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|Frank Loesser, Guys and Dolls Pit Orchestra, John Carpenter|
Guys and Dolls [1992 Broadway Revival Cast]
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
The original 1950 production of this classic played the mythical Damon Runyon world of New York City gamblers a lot straighter than the 1992 Broadway revival did. In fact, 1950 reviewers called this the "South Pacific of c... more »
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The original 1950 production of this classic played the mythical Damon Runyon world of New York City gamblers a lot straighter than the 1992 Broadway revival did. In fact, 1950 reviewers called this the "South Pacific of crapshooters." Alas, Guys and Dolls plays a lot better as a cartoon-like "fable" in the 1990s--which is why the revival is probably the definitive recording while this one is more a historical artifact. Still, it's a gas to hear Robert Alda (Alan's dad!) and Sam Levene originate the roles of Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit, while both Vivian Blaine and Stubby Kaye (who actually gets most of the showstoppers) would repeat their roles in the otherwise dreadful 1955 Brando/Sinatra film version. And the Frank Loesser music is always great. --Bill Holdship
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barry | Boston, MA United States | 03/02/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This cd is a superbly remastered special edition of the original GUYS AND DOLLS Broadway soundtrack. I purchased it because I am going to see the latest revival on Broadway and wanted to familiarize myself with the songs as I have never seen the show before.
The orchestration and style is a little dated but it only adds to the glorious brilliance of the performances. Through these songs you get to know each of the four main characters very closely and the performances are unbelievable. The liner notes are full of valuable info with some great pictures as well.
I am so happy I purchased this for I love musicals and this soundtrack is a must have that shows how a show should be done. It also fills me with great expectation to see the show in New York."