CD Chicago [1996 Broadway Revival Cast] [090266872725] (CD 674000), Audio Other
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Chicago [1996 Broadway Revival Cast] [090266872725]


  • 1. Overture
    2. All That Jazz
    3. Funny Honey
    4. Cell Block Tango
    5. When You're Good to Mama
    6. All I Care About
    7. Little Bit of Good, A
    8. We Both Reached for the Gun
    9. Roxie
    10. I Can't Do It Alone
    11. I Can't Do It Alone (Reprise)
    12. My Own Best Friend
    13. Entr'acte
    14. I Know a Girl
    15. Me and My Baby
    16. Mr. Cellophane
    17. When Velma Takes the Stand
    18. Razzle Dazzle
    19. Class
    20. Nowadays
    21. Hot Honey Rag
    22. Finale
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 68727

  • Credits
    ProducerJay David Saks
    EngineerJames Nichols

    Principal cast includes: Bebe Neuwirth (Velma Kelly); Ann Reinking (Roxie Hart); Michael Berresse (Fred Casely); Michael Kubala (Sergeant Fogarty); Joel Grey (Amos Hart); Denise Fay (Liz); James Naughton (Billy Flynn).
    Orchestra includes: Rob Fisher (director); Jay Berliner (banjo); Marilyn Reynolds (violin); Seymour Red Press (woodwinds); John Frosk (trumpet); Dave Bargeron (trombone); Leslie Stifelman (piano); Jeffrey Saver (accordion); Ronald Raffio (bass, tuba); Ronald Zito (drums).
    Recorded at Hit Factory's Studio 1, New York, New York on November 18, 1996. Includes liner notes by Bill Rosenfield.
    CHICAGO: THE MUSICAL won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show.
    Personnel: Jay Berliner (banjo); Marilyn Reynolds (violin); Kenneth Hitchcock, Richard Centalonza, Seymour Red Press (woodwinds); Daryl Shaw, John Frosk (trumpet); Dave Bargeron, Bruce Bonvissuto (trombone); Ron Raffio (tuba); Leslie Stifelman (piano); Ronald Zito (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Ken Hahn.
    Liner Note Author: Bill Rosenfield.
    Recording information: Hit Factory's Studio 1, New York, NY (11/18/1996).
    Directors: Rob Fisher; Walter Bobbie.
    Editor: Ken Hahn.
    Photographers: Dan Chavkin; Max Vadugal.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Tina Paul; John Mineo; Bruce Anthony Davis; Jim Borstelmann; Caitlin Carter; Leigh Zimmerman; Mary Ann Lamb; Michael Berresse; Rocker Verastique; David Warren-Gibson; Marcia Lewis; James Naughton ; Joel Grey; Michael Kubala; Bebe Neuwirth.
    CHICAGO, the 1975 masterpiece by John Kander and Fred Ebb, was originally conceived as a musical by director-choreographer-muse Bob Fosse, with whom they had turned the world on its ear nine years earlier with CABARET. Like CABARET, this Weill-esque vaudeville is presented as a sort of variety show, complete with emcee. It tells the tale of two wily murderesses vying for media attention during the '20s, and as the two ladies in question, Bebe Neuwirth and Ann Reinking give brilliant performances in this 1997 revival.
    Reinking's nervous energy takes the role of Roxie Hart to a new level. Neuwirth, as Velma Kelly, gets to exercise not only her vocal abilities but her comic skills as well, particularly in the one-woman tour de force, "I Can't Do It Alone." James Naughton is wonderfully glib as an opportunistic lawyer, especially in "Razzle Dazzle" and the Busby Berkeley parody, "All I Care About." The legendary Joel Grey brings humor, pathos, and real depth to the role of Roxie's sad sack husband, Amos. Outstanding numbers include "Cell Block Tango" and "Class," in which Velma and the prison warden (sung by Marcia Lewis) hilariously bemoan the decline of morals and social graces.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (1/3/97, p.59) - "...Ralph Burns' arrangements pack so much panache, you almost don't miss seeing the Bob Fosse-style choreography that helped make this Broadway's most electrifying show." - Rating: A
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