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Dogfight (Original Cast Recording)
Dogfight (Original Cast Recording)
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4.0 out of 5 stars So glad this was recorded!, September 30, 2013
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I wasn't too familiar with much of Pasek and Paul's work before Dogfight, but after stumbling on "First Date/Last Night" online I knew I had to hear more. Pasek and Paul have done a fantastic job of writing a beautifully melodic score while still supporting the story line. Songs like "Some Kinda Time" and "Hey Good Lookin'" perfectly capture the reckless exuberance of guys looking to blow off steam before facing service overseas, while the scathing "Dogfight" (performed by a brilliant and underused Annaleigh Ashford) drips with bitterness and even hurt; in three short minutes you get an overwhelming sense of how often she's been beaten down. However, the highlight of the show still has to be Lindsay Mendez and Derek Klena in "First Date/Last Night, where the nervousness, optimism, and incredible awkwardness of a first date all shine through. This is definitely an album (and cast!) worth checking out!


Once: A New Musical (Original Cast Recording)
Once: A New Musical (Original Cast Recording)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely different, but beautiful, April 10, 2012
Obviously almost everyone will come to this album having at least heard a few songs from the original film soundtrack, but if possible try and forget any preconceptions you have before taking a listen to this album. The songs themselves are written beautifully, but vocally all the performers are brilliant as well - tender, vulnerable, and throbbing with emotion, while never reaching out-of-control, grating levels. The orchestrations are also quite rich; as someone else said, you really feel like this is a band, not a bunch of actors who happen to also be playing the music. Of special note is the acapella version of Gold, which gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it.


Indigo Blue Case for Apple iPod Touch 2G, 3G (2nd & 3rd Generation)
Indigo Blue Case for Apple iPod Touch 2G, 3G (2nd & 3rd Generation)

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't quite fit for iPod touch 3G, November 13, 2011
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The case is a little small for my 3G iPod touch. It doesn't snap shut all the way, but the fit is snug enough where the case doesn't fall off, even when jolted around. There are cutouts to access all the buttons, but the case itself is thick enough that accessing and pressing the buttons are more difficult, especially the volume ones on the side.


Stephen Sondheim's Putting It Together: A Musical Review
Stephen Sondheim's Putting It Together: A Musical Review
DVD ~ Carol Burnett
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Small and intimate production...and it pays off!, February 16, 2009
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I know what you might be thinking: "ANOTHER Sondheim revue/concert/performance?" There are only so many "fresh" and "new" versions of "Send in the Clowns" and "Being Alive" a person can take, even if you have stars like Bernadette Peters singing them...

Don't write this production off though. First, it does have a skeleton of a plot (although Pinchot himself admits in the opening number that "there's not an awful lot") which gives some structure to the show and lends to the emotion of several pieces. Carol Burnett and George Hearn play the rich, older couple and Ruthie Henshall and John Barrowman play the younger couple, with Bronson Pinchot acting as narrator/butler/any additional character who is needed. The plot involves the older couple finding themselves falling out of love with each other and the younger couple in the midst of falling in love with each other. All perform admirably, although for me Carol Burnett was the standout. Her performance is alternately devestating, cuttingly sarcastic, and hilariously hysterical.

Thankfully, the production also avoids trying to include all of Sondheim's "hits." Although you will find a version of "Being Alive" (as a quintet!) and "Getting Married Today" (done only as Carol Burnett can do it), you will also find several of Sondheim's more obscure songs (at least for me). Songs such as "Bang!" and "Unworthy of Your Love" are perhaps less well-known, but brilliant all the same, especially as performed by Ruthie Henshall and John Barrowman. It was also interesting for me to see how each one of Sondheim's songs is taken out of the context of its original show and worked into a brand new setting. A song like "Hello Little Girl" takes on an entirely different meaning when sung by an old man as opposed to an actual wolf...

Overall, the show was just the thing after huge megahits like Wicked, Spring Awakening, Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde, and in the Heights. An intimate night at the theatre, albeit viewed in your own home. You might not experience an exhilirating high after watching the show, but you'll leave with a renewed appreciation for Sondheim, his masterpieces, the theatre, and, ultimately, the different aspects of love.


Company: A Musical Comedy
Company: A Musical Comedy
DVD ~ Raul Esparza
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!, March 30, 2008
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This review is from: Company: A Musical Comedy (DVD)
Unfortunately, I was not able to see the live production in New York, but I can only imagine how amazing it must have been just watching the recording. Raul Esparza (yes, the one deserving the Tony) has the amazing gift of being able to stand absolutely still, and still draw you in sheerly by the emotion and power in his voice. The entire cast performed extraordinarily; when you're not marveling at their singing performances, you're marveling at how in the world someone can walk around, play an instrument (or in some cases, several instruments) and still manage to sing at the same time. Although this format (having actors playing instruments with minimal staging/set) probably won't work for many musicals, I found it very well done/used in this production. Altogether, thoroughly awesome :)


The Last 5 Years (2002 Off-Broadway Cast)
The Last 5 Years (2002 Off-Broadway Cast)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My only wish was to see the show live..., November 23, 2007
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Of all of Jason Robert Brown's works, this one must rank as the first. I loved how the recording works as if you are watching it on stage, with one song blending into the next. The songs range from hilarious (Shiksa Goddess, Summer in Ohio, Climbing Uphill) to heart breaking (If I Didn't Believe in You, Nobody Needs to Know). Although the story seems as simple as it gets(the relationship between two people), the music lifts it up over most typical love stories. JRB also explores all aspects of falling in love, from infatuation to resentment. Norbert Leo Butz (goodness, he's incredible) and Sherie Rene Scott are amazing. The one thing that bothered me was the random cuss words that seemed to be there just to take up space. However, they are few and far between and overall the lyrics are incredibly clever. After hearing it, I only wish I could've found out about this musical in time to watch it.
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Les Miserables
Les Miserables
DVD ~ Liam Neeson
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First half was awesome, second half lacking, April 4, 2006
This review is from: Les Miserables (DVD)
I have watched and listened to the musical many times, so I was somewhat familiar with the plot before I had watched the movie. The first half is wonderful, and the cast is incredible. However, the second half is a huge letdown. Cosette is not at all what I thought she should be. She was always complaining, or whining, or crying. The romance between Cosette and Marius was kind of cheesy, and I was disappointed to find out that Eponine was completely left out of the story. It also felt as if the end was not very well thought out, leaving a disappointed viewer.


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