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Most Beautiful New Broadway Score since...
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.