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Irving Berlin's White Christmas

October 17, 2006 | Format: MP3

$9.99
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Using songs from the 1954 film, and a few other gems and even unknown treasures from the Berlin cannon, the show creators have put together a very strong, enjoyable score that out-performs anything offered on Broadway in recent memory. The orchestrations are lush, the cast seems very well suited for the material, and the interpretaion both pays homage to the classic film, and finds new life for itself. All in all-- an EXCELLENT project.
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Irving Berlin's White Christmas: White Christmas is one of the best musicals ever made - make that one of the best movies ever made. I absolutely adore it. This CD is the soundtrack to the stage version of the film. I so want to see this show. If the music is any indication, the show is an absolute blast. It's chock-full of the classic Irving Berlin songs from the movie, with the addition of other Berlin classics such as "Happy Holiday," "Blue Skies," "How Deep Is the Ocean," and "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm." The arrangements positively hum with energy - the music has a full, big-band flavor. And the principal vocalists, led by Brian d'Arcy James and Jeffrey Denman, are terrific - they don't try to imitate their filmic predecessors Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen. If they had, that would've equaled disaster. What makes this album work is that you are given top-notch Broadway singers performing timeless Berlin tunes with life and energy. They're not trying to present a carbon copy of the film onstage - the show is more of a love letter to the film, if you will. The story's been tweaked, some of the movie's songs eliminated ("Choreography" is no great loss IMO) or rearranged, but the nostalgic heart of the film's story is vibrantly present.
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The cast album (the San Francisco production with Karen Morrow added) of the touring production of Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS is delightful from start to finish. Full Broadway-style arrangements and orchestrations of the film tunes supplemented by Berlin catalog songs are razzmatazz vintage 1950s style, which makes this set engaging and spirited. Especially when it's as well sung as this is by Broadway pros young and old - not to denigrate Karen Morrow's age in any way, she's a great addition to this set as the show-biz vet housekeeper. The whole score is full of sparkle and memories, bolstered by some terrific production numbers - first-act finale "Blue Skies" and second-act showstopper "I Love a Piano" are supreme - and new takes on faves "Happy Holidays", "Snow" and "What Can You Do with A General?". Morrow delivers in socko fashion on her solo "Let Me Sing a Happy Song" and provides superb support on the interpolated charm song trio "Falling Out of Love Can Be Fun". Everyone gives themselves to the spirit and style of this songstack, it's a fantastic souvenir of the show and a welcome addition to anyone's original cast album collection. Lots of good feelings all the way round and you'll listen to this one over and over again, whether it's holiday time or not!
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While nothing may match how we have come to love Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen and Rosemary Clooney's starring roles in the original movie, "White Christmas", this new Broadway musical did an admirable job of bringing the beauty of the singing and dancing on film to the stage. As with all original cast recordings, the album is NEVER going to be as exciting as seeing, hearing and experiencing the show in person as an audience member. I was fortunate to have seen the show in person. It was a lovely evening which was at least 80% faithful to the movies plot, while adding additional songs and dance number from the classic Irving Berlin songbook. Once you opened yourself to hearing the songs not sung by the movie cast, the performances were excellent and there was an intimacy in the Broadway show between cast members and the audience, especially at the very end of the show where everyone ends up joining together to sing "White Christmas". That memorable experience doesn't show up on a CD I'm sorry to say. It can only happen in live theater. As well, one can't experience live dancing on a CD... maybe one day someone will do "White Christmas" LIVE performance on TV for the world to enjoy? In the meantime, we will have to settle for this fine album!
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The orchestrations for this very delightful cast recording are superb, and more than do justice to such great Irving Berlin songs as It Only Happens When You're Dancing, Blue Skies and the title song. Karen Morrow has never been in better voice in belting out Let Me Sing and I'm Happy.

This is a must for every collector of Broadway cast albums.
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Oh my Lord! Who would think you could beat Bing Crosby and the rest of the original cast for this musical. I saw it in the theater, when I was seven years old and have my whole family addicted! We watch it every Christmas and in between. It's a family tradition. This album is absolutely fantastic. I hesitated getting it. I was afraid I would not like it compared to the movie track, (which is non existent, actually). To make a long story short, you will NOT be disappointed! The extra Irving Berlin songs are incredible. The theatrical renditions of these time-honored tunes is wonderful and inspiring! It you are a fan of Irving Berlin, you enjoy great vocals, and you love Broadway, you will love this album. It couldn't be better! (... Not the same as Bing and company, of course, but equally wonderful to listen to!)
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