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Do Re Mi (1999 Broadway Revival Cast) Cast Recording


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 21, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Drg
  • ASIN: B00000K2CW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,166 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture
2. Waiting
3. Take A Job
4. All You Need Is A Quarter
5. It's Legitimate
6. I Know About Love
7. Cry Like The Wind
8. Ambition
9. Fireworks
10. What's New At The Zoo
11. Asking For You
12. The Late, Late Show
13. Adventure
14. Adventure (Reprise)
15. Make Someone Happy
16. Who Is Mr. Big?
17. He's A V.I.P.
18. All Of My Life
19. Finale
20. Bonus Track

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Despite its stellar pedigree (music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Comden and Green, book by Garson Kanin), 1960's Do Re Mi remains relatively obscure. It was said to be a lightweight romp, irremediably linked to the outsize personalities of its two original stars, Phil Silver and Nancy Walker. Now Nathan Lane and a superior cast prove that, while no masterpiece, Do Re Mi is a vastly entertaining musical. The book is an inane romp about a jukebox scam, but the score has brassy, swinging tunes ("Waiting," "All You Need Is a Quarter"), sentimental duets ("Fireworks"), a hilarious novelty number ("What's New at the Zoo"), and a couple of bona fide showstoppers ("Cry Like the Wind," "Make Someone Happy"). While Lane hams it up with his usual gusto, Brian Stokes Mitchell (Ragtime) and Heather Headley almost steal the show as the young lovebirds. The CD also includes a 20-minute 1961 interview with the creative team. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
It took me a while to warm up to this album, as much of the score and the dialogue is very dated, if not downright corny. "The Late, Late Show" is a case in point. This bit of fluff was obviously intended to showcase Phil Silver's talent as a mimic, but many of the references are no longer relevant, or sound like bad cartoon dialogue. But despite such drawbacks, this is a fun album to have. Nathan Lane does about as well with the material as one could do nowadays and turns in an engaging performance. As for the songs, there are several you will want to skip over and over again, but just as many you will want to play over and over again. "Cry Like the Wind" is a song of timeless beauty, and there are many "upbeat" numbers you'll want to play just because it feels so good to listen to them. And then there is Brian Stokes Mitchell, who understandably has taken Broadway by storm. His clear, powerful baritone will knock you out of your chair on "I Know About Love" and his "Make Someone Happy" duet soars to the heights of the headphones. If you want to make yourself happy, buy this album and give it a little time to sink in. It's worth warming up to.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The new cast recording of Do Re Mi would be an excellent addition to any Broadway show collection but would probably not appeal to the average music fan. Most of the songs are theme driven and are best within the context of the show. The singing in this version is universally good - Nathan Lane is Nathan Lane, which is good, but Brian Stokes Mitchell is the real reason to purchase this CD as his renditions of four songs is outstanding, including the well known Make Someone Happy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By michael a. willhoite on November 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I snapped this one up immediately because I'm crazy about the score. (Has a more upbeat Broadway pep number ever been written than "It's Legitimate"? This is what the American musical is supposed to be about.) Nathan Lane is our most inspired clown, on Broadway at least, and does a fine job here. But nobody could top Phil Silvers in the same role. He brings a dramatic depth of feeling to "All of My Life" that Lane can't quite hit. But that's a minor quibble. The voice that leaps out at you on this recording, however, is that of Brian Stokes Mitchell. Here, in one neat package is the new Alfred Drake. Every note he touches he turns to instant gold, and his songs are the ones I play over again when I'm through -- and then once more. This guy is NEVER going to be out of work. Bravo yet again for the Encores! series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen A. Baxter on December 10, 2011
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This is not the finest score ever written, but I play Make Someone Happy over and over and over (and I have the Original Broadway Cast and the London Cast as well, and believe me, I do not play THEM over and over). I give it five stars because Mitchell and Headley are ss good as it gets.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. T Waldmann on July 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I resisted buying this recording until very recently, primarily because I believed that listening to it would sully the memories of Phil Silvers, Nancy Walker, John Reardon, and Nancy Dussault from the RCA original cast recording (sadly deleted - and sorely missed). Al Hirschfeld's drawings on the back of the CD and on the back of the booklet reminded me of how much these entertainment giants are missed AND how much we all miss Al Hirschfeld.
So, with trepidition, I began to listen. "The new orchestrations by Luther Henderson sound wrong," was my first impression. "They don't sound 'Broadway' enough." Then came the song "Waiting." "Randy Graff can't hold a candle to Nancy Walker," I thought. "Miss Walker would do such and such at this point. Oh, I'm not going to like this at all."
But it grew on me. Gradually I let myself appreciate Nathan Lane (no, he isn't Phil Silvers) and Miss Graff as they performed "Take a Job." "It's Legitimate" almost won me over with its Broadway brassiness. Brian Stokes Mitchell's "I Know About Love" is very fine, and Heather Headley brings a freshness to "Cry Like the Wind," even though Nancy Dussault's version still haunts me. But the turning point was "Adventure." Yes, I still miss Phil Silvers and Nancy Walker, but Nathan Lane and Randy Graff are superb here. So I permitted myself to enjoy the show, making mental notes like: "No one plays a schlmeil the way Nathan Lane does. Hum . . . I don't recall Phil Silvers being this human and sympathetic ('All of My Life').
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Rice on December 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This 1999 recording of Do Re Mi is a better recording than the original Broadway Cast, but the music is about the same. The show was a fluffy thing built around Phil Silvers. Now the star is Nathan Lane. Different actors, different styles. Nathan Lane, of course, can sing. "It's Legitimate" is still a raucous number as it should be. One wonders, though, why shows like this are being revived.
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I would give 5 big marvelous starts if it starred a Brian Stokes Mitchell and Heather Headley. They are beyond phenomenal! Nathan lane however sounds the same on every album. He seems to mostly play the same part over and over in stage roles. If you're looking for him stick with The Producers or Guys and Dolls.

Believe me though the CD is worth is for Heather Headley's numbers alone!
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