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THE STORY OF MY LIFE (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Cast Recording
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Now, opening any new show on Broadway these days is tricky unless you have a pre-sold name by being based on a popular book (WICKED) or film (SHREK, THE LITTLE MERMAID.) It is very difficult to get Broadway audiences to spend $100 or more to see a new original piece. This is why Broadway is currently flooded with revivals.
THE STORY OF MY LIFE had the added disadvantage of opening in the middle of an economic downturn that had forced the closing of 18 shows in a two week period in January 2009. With minimal advance sales, the show depended on the leading New York critics.
THE STORY OF MY LIFE opened February 19, 2009 after two weeks of previews. The preview audiences generally loved the show as did some of the second string critics, but the show was panned by the major papers, notably the reviewer for the New York Times, who found it owed a great deal to the 1981 Sondheim-Furth musical MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. (Perhaps in it's examination of a detroyed friendship, but STORY OF MY LIFE follows its own road. Besides which, it is rich enough theme to encourage further exploration.)
The producers assessed the damage quickly and opted to close after just 5 performances, investing their remaining money in making this cast recording.Read more ›
I would challenge all potential buyers to stretch themselves - emotionally, artistically - and buy this recording. Malcolm Gets doesn't disappoint. No one does complicated, yet completely understandable and identifiable characters as well as Malcolm Gets. And I am now a great fan of Will Chase as well. The inner turmoil he presents with Thomas is heartbreaking, yet entertaining. Mostly, these two guys make you wish you had grown up with Alvin and Tom...Read more ›
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A gorgeous and intimate show full of craft and heart. I was one of the lucky ones to see it on Broadway and I'll never forget the experience.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
YAY a chance to hear the music from this show! Heard so many great things, so glad to get to listen! Such talent and such fun!Published 15 months ago by Pat Loeb
Total waste of money. Tedious depressing story line, and completely forgettable amateurish music. I wanted to stop listening, but I kept hoping there would be at least one decent... Read morePublished on June 3, 2013 by Mike Braswell
This is the BEST show and it is wonderful to have it on CD form. If it plays anyplace when you can see it definatly GO.Published on February 11, 2011 by polly pancoe
This is one of the most amazing musicals I have ever heard. It is incredibly inspirational and absolutely wonderful. Read morePublished on September 25, 2010 by musictheatrefanatic
This is a beautiful show with a fantastic show but this recording does not come close to the brilliance of the original Toronto production starring Brent Carver and Jeffrey Kuhn. Read morePublished on July 16, 2010 by Gordon