Bright Lights, Big City [Original Cast]

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Bright Lights, Big City [Original Cast]
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  • Released: June 21, 2005
  • Label: Ghostlight


  • 1.Bright Lights, Big City
  • 2.Back In The City
  • 3.Sunday Morning 6 A.M.
  • 4.Coma Baby
  • 5.Fact And Fiction
  • 6.I Hate The French
  • 7.Brother
  • 8.I Hate The French (Reprise)
  • 9.Odeon
  • 10.Happy Birthday Darling
  • 11.Missing
  • 12.To Model
  • 13.So Many Little Things
  • 14.Back In The City #2
  • 15.Kindness
  • 16.Perfect Feeling
  • 17.Bright Lights, Big City #2
  • 18.You Couldn't Handle It Jamie
  • 19.My Son
  • 20.Wednesday
  • 21.Camera Wall
  • 22.Heart And Soul
  • 23.Brother #2
  • 24.Mummies At The Met
  • 25.Are You Still Holding My Hand?
  • 26.Brother #3
  • 27.Monstrous Events
  • 28.Stay In My Life
  • 29.Wordfall

Product Description:

Performers include: Patrick Wilson, Jesse L. Martin, Sharon Leal, Sherie Rene Scott, Gavin Creel, Christine Ebersole, Ann Marie Milazzo, Eden Espinosa, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Everett Bradley, and Richard Kind.
Original Soundtrack: Christine Ebersole, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Everett Bradley, Jesse L. Martin , Melissa Dye, Patrick Wilson , Ann Marie Milazzo, Sherie Ren‚ Scott, Gavin Creel, Richard Kind, Eden Espinosa, Sharon Leal.
Personnel: Roger Butterley (guitar, keyboards); Jim Mastro (guitar).
Audio Mixer: Joel Moss .
Recording information: Masque Sound, New York, NY (05/23/2004); Sound On Sound Studio, New York, NY (05/23/2004); The Hit Factory, New York, NY (05/23/2004).
Photographer: Chris Cassidy.
Arrangers: Ann Marie Milazzo; Roger Butterley.
The idea of taking Jay McInerney's Bright Lights, Big City and turning it into a musical is a cool, if odd, idea. Why not update the tired form (the musical) with a portrait of Generation X's dissipated lifestyles? This is exactly what Paul Scott Goodman's music and lyrics do, diving headfirst into a hedonistic world of coke, meaningless sex, and all-night parties. For those who found the musical version of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels a bit old fashioned, Bright Lights, Big Cities should prove titillating. In the title track, Jamie and the Coke Girl admit that they "love drugs," while "Oden"'s lyric joylessly shouts, "I want to have sex tonight!" These songs tell the debauched tale of a week in the life of Jamie (Patrick Wilson), from his boring office job at Gotham Magazine ("Fact and Fiction") to his attempts to build meaningful relationships with the opposite sex ("To Model"). The music itself reminds one a bit of the Hair-Jesus Christ Superstar school of musicals, with acoustic guitars and ballads like "Perfect Feeling" set against more bombastic numbers like "I Hate the French." The singers -- Wilson, Eden Espinosa, Sharon Leal, and others -- do a fine job with the material, filling Goodman's lyrics with lots of energy. While the Gershwins may roll over in their graves, anyone who came of age in the '80s or later will enjoy Bright Lights, Big City's updating of the musical. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

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