", "I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love", "Anytime", "On My Own", and "Blame It On the Summer Night". On "Raise the Roof", Gibson truly lets loose and her personality and true grit or soul shines; this song is just begging for some pop and dance remixes to have it ready for airplay. "Let Me Entertain You" and "Blame It On the Summer Night" showcase a sensual assurance rarely heard in her past works. "I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love" is a georgeous melody, and a radio-friendly ballad. "On My Own" is an old friend to Gibson, and the arrangement and interpretation is taken to a new level with darker and more dramatic (almost forboding) effects. "Colored Lights" is a fun and whimsical tune but with blends of longing and sadness that allows Gibson to show her dramatic range. "I'm The Greatest Start" is another song that showcases Gibson's dramatic abilities. "They All Laughed" is a fitting song for Gibson and she sang it flawlessly, and the theme is reminiscent of her previous "Dontcha Want Me Now". "Sex" (a Gibson original) is a sneak peak at the musical she's been writing for many years; the bridge is awesome and electric. "Maybe This Time" and "Anytime" are both powerhouse songs for Gibson. The only 2 songs I wasn't as enthusiastic on were "Who Are You Now?" and "I Enjoy Being a Girl". I think it was the delivery on those songs that made me feel that way. However, they were still good songs. Much like her 1997 release of "Deborah", "Colored Lights" is a very consistent CD where Gibson forges ahead and pushes forward musically. It is exciting to see Deborah continually growing. From her history, all indications tell us that her best is yet to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great Broadway show tunes that are performed magnificently by Deborah. What fun, just like being at the show again. What a talented and versatile artist.