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Tale Of Two Cities: International Studio Recording [CD, Cast Recording, Extra tracks]

Jill Santoriello (Composer/Lyricist) , Frank Wildhorn , James Barbour , Brandi Burkhardt , Natalie Toro , Kevin Earley , J. Mark McVey , Ed Dixon , Simon Thomas Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 8, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD, Cast Recording, Extra tracks
  • Label: Libra Verde
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,391 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Act 1. Prologue
2. Act 1. The Way It Ought To Be (Paris)
3. Act 1. Who Are You
4. Act 1. You'll Never Be Alone
5. Act 1. The Way It Ought To Be (London)
6. Act 1. No Honest Way
7. Act 1. The Trial
8. Act 1. Reflection
9. Act 1. Letter From Uncle
10. Act 1. The Promise
11. Act 1. I Can't Recall
12. Act 1. Resurrection Man
13. Act 1. Now At Last
14. Act 1. Wedding
15. Act 1. If Dreams Came True
16. Act 1. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
17. Act 1. Little One
18. Act 1. Until Tomorrow
19. Act 2. Everything Stays The Same
20. Act 2. The Tale
See all 29 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

The International Studio Cast recording of the acclaimed Broadway musical, A Tale of Two Cities, nominated for the OUTSTANDING BROADWAY MUSICAL award by the Outer Critics Circle. This musical was produced by some of the creative principles of Broadway's original LES MISERABLES and features some of the world's most talented stage performers. As heard on PBS

Customer Reviews

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tremendous Score November 8, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Simply put - great music sung by great singers. There's dramatic music, rousing music, romantic music, light-hearted music - all accompanied by literate, clever and intelligent lyrics, and all memorable. I saw the show on Broadway a number of times, and with each subsequent performance I was still as entertained and as moved as if I was seeing it for the very first time. I not only highly recommend this CD, but I also recommend the DVD that is available.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful musical... with no libretto November 26, 2011
Format:Audio CD
According to this CD, this is not a Frank Wildhorn musical. The back cover says that book, music and lyrics are by Jill Santoriello; only one song ("Never Say Goodbye") has music by Frank Wildhorn and lyrics by Jill Santoriello (If mistaken, please clarify). Anyway, this does not affect the beauty of the whole work: it's a wonderful musical, with terrific moments and unforgeatable tunes. One reviewer says that this is not LES MISERABLES, He's right. Neither PHANTOM... but it's exceptionally good, anyhow. If you have enjoyed JECKYLL & HYDE, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, MARTIN GUERRE, DRACULA, FRANKENSTEIN, ANNA KARENINA or MARGUERITTE, this is for you, it's about the same musical trend. On the other hand, if you think SPIDERMAN is THE musical of the century, run away from this one as fast as you can.
I don't give it five stars just because it does not include the libretto, only a summary of the plot with the title of songs included. A pity...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD! November 8, 2010
Format:Audio CD
My son and I had the opportunity to see this wonderful, delightful, moving adaptation of Charles Dickens' Tale of Two Cities when it played on Broadway. I had read the novel in school, but had to really push through it. I was so glad when that semester ended! Then, twenty-odd years later, came the Broadway Show! The costumes, the music, the amazing vocal talent, the whole way it was put together in the show made the novel come alive for me in unexepcted ways. By the end, we more-than-exuberantly joined the house in a raucous, teary, standing ovation.

I was so happy when the producers released this brilliantly-mastered CD, as it helps me go back and remember the magic of the show I had in New York that night.

In this recording, the producers clearly went out of their way to not only have most of the original cast, but also to really work the engineering and music to deliver even more punch and beauty than the on-stage performances. I didn't think it could be done, but they done it!

I truly hope fans support this clearly underrated musical by getting this CD and sharing the lyric beauty of this amazing work to friends, students, and family. I heartily recommend this fine recording to Broadway and Dickens fans everywhere. You won't be disappointed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing musical! August 8, 2011
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I loved watching this musical when it was performed locally, and the soundtrack is as amazing as I remembered. It is both humorous and touching at times. The music by Frank Wildhorn (The Scarlet Pimpernel, Jekyll and Hyde, Civil War) is incredible. I also recommend the Tale of Two Cities DVD with this same cast.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunts my heart... April 10, 2011
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A Tale of Two Cities came to Utah this February and I was fortunate enough to see the production on three occasions... not nearly enough. If you ever get a chance to see this show, move heaven and earth to be there because it is the finest piece of theater I've ever had the privilage to see. I travel to NYC occasionally and I love musical theater and have seen many shows, but this show is something special. If you are an admirer of Dickens, you might wonder if this music does justice to his masterpiece, it does. Get your local high school or community theater to put it on. This story and this music have the most beautiful message of love and redemption.. it's beauty will add beauty to your life. See this show... this music will haunt your heart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too good to be a hit on Broadway August 18, 2012
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I saw TALE OF TWO CITIES at a preview on Broadway when I couldn't get a seat for a far inferior show, BILLY ELLIOT, by a far over-estimated composer. I knew as I was sitting in the theater that this piece would not go over with the critics -- it touched the heart, and critics don't like that. Terrifically emotionally gripping, beautifully sung, acted, and directed, I could never get this tale out of my mind -- and my heart. I'd purchased a concept recording at intermission, prayed for a fuller, more complete version, and low and behold about a year ago, the International Studio Recording was released. It is, in a word, brilliant! Jill Santoriello, I love you and I hope you will continue ravishing us with your beautiful words and music.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average January 5, 2013
By BarClay
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"A Tale of Two Cities" attempts to do for Charles Dickens' story what "Les Miserables" did for Victor Hugo's. Although the music is melodic and well within the vernacular of current musical theater, it doesn't quite succeed in the same way "Les Miserables" did. The score has some variety, but about 85% of the songs have the feel of someone attempting to sound like Andrew Lloyd Weber. As a result, they are almost interchangeable. But this is still a good work. The lyrics are fresh, and some of the musical modulations pleasantly surprising. This is a good purchase for someone who is filling out a collection of musicals, but if you're just starting, there are many other musicals I would suggest you purchase before this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great musical and this recording has most of the music on it
I am really enjoying this! It doesn't compare with Les Miserable, but it definitely does compare quite well with any more traditional Broadway musical. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Renee Rhoades-Lembcke
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Frank Wildhorn
I love Frank Wildhorn's other musicals, Jekyll & Hyde and The Scarlet Pimpernel, and thought I'd give this one a try (Wildhorn does have a facsination for dual people, doesn't... Read more
Published 13 months ago by K2inMB
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving, Emotional Score
I had never read A Tale of Two Cities before I listened to this album, but I quickly fell in love with the story. This is an epic, sweeping score. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jim
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but unoriginal
The score is emotive, vibrant and intense but .... sounds a bit of everything. Remember dangerously into other works by the same author, when not to Les Miserables. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Tony Escuín
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Les Miserables
Sorry to disagree with the others, but I must. I saw the show several times when it premiered at Asolo Rep in Sarasota Fl, with much of the same cast. Read more
Published on April 2, 2011 by William S. Oser
4.0 out of 5 stars Frank Wildhorn does it again
This a great musical. Frank Wildhorn has a way of writing great musicals. With music for shows like "The Scarlet Pimpernel" and "Jekyll & Hyde","A tale of Two Cities" ranks up... Read more
Published on March 19, 2011 by Snackbox
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