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If Love Were All (1999 Off-Broadway Cast)
Noel Coward
If Love Were All (1999 Off-Broadway Cast)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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Celebrity is so cheap these days that it's almost impossible to imagine the sheer incandescence, the high-voltage glamour, and the unique, brittle sophistication generated by Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence at the peak o...  more »

     
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All Artists: Noel Coward
Title: If Love Were All (1999 Off-Broadway Cast)
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Varese Sarabande
Original Release Date: 10/5/1999
Release Date: 10/5/1999
Album Type: Cast Recording
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Vocal Pop, Musicals, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 030206608328, 4005939608323

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Celebrity is so cheap these days that it's almost impossible to imagine the sheer incandescence, the high-voltage glamour, and the unique, brittle sophistication generated by Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence at the peak of their professional partnership. The year 1999 saw the centenary of Coward's birth and a huge revival of interest in his work, and prompted a New York transfer for this revised version of Sheridan Morley's successful musical Noel and Gertie. Based on letters, anecdotes, and, of course, Coward's nostalgic songs, its subtext is the story of a strong and powerful friendship forged in childhood and cut short only by Lawrence's early death. Coward was not given to public displays of sentiment, but in later years his acute grief was still palpable in many interviews. It would be too much to expect Harry Groener to match Coward's charisma or Twiggy to reproduce Gertie's languorous elegance, but they are charming stand-ins. Twiggy, in particular, has an authentic 1930s warble. For all her other skills, Gertrude Lawrence was no great singer. The witty, occasionally acid narrative adds real substance to the whole confection, making the abrupt conclusion ("I'll See You Again") all the more poignant. --Piers Ford

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Sublime Performances By Twiggy &Harry Groener!
Dennis Lee Cleven | Madison, WI | 01/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was not able to get to see this NY Production, but this is just a GREAT soundtrack!The story of Gertrude Lawrence and Noel Coward is superbly done in a wonderful array of Coward's songs.The duets by Twiggy and Harry are magical.They prove to be a finely matched team.Each has four solo performances and it is a well balanced production. Oh, I wish I had seen this Play!But I am very glad that I have this soundtrack. Once again, Twiggy proves herself as a fine singer.Her sultry voice is seductive in such songs as "20th Century Blues" and in the duets "Someday I'll Find You" and "Mad About the Boy." If you like Noel Coward's songs, this one is not to be missed.Harry Groener and Twiggy are fine singers and they bring the magic of Noel and Gertrude Lawrence to life. Twiggy and Harry are equally as magical as the original artists they portray.Give yourself an hour of Twiggy & Harry as Gertie & Noel. You'll love this,and you very well may find yourself playing it over and over. I did. It is that fine a work!"