Miss Spectacular 2002 Studio Cast CD (2002)

Artist: Cast-Broadway

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Label Koch International Distributio
SKU 60556454
UPC 021471299526
UPC 14 00021471299526
Format CD
Release Date 6/11/2002
Author Cast-Broadway
Technical Info
Engineer John Richards
Producer Don Pippin; Larry Blank; Jerry Herman
CatalogID 12995
Lable Name DRG (USA)
Released 06/11/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 44m : 45s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00021471299526
Album Notes and Credits
Principal cast includes: Christine Baranski, Michael Feinstein, Faith Prince, Debbie Gravitte, Davis Gaines, Karen Morrow, Steve Lawrence.
Music composed by Jerry Herman.
Personnel: Steve Carnelli (guitar, banjo); Gayle Levant (harp); Assa Drori, Carolyn Osborn, Jennifer Munday, Jennifer Walton, Leslie Woodbury, Andrew Picken, Kimiyo Takeya, Jayme Miller, Bob Sanov, Gwen Heller, Eve Butler, Kirstin Fife, Natalie Leggett, David Stenske, Tiffiany Yi Hu, Darius Campo, Darrin McCann (violin); Kazi Pitelka, Robert Becker (viola); Paula Hochhalter, Christina Soule, Paul Cohen , Robert Adcock, Miguel Martinez, Cecilia Tsan (cello); Jimmy Ercole, Greg Huckins, Valerie DiCarlo, Lee Callet, Jon Clarke, Sheridon Stokes, Barbara Northcutt (woodwinds); George Graham, Rick Baptist, Wayne Bergeron, Dennis Farias (trumpet); Paul Klintworth, Daniel Kelley , James Atkinson , Mark Adams (French horn); Alex Iles, Kenneth Kugler, William Booth (trombone); Mike Berkowitz (drums); Dale Anderson, Scott Higgins (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Michael Farrow.
Recording information: 09/27/1999/10/01/1999.
Arranger: Larry Blank.
Musical theater songwriter Jerry Herman enjoyed his last Broadway hit with La Cage aux Folles in 1983, but he has kept writing, and Miss Spectacular is presented here as a concept album, no doubt with the intention of mounting a stage production in the future. The recording is not technically a studio-cast album, since the songs are not sung by a few performers meant to portray the actual characters, but instead by seven different performers in what amounts to a various-artists recording. It's an accomplished bunch, including several actor-singers associated with the musical theater, notably Faith Prince, Christine Baranski, and Debbie Gravitte (the only person to sing more than one song), as well as performers more associated with the concert stage, such as Steve Lawrence and Michael Feinstein. The synopsis included in the CD booklet tells the story of a Midwestern girl who goes to Las Vegas to seek fame and fortune, specifically by entering a contest sponsored by the Hotel Spectacular. Herman has penned some entertaining songs, including "Las Vegas," which Lawrence handles well, gamely including a lyric that refers to himself and wife Eydie Gorme, and the comic "Where in the World Is My Prince?," sung with appropriate humor by Faith Prince. The score sounds like old-fashioned show music, which perhaps doesn't matter in terms of a stage version, since Broadway often seems to be in its own unique time warp. But the songs don't approach in wit or tunefulness those of previous Herman shows such as Hello, Dolly! and Mame. Still, theater fans should be happy that Herman is still working and willing to add this late, minor effort to their collections of his shows. ~ William Ruhlmann
Disc 1
1 Overture
2 Miss What's Her Name
3 Las Vegas
4 Ziegfield Girl
5 Sarah Jane
6 Ziegfield Girl - (reprise)
7 Where In The World Is My Prince?
8 No Other Music
9 I Wanna Live Each Night
10 Miss Spectacular
11 My Great Dream
12 Finale
13 Exit
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