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DefyGravityFan wrote:
I saw Patti in London and Glenn in LA....Patti was SO much better! Glenn appeared to us like a troll...I don't know if that was a director's choice or Glenn's but it didn't work for the show...

I have Patti's (the London's) recording....nothing beats the original!


everything beats that piece of junk. the london Sunset is one of the single worst recordings out there.

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Thanks for starting this thread! It really helped me decide which recording to get. I was really torn between them, mainly because LuPone is on one and Hearn on another...WHY COULDN'T THEY HAVE BEEN TOGETHER!?!?!? Anyway I went with the American Premire recording with Hearn...someday I'll get the other one I'm sure because I Love Patti's voice soooo much. Anyway thanks!

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well..you wont likePatti as Norma. but Glenn,George,Judy and Alan are amazing on the one you bought. the London cast is but a pale shadow.

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I'm kind of divided on which recording is the best. The Broadway is better all around, but Norma's voice on that one isn't great. I got both.


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I love the arrangement of "WITH ONE LOOK" on the OLC recording! The tempo and the key fit better to the song than on the American recording.

But otherwise I prefer the American recording. I like the changes they made to it. And it is far more complete.

Plus the performances are generally much better. (Though I have to say, in all fairness, that the performances on the OLC recording suffer from the cuts made to the dialogue and the scenes!)

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I've been assinged sunset boulevard by my singing teacher for an audition. I love Michael Ball, John Barrowman, and Hugh Jackman's protrayal of the song, but recording wise I'm not sure which one to get. The LA cast or The Canadian Highlights. LA cause George Hearn is in it!!! but Canadian cause Rex Smith is in it and I love him in everything else. Plus Rex sings the song whilst George doesn't. So who's the best Joe Gills?

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Best Joe.. Alan Campbell

Best Norma....Glen Close

best Max... George Hearn

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I got the LA cast and I'm ordering The Canadian cast along with the London cast of City of Angels and the movie Sunset Boulevard.

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If there was only a way to marry the two...

Patti was the best Norma. Hands down. She really got the vulnerability and SANITY of the character in a way that Close did not. Close seemed to fall back on playing her like a caricature of Swanson and I can't STAND that. And I'm not saying that Close is a terrible singer because she did an admirable job, but there is no comparison - LuPone is the better singer by far.

But the American album is complete and the orchestrations are better.

Buy both.

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The 2008 Dutch Cast Recording has been released this week, it's a great album!!


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potter_severus wrote:
The 2008 Dutch Cast Recording has been released this week, it's a great album!!


You actually liked that album? I really hated it. The one with Glenn is the best. defenitely.


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Joseebus wrote:
If there was only a way to marry the two...

Patti was the best Norma. Hands down. She really got the vulnerability and SANITY of the character in a way that Close did not. Close seemed to fall back on playing her like a caricature of Swanson and I can't STAND that. And I'm not saying that Close is a terrible singer because she did an admirable job, but there is no comparison - LuPone is the better singer by far.

But the American album is complete and the orchestrations are better.

Buy both.


Patti played Patti ..not norma. and she was awful.

Glenn was multi layered and brillaint.

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