Marie Christine

Marie Christine

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Marie Christine

Audra McDonald is the most dazzling singing actress to arrive on Broadway since Barbra Streisand's legendary 1962 debut. MARIE CHRISTINE, composed by up-and-comer Michael John LaChiusa, is the highly anticipated first leading role written specifically for the triple Tony-winner (CAROUSEL, "Master Class," RAGTIME). LaChiusa's dark 1999 musical, loosely based on Euripides's Medea and set in turn-of-last-century New Orleans and Chicago, delivers ample opportunities for McDonald to exhibit her amazing dramatic and vocal talents: Her crystalline soprano brilliantly conveys emotions -- from mirth to misery and from menace to madness -- with minimum effort and maximum effect. Buoyed by a superb ensemble featuring Tony-winner Anthony Crivello [KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN], producer Jay David Saks has created a thrilling,risky,and riveting recording that will likely turn the last new American musical to open on Broadway in the 20th century into an enduring classic.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/18/2000
Label: Rca Victor Broadway
UPC: 0090266359325
catalogNumber: 63593

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vivian Reed   cast
Shawn Elliott   cast
Kamau Adilifu   Trumpet
Brent Black   Ensemble
Kenneth Burward-Hoy   Viola
Rebekah Johnson   Violin
Robert Lawrence   Violin
Jesse Levine   Viola
John Moses   Woodwind
Brian O'Flaherty   Trumpet
Ron Oakland   Violin
David Pleasant   Percussion
Jennifer Warren   cast
John Winder   Woodwind
Lawrence Yurman   Synthesizer,Conductor,Keyboards
David Evans   Conductor
Anthony Crivello   cast
Maura Giannini   Violin
Scott Ballantyne   Cello
Richard Heckman   Woodwind
Steve Kenyon   Woodwind
Janet Metz   cast
Larry Spivack   Percussion
Peter Samuel   Track Performer
Jim Weaver   cast
Peter Gordon   French Horn
Audra McDonald   cast
Andrea Frierson   Track Performer
Darius de Haas   Track Performer,cast
Lovette George   cast
Janet Lantz   French Horn
Mary Testa   cast
Michael McCormick   cast
Kimberly Jajuan   Track Performer
Andre Garner   cast
M. Rosena Hill   cast
Kim Huber   cast
Mark Lotito   cast
Janet Meta   Track Performer
C. Franz Alderfer   Ensemble
Lynn Joy Matthews   Track Performer,cast
Vivian Ree   Track Performer
Ray Kilday   Electric Bass
Deborah Sepe   Cello
Raymond Kilday   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Mary Bond Davis   cast

Technical Credits

Tom Lazarus   Engineer
Jay David Saks   Producer
Bruce Samuels   Programming
Jonathan Tunick   Orchestration
David Evans   Musical Director
Michael John LaChiusa   Composer
Brian Alverson   Programming

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Marie Christine 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't believe the two people above like this...CACOPHONY! Although I'm only 13, I have a large collection of Broadway soundtracks, and out of all of them, THIS one is the worst! I got the soundtrack because I am a HUGE fan of Audra Mcdonald, and I think she potrayed Marie Christine as best as possible. And the plot is good, but I'd rather listen to a bunch of cats scraping forks against a blackboard than have to sit and hear this music, (if you could even call it that)! Audra, you have such great talent, and I thoroughly enjoyed ''Ragtime'', but I DIDN'T enjoy this! If you're smart, you'll get something else!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I, too, saw the show at the Beaumont, and disagree with the person above. While I liked the show, it was essentially 'cold,' whereas the recording enables the listener to focus on the music, and, of course, Audra McDonald's awesome performance and remarkable vocal prowess. I like the CD MORE than I liked the show.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the show at the Vivian Beaumont and this recording, as fabulous as it is, does the show no justice. Audra's talent, however exceeds the limitations of an audio recording. Every twinge of her emotional and vocal prowess can be clearly heard and FELT when one hears her sing the song that ends act one. A triumph for Micheal John LaChiusa! Anthony Crivello, of course, is stunning and perfectly cast as Dante...his voice lends a link that completes the circle that Ms. McDonald has begun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For anyone who is a true broadway and/or musical theater fan this is a must. LaChiusa's music's is complex and compelling. You can not get enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I totally agree with Amy, this is one of the worst CDs I've ever listened to!!! I love Audra McDonald's voice, and they all sing incredibly well, but the music is all so weird and it's not pleasant...AT ALL! I really liked the storyline, and without the music, it would probably make a GREAT movie. But I hope that you don't buy this, because believe me, you'll just end up regretting it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just so adolescents don't get a bad rap for being clueless Rentheads who wouldn't know art if it punched them in the face... "Marie Christine" is another near-brilliant work by Michael John LaChiusa. The score is original and varied, and Audra performs it SO well. Her vocal acting is bar-none and she communicates the show well although we don't have the benefit of the stage production in front of us. Surely, this is not LaChiusa's best work, nor Audra's. But even when they're not their absolute best, they're still above-par!