Arachnophonia: The Color Purple

Editor’s Note: Our music review column “Spider Sounds” has had a name change and will now be known as “Arachnophonia”. The name has changed, but the idea remains the same — members of the UR community can share their thoughts about items from the Parsons Music Library‘s collection. All links included in these posts will take you to either the library catalog record for the item in question or to additional relevant information from around the web.

Today’s installment of Arachnophonia comes courtesy of Music Library student worker Susie (class of 2019), and features the 2005 cast recording for the Tony award winning Broadway adaptation of The Color Purple. Thanks, Susie!

The Color Purple

The Color Purple

This is one of the best cast recordings for a Broadway musical I have ever listened to. Often it can be difficult to understand the musical and truly appreciate it when you only listen to the soundtrack without ever seeing the show. The Color Purple is different, the plot, heartbreaks, triumphs, and best moments are all captured within the cast recording.

While listening to the “Opening/Mysterious Ways”, the listener can imagine being in this small town filled with gossip and hardships.
In the series of songs “Big Dog”, “Lily of the Field”, and “Dear God” the listener is experiencing horrific events with Celie and mourning with her. Even a person who does not have strong faith can feel the glory of God in the musical’s title song “The Color Purple”. And the strength Celie shows in her songs “Miss Celie’s Pants” and “I’m Here” can give any listener the strength to get through the toughest of times. This soundtrack gives listeners the incredible experience of listening to an amazing musical, but it also takes listeners on Celie’s journey to hell and back and her strength and wisdom can lift up anyone.

I recommend laying back, closing your eyes, and letting this cast recording take you on a journey that will surprise and uplift you.

Playbill - The Color Purple

Cover of the Playbill for the 2016 revival of the show — which won the Tony award for Best Revival of a Musical in 2017.

Happy Birthday, Julie Andrews!

"Julie Andrews Park Hyatt, Sydney, Australia 2013" by Eva Rinaldi from Sydney Australia - Julie Andrews. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Julie_Andrews_Park_Hyatt,_Sydney,_Australia_2013.jpg#/media/File:Julie_Andrews_Park_Hyatt,_Sydney,_Australia_2013.jpg

“Julie Andrews Park Hyatt, Sydney, Australia 2013” by Eva Rinaldi from Sydney Australia

Today (October 1, 2015) is Dame Julie Andrews‘ 80th birthday!

Julie Andrews (née Julia Elizabeth Wells) was born in 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England.

She is probably best known today for her roles in the 1964 Walt Disney film Mary Poppins and for the 1965 film production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound Of Music. 

In addition to these classics, which are both available to borrow at the MRC in Boatwright Memorial Library,  the Music Library has some other items featuring Julie Andrews that are worth a look.

Julie Andrews - "Don't Go In The Lion's Cage Tonight"

 

Don’t Go in the Lion’s Cage Tonight is new addition to our collection.   It’s a reissue of a 1962 album of “Heartrending Ballads & Raucous Ditties” in British Music Hall style.

We also have vocal scores and cast recordings of some of her London and Broadway stage shows such as My Fair Lady and Camelot

My Fair Lady - Original London Cast Recording

Camelot - Original Cast Recording

 

The Music Library also has an assortment of DVDs featuring Julie Andrews like her last screen musical, Victor/Victoria  or the documentary series Broadway: The American Musical, in which she serves as host.

Victor/Victoria

Broadway: The American Musical

These items and many more fabulous resources are available for you to check out now at the Music Library, so come see us!