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Mack & Mabel cast recordings

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Mack & Mabel cast recordings#1
Posted: 8/7/19 at 5:04pm

Which Mack & Mabel cast recording is the best one to own? Generally I'd go with the original Broadway cast recording but the London and concert cast recordings seem to have more songs included and I believe the London cast recording is a better reference recording for the current licensed version of the show. Which one is the most enjoyable to you?

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Mack & Mabel cast recordings#2
Posted: 8/7/19 at 5:56pm

I'm partial to the London concert but that might just be because I was there. :)

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Mack & Mabel cast recordings#3
Posted: 8/7/19 at 6:20pm
No recording can compete with Bernadette’s legendary performance. They don’t make them how they used it.
"It’s the fractured quality in [Bernadette Peters'] singing voice and line readings that puts across the character as someone for whom resentment is sliding into madness." - NYtimes on Follies (2011).
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Mack & Mabel cast recordings#4
Posted: 8/7/19 at 7:20pm

I'd go with the original recording.  The production values may leave something to be desired but the performances of Robert Preston and Bernadette Peters are superb.  No one has ever sung "Time Heals Everything" as effectively as Peters.  Unforgettable. 

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Mack & Mabel cast recordings#5
Posted: 8/7/19 at 8:14pm
I have a complete audio of the OBC, and it's interesting to hear the entire thing from start to finish.
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Mack & Mabel cast recordings#6
Posted: 8/7/19 at 10:05pm
There’s a warmth to Preston’s performance that I’ve always loved. His last spoken line at the end of “I Promise You A Happy Ending” gives me chills. When I want a better feel for the show itself though I prefer the London recording with McGillan.
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Mack & Mabel cast recordings#7
Posted: 8/8/19 at 1:14pm

The London concert recording is my favorite recording of the score.

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