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Swing! (Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording

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Swing ~ Original Broadway Cast

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The neo-swing movement hit Broadway in full force with the December 1999 opening of Swing!, a high-energy song and dance revue celebrating the music of the '30s and '40s. The show combines swing classics ("Stompin' at the Savoy") and wartime standards ("I'll Be Seeing You") with originals from its cast members. Cabaret chanteuse Ann Hampton Callaway, Everett Bradley, Laura Benanti, Michael Gruber, and ukulele-toting Casey MacGill (fronting the Gotham City Gates) perform solos and duets as well as quintets arranged by Manhattan Transfer's Yaron Gershovsky. Callaway (whose writing credits include the theme song for the TV series The Nanny and Barbara Streisand's "I've Dreamed of You" and "At the Same Time") has a voice that can burn on a ballad, blare like a trumpet, or scat up a storm. Of course it's a shame not to be able to see director-choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett's high-flying swing and Latin dancers, but this cast recording is an enjoyable romp in the spirit of Broadway's 1981 Ellington tribute, Sophisticated Ladies. --David Horiuchi
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: January 25, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Masterworks Broadway
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • ASIN: B00003XAIA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,232 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By F. Behrens HALL OF FAME on January 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
It seems that even as I write these words the joint is jumpin' at the St. James Theatre in New York City to a new review called <Swing!> [what would they do without exclamation marks?] and the score is now available on a Sony release (SK 89122). For those of us who lived through the 40s--and I was a mere youth when the decade started--these tunes will elicit many many memories of the war that WW I was supposed to have made impossible and of the transformation of some forms of jazz into the Swing that was both a symptom of the uneasy times and a way of coping with them.
Here a talented cast--headed by Ann Hampton Callaway, Everett Bradley and Laura Benati--recreate the musical times with songs that have "It Don't Mean a Thing" as a framing theme and include "jammin'" numbers like "Bounce Me Brother," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," and "Stompin' at the Savoy" mixed with very lovely ones like the classic "I'll Be Seeing You" and "Blues in the Night."
Of course hearing the original versions of all these by the singers who introduced them and the bands that played them is a far more valuable experience historically. But from what I hear, the arrangers for this production have treated the material with respect and the soloists are "In the Mood" (I believe) that was intended by the composers. A worthwhile salute to an historical period and a joy to hear today.
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I saw the show in November and when I found out the CD wasn't released yet, I was mad. I've been waiting for 3 months now, but I assure you it was worth every second I waited. This CD is everything you could ever need in swing. It has every kind of swing possible, and every song is so well done that you'll listen to it again and again until you have to buy another one because the first one got worn out. I totally reccomend it! BUY IT RIGHT NOW.
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While I'm a dancer and actor, I've still been a little skeptical of dance shows on Broadway being considered musicals. I was even more wary of this show after seeing its performance on the 2000 Tonys, mainly because in two years, three Broadway dance shows included Sing Sing Sing as a number. However, when I saw Broadway on Broadway this past October and Ann Hampton Callaway's electric performance of 'Blues in the Night,' I decided to give Swing! another chance. Being a fan of swing music, I was familiar with almost all of the numbers. I found that the cast and orchestra gave WONDERFUL reneditions of the numbers, restoring them to the glory that they reached in the 30s and 40s. I've heard many of the songs played on the local Jazz/Swing station here, and my grandparents especially enjoy the album as they were around to hear the original versions. There is some fabulous dancer/musician interaction that must be seen on stage to carry its true merit, but the CD captures the energy and vivacity of the show beautifuly.
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SWING is by far the best CD that has touched the music of swing! It contains a superb cast that are all so talented. There is nothing else that really can be said. If you sow the Broadway show, this is just as good. You feel like you are there and it is a wonderful experience that you need to have. Ship this in a day; do not wait for the longer shipment. How could I ferget, after you hear the voices of Ann Hampton Callaway, Michael Gruber, Casey MacGill, Everett Bradley, and Laura Benanti, you will never want to hear another person swing swing music. They are the best!! It needs to be in your CD played now. You are missing something if you don't have that swing!
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Any who have seen "Swing" on Broadway know that the dancing is fantastic. But those who love swing music, good singing, and superior musical arrangements will love this recording. The singing is top-rate, no matter who is doing it; and the arrangements are complex and delightful. I can't stop listening to this CD. So, if you love swing, go for it!
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By A Customer on May 23, 2000
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I seen the show last month on broadway and just loved it. I was never a fun of musicals that doesn't have any stories, but this musical changed it all. right after the show, i bought the cd and would recommend it to everyone.
Even though you never seen the show, one might buy this cd and still love it for many reasons. For many of the songs, like "It Don't Mean a Thing" or "In The Mood" are very reconizable to most people, and they would enjoy the album. However, this does not mean that you should not watch the show. It might even be recommendable to listen to the music first before watching the show, so that one may be familiarize themself with the music.
Therefore, i would recommend it 100%
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If you like swing, you'll love this musical adventure! Fun surprises, like Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy sung by a man. Not sure, but it seems like track 9 (GI Jive) is incomplete. It just kinda ends, leaving me disappointed. When I searched on the lyrics for the song, there was still half the song to go after my goes ca-put! I bought this to get a feel for an upcoming theater production, and now find myself trying (and failing) to stifle my own singing when I'm listening to it at the gym; while running; in the car at traffic lights, etc. Get it! Enjoy it!
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