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Tale Of Two Cities: International Studio Recording CD, Cast Recording, Extra tracks

4.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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The International Studio Cast recording of the acclaimed Broadway musical, A Tale of Two Cities, nominated for the OUTSTANDING BROADWAY MUSICAL award by the Outer Critics Circle. This musical was produced by some of the creative principles of Broadway's original LES MISERABLES and features some of the world's most talented stage performers. As heard on PBS
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 8, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD, Cast Recording, Extra tracks
  • Label: Libra Verde
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • ASIN: B003ZWGIII
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,910 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Julio Lopez on November 26, 2011
Format: Audio CD
According to this CD, this is not a Frank Wildhorn musical. The back cover says that book, music and lyrics are by Jill Santoriello; only one song ("Never Say Goodbye") has music by Frank Wildhorn and lyrics by Jill Santoriello (If mistaken, please clarify). Anyway, this does not affect the beauty of the whole work: it's a wonderful musical, with terrific moments and unforgeatable tunes. One reviewer says that this is not LES MISERABLES, He's right. Neither PHANTOM... but it's exceptionally good, anyhow. If you have enjoyed JECKYLL & HYDE, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, MARTIN GUERRE, DRACULA, FRANKENSTEIN, ANNA KARENINA or MARGUERITTE, this is for you, it's about the same musical trend. On the other hand, if you think SPIDERMAN is THE musical of the century, run away from this one as fast as you can.
I don't give it five stars just because it does not include the libretto, only a summary of the plot with the title of songs included. A pity...
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Simply put - great music sung by great singers. There's dramatic music, rousing music, romantic music, light-hearted music - all accompanied by literate, clever and intelligent lyrics, and all memorable. I saw the show on Broadway a number of times, and with each subsequent performance I was still as entertained and as moved as if I was seeing it for the very first time. I not only highly recommend this CD, but I also recommend the DVD that is available.
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My son and I had the opportunity to see this wonderful, delightful, moving adaptation of Charles Dickens' Tale of Two Cities when it played on Broadway. I had read the novel in school, but had to really push through it. I was so glad when that semester ended! Then, twenty-odd years later, came the Broadway Show! The costumes, the music, the amazing vocal talent, the whole way it was put together in the show made the novel come alive for me in unexepcted ways. By the end, we more-than-exuberantly joined the house in a raucous, teary, standing ovation.

I was so happy when the producers released this brilliantly-mastered CD, as it helps me go back and remember the magic of the show I had in New York that night.

In this recording, the producers clearly went out of their way to not only have most of the original cast, but also to really work the engineering and music to deliver even more punch and beauty than the on-stage performances. I didn't think it could be done, but they done it!

I truly hope fans support this clearly underrated musical by getting this CD and sharing the lyric beauty of this amazing work to friends, students, and family. I heartily recommend this fine recording to Broadway and Dickens fans everywhere. You won't be disappointed!
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A Tale of Two Cities came to Utah this February and I was fortunate enough to see the production on three occasions... not nearly enough. If you ever get a chance to see this show, move heaven and earth to be there because it is the finest piece of theater I've ever had the privilage to see. I travel to NYC occasionally and I love musical theater and have seen many shows, but this show is something special. If you are an admirer of Dickens, you might wonder if this music does justice to his masterpiece, it does. Get your local high school or community theater to put it on. This story and this music have the most beautiful message of love and redemption.. it's beauty will add beauty to your life. See this show... this music will haunt your heart.
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I loved watching this musical when it was performed locally, and the soundtrack is as amazing as I remembered. It is both humorous and touching at times. The music by Frank Wildhorn (The Scarlet Pimpernel, Jekyll and Hyde, Civil War) is incredible. I also recommend the Tale of Two Cities DVD with this same cast.
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I saw TALE OF TWO CITIES at a preview on Broadway when I couldn't get a seat for a far inferior show, BILLY ELLIOT, by a far over-estimated composer. I knew as I was sitting in the theater that this piece would not go over with the critics -- it touched the heart, and critics don't like that. Terrifically emotionally gripping, beautifully sung, acted, and directed, I could never get this tale out of my mind -- and my heart. I'd purchased a concept recording at intermission, prayed for a fuller, more complete version, and low and behold about a year ago, the International Studio Recording was released. It is, in a word, brilliant! Jill Santoriello, I love you and I hope you will continue ravishing us with your beautiful words and music.
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By BarClay on January 5, 2013
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"A Tale of Two Cities" attempts to do for Charles Dickens' story what "Les Miserables" did for Victor Hugo's. Although the music is melodic and well within the vernacular of current musical theater, it doesn't quite succeed in the same way "Les Miserables" did. The score has some variety, but about 85% of the songs have the feel of someone attempting to sound like Andrew Lloyd Weber. As a result, they are almost interchangeable. But this is still a good work. The lyrics are fresh, and some of the musical modulations pleasantly surprising. This is a good purchase for someone who is filling out a collection of musicals, but if you're just starting, there are many other musicals I would suggest you purchase before this one.
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