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Scarlet Pimpernel, the [Cast Recording]

Soundtracks & Original Casts Audio CD
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1. Instrumental: Overture - Orchestra
2. Madame Guillotine - French Mob, The Marquis De St. Cyr
3. Believe - Percy, Marguerite, Company
4. Vivez - Marguerite, Percy, Ladies Digby, Llewllyn, Company
5. Prayer - Percy
6. Into The Fire - Percy, His Man
7. Falcon In The Dive - Chauvelin
8. When I Look At You - Marguerite
9. The Scarlet Pimpernel - Percy, Company
10. Where's The Girl - Chavelin
11. When I Look At You - Percy
12. The Creation Of Man - Percy, Prince Of Wales, Percy's Men
13. Instrumental: Marguerites Dilemma - Orchestra
14. The Riddle - Chauvelin, Marguerite, Percy, Company
15. Instrumental: Entr' Acte - Orchestra
16. They Seek Him Here - Percy, Prince Of Wales, Ladies Llewellyn, Digby, Company
17. Only Love - Marguerite
18. She Was There - Percy
19. Storybook - Leontine, French Ensemble
20. Where's The Girl - Chauvelin
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shame this didn't stick around March 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
Frank Wildhorn's "Scarlet Pimpernel" is infamous for its struggles on Broadway; it's a shame, since I would have loved to see it play on and on for years. The story is charming, telling the story of a mysterious nobleman who, along with a band of followers, is committed to saving the lives of innocent aristocrats during the time of the French Revolution. While not doing their daring duty, this man and his friends assume extremely foppish personalities to avoid suspicion of their activities. The music is an absolute delight to listen to, ranging from the bouncy strains of "Into the Fire", "The Creation of Man" and the title tune to the heavier tone of "Madame Guillotine", "Falcon in the Dive" and "The Riddle". I could see the reason behind the later removal of such songs as "Vivez!" (it's not as up to par as some of the others) but why they should choose to remove such a lovely ballad as "Only Love" is beyond me.
Cast in the lead as the Pimpernel (known publicly as Sir Percy Blakeney), Douglas Sills manages to convey both the silly fop and the dashing hero with a mere change of vocal pattern. I did not ever see him in the role, but I can tell why he was popular. He seems to be having the time of his life.
Christine Andreas has a lovely voice as Marguerite, but she seemed to lack warmth in the love songs. However, she totally conveys a feeling of isolation in her powerful rendition of "When I Look At You".
The only other recording I ever heard Terrence Mann on was "Beauty and the Beast". He's got a pretty good voice, though perhaps a tad heavy for the part of Chauvelin. I much prefer the Chauvelin on the "Encore" recording.
I throughly recommend this recording.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BRAODWAY MUSICAL EVER Jan. 16 2003
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Format:Audio CD
I was lucky enough to see a performance of this....at age 12, I was blown away by the whole show. I came home and told my mom she HAD to get me the CD. Years later, I am still listening to it, with the same effect. It even has a place in my CD case with Linkin Park, Hoobastank, and the Beatles. I simply cannot listen to half of this and then put it away!! Great stuff- Percy's solo, Prayer, never fails to make me sit back and forget whatever I'm doing. So much incredible energy is hidden in these songs. Don't miss it!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unremarkable... March 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD after falling in love with the concept recording of Jekyll and Hyde. I felt J&H had some of the most beautiful and emotive music in all of musical theater and so I had to hear anything else by Frank Wildhorn. I could not wait to hear The Scarlet Pimpernal.
I am sorry to say that I was terribly let down. I was unimpressed by the first listen. I listened over and over again hoping to be moved by it. Despite these attempts, I kept coming up empty. Empty is the most appropriate expression for it... Simply unremarkable. No big deal. Nothing to it.
To me, the music was very reminiscent of the scores in modern Disney animation. I felt I was listening to The Little Mermaid with the sea-faring nature of one of the tunes. The ballads were just sappy in my opinion. The "big" numbers others have referred to may have been more tolerable, but they did not stand out as beautiful and moving. Even the best of the songs were just okay - not bad, but nothing I would yearn to hear again.
Whereas I am sure Christine Andreas is a lovely woman, her voice really, really turned me off. I could not enjoy any of the songs she sang due to the vibrato in her voice as mentioned by several other reviewers. Her tone and pitch were great, but any sustained note was just uncomfortable for me to listen to. Beyond her voice, I did not feel for any of the characters. I did not sense the drama that should have been present. There was nothing about this CD that made me want to recommend it to anyone.
For Wildhorn's best, check out Jekyll and Hyde (particularly the concept recording - phenomenal). I would not encourage you to spend your money on this recording. Just watch the next animated Disney blockbuster.
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I first listened to this cd about three years ago and was absolutely blown away! It starts out with the Overture which has such marvelous instrumentals that it immediately makes you sit up and listen. Then Madame Guillotine comes on and there are so many magnificent voices! The next song kind of is 'iffy' because if you have never heard Christine Andreas' voice before it kind of shocks you. She has a lot of vibrato but you do get used to it. But! All faith is restored when you hear Terrence Mann sing Falcon In the Dive! I had never before heard a more magnificent voice in my life and I am a music lover. I still never have, a friend of mine keeps trying to convince me that Michael Crawford is better but there is such a difference there that there can be no comparison!
If you like a cd that has wonderful orchestrations and magnificent voices with amazing songs (with the music being quite bombastic at times) you will love this cd. There are fiery songs sung out of hate, or betrayed love; tender songs that speak of a love lost and a love found; as well as inspiring songs that could convince anyone that they could sail the high seas to defeat their foes! I give it the best rating possible and it is definitely my favorite cd. (my house hears it at least 3 times a week and when I play it it plays all day!) Definitely order it!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Scarlet Pimpernel Musical Cast Recording
This recording would be of interest to musical theatre history buffs. I am a fan of the original book and the many movie adaptations and wondered if the story could be successful... Read more
Published on March 9 2010 by Elle Cee
5.0 out of 5 stars They seek him here, they look for him elsewhere, etc.
I have never had the pleasure of seeing this show on Broadway, but simply listening to this soundtrack gives me at least some idea of how awesome the show was when performed... Read more
Published on June 11 2004 by Robert Torres
4.0 out of 5 stars Christine Andreas, Terrence Mann and an underrated score
THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL made history as the first Broadway musical to be re-tooled and re-cast during its run, following scathing reviews and waning box-office. Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by Byron Kolln
1.0 out of 5 stars Christne Andreas, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOUR VIBRATO?
Dearest Christine Andreas,
If you ruin another show with your stupid vibrato, I will personally send a large, dead fish to your home in the care of a large Italian-Polish man... Read more
Published on April 30 2004 by beulah f. mccobb-cobbman
5.0 out of 5 stars Sink me! A hit!
Ah! I simple loved this CD! I've read the Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy and I loved it (all three times ^^)! Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2004 by Megsy
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple breathtaking
30 seconds were enough to buy the CD altough I have never heard of the Broadwayplay. It was pretty brethtaking to hear all the songs. Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Good lyrics, bad music
I must first say that I love this CD very much, but the music is not very good.
They lyrics are very symbolic and powerful, but the music does not match them at all. Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Much promise, but imperfect
I really wanted to like this this recording. It wasn't as bad as a 2, but they don't have 1/2 star to hit the 2.5 I would give it. Read more
Published on May 10 2003 by ToonForever
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, but not the worst
I had the good fortune to see a touring production of The Scarlet Pimpernell. It was, overall, an enjoyable experience. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2003 by Charles Mann
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