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Promises, Promises [Cast Recording]

Kristin ChenowethAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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listen  1. OvertureOrchestra 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Half As Big As LifeSean Hayes 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Grapes Of RothSean Hayes 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. UpstairsSean Hayes 1:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. You'll Think Of SomeoneKristin Chenoweth;Sean Hayes 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. It's Our Little SecretSean Hayes;Tony Goldwyn 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. I Say A Little PrayerKristin Chenoweth 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. She Likes BasketballSean Hayes 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Knowing When To LeaveKristin Chenoweth 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Where Can You Take A Girl?Brooks Ashmanskas;Peter Benson;Seán Martin Hingston;Ken Land 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Wanting ThingsTony Goldwyn 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Turkey Lurkey TimeMegan Sikora;Mayumi Miguel;Cameron Adams 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. A House Is Not A HomeKristin Chenoweth 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. A Fact Can Be A Beautiful ThingSean Hayes;Katie Finneran 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Whoever You Are, I Love YouKristin Chenoweth 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Christmas DayTony Goldwyn;Ashley Amber 1:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. A House Is Not A Home (Reprise)Sean Hayes0:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. A Young Pretty Girl Like YouSean Hayes;Dick Latessa 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. I'll Never Fall In Love AgainKristin Chenoweth;Sean Hayes 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Promises, PromisesSean Hayes 1:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. I'll Never Fall In Love Again (Reprise)Kristin Chenoweth;Sean Hayes 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 21, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: SONY MASTERWORKS
  • ASIN: B003L9KA6G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,641 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars COMPLETELY WON OVER......BUT...... 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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Promises, Promises, Kept June 21, 2010
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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy the CD, See the Show! June 22, 2010
Format:Audio CD
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SOFT-PEDALING PROMISES June 29, 2010
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this.....and the original (what a concept!)
I have both this version of the cast album and the original. Both are great for different reasons. Jerry Orbach, a Broadway legend, outshines Sean Hayes. I still enjoy Mr. Read more
Published 7 days ago by John Palmer
4.0 out of 5 stars "Promises, Promises" of a solid revival were met
PROMISES, PROMISES was a handsome musicalization of the classic 1960 Billy Wilder movie THE APARTMENT, which was so well written, cast, directed and played that making a Broadway... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Allen Smalling
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Dull. Flat and miscast. Pass!
Published 1 month ago by David Schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Too good.
Published 3 months ago by Pavlin Lange
5.0 out of 5 stars The beautiful voice of Kristen Chenoweth.
if you love a pure beautiful voice singing beautiful music you found it right here with Kristen Chenoweth who is not only beautiful but has a killer voice.
Published 6 months ago by JOSEPH JEDLICKA
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice show music
This was a nice album. I enjoyed the show tunes very much, Kristin Chenoweth has a very clear soprano voice. I liked this album
Published 8 months ago by dollfreaklady
3.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Bacharach
Many songs in this musical made famous by Dion Warwick and others. I've always been a huge fan of Burt Bacharach.
Published 10 months ago by durbie01
3.0 out of 5 stars Promise Promises Sean Hayes
Good music by Simon, Baccarach & David and well performed by the cast. Never having seen a production of this show I cannot really comment any further
Published 11 months ago by Rex F. Shields
5.0 out of 5 stars why did sean hayes get top billing?
i keep coming back to this cd for songs i didnt know before.
i love the movie "the apartment" and i love these 2 stars.
wish i had seen it on broadway!
Published 11 months ago by rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music from some newer voices.
This is wonderful music, I loved it when the first show was out. This is a newer addition, with some great voices. Just an upbeat CD.
Published 13 months ago by Esther Russell-hughes
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