The Capeman (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
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Flop?!?! Nah! A Broadway Classic!!!
True, there were some narrative issues in the show itself, but the music is unlike anything Broadway had ever seen. Unfortunately, stupid protesters (who had NOT seen the show) ruined it for everyone and the show was never able to develop further. Do yourself a favor and buy this album immediately if not sooner. The previous "Capeman" single album doesn't even come close to this recording. Happy listening!!
An Amazing Broadway Musical
First time I heard this CD was the summer of 1999 in Puerto Rico. An excellent CD, and Broadway never did the musical justice. I never actually saw the Broadway show, but from everyone who did actually see it - they said that it was one of the best musicals they'd seen. It's not your typical Tony award winner (Les Miz, Cats, Phantom, Millie, the list goes on), and let's face it... Broadway, at the time, was extremely racist to Latinos, and so was the audience. The audience was undyingly Hispanic, but most Hispanics in the tri-state area aren't the most wealthy, and can't afford to buy Broadway show tickets. Nevertheless, this CD is before Marc Anthony crossed over to the English market and before anyone knew who JLo, Shakira, etc. was (English-speaking) in America. This is before Latin-fever hit with Ricky Martin, and really shows authenticity to Puerto Rican culture. I, for one, am Puerto Rican, and Paul Simon, undoubtedly captured the essence of la isla in this musical along with 50's doowop (Satin Summer Nights, Shopliftin', Manhunt) and even Pentecostal gospel (Jesus Es Mi Senor). If you do purchase this album, it will change how you view those so-called great Broadway musicals, because you've never seen anything like this before.
Musically, this show is far from a "flop"
I was somewhat skeptical of purchasing this recording based on the fact that the show lost $11 million dollars on Broadway. Such a loss qualifies 'The Capeman' as one of the biggest "flops" in Broadway history. Usually, there are little (or no) redeeming qualities to be found in a "flop", which is why I was skeptical of spending $19 for this recording. Furthermore, while I enjoy Paul Simon's recordings, he is by no means one of my favorite artists. However, the curiousity to hear this enormouns "flop" got the best of me and I made my purchase. After listening to the recording, what I found in 'The Capeman' is one of those great moments (which are all too rare) when, to your surprise, you fall completely in love with a piece of music. I cannot judge the stage show, because I have not seen it, but the score, lyrics, performances and sound on this recording are truly exceptional. 'The Capeman' is such a refreshing entry into my collection. So, if you had doubts like I did, but want a great cast recording, filled with amazing music - make the purchase. The clips offered here don't do justice for this wonderful recording! BRAVO Simon! You've given us something great! Bravo iTunes, thank you for releasing this great record! I would give this 4 1/2 stars, but iTunes wouldn't let me.