Original Broadway Cast - Scarlet Pimpernel [Original Broadway Cast]

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In 1992, when it had its first recording, Frank Wildhorn and Nan Knighton's The Scarlet Pimpernel was a concept album vaguely based on the novels of Baroness Oczy, but without a real story and largely constructed as a star vehicle for Linda Eder. Nearly six years later, the cast album of the Broadway show (with a libretto by Knighton) that opened November 9, 1997, is a vast improvement. Six of the 15 vocal numbers have been cut and eight added, providing a much-needed balance of material by beefing up the parts of the villain and the Scarlet Pimpernel himself. The soft rock arrangements have been jettisoned, and there is more of the Les Miserables-like, convincingly theatrical style of original songs such as "Into the Fire" and "The Creation of Man." At the same time, the better ballads from the original, "You Are My Home" and "When I Look at You," have been retained. The singers are up to Wildhorn's rangy demands, even if Christine Andreas is inevitably less distinctive than Eder. The Scarlet Pimpernel still isn't a great work of music or theater, but now it's a legitimate, well-performed musical theater work. (In the fall of 1998, the Broadway production of The Scarlet Pimpernel was extensively revised, so this album may no longer represent it.) ~ William Ruhlmann

1) Overture - (01:30)
2) Madame Guillotine - (02:49)
3) Believe - Christine Andreas / Douglas Sills (02:07)
4) Vivez! - Christine Andreas / Pamela Burrell / Sandy Rosenberg / Douglas Sills (04:17)
5) Prayer - Douglas Sills (03:35)
6) Into the Fire - Douglas Sills (03:50)
7) Falcon in the Dive - Terry Mann (03:10)
8) When I Look at You - Christine Andreas (03:59)
9) The Scarlet Pimpernel - Douglas Sills (02:43)
10) Where's the Girl? - Terry Mann (03:20)
11) When I Look at You (Reprise) - Terry Mann (02:20)
12) The Creation of Man - David Cromwell / Douglas Sills (03:41)
13) Marguerite's Dilemma - (01:39)
14) The Riddle - Christine Andreas / Terry Mann / Douglas Sills (03:05)
15) Entra'acte - (02:40)
16) They Seek Him Here - Pamela Burrell / David Cromwell / Sandy Rosenberg / Douglas Sills (03:00)
17) Only Love - Christine Andreas (04:06)
18) She Was There - Douglas Sills (03:06)
19) Storybook - (03:08)
20) Where's the Girl? (Reprise) - Terry Mann (01:12)
21) Lullaby - Melissa Joan Hart / Alison Lory (01:15)
22) You Are My Home - Christine Andreas / Gilles Chiasson (03:32)
23) The Duel - (00:30)
24) Believe (Reprise) - Christine Andreas / Douglas Sills (01:15)
25) Into the Fire (Reprise) - (00:54)

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