Why I haven't gotten familiar with it is really strange for several reasons: I have a real "thing" for "Best Musicals," I am a devoted fan of all things Tommy Tune, I adore Maury Yeston's two other major musicals, Grand Hotel and Titanic, and the cast includes some of my all-time favorites, including Raul Julia, Liliane Montevecchi and Karen Akers. Now that I think of it, all of those reasons are probably why I bought the album years later.
I have no real excuse for missing the 2003 revival. Maybe I'll finally get to see it when it gets revived again.
I am familiar with the whole Dreamgirls versus Nine controversy, and, in fact, I've seen the former several times and really love it. Maybe I missed out on the latter because of some subconscious fear that I'll love Dreamgirls less. Crazy, right? Then there's the more obvious reason why this one got away from me. I didn't see my first Broadway show until Nine was about half way through its original run. Fact is, it just wasn't on my radar at the ripe old age of 17!
So... here's a plot twist: since I started writing this blog, I started to reorganize my cast recording CDs. Guess what I found? The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Nine! Haven't listened to that, either. But all of that's about to change. "Overture Delle Donne" is cuing up on the old CD player.