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Gypsy (1962 Film Soundtrack)
Gypsy (1962 Film Soundtrack)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Gypsy" that should be treasured.., July 22, 2005
Considered one of the best musicals of all time - the movie version of "Gypsy" was released in 1962 - starring the wonderful Roz Russell.

This is the first time we can hear the wonderful movie version of these songs on CD. As we know - Most of Momma Rose's songs were dubbed by Lisa Kirk. It wasn't that Roz couldn't sing - it was just that these songs were way out of Roz's range. She recorded all the tracks with her voice - some were fine, but some just couldn't be in the movie. So they brought in a wonderful Broadway vocalist - Lisa Kirk. In the final movie version - we hear Russell sing "Mr Goldstone", and the wonderful "Rose's Turn" is a mix of Russell and Kirk - with Kirk mostly on the longer sustained notes.

On this recently released Soundtrack - we hear all of Russel's outakes. "Some People", and "Small World" aren't very good. Roz does a nice job on "Everything's Coming Up Roses" - though she does struggle on the sustained notes. Roz does fine with a fast tempo song - she struggles on ballads.

Also starring in Gypsy - is the wonderful Natalie Wood. Natalie played Gypsy Rose Lee - the worlds most famous stripper. In the West Side Story movie - Natalie Wood suffered a horrible thing, they filmed the movie with her singing tracks - then last minute they brought in Marni Nixon and dubbed all her songs - and Wood didn't find out for a while. In Gypsy - Natalie gets to sing ALL her songs! She has such a beautiful voice. She does a great job on "Little Lamb", and the famous "Let Me Entertain You."

Overall - this soundtrack is worth having. With all the bonus tracks - it's fabulous. Gypsy has one of the best scores ever - and this soundtrack does the score justice.

Sweet Charity (2005 Broadway Revival Cast)
Sweet Charity (2005 Broadway Revival Cast)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous recording of a CLASSIC score!, July 13, 2005
The new Broadway recording of the Cy Coleman/Dorothy Fields score "Sweet Charity" is a great recording. This score is considered one of Broadway's best scores, and this new recording serves the score justice.

Christina Applegate leads the show as Charity, and she does a fantastic job. She is very charming on the recording, and although she might miss a note or two - she still does a great job. Some of Christina's best moments are - "Charity's Soliloquy" which hasn't been in a professional production of Charity since the 60's! Christina also shines on the shows famous hit "If My Friends Could See Me Now", the charming "I'm The Bravest Individual", the heartbreaking "Where Am I Going?", and the new finale for the show which is a beautiful reprise of "I'm The Bravest Individual."

Also starring in Charity is one of Broadway's favorite leading men - the wonderful Denis O'Hare. Denis does a great job as Charity's wacky love interest, Oscar. Denis does a great job on "I'm The Bravest Individual" with Christina, "A Good Impression" which is new for this producion", and the wonderful title song. The supporting cast for Charity is great. As Charity's two buddies are Janine LaManna, and Kyra Da Costa. These two ladies do a fantastic job on "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This", and the beautiful "Baby, Dream Your Dream." Paul Schoeffler does a beautiful job on his big power ballad "Too Many Tomorrows."

Overall - this is a fantastic recording of this show. This recording also includes some treats! The songs "A Good Impression", and "I'm The Bravest Individual - Reprise" have never been in a production of Charity, they are new for the revival - and they are great songs. This recording also includes Christina singing a unused verse of "Where Am I Going?", and a few demos sung by Cy Coleman.

This recording is a real treat for anyone who loves Sweet Charity, loves the score, or loves Christina Applegate.

Check this recording out. It will bring you fun, laughs, and good times!

As I Am
As I Am
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album by a Broadway Diva!, April 8, 2005
This review is from: As I Am (Audio CD)
Tony Winning Kristin Chenoweth returned to the music world with her sophomore album "As I Am." This album is totally different from her debut album. "As I Am" is a collection of inspirational covors, and an original song written by Diane Warren. Kristin even includes one of her fan favorites "Taylor, The Latte Boy", which shows off her Musical Theater talents.

For those posting reviews saying they are disapointed in this album being inspirtional themed with a country feel - there is absolutely no exuse. Kristin made it very clear for a while now she would be doing an inspirational album with a country feel.

Kristin shows off her versatile talents on this wonderful album. The mood of the album is very uplifting. Kristin even gets to show off her opera talents on "Joyful, Joyful", and "Upon this Rock", which are incredible songs.

Overall, this is an incredible album. Kristin shows off her amazing voice on many tracks. I reccomend this album to everyone, even if you're not a fan of Christian music.

Wonderful Town (2004 Broadway Revival Cast with Brooke Shields)
Wonderful Town (2004 Broadway Revival Cast with Brooke Shields)
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brooke Shields arrives in a Wonderful Town..., January 6, 2005
In 2004, Donna Murphy recieved heavy criticism for her lack of attendance in the Broadway Revival of the classic show Wonderful Town. In September Donna left the show, and the show was left in shambles. The Weisslers new stunt cast for the role of Ruth was a shocker to many. They casted Brooke Shields in the role, previously on Broadway in Grease and Cabaret (recieved mixed reviews in both). Once Brooke started in the show, it was a breath of fresh air for the revival. The critics loved Brooke, and gave her stellar reviews.

We all know Brooke isn't much of a singer, but in Wonderful Town she really tries. As stated before the role dosen't call for a singer. Donna Murphy could almost be considered a miscast for this role, because of her amazing vocals she used in the role, didn't really fit the character. Brooke gives a vocal performance similar to the original Ruth, Rosalind Russell. I think Brooke sounds pretty damn good on the harmony in "Ohio", with the new Eileen Jennifer Hope Will's. She gives a comedic "One Hundred Easy Ways", and she gives a great "Conga", and "Swing". Ofcourse, the vocals Donna Murphy gave sounded wonderful, and were a joy too listen to. Brooke gives a very comedic and fun Ruth, and her vocals aren't as dissapointing as some are saying.

This new recording with Brooke Shields and Jennifer Hope Wills should not be missed, it's a great addition in your "Wonderful Town" collection. Brooke and Jennifer are a delight. See them in the Broadway Revival before it closes Jan 30.

Destiny Fulfilled
Destiny Fulfilled
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent album- Some of you really need to lay off Michelle., November 24, 2004
This review is from: Destiny Fulfilled (Audio CD)
So here it is, Destiny's Child finally released their 4th album. Titled "Destiny Fulfilled", you would be expecting their best album yet, with incredible music, and great vocals. Yes, the album does have some of that, but it needs more. With only 11 songs, theres not enough material to show how their Destiny is really fulfilled, or to show the best of their talents.

Don't get me wrong though, these 3 women are VERY talented, and have great voices, and sure can harmonize! This album is mostly made up of mid-tempo songs, I was hoping for a big powerballad, but there wasn't. The songs are mediocre, some are great, but the majority isn't anything amazing. Some of the best songs here are the two singles, "If", "Through With Love", and "Love". The others are good, but nothing amazing.

Another thing that is really bugging me, is all the harsh reviews here about Michelle Williams. You claim she can't sing, but have you heard her two solo gospel albums, did you know she played the lead in the Broadway Musical "Aida", in which she recieved good reviews. I'm afraid most of you don't know much about singing, or what a real singer is. Singing Broadway music is quite different than singing over hip hop beats, it takes a lot more effort. Michelle has a very unique voice, and I understand that's not some peoples taste, but don't diss her when you don't know the extent of her voice.

Otherwise, "Destiny Fulfilled" is a pretty good album. But certainly not their best.

Chicago - A Musical Vaudeville (1975 Original Broadway Cast)
Chicago - A Musical Vaudeville (1975 Original Broadway Cast)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The start of something very special.., August 7, 2004
The original cast recording of Chicago is very good. This is what started it all. Sometimes overloooked, but the Original Cast Recording for Chicago is something that shouldn't be missed.

Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera are the two leading ladies. Both are very good. No one can top Chita! She was absolutely amazing as Velma, and I wish we could've heard the complete score with Chita. Chita gives a soulful and sassy "All That Jazz", makes "The Cell Block Tango" shine with her monolouge, and gives a great "I Can't Do It Alone", and "When Velma Takes the Stand". Gwen Verdon is also quite good as the first Roxie ever. If it wasn't for Gwen there would be NO Chicago, because it was her idea to have a musical made about Roxie Hart. Her husband at the time the legend Bob Fosse wrote the amazing book for the show, directed the show, and lended his amazing choreography for the musical. Gwen doe's a fine job with "Funny Honey", "Roxie", and gives a beautiful ballad version of "Me and My Baby".

Jerry Orbach and the supporting cast also do a fine job. Jerry gives a good "All I Care About", and "We Both Reached for the Gun".

So, this cast recording shouldn't be missed, Chita will amaze you, and you won't be left dissapointed. Get some orginal Chicago!

Wicked (2003 Original Broadway Cast)
Wicked (2003 Original Broadway Cast)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wicked- A beautiful score, has it's high and low points., August 6, 2004
Wicked is the new Broadway smash hit. Wicked is the number one show on Broadway right now, and everyone is going crazy for it.

The Original Cast recording for Wicked is quite good. The two leading ladies are Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth. Though, Chenoweth is not part of the cast anymore, she really left her mark on the show, and won't be forgotten. Both ladies have extraordinary voices. This Cast Recording is worth it alone just for Idina and Kristin.

The album starts with the beautiful "No One Mourns the Wicked", with Kristin as the main solo singer in the song. Kristin's voice is absolutely beautiful in the song, she shows off her opera skills, and she sounds wonderful. A great song.

Idina Menzel makes her entrance with "The Wizard And I", another beautiful song where Elphaba expresses her hopes to meet the Wizard. Next Elphaba and Galinda meet, and makes their first duet "What Is This Feeling", another great, fun song. Next is "Something Bad" performed by Doctor Dillamond and Elphaba, the song is pretty much useless, and uneeded in the score. Next is another great song "Dancing Through Life", followed by Glinda's hilarious solo song "Popular'. Elphaba's "Im not that Girl" follows, which is just an okay song. Next Elphie and Glinda are enjoying their "One Short Day", in the Emerald City, a wonderful song. Nex they meet the Wizard, in "A Sentimental Man", this song should've been reworked, it's too short. Next is one of the best songs from the score, the amazing, the beautiful, the acclaimed "Defying Gravity".

The Second Act has some extremely high points also. "Thank Goodness", and "Wonderful", are wonderful songs. "As Long as You're Mine" is a beautiful love ballad. "No Good Deed", is Elphaba's powerhouse rock number. And "For Good" is Glinda and Elphaba's extremely touching and beautiful duet.

So clearly, "Wicked" shouldn't be missed, its a great score. The Cast Recording has it's high and low points, but is entertaining regardless.

Chicago - The Musical (1996 Broadway Revival Cast)
Chicago - The Musical (1996 Broadway Revival Cast)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Revival Recording of Chicago shouldn't be missed., August 5, 2004
The Revival Cast Recording of Chicago is fantastic, and definetly gets 5 stars in my opinion.

Ann Reinking and Bebe Neuwirth are the two leading ladies. They are both very good. Ruthie Henshall from the Original London Cast definetly outsings Ann, but Ann interprets Roxie's songs fairly well. Bebe is a fantastic Velma. Bebe's "All That Jazz" is sexy and a simply amazing rendition of the classic song. She gives an hilarious "I Can't Do It Alone", and "I know A Girl". Her "When Velma Takes The Stand", is also wonderful. So, you just can't go wrong with Bebe. Ann Reinking sings Roxie with a very raspy and husky voice, and gives a very crude Roxie. Ann gives an angry "Funny Honey", a funny version of "Roxie", wish her monologue was included here. Ann and Bebe's "My Own Best Friend" is no where as good as Ruthie and Ute's version from London.

Here Velma's "I Can't Do It Alone" reprise is included, which is fun too have. But missing the great Act 1 Finale, and Roxie's monologue.

James Naughton is an amazing Billy Flynn. James give a fantastic "All I Care About", "We Both Reached for the Gun", and "Razzle Dazzle". James completely surpasses Henry Goodman from the London cast. Marcia Lewis gives a soulful Mama Morton, and Joel Grey gives a sympathetic Amos, and they both surpass the Mama and Amos on the London Recording. Also D. Sabella as Mary Sunshine is excellent.

So overall this is a great recording of an amazing score. Definetly something too have in your CD collection.

Chicago: The Musical
Chicago: The Musical
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great version of "Chicago". Henshall and Lemper shine!, August 5, 2004
This review is from: Chicago: The Musical (Audio CD)
The 1998 London version of the smash hit Broadway Musical Chicago, is quite a good album.

Ruthie Henshall and Ute Lemper are the two leading ladies. Both ladies are spectacular. Ruthie has an amazing voice, which definetly surpasses Ann Reinking's voice, but also Ann had some great contributions to Roxie. Ruthie gives a powerful "Funny Honey", and "Roxie". Meanwhile, Ute Lemper is just as entertaining. Ute has a very powerful voice. I think Ute's renditions of Velma's songs are fantastic. I think she's very comical as Velma, and I actually enjoy her accent. I can't choose who is better though, Bebe or Ute..they are both just amazing.

The London cast recording is also a plus because here the great Act 1 Finale is included, along with Roxie's Monologue. But missing is Velma's "I Can't Do It Alone" reprise. Another plus is the beautiful harmony Ute and Ruthie do in "My Own Best Friend", the harmony is definetly what the song needed.

Henry Goodman is no James Naughton, but Henry pulls off a pretty good Billy. The supporting cast is mediocre, not as good as the Broadway Revival supporting cast. And the ensemble is better on the Broadwy Revival recording. But I think the male ensemble members do better harmonies than the Broadway male ensemble members in songs like "Roxie", and "When Velma Takes The Stand".

So, this is a great version of Chicago, goes great with the Broadway Revival recording. Ruthie and Ute will amaze you!

Anna and the King of Siam
Anna and the King of Siam
by Margaret Landon
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book!, April 23, 2004
"Anna and the King of Siam" is really a great book. Even though a lot of this story is fictional and based on some facts, its still fascinating. The book is very in depth, with a lot of detail. The story does become dull at times, particulary after Tuptim's death, but the book still picks up again. It was interesting to see how many more characters there are, their weren't used in all the movies of this story.
This book is definetly a great book for anyone interested in finding out more of the story of Anna and the King.

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