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4.0 out of 5 stars Rachel York steals the show.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, when compared to Jule Styne's later works such as Gypsy and Funny Girl, is a more slight score, closer to the glitzy pre-Rodgers and Hammerstein variety-like musicals. Though just as the revival of Anything Goes proves, such scores can make for a fun evening, and for a wonderful listening experience.

Some may buy this recording as fans...
Published on 7 Sept. 2012 by Oliver49

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2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing.
Very disappointing. Too much music and the songs were very lack lustre.
Published 27 days ago by Jeannette Byrne


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rachel York steals the show., 7 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Audio CD)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, when compared to Jule Styne's later works such as Gypsy and Funny Girl, is a more slight score, closer to the glitzy pre-Rodgers and Hammerstein variety-like musicals. Though just as the revival of Anything Goes proves, such scores can make for a fun evening, and for a wonderful listening experience.

Some may buy this recording as fans of SMASH. I will point out that Megan Hilty as Lorelei Lee does not offer up a cheap Marilyn Monroe impersonation. Her voice is much more of a powerful force than Monroe's, and she puts it to excellent use, especially in "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend". The encores of the song are recorded here too, some of which have very charming additional lyrics. To fans of the film, songs such as When Love Goes Wrong and Ain't There Anyone Here for Love are not in this recording. They were added to the very different (but excellent) 1953 film by Hoagy Carmichael and Harold Adamson.

Which brings me to my main point in the review. As Dorothy Shaw, Rachel York outshines everyone else on the recording, a true achievement given the talen present here. I didn't care much for Victor/Victoria as a whole,but in that York stood out as a comedienne who can tap into an older style performance that referenced not only Lesley Ann Warren in Blake Edwards film but older female comic actresses like Judy Holliday. It's an authenticity that when pushed too far can come across as syrupy and irksome, but York taps into older performance styles like she just stepped off a Broadway stage from the late-40s. On this recording, her singing style is beautiful, relishing in the witty commentary her character gets to provide (possibly Shaw was the mouthpiece for the Dorothy Parker-like Anita Loos). "I Love What I'm Doing" and "It's High Time" are the absolute highlights of this cast recording for York's performance.

I hope this sparks new interest in Encores making further recordings. With "Pipe Dream", "Merrily We Roll Along" and now "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" they really are bringing new interest (and some wonderful talent) to older, and in the cast of the other two shows, oft-neglected and problematic works that still deserve attention.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific recording of a terrific production, 25 Mar. 2014
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I was fortunate to attend the final show of GPB at Encores, and it was thrilling. Too many musicals these days have puny orchestras, performers who are fine, but lack good old fashioned pizazz, and a lack of joy. This had them all, and then some. I have to disagree with the reviewer here who said Megan Hilty wasn't funny. She was a scream! Her take on Lorelei Lee was brilliant. This recording is a wonderful souvenir of a top notch effort by Encores! A+++
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing., 3 May 2015
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Jeannette Byrne (New Zealand) - See all my reviews
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Very disappointing. Too much music and the songs were very lack lustre.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 'extras' for enthusiasts, but...., 16 Sept. 2012
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As someone who's always treasured the Original Broadway Cast recording as one of the most cheerful cast albums in my collection, I'm delighted to have the whole 11 minute 'Sunshine' and all the additional vocal arrangements and dance music not on the OBC album. However, there is a big Lorelei-shaped hole in the middle of this as Ms. Hilty just doesn't have the comedic chops for 'Little Rock' and 'Diamonds'. Perhaps the producers were desperate for a Broadway transfer and felt they needed a tv star to achieve this - what a mistake. I'm delighted to have this CD in my collection, but will be using it to reference a much more complete version of the score - but will always be skipping over what should be CD's premium assets. Simon Jones is [appropriately] delightful in 'It's delightful down in Chile', but others [especially Aaron Lazar] sound too contemporary, not really in sympathy with the 40's style.
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