Chaplin: The Musical

December 4, 2012 | Format: MP3

$11.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: December 4, 2012
  • Release Date: December 4, 2012
  • Label: Masterworks
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  • Total Length: 52:10
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  • ASIN: B00ABB7Y5C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,733 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Beautiful production, beautiful music.
Zanna
It is even more refreshing when the recording of the score maintains that attraction.
Steven L.
So lucky to have seen the show in NY and to relive the moments on the cd.
Mr. Raymond T. Muschialli

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Format: Audio CD
I guess the timing wasn't right for the Broadway run of "Chaplin: The Musical" it opened on September 10, 2012, after three weeks of previews, and the cast album was recorded on November 4th and 5th. The digital version of the album was released on December 4th with the CD to be released on January 8, 2013. The show, however, closed just 2 days before the CD release.

I first heard about the show - with a book by Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and newbie Christopher Curtis with music and lyrics by Curtis - when it played the New York Musical Festival in 2006. It was then titled "Behind the Limelight". I remember hearing a song or two on the internet and waited for an album. When I heard that Sony Masterworks was issuing it, I was really looking forward to it. The CD came last week and, while I like it, I can't say I love it. But that's not the reason for my four star rating. I always expect high quality packaging in Sony Masterworks releases but this one is a letdown and, if you have not seen the show - and now that it is closed, one can only hope for a regional theater revival - you will find yourself lost - as I did (and I know at least something about Chaplin beyond his movies).
I see that the two reviews posted just before me gave five stars and rave about the production. I can only guess that these two well-informed reviewers saw the production. But I could be wrong.
Before I get to the CD itself I'll describe the 12 panel booklet enclosed. Six of the panels are are full page photos. There is one page with cast members and their roles, one page with the recording credits, one page with the production credits and two pages listing the 20 tracks and the characters who sing them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven L. on January 10, 2013
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It is always a pleasant surprise when a bio-musical is written that is engaging and keeps the audience concerned with the characters. It is even more refreshing when the recording of the score maintains that attraction. "Chaplin: The Musical," is one of those musicals.

My first impulse when initially listening to the Broadway Cast Recording of this new musical, which unfortunately closed at the Barrymore on January 6th, was "who composed this score, with its stimulating melodies, spread out among all the principal performers?" Christopher Curtis, a newcomer to the Broadway world, has created a timeless story about the famous movie actor, Charlie Chaplin (1889 - 1977), who rose to stardom, only to be exiled later in his life for his "supposed" communist sympathies. But Curtis' work is more than assisted by the strong collaborative team put in place to see the 24-character show to New York. From co-bookwriter Thomas Meehan ("Annie") to director Warren Carlyle ("Hugh Jackman - Back on Broadway"), the creative team has amassed a highly, talented cast, led by Rob McClure as Chaplin, Christiane Noll as Hannah Chaplin, Jenn Colella as columnist Hedda Hopper and Erin Mackey as Chaplin's fourth (and final) wife, Oona O'Neill.

Curtis' score strikes an effective balance between large ensemble numbers ("Just Another Day in Hollywood," "Life Can Be Like The Movies") and heartfelt solo moments for the principal performers including Noll ("Look At All The People"), Mackey ("What Only Love Can See"), and of course, McClure ("If I Left London," "Where Are All the People?" and a spot-on replication of Chaplin's 1972 Honorable Oscar speech).
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By buenseñor on January 8, 2013
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Excellent! I cannot fathom why this show has closed already on Broadway. (Actually, yes I can, but more on that in a minute!) Chaplin is the presentation of Charlie's life before, during and in the collapse of his Little Tramp character. While his story may be familiar to some, to me it wasn't. I have yet to figure out if that's an advantage or a disadvantage in writing these short reviews. The show is crammed full of historic detail and period costumes. The stage is often filled with dancers. When the stage is "filled with" the presence of The Little Tramp himself, star Rob McClure, he is larger than life in the part. His show-stopping song, What Only Love Can See, is positioned perfectly in the flow of events as to be especially memorable. The show ending will not leave a dry eye in the house! Owning and playing the OBC is only a substitution, albeit a superb one, for seeing the actual production.

So what went wrong? I would summarize all that in one word "perfection". Chaplin used a full orchestra every show ($$); 10 dancers didn't suffice as well as 15-20 ($$), the elaborate stage setting certainly was no relative of the phrase "Bare bones" ($$). So, yes, the producers were providing quality at every turn. Unfortunately such quality has to be funded by the response of the patrons. To cover a show like this, ticket prices bordered on the outrageous. If families was to introduce their children to the world of Broadway musicals, which would YOU choose: the latest show trying to make its way (i.e. higher ticket $$) or the established musical you know kids will enjoy? A "serious" musical over a "family-friendly fun fest"?
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