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Candide: The New Broadway Cast Recording (1997 Revival)
Leonard Bernstein, Jim Dale, Andrea Martin
Candide: The New Broadway Cast Recording (1997 Revival)
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Additional lyrics by John LaTouche.

      
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All Artists: Leonard Bernstein, Jim Dale, Andrea Martin, Harolyn Blackwell, Jason Danieley
Title: Candide: The New Broadway Cast Recording (1997 Revival)
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Label: RCA Victor Broadway
Original Release Date: 7/29/1997
Release Date: 7/29/1997
Album Type: Cast Recording
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Musicals, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 090266883523, 090266883547

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Additional lyrics by John LaTouche.

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More theatrical than musical
J. T Waldmann | 01/02/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This recording tells the story of Candide and Cunegonde's voyage very well. The story is clearer than in the other recordings. The cuts are very direct and to the point.They use Dr. Pangloss very well to tie the bits togetherThe additional material added for Andrea Martin is funny. I ALWAYS though the Old Lady should be included in the introduction anyway for consitancy's sake.This recording features a very theatrical (as opposed to musical) recording of "Glitter and be Gay." Though this Cunegonde can hold her own musically."
Give me the original
Mark Boberick | Scranton, PA United States | 04/15/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I liked this CD. It was really nice to hear the full score for the first time. The performances are wonderful, especially Andrea Martin who's delightful to watch onstage (I saw her in Oklahoma!). But my complaint lies in the lyrics. I dislike the new lyrics for The Best of All Possible Worlds, a song I find essential to the show and the new lyrics I feel don't mesh as well with the show. Barbara Cook and Robert Rounseville are much better on the original recording, which is now re-released and is phenomenal, finally the best Candide Recording. Buy the original, it's cheaper and better. If not for any other reason than for "Glitter and be Gay" which got a 2 minute standing ovation on opening night, December 1, 1956. That night, the Overture, lauded as one of the best ever, also received a 2 minute standing ovation. The book to Candide may have it's major flaws (and it does), but you can't say anytihng about the score. It's one of Bernstein's best, and definitely one of the best in Musical Theatre History."
CAN ONE HAVE TOO MANY VERSIONS OF BERNSTEIN'S BROADWAY MASTE
J. T Waldmann | Carmel, IN, home to the fabulous new Regional Perf | 07/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I wouldn't part with the Original (1957) Broadway cast recording for anything, especially because of Robert Rounseville's Candide and Barbara Cook's stunning Cunegonde. But that's not to say one shouldn't own this 1997 revival recording as well. Fans of the show know there are at least four different incarnations of CANDIDE, including Bernstein's final revision in 1989, and what's wrong with having all of them?

The first revision was the celebrated "Chelsea version" of 1974, with a new book by Hugh Wheeler and some new (and some revised) lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The actor playing Dr. Pangloss also plays Voltaire, the Governor, the Host, and the Sage. A new opening number, "Life Is Happiness Indeed," ". . . comically [establishes] the central characters' innocence and naivete." The parts of Maximillian and Paquette have been expanded, and it is not Cunegonde, but Maximillian (in drag) who sings "My Love" with the lecherous Governor. "Quiet" is out and "Sheep's Song" is in. Also deleted are "Words, Words, Words," "Money, Money, Money," "We Are Women," and "Nothing More Than This." (For a more complete version, check out the Scottish Opera version, the 1999 Royal National Cast version, or Bernstein's "final revised edition" of 1989.)

In this 1997 revival, The Old Lady (a wonderful characterization by Andrea Martin) cleverly insinuates herself into the plot, early in act one, informing Pangloss (and the audience) of her central role in the proceedings. It also includes considerable narration, by the author Voltaire, to move the plot along.

What about the singers? Jim Dale is truly fine in his multiple roles and Jason Danieley sings the socks off Candide's songs. Very exciting performance. Harolyn Blackwell has a gorgeous voice (see Byron Kolln's review), but her tone quality is a little heavy for my taste, making her Cunegonde sound more worldly than Barbara Cook's. Even though she's been repeatedly raped and has become the mistress to both the Grand Inquisitor and The Rich Jew, Cook's Cunegonde remains a virgin to the very end. Stacey Logan is a perky Paquette, and Brent Barrett is a wonderfully-vain Maximilian.

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If you're a CANDIDE junkie, then you need to own this recording, as well as the "original" original cast. I also own the Musical Heritage Society's highlights from the 1988 Scottish Opera, which I find lifeless and dull. It was recorded during rehearals for the production, which makes me believe it is NOT to be compared to the "complete" recording (That's Entertainment) that John Kendrick admires.

But as I said before: Can one have too many versions of Bernstein's Broadway masterpiece? I think not.




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