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Promises, Promises Cast Recording

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Based on the 1960 Academy Award-winning Billy Wilder film The Apartment, PROMISES, PROMISES tells the story of the Consolidated Life Insurance Company and Chuck Baxter (Sean Hayes), one of its charming young employees. In an effort to advance at the company, Chuck lends executives his apartment for their extramarital romantic trysts. But things become slightly complicated when Fran Kubelik (Kristin Chenoweth), the object of Chuck s affection, becomes the mistress of one of his executives.
The hit-packed score for PROMISES, PROMISES was the one and only Broadway foray of Burt Bacharach and Hal David and includes the gems I Say A Little Prayer, A House Is Not A Home, I ll Never Fall In Love Again, Promises, Promises, Knowing When to Leave and Turkey Lurkey Time.
PROMISES, PROMISES has been nominated for four 2010 Tony Awards and stars Emmy Award-winner Sean Hayes (TV s Will and Grace), Tony and Emmy Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth (TV s Glee, Wicked on Broadway), Tony Goldwyn (the movie Ghost), Tony Award-winner Katie Finneran (Noises Off on Broadway) and Tony Award-winner Dick Latessa (Hairspray on Broadway).
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Digital Booklet: Promises, Promises (New Broadway Cast Recording (2010))
Digital Booklet: Promises, Promises (New Broadway Cast Recording (2010))
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 21, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: June 22, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Masterworks Broadway
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • ASIN: B003L9KA6G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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By Robert F. Powers on June 24, 2010
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I have always been a big fan of the 1968 musical "Promises, Promises" with its "different", for Broadway, Burt Bacharach/Hal David score. I was a bit wary that they would tinker with the original orchestrations for this revival but I was pleasantly surprised they haven't. Sure they have somewhat softened the brass and added voices to the unseen, scat-singing chorus but the results work just fine. "Promises, Promises" is one of those rare shows where dialogue, jokes and musical numbers hum along in perfect synch, like a finely tuned car, but this production has thrown a few curves in the road.

The female lead, Fran Kubelik, played by Kristen Chenoweth is short-changed in musical numbers so this revival has added a couple of Bacharach/David numbers, "I Say A Little Prayer" and "A House Is Not A Home" for her to sing and how, why or where they fit into this finely tuned show I can't figure out but they adjust to the curves well but adds a little excess baggage to the trunk of the finely tuned car.

Sean Hayes as Chuck Baxter has a very unusual, to say the least singing voice. Although he sounds like an elf with blocked nasal passages and a pronounced vibrato, strangely enough it fits with the vulnerability of his character. And his duet with Miss Chenoweth on "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" is charming.

The musical numbers featuring "Knowing When To Leave" which is a tricky song to sing, "Where Can You Take A Girl" "She Likes Basketball' "Whoever You Are" the title song, "Half As Big As Life" "Our Little Secret" and even the silly "Turkey Lurkey Time" in fact the entire score is just fine and a lot of fun.
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I have always loved this show and its music. For a long time there was no CD available and now both the original and a new cast recording are there for you. The Burt Bacharach and Hal David collaboration from the late 50s until their break-up in 1973 provided us with a decade of hit after hit. At the height of their powers, they joined with David Merrick in 1968 and produced Promises, Promises. Now, over forty years later, we finally have a new Broadway version. The rhythmic melodic score and story moving lyrics has been made even more exciting by the new orchestrations and expanded role of the vocalists in the pit. Additionally, two additional Bacharach-David hits, "I Say A Little Prayer" and "A House Is Not A Home" have been added to the show. However, the best things about this new album are Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth

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I saw this show on June 6 and was captivated on every level. The top-notch writing, music and production values are topped only by the magnificent performances, most notably the sensational Kristin Chenoweth.

I also have the original 1968 recording with Jerry Orbach and Jill O'Hara and I can say that Sean Hayes, Ms. Chenoweth and cast have more than done justice to the original. This recording also includes a few delightful tracks that were not on the original, particularly "Say a Little Prayer".

A very funny, very touching story about two decent, lonely people looking for real love in a cruelly casual world, "Promises, Promises" is just as relevant today as it was forty years ago. If you can get to New York this summer, don't miss this show at the Broadway Theater.
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No, I haven't seen the revival. Yes, I'm familiar with the Original, Original Cast Album - it came out when I was a kid. All I can go on is what I'm hearing in this new B'way Cast Album, and unless this production tours with Hayes and Chenowith in the leads, I'm not likely to experience it in person.

The plight of revival cast albums is that the original version exists as comparison. On the other hand, the advantages of new recordings are the technical improvements of recording and time limitations. Older show albums had to cut a lot of music to accomodate a vinyl disc's side . . . and that was murder on shows like West Side Story, Follies or Nine that left a lot of second verses, incidental and dance music unrepresented. The new Promises expands on music missing in the original (The missing dance break in "Turkey Lurkey Time" always bothered me - you had to turn to the Ed Sullivan Show TV soundtrack of the Original Promises cast when they performed the number live to hear what you missed) Even two Bacharach-David songs not intended for the show are here.

Others have mentioned the constricted, passive sound, lack of reverb and theatrical space, and I think that's the problem. The 1969-ish boom-boom-bang of the Original Cast Album is sadly missing here. Sean Hayes' performance has already raised a lot of silly extra-theatrical noise, but that's not the issue here. What may have worked on stage doesn't communicate 'musical numbers only'. Despite good intonation, his vocals sound nasal, fluttery, raspy and lacking in punch.
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