By Steven Suskin
06 Jan 2013
Guess what happens? Or maybe you don't need to. Composer Alan Menken, who has had an up-and-down career on Broadway, gave us a score — with lyrics by Glenn Slater, his collaborator on The Little Mermaid and Sister Act — that ranked with Chaplin. Most happily, though, Menken simultaneously came to town with Newsies and finally won his first Tony Award.
Here we get a lot of revivalist-type, gospel-like songs that sound pretty much alike, mixed in with some musical comedy stuff. Raúl Esparza does what he can, but it's a thankless task. Jessica Phillips, Talon Ackerman and Leslie Odom, Jr. do well, too, but there's not much here for us to listen. The Leap of Faith CD is as difficult for listeners as the musical itself.
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