Album Recommendation: A CHORUS LINE (Original Spanish Cast Recording with Antonio Banderas)

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by Connor McCormick on March 18, 2022

in CD-DVD,Theater-International

¡HOLA, A CHORUS LINE!

The cast album of Antonio Banderas’s acclaimed Spanish production of A Chorus Line, the first-ever Spanish language recording of the iconic musical, is now available on CD in Spain and on streaming and digital platforms worldwide. And it’s a blast. I have been collecting foreign language cast albums for decades and this is among the best. Each member of the Broadway-worthy cast sell songs rich in emotion. The translation is awesome (although “Shit, Richie” becomes “No, Richie”), and it makes me wonder how this Spanish production would sell in the States. Well, you’ll always have the album! Banderas produced, co-directed with Baayork Lee (from the original Cast) and starred as Zach in A Chorus Line, which first played at Teatro del Soho CaixaBank in Malaga, Spain in 2019 and is now touring Madrid at Teatro Calderón through April 17, followed by a run in Barcelona at Teatro Tívoli from April 23-May 29, 2022.

A Chorus Line features Malaga artist Antonio Banderas and cast members (in alphabetical order) Angie Alcázar, Kristina Alonso, Albert Bolea, Anna Coll, Daniel Délyon, Alberto Escobar, Roberto Facchin, Diana Girbau, Cassandra Hlong, Aaron Cobos, Fran Moreno, Beatriz Mur, Ivo Pareja-Obregón, Pablo Puyol, Estibalitz Ruiz, Fran Del Pino, Lorena Santiago, Sarah Schielke, Miguel Ángel Belotto, Juan José Marco, Fernando Mariano, Graciela Monterde, Lucrecia Petraglia, Zuhaitz San Buenaventura, Aida Sánchez, Lucía Castro, Marcela Nava, Pol Galcerá, Luis Ochoa and Elena Rueda.

The Spanish production of A Chorus Line has music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban and a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante. Music direction is by Arturo Díez-Boscovich, Spanish lyric translation by Roser Batalia, and Spanish libretto translation by Ignacio García May. Orchestrations are by Jonathan Tunick, Bill Byers and Hershy KayA Chorus Line was conceived, originally directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett.

The album includes a special bonus track featuring Laura Benanti, who starred opposite Banderas in the 2003 Broadway revival of Nine, singing “What I Did for Love” in Spanish. A new music video featuring their performance was released today and can be viewed HERE.

Album Track List:

1.     Espero Conseguirlo (Opening: I Hope I Get It)
2.     La Linea (The Line)
3.     Yo Lo Sé Hacer (I Can Do That)
4.     En El Ballet (At The Ballet)
5.     Cantar (Sing!)
6.     Montaje 1 (Montage Pt. 1) Hola Doce (Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love)
7.     Montaje 2 (Montage Pt. 2) Nada (Nothing)
8.     Montaje 3 (Montage Pt. 3) Madre (Mother)
9.     Montaje 4 (Montage Pt. 4) Pásamela (Gimme The Ball)
10.   Baile, Diez. Look, Tres (Dance: Ten; Looks: Three)
11.    Música Y Espejos (The Music And The Mirror)
12.   One (Ensayos) (One)
13.   Lo Que Hice Por Amor (What I Did For Love)
14.   One (Saludos) (Reprise/Finale)
15.   BONUS: What I Did For Love (featuring Laura Benanti)

production photos by Javier Salas

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Billy Affleck March 21, 2022 at 6:58 am

HELLO, COULD YOU TELL ME WHERE I COULD BUY A COPY OF THE SPANISH CAST CD OF A CHORUS LINE? I LIVE IN PHILADELPHIA, PA. . THANK YOU.

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Editor-in-Chief Tony Frankel March 21, 2022 at 9:49 am

Well, guess what, Billy? I found it on Amazon in SPAIN (click here). While you can get it digitally in the States, the CD is not yet available here. Enjoy!

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John LEWIS April 14, 2022 at 9:31 am

The Amazon is only in Spanish or Portuguese.

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Tony Frankel April 14, 2022 at 11:56 am

This version was recorded in Spanish.

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Mark May 9, 2022 at 3:03 pm

Where can I get a copy of the lyrics? I’m trying to learn the spanish version of some of the songs, but I can’t find the lyrics anywhere.

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Tony Frankel May 9, 2022 at 4:35 pm

Here is a dropbox of the CD’s booklet, which has the Spanish lyrics, Mark.

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