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Curtains Original Broadway Cast Recording
 
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Curtains Original Broadway Cast Recording

5 Jun. 2007 | Format: MP3

£5.99 (VAT included if applicable)
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  • Original Release Date: 5 Jun. 2007
  • Release Date: 5 Jun. 2007
  • Label: Mixed Repertoire
  • Copyright: (C) 2007 The Blue Note Label Group
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  • Total Length: 1:04:57
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  • ASIN: B002Q20IQQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,015 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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If you play this recording and then follow it with, say the Original Broadway Cast recording of "South Pacific", you realise just how much the recording of stage shows has changed over the last 60 years. The "South Pacific" recording presents very good performances of the songs in good if un-atmospheric mono sound. The "Curtain" album really beings the show to life. With the help of the notes and excellent performances from a highly accomplished cast, you can create your own version of how the show would look on stage. I love this recording and I'd love to see the show on stage. Let's hope it gets a London production.

The score is up to Kander and Ebb's usual high standard. It's maybe not quite up to the standard of "Cabaret" and "Chicago" but it doesn't rank far behind. Kander's music recaptures the feel of the peppy 1950's musical for the "Robbin Hood" numbers that form the show within the show. Not only that for the plot numbers, his music really captures the situations the characters find themselves in. "What Kind of Man?" and "The Woman's Dead" come immediately to mind.

Fred Ebb's lyrics are witty and always apt. There is no sign of age producing a tailing off in inspiration. It's sad to know that there won't be any more Kander and Ebb shows but this last one has all the quality and inventiveness that we have come to expect from these masters of their craft over the years. It is good to hear that their last show was one of their best scores.

Just to round off, the contribution of record producer, Jay David Saks, needs a big thank you. He has produced a record that does its source material proud. Some cast recordings make no sense if you haven't seen the show. This one stands up in its own right. An excellent achievement all round.
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By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Jun. 2013
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The final Kander & Ebb musical, which Kebb sadly never lived to see. Produced in 2007, it is set in 1959 and features a show plagued by troubles. "Robbin' Hood!" has a killer on the loose.

Actually a favour was done when leading lady Jessica was poisoned (she was awful), but now other cast members fear for their lives. Enter Lieutenant Gioffi (David Hyde Pierce, so hilarious in "Frasier"). When not catching crooks, his passion is musicals - he determined to ensure this one will survive.

The result is great fun, the award winning original Broadway cast all on fine form. David Hyde Pierce exhibits a gentle charm. (It must be confessed, though, it hard to picture him overpowering villains.) Amongst others Debra Monk impresses with a full-blooded performance as the no-nonsense co-producer.

Amongst the highlights? "What Kind of Man?" (contempt voiced for critics who panned the show, views abruptly changed on discovering one who praised); "The Woman's Dead" (no grief for the death of Jessica - one minute's silence proposed, to match the audience's reaction after her first number); "Show People" (a rousing homage to the profession); "Coffee Shop Nights" (Gioffi wistfully reflecting on a policeman's lot); "I Miss the Music" (the difficulties of composing when the partner is not there); "It's Business" (barbed reflections on how everything done has to have eventual cash receipts in mind); "Thataway" (the exuberant Act 1 finale). "Kansasland" and "A Tough Act to Follow" are production numbers, best appreciated by those fortunate enough to see them on stage. Enjoyably we hear how the lacklustre "In the Same Boat" gradually evolves into a showstopper.

Yes, much pleasure here.
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First of all, I'm really pleased the other reviewers really enjoyed Curtains! I saw Curtains on Broadway in 2007 - thoroughly enjoyed it - and have been waiting for it to come to the West End. I'm glad it's already getting a following over here!

Anyway, as for the CD: There are some great songs with witty lyrics ("He Did It" and "It's a Business", which is a personal favourite) and other great show-stopping all-singing all-dancing numbers ("Show People" and "Thataway!"). It may not be as cynical or edgy as Cabaret or Chicago, two of Kander & Ebb's earlier and more famous shows, but it's a light-hearted and fun soundtrack. I guarantee you'll end up humming at least one of the songs after listening to it!
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The last show by Fred Ebb, ending the last great writing duo who crossed from the golden age to the present. A MUST for all B'way devotees. God what will we do when sondheim dies?
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What a fantastic show! When you can understand the reality of that statement after only hearing the CD you have to realise how good the CD is. You can follow the plot and fully understand what the musical is about when you purchase this show album. Great vocal singing and great individual performances enhance a super witty score. Kander and Ebb, writers of CHICAGO and CABARET are responsible, and they've scored another bullseye show that will surely appear in the West End before long. If you like buying original stage soundtracks this hails worthy of the best of them.
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