Make A Parade Of Every Moment - The Essential Carolee Carmello on Disc
22 Mar 2014
A Class Act – Original Cast Recording
The birth of her son precluded Carolee Carmello from transferring to Broadway with A Class Act, but, lucky for her fans, the cast recording is of the original Manhattan Theatre Club Off-Broadaway production, in which Carmello — late in her pregnancy and beaming with earthy power — shone as Lucy. A supporting role, Lucy doesn't sing much, but Carmello's distinctive vocal presence is a rich addition throughout the group material and she is great fun singing "Broadway Boogie Woogie." The track to write home about, though, is clearly the driving ballad, "Under Separate Cover," which Carmello irresistibly tears into with palpable intention.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.