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Not having seen this musical , I can only judge from the musical point of view . It is an adaptation of the well - known MGM film , set here in the aftermath of the 2nd. War in Paris and the show very much concentrates on the dance aspect , having engaged two leading ballet dancers for the lead roles. The Gershwin catalogue has been raided , using other numbers to bolster the original film score and the orchestrations are fittingly of the period without being ' old fashioned '. Don't expect brilliant voices from the two leads - they are, after all dancers - but the supporting roles are sung well and the end result is very pleasing and enjoyable . Whether the show ever comes to London is doubtful but I should put it on my list if that should occur .
This no doubt is a nice souvenir of the show for those who saw it but it is not a true cast album. By this I mean that unlike cast albums of original musicals there is no story progression through the music. Robert Fairchild is a fantastic dancer but a hesitant singer and without the visual aspect of the show to support him this CD is just so-so.
I saw the show and loved it, but even if I hadn't I would enjoy this recording! It has so many wonderful songs that aren't in the film, and the fact that a lot of the performers aren't professional singers just makes them all the more heartfelt rather than slick. It's wonderful!
Terrific recording of a well orchestrated re-working of many pieces from the Gershwin collection. I understand from friends, who are lecturers in theatre studies, that in their view this is the best Broadway production of 2015. Certainly if this recording is anything to go by the dance numbers must have been exciting, vigorous and numerous. Excerpts from his more classically based works make this a fine recording for any collection. Highly recommended and looking forward to seeing the show on its transfer to London.
Great music! Great cast! and Gershwin's wonderful music! What more can I say? I found it had much more variety than the film, where most of it revolved around Gene Kelly. Great though he was, the stage show explores more depths to the music.