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First Lady Suite - A Musical Premiere Recording

3.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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The award-winning score by five-time Tony nominee Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party, Marie Christine, Hello Again) in which First Ladies Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy and Mamie Eisenhower--and the people closest to them--reveal their true selves in song. An imaginative and irreverent look behind the scenes of the White House, "First Lady Suite" receives its premiere recording here, following acclaimed productions in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, and Washington, D.C. "This witty musical never fails to charm and engage... fresh, surreal historical riffs that are slyly subversive in a way we haven't seen since 'Assassins.'"--Los Angeles Times.

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Michael John LaChiusa's First Lady Suite is a fascinating probe into some of history's most neglected figures, the wives of U.S. presidents. The title is a wordplay on the familiar presidential suite, but also a reference to the three-part structure that focuses on Jackie Kennedy, Mamie Eisenhower, and Eleanor Roosevelt as they examine what their lives have become and take a metaphorical journey from flying prison to glorious solo flight. The cast, which presented the work at Los Angeles's Blank Theatre in March 2002, is uniformly fine, and it seems unfair and unnecessary to single out any of the nine members (some playing more than one role)--even the first ladies, because in some cases their assistants are equally prominent characters. As for hummable tunes, LaChiusa's score will never be mistaken for something by Jason Robert Brown, but it's angular and jazzy, and when appropriate, it soars. Considering how many unfamiliar shows have been derailed by half-hearted recording packaging, it's a pleasure to report that First Lady Suite comes with a full libretto, cast credits, photos, and liner notes. The show, and those who wish to experience it, deserves nothing less. --David Horiuchi

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Product details

  • Performer: Michael John LaChiusa, Gregory Jbara, Kate Shindle
  • Audio CD (March 4, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: P.S. Classics
  • ASIN: B00008BL61
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,308 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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