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The Scarlet Pimpernel the new musical adventure : original Broadway cast recording
Wildhorn, Frank.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Atlantic Theatre, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc (67 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Orchestrated by Kim Scharnberg.

Based on: The Scarlet Pimpernel / Baroness Orczy.

Compact disc.

Program notes by Nan Knighton, synopsis, and lyrics ([32] p. : ill.) inserted in container.
Overture -- Madame Guillotine -- Believe -- Vivez! -- Prayer -- Into the fire -- Falcon in the dive -- When I look at you -- The Scarlet Pimpernel -- Where's the girl? -- When I look at you : reprise -- The creation of man -- Marguerite's dilemma -- The riddle -- Entr'acte -- They seek him here -- Only love -- She was there -- Storybook -- Where's the girl? : reprise -- Lullaby -- You are my home -- The duel -- Believe : reprise -- Into the fire : reprise.
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Music CD


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MUSICAL .W673 SCA Compact Disc Central Library

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In 1992, when it had its first recording, Frank Wildhorn and Nan Knighton's The Scarlet Pimpernel was a concept album vaguely based on the novels of Baroness Oczy, but without a real story and largely constructed as a star vehicle for Linda Eder. Nearly six years later, the cast album of the Broadway show (with a libretto by Knighton) that opened November 9, 1997, is a vast improvement. Six of the 15 vocal numbers have been cut and eight added, providing a much-needed balance of material by beefing up the parts of the villain and the Scarlet Pimpernel himself. The soft rock arrangements have been jettisoned, and there is more of the Les Miserables-like, convincingly theatrical style of original songs such as "Into the Fire" and "The Creation of Man." At the same time, the better ballads from the original, "You Are My Home" and "When I Look at You," have been retained. The singers are up to Wildhorn's rangy demands, even if Christine Andreas is inevitably less distinctive than Eder. The Scarlet Pimpernel still isn't a great work of music or theater, but now it's a legitimate, well-performed musical theater work. (In the fall of 1998, the Broadway production of The Scarlet Pimpernel was extensively revised, so this album may no longer represent it.) ~ William Ruhlmann