The Bridges of Madison County (Jason Robert Brown) Kelli O’Hara & Steven Pasquale (CD)

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….I don’t remember when. I saw this show based solely on what I read about the score, something about picking up the gauntlet thrown down by Rogers & Hammerstein to write songs, real songs, not leitmotif. I wasn’t disappointed.

 

I guess everyone has his/her criteria for what makes a great Broadway show (i.e., new shows, not revivals). For me, it’s about hearing melodies I haven’t heard a million times before. It’s also about hearing songs that indelibly capture character in a single moment. This show did exactly that for me. I know this review is supposed to address the recording alone, but as the show is still running (and probably struggling for an audience while Aladdin will be SRO for the next dozen years) I can’t help throwing kudos for the spare, deeply creative staging. I know that “beautiful” is the most overused adjective in the vernacular, but The Bridges of Madison County truly is that. The songs are simply lush, and every singer, especially O’Hara and Pasquale, render them with palpable passion. The show haunted me for days, and I can’t wait to have the OBC recording on CD to treasure forever along with my other favorite shows of all time.

 

As to the reviewer a few notches below who gave this a poor review, I’m certainly not “hating” him (or her), nor do I consider myself an expert on this composer’s oeuvre, but I clearly see great worth in this musical score. My recommendation to others is: see the show, buy the music, decide for yourself.

 

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of The Bridges of Madison County will be available May 20 on CD! The music is incredibly melodic and romantic unlike anything in recent memory and outside of Kurt Weill no one orchestrates their own music! It was obviously a labor of love for Jason Robert Brown!

 

Four-time Tony® nominee Kelli O’Hara reunites with Bartlett Sher, the Tony- winning director of South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza, for a stunning new musical by the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning team of Marsha Norman and Jason Robert Brown. O’Hara is joined onstage by Steven Pasquale for this sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross.

 

Track Listing:

 

1. To Build a Home

 

2. Home Before You Know It

 

3. Temporarily Lost

 

4. What Do You Call a Man Like That?

 

5. You’re Never Alone

 

6. Another Life

 

7. Wondering

 

8. Look At Me

 

9. The World Inside a Frame

 

10. Something From a Dream

 

11. Get Closer

 

12. Falling Into You

 

13. State Road 21

 

14. Who We Are And Who We Want To Be

 

15. Almost Real

 

16. Before and After You

 

17. One Second and a Million Miles

 

18. When I’m Gone

 

19. It All Fades Away

 

20. Always Better

Additional information

Composer

Jason Robert Brown

Lyricist

Jason Robert Brown

Performer

Kelli O'Hara

Type

CDR

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