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A Chorus Line - The New Broadway Cast Recording (2006 Broadway Revival Cast) [Cast Recording, Extra tracks]

Marvin Hamlisch , Edward Kleban , Charlotte d'Amboise , Michael Berresse Audio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • Performer: Marvin Hamlisch, Edward Kleban, Charlotte d'Amboise, Michael Berresse
  • Audio CD (October 10, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording, Extra tracks
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000HEZF8Q
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Opening: I Hope I Get It
2. I Can Do That
3. At The Ballet
4. Sing!
5. Montage, Part 1: Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love
6. Montage, Part 2: Nothing
7. Montage, Part 3: Mother
8. Montage, Part 4: Gimme The Ball
9. Dance: Ten; Looks: Three
10. The Music And The Mirror
11. One
12. What I Did For Love
13. One (reprise) / Finale

Editorial Reviews

In the fall of 2006, A Chorus Line came back on Broadway 16 years after its original run closed, and it felt as if it had never left. The new production, put together by alums from the first one, is a carbon copy of Michael Bennett's groundbreaking staging, and the cast recording follows suit. The good news is that Marvin Hamlisch's energetic, pop-inflected score sounds as great as ever; the bad news: well, you might quibble with the staging but when it comes to the CD, there isn't really any bad news. This time around, the songs are performed in the order in which they are performed live, and the recording includes more of the incidental music and the dialogue. Among the highlights are Natalie Cortez's fabulous "Nothing" (check out the Bacharachian trumpet-and-piano arrangements, which aren't all that surprising since co-orchestrator Jonathan Tunick had worked on Bacharach's sole musical, Promises, Promises) and Jessica Lee Goldyn's uproarious "Dance: Ten; Looks: Three." And then there's "One," which remains one of the most memorable songs in the musical-theater catalogue—-lucky for us, we get it twice since it's reprised at the end. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Admirable, But Doesn't Approach Original November 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
It's nice to see such a great show back on Broadway, but this recording just can't escape the shadow of the orginal (and far superior) production. Most everything feels slowed down - too slowed down. I gave it a couple of listens, but it just didn't have the magic. Best tracks:

At The Ballet
The Music And The Mirror
What I Did For Love

Worth the ticket? - Absolutely!, but pick up the landmark 1975 recording instead of this merely "passable" version.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
There are several questions I have after listening to this CD.

Why are the tempos so crazy? The opening number plods along like a funeral march, while At The Ballet zips past as if the performers are on crank. Part of me suspects that cast is performing against a pre-recorded accompaniment track.

Why does everything sound so thin? These orchestrations were created to achieve maximum resonance in live acoustic settings. On this CD, it's like every single instrument is separately mic'ed and mixed to within an inch of its life, sometimes to the detriment of the overall sound. Sometimes, obviously live instruments sound like MIDI. Usually it's the sound engineer's job to make the opposite happen!

Why are the vocals so "hot"? In the OBC, there were occasions when the entire chorus would get overwhelmed by reverb and full-sounding orchestra. Now it's the vocals that tear at the balance.

Who cast this show? I'm not going to single any one cast member out because it would rude, but -- oh screw it. You deserve to know. This Cassie is some serious vocal ugly. I didn't once wonder along with Zach why she was stuck auditioning on the line, like I did with Ms. Donna McKechnie's fabulous triple threat.

Why not update some of the orchestrations? I have a deep and abiding respect for Jonathan Tunick (who is among my top three favorite Broadway creative types), but it's 2006. Wah wah pedals are out.

Overall, although this CD is good for completists, it's not going to knock the OBC recording out of it's slot as the definitive A CHORUS LINE recording. If you don't have a Chorus Line CD and are trying to decide which one to buy, track down the re-mastered version of the original broadway cast. It's vintage, but it has a raw warmth that is missing from the revival cast.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's "A Chorus Line" June 4, 2007
By ~Amante
Format:Audio CD
Well, this is A Chorus Line. I don't hear much difference from the original. Sound quality is a little better, the voices are a little bit better, and there are a few added notes here and there, but overall I don't feel this is a must have if you already own the original. Now if you have to choose between which one to get, I would say get this one. As I've said the sound quality and some voices ARE better on this one, but not so drastically that you need this one. I like A Chorus Line and I am happy I got this CD, but it definitely doesn't wipe the original off the map. I suggest this for collectors, and younger new listeners. Favorite song: "What I Did For Love"
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29 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE 'LINE' GOES ON October 10, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Is the new cast album superior to the original cast album? Can't say. Was the original cast album of 'A Chorus Line" superior to the new cast album? Can't say. With the exception of "What I Did For Love" the finale version of "One" and say "I Can Do That" the bulk of the music from "Chorus Line" demands viewing the staged performance of the show to fully appreciate the staccato and quirky rhythms of this exhilerating score.

The singing is on a par with the original but then its the dancing that counts in this show. But Priscilla Lopez from the original as Diana Morales and her thrilling rendition as the lead on "What I Did For Love" is much better than the present Morales, Natalie Cortez while good lacks the heart-breakingly hopeful determination of Ms Lopez.

And although I haven't seen the show as yet I am convinced no one can match the dancing of Donna Mckechnie on "The Music and the Mirror" This was the moment in the original 1975 production when the audience as a whole sucked in their breaths in amazement and awe at the sight of Ms Mckechnie alone on stage in front of the mirrors in one of the most dazzling displays of choreography ever witnessed on a Broadway stage.

This Cd is also ten minutes longer and contains a bit of dialogue and bits of music edited out of the original recording and virtually restores the entire twenty minute sequence of "Hello,Twelve, Hello Thirteen,Hello Love"

When all is said and done this is a grand recording of "A Chorus Line" and it can hold its' head up high next to the revered original and all I can say to the new "Line" is... WELCOME.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
It was, and remains, one singular sensation. A Chorus Line changed the face of American musical theater, with an urbane book by Nick Dante and James Kirkwood and sophisticated yet obvious lyrics and music by Ed Kleban and Marvin Hamlisch. The Pulitzer prize-winning musical has been resurrected in Broadway and on CD . . . And we can't wonder why. Those familiar with the original cast recording will cringe at the flatness of the "new" recording, a recording that's simultaneously intrusive on the memory and superfluous in any collection. Is this what Baayork Lee did for love?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag
It offers more music than the original OBC recording and the singers sound like trained singers (and not dancers who can kinda/sorta sing). Read more
Published 1 month ago by JayCeeEn
5.0 out of 5 stars Chorus Line Lover
Absolutely am obsessed with Chorus Line and this recording is amazing. Great compliment to the original movie. This cd gets lots of play in my car.
Published 5 months ago by Justine Loughridge
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd
I loved it!! It came earlier than i had expected, and was in perfect condition! And I can sing along as loud as i like in my car and simply enjoy "what I did for... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Conni Dickinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this revival
I wore out the original cast album, so when I saw the doc Every Little Step, I fell in love with these people. Read more
Published 15 months ago by KP
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show, great recording
"A Chorus Line" has long been one of my favorite broadway shows, and this CD reminds me of the live production I saw many years ago in New York.
Published 16 months ago by Fred F.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Chorus Line-The New Broadway Cast Recording 2006
Before I purchase a CD or DVD, I always hope the sound is perfect. I purchase all my CDs or DVDs at Amazon, and I have never received a bad or damaged disc. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Angelica McDermott
3.0 out of 5 stars mostly better vocals, but less tempo
As other reviewers have stated, this production lacks the tempo and urgency of the original production - especially the opening audition sequence. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Average American
5.0 out of 5 stars MARVIN HAMLISCH: Farewell, but what a legacy
The world lost one of Broadway's finest composers today. Marvin Hamlisch has died at age 68. No one who has ever seen A CHORUS LINE either on Broadway on the original 1975 version... Read more
Published on August 7, 2012 by Grady Harp
4.0 out of 5 stars Vocally superior to the OC.
Overall, the singing is clearly superior to the OC, especially ''Sing'' and ''Dance 10, Looks 3'' and ''At the Ballet. Read more
Published on March 17, 2012 by Joe Highbrow
3.0 out of 5 stars Well . . .
I like the more complete aspect of this recording. But, come on, a Broadway score is not a recording that deserves to have different editions of the same product available... Read more
Published on May 5, 2010 by MNTeacher
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