Amour (Broadway Premiere Recording)

Amour (Broadway Premiere Recording)



Amour, an English adaptation of the French musical La Passe-Muraille, with music by Michel Legrand, opened on Broadway on October 20, 2002, and closed after only 17 performances, making it, in theater terms, a flop. Notwithstanding its failure to find an American audience, the show earned five Tony nominations: for best musical, best score (Legrand and Jeremy Sams), best book (Sams), best actor (Malcolm Gets), and best actress (Melissa Errico). In part, all those nominations are evidence of the dearth of new musicals on Broadway, but they also reflect the considerable quality of the show, and the production. Bravely, Sh-K-Boom Records undertook a cast album six months after the closing, and the recording (which, due to the musical's brevity, captures just about all of it in 74-plus minutes) demonstrates that quality. Legrand's music has a sprightly pop charm reminiscent of his film scores, particularly The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, and Sams' rhyme-filled lyrics are witty and amusing. The magical story of an ordinary man who comes to walk through walls and thereby achieves fame and love (for a time), is light and amusing with a touch of sadness, and it is performed delicately by an accomplished small cast and band. The result is a wonderful pocket musical that probably should have opened Off-Broadway, where it might have attracted the kind of cult following that kept The Fantasticks running for decades, rather than on Broadway, where it clearly could not compete with the giant spectacles currently dominating the musical theater. As it is, it may attract many regional and amateur productions when people get to hear its entertaining score on this disc.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/08/2003
Label: Ghostlight
UPC: 0791558400328
catalogNumber: 84003

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michel Legrand   Track Performer
Gerard   Piano,Celeste
Bill Nolte   Vocals
Malcolm Gets   Vocals
Todd Ellison   Piano,Conductor,Musical Direction
Anthony Geralis   Piano,Celeste
Norm Lewis   Vocals
Lewis Cleale   Vocals
Nora Mae Lyng   Vocals
Melissa Errico   Vocals
Ben Kono   Woodwind
Mark Vanderpoel   Bass
Christopher Fitzgerald   Vocals
Sarah Litzsinger   Vocals
John Cunningham   Vocals
Benjamin Kono   Woodwind
Bill Hayes   Percussion
Antony Geralis   Piano,Celeste

Technical Credits

Michel Legrand   Composer,Liner Notes
John & Phil Cunningham   Contributor
Joel Moss   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Bill Nolte   Contributor
Joan Marcus   Production Photography
Malcolm Gets   Contributor
Jean-Marie Guyaux   Cover Photo
Todd Ellison   Vocal Arrangements
Jeremy Sams   Liner Notes,English Translations,Language Adaptation,Plot Synopsis
Jan Folkson   Pro-Tools
Norm Lewis   Contributor
Lewis Cleale   Contributor
Nora Mae Lyng   Contributor
Nathaniel James   Mastering Associate
Melissa Errico   Contributor
Kari Alberg   Artwork
Marcel Aymé   Adaptation
Dan Moses Schreier   Sound Effects
Kurt Deutsch   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Christopher Fitzgerald   Contributor
Didier VanCauwelaert   Librettist
Didier van Cauwelaert   Librettist,Liner Notes
Kurt Keutsch   Producer

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Amour (Broadway Premiere Recording) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ah, Amour!, so sad to see it gone. This CD is one of the most wonderfully pieced stories on disc, that to listen to the heartfelt and lyrical love story breaks hearts, especially the song "Amour" with Melissa Errico and Malcolm Gets. A must have!