ON THE RECORD: The Musicals Carrie, A Christmas Story and Seventeen

By Steven Suskin
28 Oct 2012

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Masterworks Broadway has brought us two new CDs in their first full-scale commercial releases. Which is not to say that they have never been released on CD, but even so.

A Christmas Story is the new musical which premiered in the Yuletide slot of 2010 in Seattle, reconfigured itself for a seasonal tour last fall/winter, and which now finds itself beginning previews at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne prior to a Nov. 19 opening. The score is by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the talented team out of Michigan who made their local debut last July with Dogfight as Second Stage Theatre. The Christmas Story cast album was recorded by the producers along the way, for sale only in theatre lobbies during the last tour. While not otherwise commercially available, the score was intriguing enough for me to see fit to review it last winter. With Broadway beckoning, Masterworks has taken the thing and given it a full scale release. Thus, A Christmas Story is now readily available for your listening pleasure. As is the case with shows recorded long before Broadway, the cast album cast is not precisely the same that will be playing the show at the Lunt. Which is to say that the CD has Liz Callaway and Tom Wopat, who will not be found onstage. One song — "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!" — has been (understandably) cut from the show in the interim; thus the new, official CD is one track shorter.

Pasek and Paul do some very nice things here; they are a songwriting team you should hear, and watch.

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