In a Class Above the Rest: The Essential Laurie Beechman On Disc

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14 Dec 2013

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Annie (1977 Original Broadway Cast Recording)

If "there are no small parts, only small actors," perhaps there are no big voices, only Laurie Beechman. Certainly, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin thought so when they added an entire verse to "N.Y.C." (the Act One closer in Annie) to showcase Beechman's monumental gift. It's just a verse and represents nearly her entire solo contribution to the cast album, but it makes a lasting impression. Seth Rudetsky offers the best description

(Ben Rimalower is the author and original star of the critically acclaimed Patti Issues. Read's coverage of the solo show here. Visit him at and follow @benrimalower on Twitter.)

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