Title - 'A Chorus Line: 40th Anniversary Celebration'
Artist - Original Cast Recording
Masterworks Broadway celebrates the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Tony Award®-winning musical, A Chorus Line, with a definitive, remastered new edition of the best-selling original Broadway cast recording. A visionary, game-changing theatrical achievement as well as a blockbuster commercial hit, A Chorus Line reinvigorated the traditional Broadway musical in 1975.
A Chorus Line at the Shubert on Broadway was the quintessential musical experience. I was lucky enough to see the original production in the mid-80's when Donna McKechnie returned to the role of Cassie. That performance - not just McKechnie, the whole cast - was superb. Of course Bennet's choreography was amazing. The script was strong. Paul's monologue about being gay and his father finding out at the Jewel Box Review broke my heart. So, big fan of the show.
So now we have this incredible A Chorus Line - 40th Anniversary Celebration 2CD set just-released, and it is a pure gem to (re)listen to. Luckily for us fans, and there are MANY, as you well know, this Newly-Remastered Original Cast Recording features eight (8) bonus track demos that, for the first time, allow the listener to eavesdrop on the creative process of composer Marvin Hamlisch and lyricist Edward Kleban - including songs that did not make it into their beloved and acclaimed score.
Indeed, the bonus tracks are early working versions of tracks such as "I Can Do That," "At the Ballet, Sing!", "One" and the mega-hit, "What I Did for Love." Also, and importantly for all those preparing to purchase this 2CD collection, A Chorus Line - 40th Anniversary Celebration introduces a new high-resolution (24/96) master of the aforementioned original cast recording; taken from the surround-sound remix created for the SACD-only format (previously available only in that format).
A Gold Record winner and 1975 Grammy® nominee for Best Musical Show Recording, the recording of A Chorus Line was the last of the great original cast albums produced by Columbia Records legend, Goddard Lieberson.