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Steel Pier (1997 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording

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Product Details

  • Performer: Daniel McDonald, Karen Ziémba, Kristin Chenoweth, Rosa Curry, Debra Monk, et al.
  • Composer: Fred Ebb, John Kander
  • Audio CD (July 29, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • ASIN: B000003GAQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,549 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I had heard of Steel Pier and seen the number "Everybody Dance" on the 1997 Tony Awards, but other than that, didn't know much about it.
During the summer of 1999, after I was cast as Bill Kelly in a regional revival, I purchased the CD and fell in love with Steel Pier and it's wonderfully romantic score. The opening and closing instrumental piece, "Rita's Theme" still brings tears to my eyes when I hear it.
The show is a little long and the book, somewhat corny with the ghost theme. But, it's a well crafted, fine score. There are some musical montages missing from the CD, but the majority of the score is in tact.
Interestingly enough, the vocal books we used in our production came directly from the broadway show and still contained written notes from the original. Fans of the show might be interested to know that before the show opened, there was a longer version of "Leave the World Behind" with an intro that included a reprise of "Second Chance" sung in rhythm to the snoring sounds of the sleeping marathon contestants.
Collectors of broadway theatre music should not be without Steel Pier gracing their collections. I highly recommend Steel Pier.
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I caught a performance of STEEL PIER a few days after the 1997 Tony awards (where the show won NONE of its eleven nominations!) and found it mostly enjoyable. The book was indeed the weakest link mainly because it spent too much time trying to build up the secondary characters (dancers in a marathon) and pulling focus from the more intersting romantic triangle involving a marathon dancer, her "secret" husand, and her "ghost" partner.
Although it closed after a short run, it did get a highly enjoyable cast album that allows musical theatre fans to savour a fine score by John Kander and Fred Ebb. Among the highlights: a beautiful haunting piano theme heard in the prologue and finale of the show. Standout numbers include: "Second Chance", "First you Dream" and "The Last Girl."
RCA has gone to great lengths to give this show a highly polished and professional sounding recording. The synopsis and libretto help, but the show comes through beautifully. Great use of sound effects in the opening..seagulls, the sound of the shore...it adds a nice touch and gives you an "in the theatre" type of listening experience.
A year or so ago, I caught an amature production locally. While not as well sung or performed as the Broadway company (and still with some lag in the book)I found myself again moved by the songs and story. I suspect in time STEEL PIER will be revised and revived.
Above all thank you John Kander and Fred Ebb for this wonderful score and all the other wonderful sores you have given us!!
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This is a first-class recording of a first-class score. All the performances are great, in particular Karen Ziemba, Debra Monk, Daniel McDonald and Kristin Chenoweth.
If there is a problem with this show, it has to be the book; a stunt pilot crashes but is given an extra three weeks of life. This he chooses to spend meeting a special lady at a dance marathon.
Do not let that put you off though, the music more than stands up for itself. The orchestra is good, and really powers the dance and speciality numbers along. When things get a little quieter and more introspective or romantic, the songs are among the finest in Kander & Ebb's collection.
I would recommend this CD to anyone who enjoys a big, ballsy classic musical.
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My only regret - this wonderful new musical should have been recorded in its entire content! I was one of the "Lucky Few" who got to see "Steel Pier" during its short-lived run on Broadway during the '97 Season. "Steel Pier" has become one of my favorite shows of the '90s. The original cast album on RCA is beautifully recorded. Complete with the sounds of the shore in the opening sequence (just as it was presented on stage at the Richard Rodgers Theatre), and with the sound of character Bill Kelly's airplane heard flying in-and-out of several scenes and with his airplane highlighted in the dream scene, "Leave The World Behind", the wild opening number from Act II. The wonderful talented cast and supernatural romantic storyline, along with the catchy, tuneful score of "Steel Pier", is what made this show so great! I love the music in this show so much and listen to the CD often. Definitely one of the BEST of Kander & Ebb, and one of my very personal favorite of their work. At least, "Steel Pier" is now preserved forever with the original cast recording. Perhaps one day we will get to see a major revival of this wonderful musical. This show did not get the recognition it so deserved and it certainly deserves a "Second Chance"! If you are a fan of Broadway, you will want "Steel Pier" for your cast album collection. You will not be disappointed!
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Although it opened to better reviews than some of the other musicals of the 96/97 Broadwy season, STEEL PIER failed to win any Tony awards and closed after a short run. Like many failed shows of the past, however, it has spun off a highly enjoyable cast album that allows musical theatre fans to savour a fine nostalgic score by Kander and Ebb.
On stage the show was not perfect: too much time away from the leading characters, and the endless dance marthon numbers became somewhat monotonous, but the cast album preserves the best parts of the show and ignores the rest. With Kander and Ebb's CHICAGO winning all the acclaim of the season it is easy to see how STEEL PIER might be overlooked. It certainly isn't at the same level as CHICAGO (or the more recently revived CABARET) but Kander and Ebb have never written an uninteresting score, and this one contains several gems that will eventualy become standards in the partners' catalogue.
Those gems include the counterpoint duet "Dance With Me/The Last Girl" which effectively captures the period feel of the piece and just may be the finest love song Kander and Ebb have ever written. There is also the charming "First you dream", the playful "Wet" the cynical "A Powerful Thing" and the title song which may sound a little too similar to the title song from CABARET for its own good.
There is quite a bit of dancing in the show and RCA has included somewhat abridged versions of the dance numbers. They have also, unfortunately, included the one (intentionally) terrible number from the score: "Two Little Words" is an operetta parody oversung by a Jeanette MacDonald wannabe that was not as funny in the theatre as it should have been, and on disc it's quite painful.
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