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No One Is Alone
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
Laurie Beechman's cameo as the Broadway Star-to-Be in the original cast of Annie proved prophetic. Her powerful voice subsequently took her to fame as the Narrator in the original Broadway cast of Joseph and the Amazing Te... more »
Laurie Beechman's cameo as the Broadway Star-to-Be in the original cast of Annie proved prophetic. Her powerful voice subsequently took her to fame as the Narrator in the original Broadway cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and even after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer she continued to sing. Her friend and collaborator Sam Harris recalled, "She had cancer for nine years, when she was expected to live for six months, and during that nine years did two more Broadway shows and two or three more records, and got married, and created a wonderful life and career." This celebration of life continued through her final album, No One Is Alone, a collection of inspirational theater songs. While one would expect such solemnities as "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "Climb Every Mountain" (which are indeed here), the album also includes the rousers "Beautiful City" and "These Are the Good Times." There are more introspective tunes, of course, among them Beechman's duet with Harris on a wedding medley of "Make Our Garden Grow" and "One Hand, One Heart," as well as an especially touching rendition of Brigadoon's "There But for You Go I"--clearly indicating that she was feeling no self-pity. Beechman finally succumbed to the cancer in 1998, leaving No One Is Alone as a final gift to all those lucky enough to be touched by this artist. --David Horiuchi
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A powerful, moving musical experience
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this album without having heard Laurie before, so I was taking a chance. Believe me, it was worth the risk. She has a very powerful voice, and can really deliver on the heavier songs on this album. "Climb every Mountain" became like a new song to me after hearing her sing it. And I was literally moved to tears on her incredible version of "You'll Never Walk Alone", a song I'm usually fairly indifferent to because it's been done so often. But it's never been done the way she does it! She was incredible, and I'm so thankful she shared her beautiful voice with the world."
Laurie Beechman Lives On with this Incredibly Moving CD.
Robert Lopez | California | 08/05/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Laurie Beechman (star of JOSEPH, CATS, ANNIE and LES MIZ) has released her fourth album. This one is very moving. Laurie Beechman had been struggling from Cancer, and shortly after this CD was released, she passed away. This makes the CD all the more memorable and inspiring. Laurie soars in this CD with intense emotions as she had with her past 3 albums. But this one is special. Laurie gives the most stirring rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone." It's the most uplifting and heartfelt version out there. Laurie soars higher than ever before. She is so gorgeous. Walk on Laurie."Climb Every Mountain" is just as rousing and stirring as "Never Walk..." Laurie puts more than her heart and soul into these songs. A tremendous rendition of "Make Our Garden Grow" from CANDIDE sung with Sam Harris (GREASE, JOSEPH, THE LIFE) They Belt this heartfelt rendition beyond all expectations. His voice compliments her very well. "Someday" from Disney's HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. This is a lovely song that didn't get recognition from me until I heard Laurie sing it. The lyrics are quite moving. Ofcourse, they were written by Alan Menken! Other notable songs: "Being Alive" (COMPANY) which she goes against the slow, conventional way to sing the song. The haunting melody of "No One Is Alone" (INTO THE WORDS), Laurie does a beautiful job. A different, livlier version of "Beautiful City" (GODSPELL). "There But For You I Go" (BRIGADOON). "I Am Changing" (DREAMGIRLS)Laurie is Phenomenal, and should always be remembered, and this is a great CD to do so."
What a singer!
Ryan Madigan | Buffalo, New York | 02/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Laurie Beechman was one of the best actress' of our time. Her vocal strength and ability to act made her truly unique. I have been a fan of Laurie since I was a child, and her passing was quite upsetting. Her music helped me through so much growing up, and I have always dreamed of meeting her one day. Well, that day can never come. Her CD No One Is Alone is such a wonderful album. And to think... she recorded the entire album during the final stages of her cancer. By listening, who would have ever known. She has made a lasting impression on many, most importantly on myself. May she continue to live in everyone's hearts, and never be forgotton. One last thing... be sure to check out her verson of "Someday" (Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame). It is absolutely georgeous..."