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By Jeeves (1996 London Revival Cast) [Cast Recording]

Diana Morrison, Nicolas Colicos, Simon Day, Robert Austin, Alan Ayckbourn, Steven Pacey, Andrew Lloyd WebberAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (March 18, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • ASIN: B000001EYU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,951 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Some Introductory Chat
2. Wooster Will Entertain You
3. The Plot Thickens
4. Travel Hopefully (Part One)
5. A Curious Hedgehog Incident
6. Travel Hopefully - Steven Pacy/ Nicholas Haverson
7. In Which My Character Is Tested
8. That Was Nearly Us - Steven Pacy/ Lucy Tregear
9. Days Of Jam And Mazes
10. Love's Maze - Steven Pacey/ Cathy Tregear
11. Wooster Thinks On His Feet
12. The Hallo Song - Steven Pacy/ Nicholas Colicos/ Simon Day
13. And Identity Crisis (Or Two)
14. By Jeeves - Steven Pacy/ Simon Day/ Nicholas Haverson
15. Wooster Noble Intercedes
16. When Love Arrives - Steven Pacey/ Diana Morrison
17. I Am Let Down (Badly)
18. What Have You Got To Say, Jeeves?
19. I Answer The Call Of The Code
20. Half A Moment - Catha Sara/ Richard Long
See all 26 tracks on this disc

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Random cheerfulness and senseless acts of comedy February 13, 2000
By C. Sahu
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"As Tennyson once thundered/ someone here has badly blundered! " (Not.)
You have to kind of backpedal attitudinally to a more relaxed time to enjoy this musical recording. We bought it, listened to it once, then put it away for a year - it's hard to tune into at first because, of course, it's not at all like "Phantom" or "Evita." Then one day, in a what-the-heck sort of mood, I put it on and we have been listening (and singing along) ever since.
My 10 year old is listening to it right now while he makes pancakes. He and my 8 year old pore over the lyrics sheet. There are no bad words (except, perhaps, when Honoria Glossop sings to Bertie, "you're nobody's intellectual, you hot-blooded het'rosexual!"), no adult situations that children might not understand - this is a great intro to musical theater. But the music and lyrics are definitely clever enough to please any adult. My favorite song is "Travel Hopefully," a great song to pop into the player when you're motoring off to friends for the week-end. "Travel's broadened out my mind," crows Bertie, "Until, today, you'll find..." "...the widest head I know," puts in Jeeves. "Thank you, Jeeves -- you DID say WISEST, didn't you?" "Sir!"
The guy who plays Bertie is just great. The way he manages to show grimaces, grins, puffed out chest, monacle in the eye, red as a beet blushes, every comic posture with just his voice is amazing.
As charming as "By Jeeves" is, though, this is gentle comedy compared to the actual P.G. Wodehouse books. No movie, BBC recording, or musical can compare to a talented reading of the original stories.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent surprise July 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I must admit that I am a theater queen - I love show music. Andrew Lloyd Weber has never been one of my favorites because of his overblown sense of musical drama, but he does write some lovely melodies. This show is chock full of wonderfully lovely and light melodies that quicky get you singing and snapping along. 'Travel Hopefully' appears early in the recording and is just a taste of the fun melodic tidbits to come. There are the telltale Weber exagerations in songs like 'That Was Nearly Us Back There' but the music on this recording shines crisply and cleanly like no other Weber production. The dialog snippets are hysterically funny and help place the songs in context. And, can't forget to mention, the lyrics are greatly humorous that even us dullard americans can appreciate and laugh with. Give this recording 2 listenings - 1 to take in the humor and joy and 2 to get hooked on the music. 5 stars!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The immortal Wodehouse would approve September 23, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I stumbled across "By Jeeves" on accident one day when I was going through soundtracks. I love P.G. Wodehouse's stories so I decided to buy it on a whim. I figured I could always take it back if I wasn't pleased. I ended up LOVING it. Although it messes up some basic P.G. Wodehouse plots (in the stories Bingo ended up marrying Rosie M. Banks and Gussie married Emerald Stoker and Madeline married Spode) it was still VERY entertaining. I loved the songs and the crazy plot twists which were Wodehouse trademarks. Anybody who has never read Wodehouse but liked the plot of this play should really get the books. This Webber show is definitely worthy of the master.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A ripping good time! December 12, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Quite possibly the most lighthearted of all the A.L. Webber musicals, this lesser known gem is worth getting, especially if you're a P.G. Wodehouse fan. But even if you're not, keeping up with the story is made easy because the sparklingly funny dialogue mixed in with the songs gives shape to the piece. Steven Pacey is perfect as the hapless, clueless Bertie, and his exuberant rendition of the upbeat "Travel Hopefully" is remarkably addictive. Other highlights for me included "That Was Nearly Us," and the chortle-inducing hysteria of "It's A Pig!" While the score is not as lush and extravagant as shows such as Phantom or Evita, its more restrained and intimate nature suits its amusing subject material perfectly. I couldn't recommend anything more refreshing!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Momento of Bygone Times! September 30, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I was extremely fortunate enough to see this show when it started life (in it's current incarnation) @ Scarborough in England - and what a show. It is extremely funny and contains some of the best ALW melodies written. Most of the "jokes" had to be seen to be understood and the cast were just outstanding - "Travel Hopefully" and "It's A Pig" were completely rib-tickling. The number "Love's Maze" has been substituted for a song entitled "Deadlier Than The Male" - which is such a pity as "D.T.T.M." was extremely funny. If you want to experience some superb ALW melodies, linked to brilliant lyrics and performed by a stellar cast - check out this CD - you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wodehouse Alive November 19, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I found this soundtrack in London. OK, it was in the theatre after a performance of the show. The show was wonderful. For some reason, there were no aunts in the production. Bertie should be attended by his aunts, but everyone else was there. This is an evening devoted to the celebration of banjo music, which somehow never got played. LOVE'S MAZE was my favorite, but a number of people who have listened to the CD and not seen the play have expressed the most interest in ITS A PIG. Jeeves does save the situation for Bertie and his friends with their collective IQ of about 42. I would love to see the show again, but this CD keeps the fun alive.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A different Andrew Lloyd Weber
It's not "The Phantom of the Opera" or "Sunset Boulevard". It's not "Cats" or "The Woman in White." It doesn't even sound like Andrew Lloyd Weber. And yet ... and yet ... Read more
Published on August 13, 2012 by BarClay
4.0 out of 5 stars I SAY, JEEVES, WHERE IS MY BANJO?
Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical `By Jeeves' has an interesting history. The composer had envisaged a musical with P. G. Read more
Published on October 28, 2007 by Marijan Bosnar
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SHOW!
I saw this show back in 1996 with the original cast in one of London's West End theatres....It was amazing and has stayed as my favorite stage perforamce up to date... Read more
Published on December 8, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
Ya know, it's usually the little known ones that are the better ones. This is a great cast album, full of some wonderful, underrated and underrexposed talents. Read more
Published on August 4, 2002 by ChiefSanch
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
Ya know, it's usually the little known ones that are the better ones. This is a great cast album, full of some wonderful, underrated and underrexposed talents. Read more
Published on August 4, 2002 by ChiefSanch
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful world of Jeeves!
This recording is absolutely marvellous! Never mind the incredibly confusing plot (it is musical comedy! Read more
Published on January 22, 2002 by Muhammad Raffli
5.0 out of 5 stars I love By Jeeves!
I loved Jeeves, the original 1975 version of the show. The only reason the shop flopped was because it wasn't like Jesus Christ Superstar. The cast LP remains one of my favorites. Read more
Published on November 6, 2001 by Annie_Xmas
3.0 out of 5 stars For Weber fans, not Wodehouse fans.
I don't like Weber.... but I love P.G. Wodehouse so I wanted to buy this CD. The character names are the same but the dialog isn't particularly funny and I didn't like the songs. Read more
Published on January 23, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Jeeves
This Cd is so good everytime I play it I would like to see the play and I will be able to next Summer because it will be on Broadway next season so I have to wait tell next yr. Read more
Published on July 5, 2000 by Pruitt Valora
5.0 out of 5 stars A shame it has never been widely produced
I found a copy of this CD in my local library, and was totally captivated; so much so that I went out that afternoon and bought my own copy. Read more
Published on June 8, 2000 by P. Morris
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