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|Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick|
She Loves Me: The New Broadway Cast Recording (1993 Revival)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
Anyone who doubts the influence and enduring appeal of cast recordings should take note of She Loves Me, an intimate, romantic, and totally charming show by the team of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) ... more »
Anyone who doubts the influence and enduring appeal of cast recordings should take note of She Loves Me, an intimate, romantic, and totally charming show by the team of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) that had a short Broadway run in 1963. The show was kept alive by a legendary and unprecedented two-LP original cast album that spurred numerous regional productions and, 30 years after the original run, this Broadway revival at the Roundabout Theatre. The sweet story (based on the same Hungarian play that inspired the films The Shop Around the Corner, In the Good Old Summertime and You've Got Mail) focuses on two perfume shop coworkers (played by Boyd Gaines, who won a Tony for the role, and Diane Fratantoni) who can't stand each other, unaware they are romantic pen pals. Heading the supporting cast is the always wonderful Sally Mayes, who received a Tony nomination for the role of Ilona, even if she can't match the ditzy defenselessness of Barbara Baxley in the 1963 cast. In fact, it's almost an impossible task for any cast to match the original, but give this revival credit for giving She Loves Me new life where it belongs--on the stage. --David Horiuchi
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Fine, but not a patch on the original cast album
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 02/27/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This recording of the 1993 Broadway revival of SHE LOVES ME is a fine summation of the peerless Bock-Harnick score, though the original cast still remains definitive. Diane Fratatoni-Sutherland is a competant Amalia (Judy Kuhn was the original star though left by the time the cast album was recorded). Fratatoni, sounding eerily like original Amalia - Barbara Cook - , is thrilling in her singing, especially the Act One heartbreaker "Dear Friend" and the manic "Where's My Shoe?". Boyd Gaines gives Georg an infectious joy, and Sally Mayes is just about the perfect Ilona. My only gripe about this recording is the putrid sound quality. Microphones are full of annoying reverb and extraonious noises, and detract from the full enjoyment of the performance. Nevertheless, a fine recording for admirers of this score."
Christopher | Wengen-en-esprit | 03/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first saw this production in a small community theater. That intimate feeling was something I had been hoping this album would keep. And it does! In fact, the voices (especially Arpad) sound exactly like the actors I had seen a decade ago!
First of all, the musical is a gem. Every single tune is a classic, catchy, and one of the most fun musicals to sing along with. Especially "Sounds While Selling," "Tonight at Eight," and "Goodbye, Georg." I love harmonizing and just being corny when no one is watching :)
Skipping the orchestral tracks and "Days Gone By" (the *only* weak tune, and it even gets good at the end), I would listen to the entire album on my commute from work years ago. It really kept me awake and, by the time I arrived home, I was always in a great mood!
This recording has kept the intimate feel of the original production I saw. I fell in love with this musical instantly, glad to have something others didn't. (I love musicals, but it's difficult to think of "The Sound of Music" as one's 'own.')"