Carolee Carmello received her first Tony nomination as Best Actress In A Musical for Parade in 1999. Parade was a complicated, somewhat controversial musical, but chief among its assets was Carmello's galvanizing, thrillingly sung performance as Lucille Frank. Fifteen years later, I can still remember the goosebumps I felt at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, absolutely transported by Carmello. The cast recording is an indispensable portal to the power Carmello wielded in this role. She's commanding and affecting in "Do It Alone," heartbreaking in "You Don't Know This Man" and absolutely soaring in Jason Robert Brown's two gloriously passion-filled duets for her and Brent Carver (as Leo Frank), "This Is Not Over Yet" and "All The Wasted Time."
Set in the magical world of La Belle Epoque Paris, where fashion, glamour, and passion prevail, Lerner and Loewe's celebrated musical is a romantic comedy about one young woman's journey to find her true self... and her true love.