Title: Shrek The Musical
Songs By: Jeanine Tesori, David Lindsay-Abaire
Label: Decca Broadway
Though “Shrek The Musical” may be one of the smartest new shows to hit Broadway in years the same can’t be necessarily be said of the Original Cast Recording. Though all the music arrives on CD intact it’s just not enough. If you were to fully analyze “Shrek The Musical” you’d know that the music is only half of what makes the Broadway show a hit. It’s the on stage high jinks that make the show so wildly entertaining. Watching all these cute fairy tale creatures doing silly things in union with the sometimes funny lyrics creates a perfect package. Once you take away the view though all that’s left if the music, which is very hit and miss. The first two tracks of the album hold up very well with their catchy melody and funny lyrics. After that though things start to sour a bit as you have average songs with average lyrics, that don’t spark on CD because they are missing the accompanying acts that made them so enjoyable in the first place.
Though there are moments are greatness like “Story of My Life,” “Morning Person,” and “I Think I Got You Beat” all work reasonably well on CD without the images, most songs just fondle without the stage. In particular was one of the show-stopping numbers “This Is How A Dream Comes True.” On stage this was one of the funniest moments in the show as a frustrated Shrek tries to save a Fiona who is stalling as she tried to get him to save him the way she “dreamed of.” Without the stage high jinks though the song doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, and thus becomes something easy to skip. Thankfully THE showstopping number “Who I’d Be” remains as powerful on CD as it was on stage. This CD only highlights how out of the place the song always was however.
Here you have a show full of silly comedy songs, with this big powerhouse ballad that touches your heart stuck oddly in the middle of it all. If you decide to only buy a couple tracks of this off iTunes make sure this is one of them. It may even make your Top 25 Most Listened To play list before you know it. So is the CD worth getting overall? Eh...not really. Though it’s always nice to get a CD of a show you like as a bit of a time capsule this CD alone just fails to capture the magic of the live show. A big disappointment when I laminate on it.
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On January 12th, the entire cast of SHREK THE MUSICAL will be congregating at Legacy Studios in New York City to record the cast album which will undoubtedly capture the sheer joy and infectious appeal of this not-to-be-missed stage production. SHREK THE MUSICAL features music written by Olivier Award-winner Jeanine Tesori, (Thoroughly Modern Millie & Caroline, or Change), a book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole), and the production is directed by Tony nominee Jason Moore (Avenue Q). Jeanine Tesori will also be at the helm of the cast album as producer, along with SHREK THE MUSICAL's sound designer Peter Hylenski as the album's co-producer.
Highlights of the forthcoming disc include Brian d'Arcy James' rousing "Big, Bright Beautiful World" "I Know It's Today,"showcasing the charismatic Sutton Foster; Christopher Sieber leading the cast in the over-the-top "What's Up, Duloc?;" the hilarious "Don't Let Me Go," sung by Daniel Breaker; and "Freak Flag," featuring John ...