The Secret Garden Original Broadway Cast Recording Album Review

The Secret Garden (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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Review:

I was introduced to this musical by an excellent local production and liked it so much I went out and bought the Broadway cast album, which has become a favorite. Rebecca Luker is simply extraordinary as Lily. Her high, clear soprano is both warm and haunting.

The rest of the cast is also excellent, though I personally prefer Mandy Patinkin’s acting to his singing and favor the Anthony Warlow/Philip Quast version of the show’s biggest hit song, Lily’s Eyes:

Other favorite songs include  I Heard Someone Crying, A Girl In The Valley, Show Me The Key, The Girl I Mean To Be, Quartet: There’s A Man, Hold On, and Letter Song.

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My rating: (4 / 5)

The Scarlet Pimpernel Original Broadway Cast Recording



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I’ve never seen this musical live, but the soundtrack is very enjoyable and I’m surprised The Scarlet Pimpernel never became a bigger hit. As a huge fan of Terrence Mann, who played the villain Chauvelin, I have to say that his songs are my favorite, particularly the swoon-worthy “Where’s the Girl?” and the viciously cynical trio “The Riddle.”

There’s also some excellent comedy songs and I’m impressed by Douglas Sills’s ability to transition seamlessly between the roles of clownish buffoon and dashing hero.

My rating: (4 / 5)

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