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|Maury Yeston, Antonio Banderas, Chita Rivera|
Nine - The Musical (2003 Broadway Revival Cast)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
Winner of 5 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, the show the New York Post hailed as "a true original" and The Daily News called "brilliant, daring, innovative and divine" returns in a spectacular new production. The new... more »
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Winner of 5 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, the show the New York Post hailed as "a true original" and The Daily News called "brilliant, daring, innovative and divine" returns in a spectacular new production. The new broadway cast recording includes Antonio Banderas with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston.
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A stellar version of "Nine"
Steven Valenti | Cleveland, OH | 04/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This revival recording of "Nine" is superb. I actually prefer it to the original Broadway recording and the London concert version (which are both fine). Maury Yeston's music and lyrics are among the best for any modern musical, and the cast here is ideal.
The performances are exemplary, from Antonio Banderas as womanizing film director Guido Contini and Mary Stuart Masterson as his long-suffering wife Luisa, to Laura Benanti, Jane Krakowski, and the rest. Their singing easily matches or surpasses the previous casts, and their acting on the whole is stronger. They just feel more assured to me. Banderas also sounds more feasibly Italian than previous Guidos, which is useful in terms of the character. For their part, the women put on fake accents, which has the potential to be a distraction, but here didn't bother me at all.
Highlights from the score and this album include Banderas's charismatic rendition of "Guido's Song," Krakowski's sexy "A Call from the Vatican," Benanti's almost impossibly-beautiful version of "Unusual Way," and Masterson's bitter and expertly acted "Be On Your Own." The orchestra here is smaller than previous versions, but this doesn't detract in any significant way. The strength of the music and the performances comes through just fine."
It's not a 9, It's a 10!!!
boop455 | TX | 06/22/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Nine is one of my favorite musicals. This is the best recording of it out of the three recordings you can buy. Antonio Banderas can sing! He surpasses Raul Julia on the OBC and Jonathon Pryce on the OLC as Guido Contini by far. "Guido's Song" is phenomenal on how he gets his confused feelings across. But the real gem of this album is of course THE WOMEN! The amazing Chita Rivera (West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, Kiss of the Spider Woman) is perfect as Liliane La Fleur. Her "Folies Bergeres" is the best you will ever hear. Laura Benanti (Into the Woods) brings an incredible Italian flair to Claudia Nardi. Her "Unusual Way" is unbelievable in it's feeling. Mary Stuart Masterson, in her musical debut, IS the Luisa Contini we've all been waiting for. Her "My Husband Makes Movies" is fantastic and her "Be On Your Own" sends chills down my spine every time I hear it. My personal favorite on the album is Jane Krakowski (Once Upon a Mattress, Company, Grand Hotel) as Carla, Guido's mistress. Her "Call From the Vatican" is so sensual and sexy and is awesome from start to finish. Her "Simple" is great as well. Other great songs are the hilarious "Be Italian", and the touching "Only With You". Nine is a must have for any musical theater lover and will be in your CD player forever."
Better than the original -- even if you don't believe me!
George Dansker | 07/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Who cares about some bad accents. This cast is entirely better than those who came before them on the 1982 cast recording. Though the original cast, led by Raul Julia, were great actors and gave their roles thrilling performances in their own rights, these performers easily outdo them. Their vocals are far superior, and their acting is fine for this recording even if the accents do get a bit tiring.Antonio Banderas comes across well as Guido Contini, the famous filmmaker, as do the other leads: Chita Rivera, Jane Krakowski, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Laura Benanti. I'm seeing this on Broadway in August and I only hope it's as good live as it is on disc. Standout tracks include "My Husband Makes Movies" and "Be On Your Own," both sung wonderfully by Mary Stuart Masterson, "Guido's Song," and "The Bells of St. Sebastian."I highly recommend this disc, as well as the original, but I think this CD is a great point of entry for those hoping to enjoy this musical. The music is brilliant, and these performers bring out the best in the material."