The Bridges of Madison County
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2014
....I don't remember when. I saw this show based solely on what I read about the score, something about picking up the gauntlet thrown down by Rogers & Hammerstein to write songs, real songs, not leitmotif. I wasn't disappointed.

I guess everyone has his/her criteria for what makes a great Broadway show (i.e., new shows, not revivals). For me, it's about hearing melodies I haven't heard a million times before. It's also about hearing songs that indelibly capture character in a single moment. This show did exactly that for me. I know this review is supposed to address the recording alone, but as the show is still running (and probably struggling for an audience while Aladdin will be SRO for the next dozen years) I can't help throwing kudos for the spare, deeply creative staging. I know that "beautiful" is the most overused adjective in the vernacular, but The Bridges of Madison County truly is that. The songs are simply lush, and every singer, especially O'Hara and Pasquale, render them with palpable passion. The show haunted me for days, and I can't wait to have the OBC recording on CD to treasure forever along with my other favorite shows of all time.

As to the reviewer a few notches below who gave this a poor review, I'm certainly not "hating" him (or her), nor do I consider myself an expert on this composer's oeuvre, but I clearly see great worth in this musical score. My recommendation to others is: see the show, buy the music, decide for yourself.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2014
I have been going to Broadway Musicals all my life and I have so many favorites - for so many different reasons. "The Bridges of Madison County" just moved to the top of my list. I wasn't expecting to be so moved when I first saw it during previews - But when I went back again this weekend, I was prepared. The music by Jason Robert Brown is absolutely gorgeous and at times even breath taking. I have seen the show twice and plan to go back again. The director found a team of collaborators including an amazing cast who understood and loved the material and translated it into a night of theatre that is now a part of me. The entire musical, on every level including the set, the staging, sound, lightening, every single element came together perfectly. Someone once asked me what I loved so much about theatre and I struggled to find the words to answer. I still struggle with finding the right words but the answer can be found in this beautiful musical. Paul Boynton
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2014
Incredible music. Amazing cast. Beautiful story. What's not to love? If you get the chance, please see this show on stage. It's breathtaking and life changing!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2014
We had the pleasure of seeing The Bridges Of Madison County on Broadway 2 weeks before it's unfortunate closing. This recording accurately captures the beauty and power of the voices of the cast performing these luxurious and meaningful songs by Jason Robert Brown. This is Mr. Brown's most successful and likeable score so far.

My personal favorite song is "Another Life", so perfect, an instantly memorable classic. "Almost Real" is a showstopper for Kelli O'Hara's gorgeous soprano, and "It All Fades Away" shows off the incredible range and gripping power of Steven Pasquale's tenor. And I just love "One Second And A Million Miles" and "Wondering"

If you've seen the show, relive it here. And if you didn't get the chance, it's almost like being there. Easily deserves the Tony for best score!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2014
Beautifully written, spectacularly performed. I feel truly blessed to be alive whilst these amazingly talented people share their talents with the world. I am very grateful to have seen the show, and LOVE this cast recording. Thank you, thank you amazing artists, most especially Jason Robert Brown, Kelli O'hara & Steven Pasquale, each extraordinary.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2014
Absolutely beautiful music. I was fortunate enough to see this show before it closed (way too soon, I might add) and the cast was amazing. It's sad that musicals such as this, that have a more classic sounding score to them, have trouble surviving. I would absolutely recommended buying this album- it's been on repeat since I bought it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2014
Just won the Tony for best score, yet the show still closed.

Pick it up and see why it won.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2014
It's lush, it's beautiful, it's full of character...it's everything you want in a Broadway musical score. I can't wait for this show to tour. If only the original cast would board the bus and come with it. Kelly O'Hara sings like an angel; Steven Pasquale has a gorgeous voice. The score veers from rollicking rural farm themes to heart-aching love songs. I got so hooked on one number, "One Second and Million Miles," that I played it over and over and over and over. It is totally appealing. I can see why this score won this year's Tony Award for best musical score.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2014
The songs are wonderful, and I really loved this. Wish I could of seen it on Broadway, but closed far too early. Definitely happy i added to my collection
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2014
One of the most breathtakingly romantic scores ever composed for the Musical Theatre. While the show itself received mixed reviews and is about to close, the perfection of the score cannot be argued. Jason Robert Brown process again that he is a genius.
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