Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Ervin Drake, Bryan Miller, Mark Miller|
Her First Roman (1993 Studio Cast)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
25 years after this show debuted on Broadway, the two original stars - Richard Kiley (Man of La Mancha) and Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah, Baby) - join a talented cast of newcomers to record the score! The album also restores ... more »
25 years after this show debuted on Broadway, the two original stars - Richard Kiley (Man of La Mancha) and Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah, Baby) - join a talented cast of newcomers to record the score! The album also restores the original orchestrations - long thought lost - and recreates the thrilling sound of Broadway shows in the 1960s. Also featured are Broadway stars Priscilla Lopez (A Chorus Line), Ron Raines (Days of Our Lives) and Brenda Silas-Moore (Freeway Dreams), among others.
Failed Broadway musical revived 25 years later.
A. Andersen | Bellows Falls, VT USA | 06/04/1999
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This is a true oddity. HER FIRST ROMAN with book, music and lyrics by Ervin Drake is a show with some promise. The rhyming in some of the lyrics is clever, the premise of adapting Shaw's CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA to the musical stage a beguiling one. But this is amateurish from beginning to end. Not able to make up its mind whether it is drama, comedy or low comedy, it is none of these. Uggams is woefully miscast but Kiley does a wonderful job as Caesar. There are only two songs of merit - MANY YOUNG MEN FROM NOW (which should be in every gay cabaret singer's repertoire) and the rollicking I FELL IN WITH EVIL COMPANIONS. The rest range from mediocre to downright boring. Amazing that the original cast members and the producers liked it well enough to mount a cast album 25 years after the closing. Valuable to Broadway composers/lyricists in showing how NOT to write a show. This would have been ideal material for Lerner and Loewe, but sadly not for Mr. Drake."
Take a chance on this incredible score!
R. Lucas | Laurel, Deleware USA | 07/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm glad I did, as it definitely now resides in my top ten favorite Broadway scores. It's an extremely variable score, from wildly comic to powerfully beautiful, and that may have affected the show's run, but it works great on your CD player.
Don't be afraid to change the order of the songs either. I start off with 2,3, then 1, etc. In fact, the only song I didn't end up liking on the entire CD was "Many Young Men From Now".
When I read a review by someone, I'm always curious about other shows they've liked, or didn't like, to see how similar (or dissimilar!) our tastes are. Some scores I've enjoyed include: House of Flowers, Grass Harp, Saratoga, Camelot, Purlie, Dear World, Mata Hari, The Life, Avenue Q and Wicked.
Some I didn't like include Bajour, Subways Are For Sleeping, The Seussical, St. Louie Woman, Applause, Urinetown, Greenwillow, Big River, Sweet Charity and The Golden Apple."