Nine [Original Broadway Cast]

Nine [Original Broadway Cast]

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Nine [Original Broadway Cast]

The 1981-1982 Broadway season boasted two solid musical hits: Dreamgirls, about a Supremes-like girl group, and Nine, based on Federico Fellini's celebrated film 81/2. When Tony Awards time arrived, the conservative theater types who make up the Tony voters gave Nine five awards, for best musical, score, director, featured actress, and costume designer, while Dreamgirls won six, for best book, choreographer, actor, actress, supporting actor, and lighting designer. This Solomon-like division sent the message that Dreamgirls was in essence a performance vehicle, while Nine was the more solid overall work. In retrospect, it seems that the Tony voters got it exactly backward. They may have been skittish about the pop/R&B pastiche that made up Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen's score for Dreamgirls and more comfortable with Maury Yeston's more traditional Broadway score for Nine, but the former has proven more memorable in the long run. (It was also the more popular at the time, with a cast album that went gold, produced a Top 40 hit, and won the Grammy, while Nine never reached the charts.) And though both shows had healthy runs, Dreamgirls ran more than twice as long. Actually, the strong points of Nine have more to do with the cast, led by Raul Julia as a confused Italian film director, and featuring nine women in his life, among them Karen Akers and Tony winner Liliane Montevecchi, than with what they are given to sing. Yeston's music is appropriately European-styled, and his lyrics are often facile, but little about them stands out without the performers and director Tommy Tune's staging to support them. While the score is enjoyable in the context of the show, it is not surprising that this music did not live outside the theater and that there have been relatively few revivals of the show since its original production. (In its original release, the cassette version of Nine [CBS Masterworks JST 38325] was an expanded version of the LP, running more than 80 minutes.)

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074643832526
catalogNumber: 38325

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Performance Credits

Paul Sullivan   Piano,Celeste,Harpsichord,Electric Piano
Dan Reed   Violin
David Davis   Violin
Karen Akers   Track Performer
Lamar Alsop   Violin
Melainie Baker   Violin
John Beal   Bass
John Campo   Clarinet,Flute,Bassoon
Harold Coletta   Viola
Joyce Flissler   Violin
Jack Gale   Trombone
Harry Glickman   Violin
Allan Goldberg   Cello
Michael Hinton   Percussion
Hank Jaramillo   Percussion
Jesse Levine   Viola
Charles McCracken   Cello
Tony Miranda   French Horn
John Moses   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,E-flat Clarinet
Harriet Orenstein   English Horn,Oboe
Jule Ruggiro   Bass
Scott   Flute,Alto Flute,Piccolo
Ron Sell   French Horn
Roger Wendt   French Horn
Wilmer Wise   Trumpet
Masako Yanagita   Violin
Robert Zottola   Trumpet
Emanuel Vardi   Viola
Jesse Cusimano   Violin
Clarissa Howell   Cello
Veronica Salas   Viola
Beverly Schroeder   Violin
Morris Lefkowitz   Violin
Charles Millard   Clarinet,Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
John Feeney   Bass
Joe Diamante   Mandolin,Violin
Henry Fanelli   Harp
Garfield Fobbs   Bass Trombone
Robert Ayres   Percussion
Alla Goldenberg   Cello
Liliane Montevecchi   Track Performer
Raul Julia   Track Performer
Kathi Moss   Track Performer
Stephanie Cotsirilos   Track Performer
Camille Saviola   Track Performer
Shelly Burch   Track Performer
Anita Morris   Track Performer
Taina Elg   Track Performer
Cameron Johann   Track Performer
Paul Winter   Violin
John Reed   Cello
George Brown   Viola

Technical Credits

Michael Berniker   Producer
Mike Moran   Engineer
Ronnie Olsen   Engineer
Jonathan Tunick   Orchestration
Joe Lopes   Engineer
Tommy Tune   Director
Wally Harper   Musical Director

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