Various Artists

Two Gentlemen of Verona [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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This often overlooked winner of the 1972 Tony award for best musical received its first CD release in 2002. A celebration of love based on a Shakespearean comedy, Two Gentlemen of Verona starred Raul Julia and Clifton Davis along with a large, multiracial cast in its initial Broadway run. Their voices, while sometimes rough around the edges, are full of life and character, as are all the performances on this recording. Diane Davila brings a vivacity to her singing that's infectious and Jonelle Allen is simply wonderful. This cast members obviously enjoyed their roles. The clever lyrics by John Guare contain nods and commentary on Shakespeare and Nixon as well as blatant odes to love (and love's folly). The exuberant score by composer Galt McDermott shares a certain stylistic sense with his music from Hair, though the songs here are more tied to their book and less able to be appreciated in stand-alone form. Fortunately, the CD contains a lengthy synopsis that assists in placing the songs in the context of the story. Plus, there's enough energy and spirit here to sustain casual listening and make one long for a new stage production. More than just a "period piece," Two Gentlemen of Verona is a valentine to the joys of love and makes a welcome premiere on disc.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Two Gentlemen of Verona, musical play
1 1:54 Amazon
2 0:34 Amazon
3 1:10 Amazon
4 2:31 Amazon
5 0:43 Amazon
6 2:38 Amazon
7 1:59 Amazon
8 1:19 Amazon
9 1:55 Amazon
10 2:06 Amazon
11 1:46 Amazon
12 1:07 Amazon
13 3:35 Amazon
14 1:59 Amazon
15 3:33 Amazon
16 2:55 Amazon
17 2:11 Amazon
18 2:41 Amazon
19 3:47 Amazon
20 2:13 Amazon
21 1:38 Amazon
22 2:02 Amazon
23 3:27 Amazon
24 1:27 Amazon
25 2:54 Amazon
26 2:46 Amazon
27 3:11 Amazon
28 2:12 Amazon
29 0:55 Amazon
30 2:45 Amazon
31 1:20 Amazon
32 0:31 Amazon
33 1:45 Amazon
34 0:48 Amazon
35 0:38 Amazon
36 4:04 Amazon
37 3:02 Amazon
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