Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Great Expectations (1995 Concept Cast)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
Is this really supposed to be musical theater?
Drew Graham | Provo, UT USA | 09/16/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I'm afraid it appears to me that the composer of the musical version of Great Expectations has no concept of creating mood with music, adaptation of a novel to the stage, or any kind of hit song (or even a ballad!). This CD is basically more than fifty songs, each less than two minutes in length, wherein the actors spew forth rhyme-less, tuneless, forgettable songs with equally putrid lyrics. These kind of interstitial songs usually appear in musicals, it's just that shows don't usually consist of ONLY these short, narrative-with-no-sense-of-musicality pieces. Actually, listening to some of the music left me just nonplussed and baffled. This is not what musical theater is supposed to be. If you're looking for a musical adaptation of a classic, look for Jekyll & Hyde, Aida, Jane Eyre, the slightly overplayed but still excellent (especially compared to Great Expectations) Les Miserables or even Rent! I gave this recording two stars for some good casting and a couple moments of actual music."