Two Gentlemen of Verona [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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Two Gentlemen of Verona [Original Broadway Cast Recording] Review

by Neil Shurley

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 01:54 Amazon
2 00:34 Amazon
3 Clifton Davis / Raul Julia 01:10 Amazon
4 Clifton Davis / Raul Julia 02:31 Amazon
5 Raul Julia 00:43 Amazon
6 Raul Julia 02:38 Amazon
7 Diana Davila 01:59 Amazon
8 Georgyn Geetlein / Frank O'Brien 01:19 Amazon
9 Diana Davila 01:55 Amazon
10 Diana Davila / Raul Julia 02:06 Amazon
11 John Bottoms 01:46 Amazon
12 Raul Julia 01:07 Amazon
13 Diana Davila / Alix Elias 03:35 Amazon
14 John Bottoms / Clifton Davis / Alix Elias / Raul Julia / Jose Perez 01:59 Amazon
15 Jonelle Allen / Clifton Davis / Norman Matlock / Frank O'Brien / Jose Perez 03:33 Amazon
16 Norman Matlock 02:55 Amazon
17 Clifton Davis 02:11 Amazon
18 Jonelle Allen / Clifton Davis 02:41 Amazon
19 Jonelle Allen / Clifton Davis 03:47 Amazon
20 John Bottoms / Clifton Davis / Raul Julia / Jose Perez 02:13 Amazon
21 Raul Julia 01:38 Amazon
22 Alix Elias 02:02 Amazon
23 Norman Matlock / Frank O'Brien 03:27 Amazon
24 John Bottoms / Jose Perez 01:27 Amazon
25 Diana Davila 02:54 Amazon
26 Sheila Gibbs / Signa Joy / Raul Julia / Ken Lowry / Sakinah Muhammad 02:46 Amazon
27 Jonelle Allen / Sheila Gibbs / Signa Joy / Ken Lowry / Sakinah Muhammad 03:11 Amazon
28 Jonelle Allen / Alvin Lum 02:12 Amazon
29 Diana Davila / Raul Julia / Norman Matlock / Frank O'Brien 00:55 Amazon
30 Clifton Davis 02:45 Amazon
31 Raul Julia 01:20 Amazon
32 00:31 Amazon
33 John Bottoms / Diana Davila / Alix Elias / Jose Perez 01:45 Amazon
34 Jonelle Allen / Diana Davila / Clifton Davis / Raul Julia / Norman Matlock 00:48 Amazon
35 John Bottoms / Sheila Gibbs 00:38 Amazon
36 04:04 Amazon
37 03:02 Amazon
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