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Contact: Music from the Broadway Show Cast Recording

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Susan Stroman's Contact stirred up a hornets' nest of controversy by winning the 2000 Tony Award for Best Musical. The fact that the music for the dance play was entirely prerecorded, and mostly from classic sources didn't sit well with either traditionalists or union musicians. So what exactly do you get on the CD, Contact: Music from the Broadway Show? The first segment of the three-section show takes place in the French countryside and is represented by a Stephane Grappelli recording of "My Heart Stood Still." The second part is a romantic fantasy accompanied by Leonard Bernstein recordings of Grieg, Tchaikovsky, and Bizet. The most famous segment portrays modern New Yorkers and the music they swing dance to: classic pop (Dion, the Beach Boys), neo-swing bands (Squirrel Nut Zippers, Royal Crown Revue), and of course the show's defining number, Robert Palmer's "Simply Irresistible."

It's extremely odd to listen to a CD representing four Tony-winning achievements and not be able to enjoy three of them: Stroman's choreography, and Karen Ziemba and Boyd Gaines's dancing/acting (not to mention Deborah Yates's striking Girl in the Yellow Dress). Fortunately for Gaines, he actually appears on this CD, as his new, suave rendition of "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You" replaces the show's usual Dean Martin recording. Comparable to the CD of music used in Peter Shaffer's Amadeus, Contact: Music from the Broadway Show is without question a useful souvenir of an innovative, invigorating theater experience (only a few numbers are missing from the 56-minute CD), but as a listening experience, it's a real mixed bag. --David Horiuchi

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Product Details

  • Performer: Susan Stroman, Leonard Bernstein, Robert Palmer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (March 6, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: RCA Victor Broadway
  • ASIN: B000059RWN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,712 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
This wonderful show is capped off with Van Morrison's "Moondance", a warm and romantic song that celebrates the mood and emotion that the Broadway show leaves you with. Including it on this CD would have made it the perfect souvenir of the show. But it isn't here. Shame. It's too bad that Broadway shows are rarely released on video, because this one would be a keeper. The music on this CD is great, but it is better to hear them in the context of the visual presentation.
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By A Customer on March 2, 2002
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If you like swing/good dancing music this CD is a must for your collection. And no, you don't have to have seen the play to enjoy these songs. Hearing any one of them on the radio would be reason to crank up the volume! Yes, the first half is classical music but they are tuneful and delightful to listen to. And seeing the show (which I highly recommend!) will give an added dimension to your enjoyment but is definately not necessary to enjoy this cd.
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Never have I seen a show as wonderful as this. I'd do almost anything for a video of it? Any possiblility?
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By A Customer on April 19, 2001
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After seeing Contact's performance on the Tony Awards last year, I feared I may spend up to $200 on CDs to get the songs from the show that I loved; many just for the one song used in Contact. However I'm glad I was financially challenged (and too stubborn to get all those CDs and then not even be able to put them in my Broadway part of my CD collection where they rightfully belonged) because now I have them all on CD and not only that but a wonderful booklet with pictures from the show (I'm a sucker for those, he he). This is a wonderful mix, and the music choices for each vingette was so original. Take for instance the first vingette, set in 18th Century France set to swing music (although there is a wonderful pun going with it as the story centers around a girl on a swing *g*). And the second set in an Italian restaurant in Queens in 1954 set to classical music. Finally, the third story is a complete mix of everything from The Beach Boys to Squirrel Nut Zippers to Benny Goodman. Included is cast member Boyd Gaines' version of "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You." This is a wonderful CD not only for fans of the show but dancers looking for a good mix to prance around to *g*
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Now granted, some of these songs are great, but they don't compare in the least to the show itself. Contact is a fabulously entertaining show, and a wonderful new concept for Broadway...even though it is TRULY NOT a musical (one might classify it as a play with music, or even better, a "modern ballet"). So this is a good CD if you are just interested in a random compliation of good music, but unlike many broadway cast albums, it is NO substitution for the show...and the exclusion of Moondance? That's just silly...
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... the Van Morrison recording of "Moondance", which is used for the marvelous curtain call sequence (in which all the characters from the three pieces get to dance together), is not included on the CD. What a shame!
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By A Customer on March 24, 2001
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It makes sense if you have seen the show (the first show I know of to be based on prerecorded music), but if you haven't this is a wacky mixture of classical, jazz, and rock/pop dance numbers, and if you have eclectic tastes it is certainly entertaining listening. The version of Beyond the Sea is pretty weak, with Bobby Darin's version being about a thousand times better, but other than that it is hard to quarrel with any of the music.
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Another reviewer stated the ultimate truth: It's not as good as being there.

Though that's true, that's also the reason my wife and I bought this CD. Every time I listen to it, I feel transported back to our seats in San Francisco where my mind was BLOWN by the intense, passionate performances that took place right in front of us. I've always enjoyed dancing and music, and while we were dating my wife kept telling me that I needed to see "contact".

Her exact words were: "...trust me, you just really need to see it."

So, I'll give you a suggestion as well as a review: See the live performance, and if you feel moved, buy this CD. You'll thank yourself again and again.
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When will Contact be available on DVD?
I second the idea. Saw it on PBS and would love a DVD since I stupidly never saw it at Lincoln Center.
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