First of all, the original cast audio tape doesn't do it justice. A lot of dialogue is missing and (despite what it says on amazon) so is every movies a circus, in fact its replace with a different song, strangely enough.
This is the audio cd version, the american recordings. First of all I have to say everyone in this cast makes the lyrics a lot more coherent than in the previous pertula clark and co, although they did a good job. Originally I saw the show with Glenn Close so it brings back memories just to hear her sing these songs again and she's as terrific on stage as she is on cd.
It's a brilliant show, it translates well to CD, although obviousely nothing can beat the live thing. My only complaint is that there is always too much reverb on the vocals of these recorded versions. I'm sure this is to recreate the space of a theatre but to be honest by the time you get an audience in there a lot of that is taken away from the sound as it travels straight to their ears. Singing in an empty theatre and a full theatre gives a completely different sound and the amount of reverb on the vocals seems to recreate an empty theatre, but thats a minor niggle, it's still a brilliant translation to CD even if it doesn't perfectly represent the live sound. Great cast, great musical, full dialogue, coherent singing and acting.