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Title:
Two gentlemen of Verona a Decca Broadway original cast recording
Author:
MacDermot, Galt.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Decca Broadway : Distributed by Universal Music & Video Distribution, [2002]
Physical Description:
1 audio disc (79 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Originally released as ABC Records BCSY-1001, Dec. 13, 1971.

Compact disc.

Program notes and synopsis by Ron Spivak (14 p. : ill.) inserted in container.
Language:
English
Contents:
Summer, summer -- I love my father -- That's a very interesting question -- I'd like to be a rose -- Thou Julia, thou has metamorphosed me -- Symphony -- I am not interested in love -- Love, is that you? -- Thou, Proteus, thou has metamorphosed me -- What does a lover pack? -- Pearls -- I love my father -- Two gentlemen of Verona -- Follow the rainbow -- Where's north? -- Bring all the boys back home -- Love's revenge -- To whom it may concern me -- Night letter -- Love's revenge -- Calla lily lady -- Land of betrayal -- Thurio's samba -- Hot lover -- What a nice idea -- Who is Silvia? -- Love me -- Eglamour -- Kidnapped -- Mansion -- What's a nice girl like her -- Dragon fight -- Don't have the baby -- Dialogue -- Milkmaid -- Finale. I love my father ; Love has driven me sane -- Exit music. Where's north? (instrumental).
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UPC:
044001756528
Format :
Music CD

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Summary

This often overlooked winner of the 1972 Tony award for best musical received its first CD release in 2002. A celebration of love based on a Shakespearean comedy, Two Gentlemen of Verona starred Raul Julia and Clifton Davis along with a large, multiracial cast in its initial Broadway run. Their voices, while sometimes rough around the edges, are full of life and character, as are all the performances on this recording. Diane Davila brings a vivacity to her singing that's infectious and Jonelle Allen is simply wonderful. This cast members obviously enjoyed their roles. The clever lyrics by John Guare contain nods and commentary on Shakespeare and Nixon as well as blatant odes to love (and love's folly). The exuberant score by composer Galt McDermott shares a certain stylistic sense with his music from Hair, though the songs here are more tied to their book and less able to be appreciated in stand-alone form. Fortunately, the CD contains a lengthy synopsis that assists in placing the songs in the context of the story. Plus, there's enough energy and spirit here to sustain casual listening and make one long for a new stage production. More than just a "period piece," Two Gentlemen of Verona is a valentine to the joys of love and makes a welcome premiere on disc. ~ Neil Shurley