Daddycatcher’s MUSICAL MONDAY: NINE

Is anyone really surprised?  If you have been following Daddycatcher’s Realm for a while then you all know what Daddycatcher’s #1 Musical of all time is: Nine.

Just to recap, the past ten weeks Daddycatcher has counted down his Top 10 Favorite Musicals of all time.  Once again, they are:

10.  The Phantom of the Opera
9.   Parade
8.   My Fair Lady
7.   Gypsy
6.   Into the Woods
5.   Company
4.   Kiss of the Spider Woman
3.   Ragtime
2.   Chicago

Daddycatcher decided to go one evening to the now-defunct cabaret Arci’s Place on Park Avenue South to see Tony Award winner Priscilla Lopez (the original Morales in A Chorus Line) premiere her cabaret act.  As expected she performed her usual standards – “Nothing” and “What I Did for Love” – but she sang one number that I had never heard before.

She told the audience that Tommy Tune had asked her to fill-in for Liliane Montevecchi in Nine while Liliane went on vacation. She then went into the role’s signature number, “Folies Bergere.”  Daddycatcher was so captivated by the song that he rushed to Virgin Megastore in Times Square after the show to purchase the cast recording.

It was also the first Broadway production that Daddycatcher viewed at the New York Performing Arts Library Video Archives.  It was an incredibly moving and stylized production.  The entire original cast was filmed for the archives, with the exception of Karen Akers who was already replaced by Maureen McGovern.  The cast was lead by a magnetic Raul Julia as film director Guido Contini, who is suffering a mid-life crisis and is fighting the attention of all the women in his life.

And there are so many diva roles: Luisa, the long suffering wife of director Guido Contini; Carla, the sexpot mistress; Claudia, the ethereal muse; Liliane LaFleur, the temperamental French producer; Sarraghina, a voluptuous whore; Guido’s Mother, an angelic and maternal figure.

The revival was extremely satisfying and the movie bombed.  However, the original will never be eclipsed.  Daddycatcher owns the Original Broadway Cast Recording, the London Concert Cast Recording with Jonathan Pryce and Elaine Paige, the Australian Cast Recording, the 2003 Broadway Revival with Antonio Banderas, and the film soundtrack.

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One Response to “Daddycatcher’s MUSICAL MONDAY: NINE”

  1. My response after seeing the film version: they shoulda had Karen Akers, Lilliane Montevecci and Anita Morris!!! The only two performances that stood out were to be expected: Sophia Loren and Dame Judi Dench. The rest ranged from shallow to lame to just awful (Kate Hudson).
    The best part of the movie was in the Bonus features, with the adorable Griffith Frank singing “In a Most Unusual Way”. Sublime.

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