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.
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