Charlotte Sweet

Original Cast Recording

Charlotte Sweet, Original Cast Recording
CDJAY2 1411
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DISC 1 53'05"
DISC 2 37'13"

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Released for the first time COMPLETE on 2CD's, The Original Cast Recording of the wonderful


        Charlotte Sweet

Set in Victorian England, CHARLOTTE SWEET spotlights Charlotte, a girl with one of the highest & most beautiful soprano voices in the world. Because of her father's debts, she is forced to leave Ludlow Ladd (her Liverpool sweetheart) and join Barnaby Bugaboo's Circus of Voices: a troupe of freak voices including low-voiced Katinka Bugaboo, fast-voiced Harry Host, bubble-voiced Cecily Macintosh, and Skitzy Scofield (with dual personalities & voices). Becoming the troupe's biggest sensation, Charlotte is mercilessly exploited by Barnaby until she has a vocal breakdown. Thereupon, Barnaby & his wife Katinka addict Charlotte to helium balloons in order to maintain her high notes. Only Ludlow Ladd can rescue her—in a scene full of surprises.

 

What the Critics Said...

3 Drama Desk Nominations: "Outstanding Lyrics" (Michael Colby) • "Outstanding Music" (Gerald Jay Markoe) • "Outstanding Actress/Musical" (Mara Beckerman)

"It's as if the Crummles from 'Nichlas Nickleby' stumpled onto the set of 'Sweeney Todd.' Mixes the adorable and the strange, and it is delectable. The glory is Mr. Colby's lyrics." - John Corry, NY Times •

"Witty & endlessly inventive lyrics. Daffy dilly of a musical."-Marilyn Stasio, NY Post •

"Your bon-bon for the season. Delightfully zany." - Don Nelsen, NY Daily News •

"Head over heels above almost anything else around." - Max Preeo, Show Music •

"Delightful, original, totally charming." - John Madden, Variety •

"A sweetheart of a musical evening in the theatre." - Mary Campbell, A.P. •

"A lovely piece of work. Clever, resourceful combination of book and lyrics. Might well be a good bet on Broadway." - Leonard Harris, The Hollywood Reporter •

"Bewitched the critics." - Earl Wilson, NY Post •

"An especially literate, tuneful, and unusual show. An amalgam of musical comedy, music hall, opera, operetta, and melodrama. Outrageously funny." - Richard Traubner, author of "Operetta: A Theatrical History" •

"A unique show, bitterly lovely, dancey as a calliope, elegant. The score never runs out of tunes and inventions. The show would make a splendid video. Any takers?" - Ethan Mordden, musical theater historian •

"I loved the show. Some of those songs are classic theatre pieces—I think they'll be around for a long time." - Leonard Cohen, singer-songwriter •

"The most ambitious musical since 'The Most Happy Fella'. It succeeds brilliantly. What we've been waiting for since 'The Black Crook'." - Patrick O'Connor, Hollywood Entertainment Network •

CD ONE
  1. AT THE MUSIC HALL
    Harry & Ensemble
  2. CHARLOTTE SWEET
    Bob, Charlotte & Ensemble
  3. A DAUGHTER OF VALENTINE'S DAY
    Charlotte & Ensemble
  4. The Only Man for Charlotte Sweet
    Ensemble
  5. FOREVER
    Ludlow & Charlotte
  6. LIVERPOOL SUNSET
    Ensemble
  7. Waa-aa! LAYERS OF UNDERWEAR
    Bob, Katinka, Barnaby & Charlotte
  8. QUARTET AGONISTES
    Katinka, Barnaby, Charlotte & Bob
  9. Ah, wait till you've met...
    Katinka, Barnaby, Bob & Charlotte
  10. FOREVER (reprise)
    Barnaby & Katinka
  11. We strut out our band
    Barnaby, Katinka, Skitzy, Cecily, Harry & Charlotte
  12. THE CIRCUS OF VOICES
    Barnaby, Katinka, Skitzy, Cecily, Harry & Charlotte
  13. Oh Charlotte, oh Charlotte
    Ludlow
  14. KEEP IT LOW
    Katinka & Men's Chorus (Harry & Skitzy)
  15. BUBBLES IN ME BONNET
    Cecily
  16. VEGETABLE REGGIE
    Harry
  17. MY BABY AND ME
    Skitzy
  18. A-WEAVING
    Charlotte
  19. A-WEAVING (reprise)
    Charlotte & Women's Chorus (Cecily & Skitzy)
  20. What a girl!
    Ensemble
  21. YOUR HIGH NOTE
    Charlotte, Barnaby & Katinka
  22. KATINKA / THE DARKNESS
    Barnaby
  23. ACT ONE CLOSING
    Orchestra
CD TWO
  1. ON IT GOES
    Bob & Ensemble
  2. Oh, top o' the mornin'
    Patrick, Barnaby & Katinka
  3. YOU SEE IN ME A BOBBY
    Patrick, Barnaby & Katinka
  4. A CHRISTMAS BUCHE
    Charlotte, Cecily, Skitzy & Harry
  5. THE LETTER (ME CHARLOTTE DEAR)
    Ludlow
  6. Why, that's good news
    Cecily
  7. DOVER
    Skitzy
  8. VOLLEY OF INDECISION
    Skits, Harry, Charlotte
  9. GOOD THINGS COME
    Cecily
  10. You're right
    Charlotte
  11. IT COULD ONLY HAPPEN IN THE THEATRE
    Cecily, Skitzy, Patrick & Harry
  12. And now, folks, sit tight / Please, no no!
    Harry, Charlotte, Katinka & Barnaby
  13. LONELY CANARY
    Charlotte
  14. CIRCUS OF VOICES (reprise)
    Skitzy, Patrick, Cecily & Harry
  15. MY HIGH NOTE (reprise)
    Charlotte
  16. QUEENLY COMMENTS
    The Queen, Barnaby, Katinka, Patrick & Charlotte
  17. SURPRISE! SURPRISE!
    Ensemble
  18. THE RECKONING
    Ensemble
  19. FAREWELL TO AULD LANG SYNE / FINALE
    Ensemble