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OCTET at Signature Theatre

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Posted: 11/15/19 at 11:39am

Not loving Alex Gibson laughing during The Field. It’s a fun moment but it’s not exactly what you want from a cast recording

Updated On: 11/15/19 at 11:39 AM
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Posted: 11/15/19 at 11:41am

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Posted: 11/15/19 at 11:41am

Just got an email from Nonesuch announcing their release of the original cast album of OCTET, available now for download and on CD on January 17, 2020.  

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Posted: 11/15/19 at 11:58am

Not sure at all about the recording process for this, but it sounds like this is mixed from a live recording -- you can hear the audience faintly at a few moments. 

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Posted: 11/15/19 at 12:08pm

raddersons said: "Not sure at all about the recording process for this, but it sounds like this is mixed from a live recording -- you can hear the audience faintly at a few moments."

It is. Dave tweeted on the night they recorded it that they were doing it for the album. 

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Posted: 11/15/19 at 2:44pm

FYI if anyone else loves song notes and annotations and wants to follow along, Dave Malloy has added some great ones to Genius for this show:

https://genius.com/albums/Dave-malloy/Octet

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Posted: 11/15/19 at 3:40pm

schubox said: "raddersons said: "Not sure at all about the recording process for this, but it sounds like this is mixed from a live recording -- you can hear the audience faintly at a few moments."

It is. Dave tweeted on the night they recorded it that they were doing it for the album.
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Yeah it's a weird format; kind of feels like a particularly good boot.

If they couldn't do a studio session, I almost wish they'd gone all-in on the live format and miked the audience or something, like the Passing Strange recording. This doesn't do the (strong) material and cast any favors.

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Posted: 11/15/19 at 5:47pm

Not sure if anyone has noticed, but it appears that Octet went live with a website today. I found this link buried in the Kickstarter update. Maybe they went live a while ago, but this is the first I'm hearing about it. Feels very commercial, I'm wondering what plans they have for the show's future. They have a mailing list sign-up on the website to get more information on the show. Implying more runs??

octetmusical.com

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Posted: 11/15/19 at 9:30pm

Ledaero said: "Not sure if anyone has noticed, but it appears that Octet went live with a website today. I found this link buried in the Kickstarter update. Maybe they went live a while ago, but this is the first I'm hearing about it. Feels very commercial, I'm wondering what plans they have for the show's future. They have a mailing list sign-up on the website to get more information on the show. Implying more runs??

octetmusical.com
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I hope it shows up somewhere, I'd love to see it again. I know people were talking about it going in to CITS, but I don't think it would do well on Broadway.

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Posted: 11/15/19 at 9:35pm

Does anyone know who sings what? It's a bit of a pet peeve of mine when iTunes doesn't include artist information.

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Posted: 11/15/19 at 9:38pm

CATSNYrevival said: "Does anyone know who sings what? It's a bit of a pet peeve of mine when iTunes doesn't include artist information."

Do you mean which song is who? Or voice parts?

Songs:

Refresh: Margo Siebert
Candy: Alex Gibson
Glow: Starr Busby
Solo: Adam Bashian/Kim Blanck
Actually: Justin Gregory Lopez
Little God: JD Mollison
Beautiful: Kuhoo Verma

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Posted: 11/15/19 at 10:30pm

jonah3500 said: "Do you mean which song is who? Or voice parts?

Songs:

Refresh: Margo Siebert
Candy: Alex Gibson
Glow: Starr Busby
Solo: Adam Bashian/Kim Blanck
Actually: Justin Gregory Lopez
Little God: JD Mollison
Beautiful: Kuhoo Verma
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Yeah. Who sings which song. Thank you.

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Posted: 11/16/19 at 1:40pm

I've been listening to this recording, and I want to officially take back every bad thing I ever said about Dave Malloy while defending Dear Evan Hansen.

I feel quite comfortable calling this a work of genius. The music, the lyrics, the structure, the groundbreaking vocal arrangements. I don't think I've ever seen a writer better understand internet culture and social media.

Everyone who cares even marginally about musical theatre needs to listen to this show.

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Posted: 11/17/19 at 10:39am
This one is taking me longer to digest. I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I’m sure it would help to see it.
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Posted: 11/20/19 at 2:33pm

I listened to the cast recording recently, without having seen the show. I like it but I don't love it, after one listen at least. The performers, harmonies and rhythms are great, and I was never bored. But I think I would actually rather have heard some of these themes and questions woven into a more traditional narrative. The album, in isolation from the overall show, feels a bit "Here's a song musicalising this great thinkpiece I read. And here's another. And here's another..." And what's wrong with that, you may well ask. Maybe nothing. I suppose, having read some good articles about these issues previously myself, it just didn't feel like a particularly fresh take on the topics to me. I would rather that the insights and opinions were 'dressed up' not just with music, but maybe with longer-form storytelling, characters we get to know better over the course of a few numbers, or similar. Although, perhaps seeing the full show provides a much better experience. And the album might grow on me.




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