Broadway: Timeless Classics of Stage and Screen

Broadway: Timeless Classics of Stage and Screen



Broadway: Timeless Classics of Stage and Screen is a 36-track, two-CD box-set compilation of songs drawn primarily from stage musicals. No performers are credited on the album cover, which is always a bad sign. But it turns out that the tracks originated on the series of studio cast recordings that the British JAY Productions label has been turning out over the past ten years or so, recordings usually featuring original orchestrations and calling upon the talents of contemporary musical theater performers, many of whom appear frequently on Broadway and in the West End. For example, Rebecca Luker, who duets with Karen Mason on "Ohio" from Wonderful Town, has starred in Broadway revivals of The Sound of Music and The Music Man. Among the better-known names, Len Cariou (taking the Tevye part in "Sunrise Sunset" from Fiddler on the Roof) and Leslie Uggams ("It Only Takes a Moment" from Hello, Dolly!) have even originated starring roles on Broadway. The singers are usually accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra, as conducted by John Owen Edwards or Martin Yates. So, the performances here are a cut above what one might expect from some anonymous show music collection, but a cut below a compilation of original cast recordings. Unfortunately, the packaging does not serve those performances. The selections, taken from shows that opened between the 1920s and the '90s, have been sequenced randomly, so that the transitions are sometimes odd. The songs tend to be ones that are well known outside the theater, but not always, which makes the choices sometimes seem arbitrary. Why use "He Lives in You" from The Lion King, for example, instead of, say, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"? Among songwriters, Stephen Sondheim, the most renowned composer/lyricist of his generation, is underrepresented, with only two selections from West Side Story (for which he wrote only lyrics) included; George Gershwin is completely ignored. But then, the album does not constitute a history of the musical theater, which is certainly demonstrated by Michael Heatley's liner notes (a couple of sentences about the show from which each song comes, with nothing about these actual recordings) and the rest of the skimpy annotations. Heatley seems most familiar with the movie versions of the shows, not the stage versions. He apparently doesn't realize, for example, that "Maybe This Time" is a song written for Liza Minnelli's nightclub act that was later interpolated into the movie adaptation of Cabaret, mistakenly supposing it originated in the original stage production. Elsewhere, librettist Arthur Laurents gets his name misspelled, and composer Herbert Stothart is mistakenly credited as a lyricist. Such errors are characteristic of a sloppy project. But many of the performances on the album are of the caliber one might encounter in a Broadway or West End revival of one of these classic shows in the '90s or early 2000s.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/04/2006
Label: Solid Gold
UPC: 0698458274328
catalogNumber: 2743

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Karen Mason   Vocals
Len Cariou   Vocals
Thomas Allen   Vocals
Münchner Symphoniker   Performing Ensemble
Leslie Uggams   Vocals
Kim Criswell   Vocals
Caroline O'Connor   Vocals
Sally Ann Triplett   Vocals
John Owen Edwards   Conductor
Rebecca Luker   Vocals
John Barrowman   Vocals
National Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Martin Yates   Conductor
Graham Bickley   Vocals
Janet Glazener   Conductor
Lorna Dallas   Vocals
Christiane Noll   Vocals
Katrina Murphy   Vocals
Ron Raines   Vocals
Alice Ripley   Vocals
Ethan Freeman   Vocals
Sal Viviano   Vocals
Doug LaBrecque   Vocals
Simon Bowman   Vocals
Valerie Masterson   Vocals
Emily Loesser   Vocals
Robert Meadmore   Vocals
Matt Bogart   Vocals
Melissa Errico   Vocals
William Michals   Vocals
Jessica Boevers   Vocals
Patrick Vaccariello   Conductor
Julian Kelly   Conductor
Michael Maguire   Vocals
Nicholas Warnford   Vocals
Gary Mauer   Vocals
Laurie Gayle Stephenson   Vocals
Annie Get Your Gun Cast Ensemble   Choir, Chorus
Doug LaBraque and Men   Vocal Ensemble
West Side Story Cast Ensemble   Choir, Chorus
Fiddler on the Roof Cast Ensemble   Choir, Chorus
Caroline O'Connor   Vocals
Rod Raines   Vocals
Sara Kestleman   Vocals
Lion King Cast Ensemble   Choir, Chorus
My Fair Lady Cast Ensemble   Choir, Chorus
Meriel Dickinson   Vocals
Philharmonia Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Lyricist
Irving Berlin   Composer,Lyricist
Elton John   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Sheldon Harnick   Composer
Jerry Herman   Composer,Lyricist
John Kander   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer,Lyricist
Jerry Bock   Lyricist
Alain Boublil   Lyricist
Betty Comden   Lyricist
Joe Darion   Lyricist
Adolph Green   Lyricist
Oscar Hammerstein   Lyricist
Otto Harbach   Lyricist
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Lyricist
Charles Hart   Lyricist
Lorenz Hart   Lyricist
Burton Lane   Composer
Mitch Leigh   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Lyricist
Cole Porter   Composer,Lyricist
Claude-Michel Schönberg   Composer
Richard Stilgoe   Lyricist
Meredith Willson   Composer,Lyricist
Tim Rice   Lyricist
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Herbert Stothart   Lyricist
Michael Heatley   Liner Notes
John Yap   Producer
Fred Ebb   Lyricist
Trevor Nunn   Lyricist
T.S. Eliot   Lyricist
John A. Yap   Producer

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