Bright Lights, Big City [Original Cast]

Bright Lights, Big City [Original Cast]

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2005
Label: Ghostlight
UPC: 0791558198423
catalogNumber: 81984

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Everett Bradley   Choir, Chorus,cast
Jim Mastro   Guitar
Winston Roye   Bass
Christine Ebersole   Choir, Chorus,cast
Jesse L. Martin   cast
Gavin Creel   Choir, Chorus,cast
Roger Butterley   Guitar,Conductor,Keyboards,Musical Direction
Greg Naughton   Choir, Chorus
Richard Kind   cast
Melissa Dye   Choir, Chorus,cast
Sharon Leal   cast
AnnMarie Milazzo   cast,Vocal Director
Kelli O'Hara   Choir, Chorus
Celia Keenan-Bolger   cast
Patrick Wilson   cast

Technical Credits

Joel Moss   Producer,Engineer
Benjamin Niles   Art Direction
Kurt Deutsch   Producer,Audio Production
Roger Butterley   Arranger,Producer
AnnMarie Milazzo   Arranger,Producer

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Bright Lights, Big City [Original Cast] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Purely wonderful! Wonderful music, powerful lyrics, great acting--Patrick Wilson rocks in this!!! So great, am going to see it June of 2006 when performed in Philadelphia! LOVE IT!