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RUTHIE HENSHALL'S OLIVIER WINNING ROLE!!,
This review is from: She Loves Me (1994 London Revival Cast) (Audio CD)If you love Ruthie Henshall then you HAVE to own her Olivier winning performance of Amalia Balash in the romantic, musical comdey SHE LOVES ME. Even if you don't love Ruthie, or don't know who she is you will truly appreciate the wonderful and witty score.
Ruthie Henshall of such Musicals as LES MISERABLES (Fantine 10th Anniverasry Concert on CD), Crazy For You (Polly, OLC on CD), and CHICAGO (The definitive Roxie, OLC on CD) shines brightly in this musical comedy written in the 60's. It originally starred Broadway Diva Barbara Cook (of MUSICA MAN fame). Also starring John Gordon Sinclair of "Gregory's Girl" fame. (Ruthie and John became engaged during the run of the show, but years later it was broken.) The story closely resembles the movie "YOU'VE GOT MAIL" where the two email each other and are in love on line, only thing is that they hate each other in real life. But they don't know it's them online! Same story only they're penpals. It's back to the essence of Musical Comedy, complete with sidekick friend, Ilona, played by Tracie Bennett, who does well with her songs.
Notable Songs in this simple, yet catchy score include "Three Letters" sung by Sinclair and Henshall when they're romance is starting to grow through letters. "I Don't Know His Name" the hilarious duet between Henshall and Bennett about the history of lovers they've had. "Will He Like Me?" Henshall's moving solo on the distressing question when they finally meet, will he like her? "Dear Friend" has Henshall once again questioning the soon to be relationship of the two penpals. As the story progress Amalia (Henshall) becomes frantic and explodes in a tantrome in the fall-down-funny "Where's My Shoe?" This song alone is worth the purchase of this CD. It only runs about 2 minutes, but let me tell you the vocal acrobatics that Miss Henshall brings forth! She certainly makes it her own, just like "Roxie" in CHICAGO! (For those of you who haven't heard the London Cast with Ruthie as Roxie, you are missing out!!) "Vanilla Ice Cream" probably the most famous song from the show is sung to perfection by, yet again Miss Henshall. She's singing about the man she hates, Georg (her penpal), who finally seems nice and worth while because he brought her ice cream while she was sick. "She Loves Me" has Sinclair singing his heart out over the realization that she's his penpal! Bennet gets to ham it up with her sexy solo "A Trip To The Library." "Twelve Days Of Christmas" shows the slow progression of the romance between the two, even though she still doesn't know he's her penpal. Of course the finale has the "happily ever after syndrome, but what do expect from Musical Theatre??
This CD is such a gem, it should be in every Musical Theatre Lover's collection! Don't be caught without it! Especially when Ruthie skyrockets to stardome and you're left to search for a copy...and they're out of print!! :)