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|Jeffrey Stock, Susan Birkenhead|
Triumph Of Love (1998 Original Broadway Cast)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
Turning Marivaux's satirical play into a musical actually was a pretty good idea, as the 18th-century French playwright had concocted a brilliant story full of lovers in disguises, plot twists, and witty banter. Now, we're... more »
Turning Marivaux's satirical play into a musical actually was a pretty good idea, as the 18th-century French playwright had concocted a brilliant story full of lovers in disguises, plot twists, and witty banter. Now, we're not sure composer Jeffrey Stock and lyricist Susan Birkenhead's ambitious endeavor was entirely successful, but as this recording shows, their effort deserved better than the lukewarm reception it got at the time (1997). Susan Egan and Betty Buckley easily steal the show from their male counterparts, Christopher Sieber and F. Murray Abraham. Egan's performance as the dashing, love-torn Princess Leonide translates well from stage to recording, and while Buckley doesn't have that much to sing, her one solo, "Serenity," is a wonderful, thoughtful song that's become part of her regular repertoire. (The CD includes another Buckley solo, "If I Cannot Love," which had been cut from the show during previews.) --Elisabeth Vincentelli
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(5 out of 5 stars)
""Triumph of Love" is a fantastic show and deserved a longer run. It is FUNNY. It is WISE. It has GREAT MUSIC and an INTELLIGENT BOOK. There are so many shows out there that rely on chandeliers or helicopters to impress their audiences. This one, with a seven person cast and minimal set, is simply a showcase of everything that a great musical should be. It has the diva (Betty Buckley) and the ingenue (Susan Egan), the comic sidekicks and the befuddled love interest. It has the zany subplots and the listen-to-it-again ballads. And it's written the way I wish more musicals were written--by people who think deep thoughts but don't take themselves too seriously. The cast is BRILLIANT, from the bottom up. But the best thing about the CD--sorry, Betty Buckley--has got to be the breathtaking voice and dead-on sense of humor of "Beauty and the Beast"'s Susan Egan. Last year, Egan headlined the West Coast premier of La Chiusa's "Hello Again". She then starred in the new, improved, and headed-for-Broadway "Putting It Together" with Carol Burnett, and most recently played the Cinegrill in Hollywood over New Year's Eve with her one-woman cabaret. You just can't afford to miss her in this--she's one of the best of the new crop of B'Way performers. In the Billboard review of "Triumph of Love", there was this: "Egan...is a revelation as Princess Leonide, rapidly shifting among several personas with meticulous care. She wisely sidesteps the temptation to chew scenery in favor of small bits of character delineation. Her plucky charisma and seemingly bottomless reserve of energy leaves you guessing how long it will be before Hollywood will beckon.""
Gorgeous Broadway musical; Susan Egan in her element
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 10/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"TRIUMPH OF LOVE is a gorgeous Broadway musical which never fully blossomed in its New York stage incarnation. Though the show itself was a flop, it features lovely songs from Jeffrey Stock and Susan Birkenhead, and strong performances from a capable cast.Based on the play by Marivaux, the story recounts the exploits of Princess Leonide, who decides to do everything she can in order to land the handsome Agis, the prince from another kingdom. Only one thing stands between Leonide and Agis: they are mortal enemies. Leonide disguises herself as another girl called Cecile, and takes on several different personalities and guises before she finally wins the heart of Agis.Susan Egan (a Tony nominee for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST) gives thrilling life to Princess Leonide, with Christopher Sieber (INTO THE WOODS) as Agis. The cast also features diva Betty Buckley (CATS, CARRIE) along with Kevin Chamberlin, Roger Bart (THE PRODUCERS), F. Murray Abraham and Nancy Opel (URINETOWN).The score is superb; Susan Egan belts out the delicious "Anything" in grand style, Betty Buckley is in her element with "Serenity", while Egan and Christopher Sieber sing "The Bond That Can't Be Broken". Other standout songs include "The Sad and Sordid Saga of Cecile", "Henchmen are Forgotten", "Classic Clown" and "Teach Me Not to Love You". Susan Egan infuses the 11 o'clock number "What Have I Done?" with dramatics and power to spare.If you love the incantory Miss Egan and Miss Buckley, or if you love Broadway musicals, you'll adore TRIUMPH OF LOVE."
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Byron Kolln | 03/14/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Four words: BUY THIS CD NOW. "Triumph of Love" was the smartest, sexiest original musical of 1997. "The New Yorker" did a fabulous spread on it, and Show Music magazine will be publishing the brilliant libretto in its entirety in Spring of 1999. Unfortunately, the show's ill-advised PR campaign didn't get the word out in time to prevent premature closing. The soundtrack showcases the talent of an amazing creative team. The lyrics are intelligent and inspired, the score is warm, rich, and light-hearted. The album as a whole is a celebration of all that is best in musical theatre...there are heartbreaking ballads, slapstick comedic riffs, and everything in between. The cast is, in a word, perfect. Of course, Betty Buckley fans treasure this CD for its diva-friendly torch numbers, and yes, "Serenity" is one of the most beautiful, nuanced songs I've ever heard her sing. Nancy Opel ("Sunday in the Park w/George") and Roger Bart ("Hercules") are hysterical, and F. Murray Abraham holds his own. But the true standout in this cast must be the unbelievably talented Susan Egan ("Beauty and the Beast", "Hercules", the new "Putting it Together" set for B'Way in October '99). She plays a young princess who must assume not one, not two but three separate characters in order to get close to, and win the heart of, her chosen man. During the course of the show she goes from regal to airheaded, from boyish to tender-hearted, and her impeccable comedic timing and soaring, note-perfect, achingly pure voice will set the hairs on your body all on end. This is a romp with a moral at the end-a lesson to be learned about the dangers of playing with love. Do not, under any circumstances, pass up this little jewel of a show. It represents the best that Broadway has to offer."