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The Boy from Oz (2003 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording


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listen  1. The Lives Of Me (The Boy From Oz/Original Cast Recording/2003)Hugh Jackman 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. When I Get My Name In Lights (The Boy From Oz/Original Cast Recording/2003)Mitchel David Federan 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. When I Get My Name In Lights-Reprise (The Boy From Oz/Original Cast Recording/2003)Hugh Jackman0:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Love Crazy (The Boy From Oz/Original Cast Recording/2003)Hugh Jackman 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. All I Wanted Was The Dream (The Boy From Oz/Original Cast Recording/2003)Isabel Keating 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Only An Older Woman (The Boy From Oz/Original Cast Recording/2003)Hugh Jackman 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Best That You Can Do (The Boy From Oz/Original Cast Recording/2003)Stephanie J. Block 1:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Don't Wish Too Hard (The Boy From Oz/Original Cast Recording/2003)Isabel Keating 1:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Come Save Me (The Boy From Oz/Original Cast Recording/2003)Stephanie J. Block 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Continental American (The Boy From Oz/Original Cast Recording/2003)Hugh Jackman 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. She Loves To Hear The Music (The Boy From Oz/Original Cast Recording/2003)Stephanie J. Block 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Quiet Please, There's A Lady On Stage (The Boy From Oz/Original Cast Recording/2003)Hugh Jackman 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love (The Boy From Oz/Original Cast Recording/2003)Stephanie J. Block 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Not The Boy Next Door (The Boy From Oz/Original Cast Recording/2003)Tari Kelly 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Bi-Coastal (The Boy From Oz/Original Cast Recording/2003)Tari Kelly 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. If You Were Wondering (The Boy From Oz/Original Cast Recording/2003)Hugh Jackman 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Everything Old Is New Again (The Boy From Oz/Original Cast Recording/2003)Hugh Jackman 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Everything Old Is New Again-Reprise (The Boy From Oz/Original Cast Recording/2003)Michael Mulheren 1:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Love Don't Need A Reason (The Boy From Oz/Original Cast Recording/2003)Hugh Jackman 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. I Honestly Love You (The Boy From Oz/Original Cast Recording/2003)Jarrod Emick 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. You And Me (The Boy From Oz/Original Cast Recording/2003)Stephanie J. Block 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. I Still Call Australia Home (The Boy From Oz/Original Cast Recording/2003)Tari Kelly 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Don't Cry Out Loud (The Boy From Oz/Original Cast Recording/2003)Beth Fowler 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Once Before I Go (The Boy From Oz/Original Cast Recording/2003)Hugh Jackman 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Finale: I Go To Rio (The Boy From Oz/Original Cast Recording/2003)Hugh Jackman 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Tenterfield Saddler (Bonus Track/The Boy From Oz/Original Cast Recording/2003)Hugh Jackman 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Composer: Peter Allen
  • Audio CD (November 18, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0000DJZ7T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,246 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Peter Allen was an Australian gay man who was once married to Liza Minnelli and was still officially in the closet when he died of AIDS in 1992. It's obvious that when it comes to sheer drama, Allen's life is pretty hard to beat, and Hugh Jackman's portrayal in this bio-show terrifically brings home the music man's energy and inner contradictions. Too bad his life's intensity wasn't reflected in Allen's milquetoast songs, which are generously sprinkled throughout the show. Technically, Jackman's not the best singer (Brian Stokes Mitchell continues to rule Broadway in that regard), but his charisma is undeniable. His take on "I Go to Rio" is appropriately high octane, for instance, while "I Still Call Australia Home" (Oz's unofficial anthem) is rather poignant. As Judy and Liza, respectively, Isabel Keating and Stephanie J. Block try hard to emulate their models' vocal styles, which can be really distracting. Overall, though, this album is mostly for serious fans of either Allen and Jackman. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

Customer Reviews

I was amazed at just how much Hugh Jackman was Peter Allen.
LINDA VITTORIA
Each song on this CD is either moving, rhythmic, melodic and/or plain fun to listen to.
Shyguy
Their singing is FANTASTIC, heartfelt, and adds so much to the songs.
Kenny Covington

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Shyguy on July 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have seen the "The Boy From Oz" twice on Broadway and believe it is definitely the most fabulous Broadway show in years. Hugh Jackman's performance in the role of the late Peter Allen (songwriter, cabaret singer and recording artist) is clearly one of the most outstanding in Broadway history. Part of that performance is captured on this CD (ie, the vocal part). So, I bought the CD. While the CD brings back great memories of the show, I have learned to value the CD for its own merits. Firstly, the music of Peter Allen is incredible (the most amazing feat of this show is that the late Peter Allen's music is used to tell the story of his life). Each song on this CD is either moving, rhythmic, melodic and/or plain fun to listen to. Secondly, Hugh Jackman and the other cast members all give competent performances of the many classics contained on the CD. Thirdly, the arrangers outdid themselves refreshing and modifying some of the old arrangements (some are totally reinvented). As the song goes, everything old is new again.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 2003
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Since getting my hands on this CD the day it was released, I have listened to it at least a hundred times and love it each and every time. Having been privileged to see the Broadway musical several times, I must say that Hugh Jackman is pure magic on that stage. He puts his heart and soul into his performance as Peter Allen, and it comes through on this recording. Particularly in "Once Before I Go", which is a real tear-jerker.
I must heartily disagree with the assessment by the Aussie "reviewer" from Perth. I own the Aussie cast CD of "The Boy From Oz" and now that I have the Broadway recording, I doubt that I will ever listen to the Aussie one again. From the start I have disliked McKenney but listened to the CD to familiarize myself with Allen's music. On the Broadway recording, Hugh Jackman gives highly emotional renditions of "The Lives of Me", "Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage", "Love Don't Need A Reason", the afore-mentioned "Once Before I Go", "I Still Call Australia Home" --- and has such fun with numbers like "Love Crazy" and "I Go to Rio". Hugh is an incredible performer, on stage, in movies, and it certainly shows on this recording. Not only do I recommend this CD, but I strongly urge you to get to NYC in 2004 to see this show, starring the most dynamic star to hit Broadway in years.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 2003
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Peter Allen was perhaps the most under rated performers of our time. On stage he was electric, he could make a concert hall feel like a living room. His real gift however, was his songwriting ability. He was a brilliant song writer. At one time he said "My songs are my biography". This CD features Allen's life in words and music. Hugh Jackman is magnificent in his portrayal of the complicated Allen. He has caputered Peter's charm and energy and brought his own unique style to the role. As a long time Peter Allen fan, I feel so lucky that Mr. Jackman took this role. Now Peter's music will once more be in the spotlight... and because of Hugh Jackman, a new generation will learn about the entertainer Peter Allen.
I find the Amazon review on the cd rather negative. Mr. Allen was not in the closet until his death. On stage he might have been flamboyant and dynamic, but behind the scenes he was private. Peter's depth is obvious when one listens to the words and music he wrote. Music that stands the test of time.
For all of us Peter Allen fans that are still out there.. ENJOY
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader VINE VOICE on September 6, 2004
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I got this CD as part of membership package in a music club simply because I liked Hugh Jackman's rendition of "Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage." I'm glad I did! I've heard Jackman sing before when I caught his performance of "Oklahoma!" on PBS, and while he is not as good in this performance, it's still fantastic. I have to admit that I knew little of Peter Allen and the only song of his I remembered was "I Go To Rio." On the performances, Jackman is great as Peter Allen, but Isabel Keating as Judy Garland and Stephanie J. Block as Liza Minnelli are the real stars of this CD; and I wholeheartedly disagree with Amazon's reviewer that their imitations of Judy and Liza's vocal styles are distracting. If anything, it adds to passion of their songs. Keating on "All I Wanted Was The Dream" and "Only an Older Woman" is just wonderful. Block really shines on "She Loves to Hear the Music" and sounds so much like Liza it's uncanny. As to Jackman, he's great, but his rendition of some songs just doesn't sound right -- almost like they were out of his range. He really shines on three songs: "Quiet Please, There's A Lady on Stage," a loving tribute to Judy Garland, as well as "I Still Call Australia Home" and "I Go To Rio." This CD also includes a bonus track "Tenterfield Saddler," which really highlights Jackman's talent. I you like a good Broadway musical and Peter Allen songs, this is a must-have.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jose R. Perez on November 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
As a longtime fan of Peter Allen's music, and someone lucky to have experienced the legendary stage performer in person three times, I was ecstatic when "The Boy From Oz" came to Broadway. The show itself is a basic pain-by-numbers affair that never fully mines the pathos and brilliance of its subject, with shoddy sets and awkward designs that feel better suited to a high school production than a stage on the Great White Way. But all of the incidentals of this show are completely forgotten and take a much needed back seat to Allen's inspired music and the glorious star-making performance of Hugh Jackman in the title role. I haven't experienced anything quite like the feelings that came up for me as I watched this talented Aussie pin-up and actor literally transcend definition and BECOME Peter Allen - mind, body and spirit. Whereas supporting cast members are given fine opportunities to embody the likes of Liza Minelli (Allen's ex wife) and Judy Garland - and do so admirably despite the obvious challenges that come with playing a well known entertainer - it's Jackman who astonishes in a role that ideally suits his tenuous but forceful voice and his gentle, though complete grasp of character. Watching Jackman on stage was at times like watching the original Allen, who whipped his audiences (and myself) into a frenzy with boundless stage energy, costumes galore and a quick witted manner that was both adorable and dismissive at once. Funny, light, abrasive and ultimately sad, Jackman captures the human qualities of the late great singer-songwriter, whose "DOn't Cry Out Loud" and "I Honestly Love You" became staples for the brokenhearted. This cast recording seems blessed - if that's possible - by Allen's spirit.Read more ›
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