Promises, Promises (New Broadway Cast Recording (2010))
New Broadway Cast of Promises, Promises 2010
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I saw this gorgeous revivial a couple of weeks ago and while flawed in some aspects, it truly is worth the price of admission--if only for Sean Hayes and Katie Finneran. The album itself, however, is another thing entirely. It is a stunning reminder of the power of Bacharach and David's music (that is Burt and Hal, respectively). Hayes' voice comes off strong and his comic timing is easily transported to the album--the light vibrato he puts at work makes the music belivable and his C.C. Baxter is utterly captured vocally. Chenoweth is a musical theater superstar, of course, and has never so beautifully demonstrated her belting voice. The girly exuberance of "I Say A Little Prayer" to the heartbreaking depsair of her ballads, particuarly "Whoever You Are, I Love You" show her ability to convey the theatrics of emotion. Finneran is poorly served if only, because the best aspects of her performance are her lines, but she chews into "A Fact Can Be A Beautiful Thing" and by the end of the song there is no question that she is the deserved winner of the shows sole tony. Goldwyn fails to hold his own--his version of Wanting Things leaves on wanting something, rather than understanding his character's emotional interiority. While, Dick Latessa, as always, shines with Hayes when they unite for "A Young Pretty Like You." Some of the solo numbers are not the best ever written, but the cast deliever them with gusto and the new version of "Turkey Lurkey Time" is a revealation, for this particular listener, as well as "Where Can You Can Take A Girl." By the time, you reach the show's most iconic numbers--the title number and "I'll Never Fall in Love Again"--you realize that much like C.C. and Fran, you may be singing about never falling in love and the failure of promises, but your heart, mind, and, yes perhaps even your soul, is sure that love is real...and it is all captured in this album.
I have been waiting on pins and needles for this cast recording to be released... and here it is... and well worth the wait. Kristin Chenoweth continues to amaze me... and, Sean Hayes is fantastic. I'm a big fan of Burt Bacharach... and was excited to hear that a revival of Promises, Promises was in the works. The casting for this show is brilliant.
If you are a fan of Chenoweth or Bacharach... you won't be disappointed.
BTW- Kristin previously sang 'A House Is Not a Home' on Glee.
I am so glad this beautiful new production was captured via cast recording. A fun show for everyone, but to each is own. Get the BCR!