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Gutenberg! The Musical! Cast Recording

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'A smashing success!' That's how The New York Times described Gutenberg! The Musical!, while the Associated Press hailed it as 'hysterically funny!' Writers Anthony King and Scott Brown produced an uproarious script - funnier than The Drowsy Chaperone. A two-man spoof of passionate musical theatre writers, Gutenberg! The Musical! stars Christopher Fitzgerald (Finian's Rainbow, Tony and Drama Desk nominee for Young Frankenstein) and Jeremy Shamos (Drama Desk nominee for Animals Out of Paper) as two desperate and bravely untalented songwriters performing a backers' audition for their new musical about the inventor of the printing press. With an unending supply of enthusiasm, the two authors sing all the songs and play all the parts in their crass historical epic. Gutenberg! The Musical! opened at the Actor's Playhouse in January 2007; it was nominated for the 2007 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and the 2007 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical, and its authors were nominated for the 2007 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical. Now, at long last, it's preserved by PS Classics in this Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 3, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: P.S. Classics
  • ASIN: B002NXSTTG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,524 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By G. F. Nolan on November 13, 2009
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Gutenberg! is delightful on so many levels: It's a brilliant, silly satirical musical about big, overproduced, silly Broadway musicals, featuring the inventor of the printing press, an evil monk, a wench named Helvetica (my personal favorite font), and singing rodents. What's not to like, and that's just the beginning! It's full of sly pop-culture references and bursts of pure silliness worthy of The Simpsons and Monty Python, yet it's grounded enough that you actually find yourself rooting for these incredibly odd characters. All that, and the tunes are actually awesome. They will haunt you! I personally recommend the yearnful "I Can't Read Him (He's All Greek to Me)," which will make you laugh out loud (illiteracy! unrequited love!) and then stick in your head so you sing it all the time until your friends ask what your problem is. LOVE IT!
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I saw this show many times in New York over the years-- from the original with the authors playing the parts at the Upright Citizens Brigade, to the Off-Broadway run with Fitzgerald and Shamos (whose talents are on this disc)-- and I can't tell you how thrilled I am that this cast recording is finally getting released. This is not your average "ironic musical" fare. Scott & King are amazing songwriters and the songs aren't funny because they're bad (though they are, in their own special way)-- they're funny because they're completely hilarious. Warning: these songs will get stuck in your head. You'll love them, but you'll wish you could forget them. The quality of this recording is excellent and brings back many memories for me of great nights at the theatre. Highly recommended.
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In Act II, one of the characters says to the audience, "you must be sitting there thinking to yourself, I love this show more than any show I've ever seen ever . . . ." When I saw Gutenberg performed in Hartford in 2014, 100% of the audience would likely have agreed. Seventy-seven people (it was a small theater) laughed nonstop for an hour and a half -- it was the "funnest" time I've ever had at a theater (another Gutenberg quote). The CD is excellent, but if you get a chance to see the show itself, by all means GO!
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very entertaining, especially if you have had to do or watch an original musical being pitched for production or funding. Cute and catchy music and lyrics, but the "gag" does not encourage repeated listening - once you get the gag, then it's really done. I bet it was fun to watch.
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