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Do Re Mi (1999 Broadway Revival Cast)
Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green
Do Re Mi (1999 Broadway Revival Cast)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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Despite its stellar pedigree (music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Comden and Green, book by Garson Kanin), 1960's Do Re Mi remains relatively obscure. It was said to be a lightweight romp, irremediably linked to the outsize per...  more »

      
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All Artists: Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Nathan Lane, Brian Stokes Mitchell
Title: Do Re Mi (1999 Broadway Revival Cast)
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Drg
Original Release Date: 9/21/1999
Release Date: 9/21/1999
Album Type: Cast Recording
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
Style: Musicals
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 021471476828

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Despite its stellar pedigree (music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Comden and Green, book by Garson Kanin), 1960's Do Re Mi remains relatively obscure. It was said to be a lightweight romp, irremediably linked to the outsize personalities of its two original stars, Phil Silver and Nancy Walker. Now Nathan Lane and a superior cast prove that, while no masterpiece, Do Re Mi is a vastly entertaining musical. The book is an inane romp about a jukebox scam, but the score has brassy, swinging tunes ("Waiting," "All You Need Is a Quarter"), sentimental duets ("Fireworks"), a hilarious novelty number ("What's New at the Zoo"), and a couple of bona fide showstoppers ("Cry Like the Wind," "Make Someone Happy"). While Lane hams it up with his usual gusto, Brian Stokes Mitchell (Ragtime) and Heather Headley almost steal the show as the young lovebirds. The CD also includes a 20-minute 1961 interview with the creative team. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
 

CD Reviews

A worthy new cast album.
11/29/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The new cast recording of Do Re Mi would be an excellent addition to any Broadway show collection but would probably not appeal to the average music fan. Most of the songs are theme driven and are best within the context of the show. The singing in this version is universally good - Nathan Lane is Nathan Lane, which is good, but Brian Stokes Mitchell is the real reason to purchase this CD as his renditions of four songs is outstanding, including the well known Make Someone Happy."
Better recording
John Rice | Milwaukee, WI USA | 12/09/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This 1999 recording of Do Re Mi is a better recording than the original Broadway Cast, but the music is about the same. The show was a fluffy thing built around Phil Silvers. Now the star is Nathan Lane. Different actors, different styles. Nathan Lane, of course, can sing. "It's Legitimate" is still a raucous number as it should be. One wonders, though, why shows like this are being revived."
A Bright New Star shines in a bright new recording
michael a. willhoite | 11/24/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I snapped this one up immediately because I'm crazy about the score. (Has a more upbeat Broadway pep number ever been written than "It's Legitimate"? This is what the American musical is supposed to be about.) Nathan Lane is our most inspired clown, on Broadway at least, and does a fine job here. But nobody could top Phil Silvers in the same role. He brings a dramatic depth of feeling to "All of My Life" that Lane can't quite hit. But that's a minor quibble. The voice that leaps out at you on this recording, however, is that of Brian Stokes Mitchell. Here, in one neat package is the new Alfred Drake. Every note he touches he turns to instant gold, and his songs are the ones I play over again when I'm through -- and then once more. This guy is NEVER going to be out of work. Bravo yet again for the Encores! series."