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Kiss of the Spider Woman - OBCR or 1994 BCR

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actorgaedu
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Kiss of the Spider Woman is my favorite Broadway musical and I had the privilege to see both the original and replacement Broadway casts. I saw the show 8 times over its run. Interested to know fan preferences of the two recordings done of this amazing show. I love the original, but I just LOVE the Vanessa Williams recording. Howard McGillin and Brian Stokes Mitchell are also quite amazing on the recording. It's early, but I certainly would LOVE a revival of this show. #missitsomuch.
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muscle23ftl
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I agree on everything you say. I prefer the Vanessa Williams recording. It needs to be revived ASAP, I'll be happy if Vanessa reprises the role on Broadway and finally wins her Tony award or if Catherine Zeta Jones plays the Spider Woman/Aurora.
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tazber
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I like both the Chita and Vanessa recordings.

Strange thing though: the Vanessa recording will not import into my itunes. It's the only cd I've ever encountered this with.

So I always end up listening to Chita.
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everythingtaboo
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I had the same problem with my Vanessa version. I even bought a second one in case something was wrong with my first. Finally I found a friend with a burned copy, and that works.

The show is going on 20 years old, and it's definitely time for a revival. If Streetcar can do four revivals in that amount of time, and Cabaret do a revival of a revival, there's room for this.

It would be exciting to see who they'd cast, though imma smack the first person that says Sara Ramirez - let's be original for once, people!


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actorgaedu
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I like the idea of CZJ or Bebe again as she played the role in London.
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LALALand
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I agree with those that love the Vanessa Williams recording (and the fact that I cannot upload to Itunes). I really like both, but I saw Vanessa Williams and she was brilliant. I would love to see this show revived.
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everythingtaboo
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I'd love to see Bebe, but from what I hear she wasn't that well-received/reviewed. That made me sad.


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I was able to rip the Vanessa Williams recording into iTunes, except for the first track. That track was always weird, even in pre-iTunes days. In most computers and CD players it would always skip the first track when I went to listen to it and go right to the second. I could rewind into the first track (i.e. holding down the reverse button so you heard it going through the track backwards), but I could never get it to just play. I always wondered if my CD was bad, so it's kind of comforting to know that other people have had weird issues with it as well.

Anyway, I like both recordings for different reasons. The original had some performances that were just astounding, but the Vanessa Williams one did included both more music and dialogue, so it definitely earns some points in its favor for that.
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DAME
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I saw this amazing show a few times throughout its run. The Chita recording is wonderful as a representation of the insane magic that happened in that theater with her. I loved Vanessa Williams in it and I thought she was a formidable replacement. And I much prefer the vocals of Brian S Mitchell and Howard Magillin to the original men. But both deserve to be in my collection. Maria Conchita Alonso however..... oy.
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I saw the LA production and loved it.

Yes, it is time for a revival!!
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Tom1071
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I have both recordings and I always preferred the Vanessa Williams version. I would love a revival of this show...and I have to say I would love to see Vanessa Williams reprise the role since I didn't get to see her do it the first time.
bryan2
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Having seen Chita in Kiss 5x I just love the orig recording. The Vanessa recording is great but I find the songs seem slowed down for her...I also saw Maria Conchita Alonzo and she was absolutely incredible..She was sexy and sang Kiss of the Spiderwoman better than any of the others... she held the last note for so long it was incredible..she also was singing in English and Spanish and it gave it a great flavor...don't be hating if you didn't see it...it was great ,....but CHITA rules and always will
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DAME
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I didi see it with Maria . She was terrible and her singing was screechy. Her performance was affected. It reminded me of bad drag. She also couldn't dance it to save her life.

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Updated On: 8/8/13 at 02:17 PM
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Updated On: 8/8/13 at 02:23 PM
bryan2
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well we have to agree to dissagree on that.. I enjoyed her....but to me it is always CHITA as I said...
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where did you find that review so quick!~!!! Impressed LOL
Tsao5
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I think the Vanessa recording has more music on it as I recall.

Brent Carver is great as is Anthony Crivello. Better than the guys on the Vanessa one.

I would suggest the Chita one if you had to pick one because of the 3 leads.



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Mr Roxy
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Chita !!!!!
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Didn't Audra (of all people) just do a workshop/reading/something? I heard it happened and Kander really really wants to rework the part for her.
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Marlothom
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Isn't the Vanessa version a 1/2 a step higher?
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Wildcard
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I like listening to the Vanessa recording because of its completeness but there is something about Chita's voice in the original recording that sounds so right to the character… sweet with a hidden venom behind her voice. I'm glad I was able to catch the show with Chita too.
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Mr Roxy
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Would love to hear the songs cut from the Purchase version
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kieranbec
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Audra would be an interesting choice, but I love the grit that Chita's voice brought to the role.


However, my first choice...
Updated On: 8/9/13 at 02:44 PM
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devonian.t
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Strictly speaking, Chita's recording is the Original Cast Recording not OBCR since the show started in London.

I saw it in all its glory at least 4 times. I also saw Bebe, but at the time she was unknown in the UK. She was fine, but lacked Chita's star power. We were kind of mystified why she got the gig- of course, it turned out Shirley Bassey had turned down the role.

A revival would be very welcome, starring Toni Colette or Heather Headley!
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I don't know how I would feel about Toni Colette in the role. I think she could sing and act it quite wonderfully, but I think she would have to work hard to bring the glamour and old Hollywood feel that is inherent to the character for many of the other "characters" she has to play as Molina tells the various stories.

I also don't know if I would be sold on Heather Headley. She would sing it wonderfully and look gorgeous, but I've found her acting to be uninspired in what I've seen her in (which, admittedly, was a long time ago in Aida). I've found her to range from disconnected to affected when she is not singing. I think I'd be happiest with Headley doing something that is through-sung, as she really seems to come alive onstage when she is singing.

If they wait a couple more years to revive it maybe Sara Ramirez will finally be ready to return to the stage (i.e. after Grey's Anatomy finally ends, or she at least decides to move on).
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As much as I love Toni Colette, she doesn't jump out at me for this

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