Celebrate Broadway, Vol. 8: Duets

Celebrate Broadway, Vol. 8: Duets



This eighth volume in the discount-priced Celebrate Broadway series of thematically chosen compilations of show music focuses on a staple of the stage musical, the duet. Such songs tend to be dramatic scenes in music, as two characters (in all but two cases here, a man and a woman) work out elements of their relationship in song. At least, that's true of some of the classic Broadway duets heard on this disc, drawn from RCA Victor Records' catalog of cast albums, including "People Will Say We're in Love" from Oklahoma!, "Anything You Can Do" from Annie Get Your Gun, "I Remember It Well" from Gigi, and "Do You Love Me?" from Fiddler on the Roof. Those may be the ideal selections on the album, especially because they are standards from great musical hits (OK, Gigi was more of a hit in its original film version), but the compilers go beyond such obvious choices to more challenging ones from less well-known and more recent shows, such as "Unworthy of Your Love," sung by two potential presidential assassins in Assassins; "Love Has Come of Age" from Jekyll and Hyde; and "You and I" from Chess. These are musically quite different from the vintage shows, of course, but the sequencing keeps things from being too jarring, as does the compilers' decision to use only recordings from the '60s on to maintain sonic parity. (The version of "People Will Say We're in Love," for instance, is from a 1979 Broadway revival, and that of "Anything You Can Do" from a 1966 Broadway revival, rather than the '40s original Broadway cast versions, which weren't in the RCA vault, anyway.) Still, the album demonstrates that there can be many different sorts of duets. "What Would You Do Without Me?" from The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd is a humorously contentious joust between two men that borders on obscenity, for instance, while "Marry the Man Today" from Guys and Dolls finds two women agreeing with each other on how to handle the opposite sex. Sometimes, the two singers aren't singing to each other at all, even if they are singing about each other, as in "The Honeymoon Is Over" from I Do! I Do! Sometimes they are just both singing the same lyrics for the most part, as on "Stranger in Paradise" from Kismet, which is not generally thought of as a duet at all, though it is sung by a romantic couple in the show. It's not hard to think of other Broadway duets that have been left out of this collection. "Bosom Buddies" from Mame would have been perfect, for example, as would have "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" from The Sound of Music. But there don't seem to be any cast albums featuring those songs on RCA. Thus, lesser material has had to fill in. Still, however, some of Broadway's greatest duets are here, and they are sung by a bevy of older talents, including Ethel Merman, Mary Martin, and Zero Mostel, as well as newer ones like Patti LuPone, Linda Eder, and Colm Wilkinson.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/14/1995
Label: Rca
UPC: 0090266803521
catalogNumber: 68035

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ethel Merman   Track Performer
Linda Eder   Track Performer
Cyril Ritchard   Track Performer
Alfred Drake   Track Performer
Patti LuPone   Track Performer
Annie Golden   Track Performer
Anthony Newley   Track Performer
Judy Kuhn   Track Performer
Evan Pappas   Track Performer
Colm Wilkinson   Track Performer
Maria Karnilova   Track Performer
Glory Crampton   Track Performer
Laurence Guittard   Track Performer
Howard McGillin   Track Performer
Christine Andreas   Track Performer
Bruce Yarnell   Track Performer
Lee Venora   Track Performer
Greg Germann   Track Performer
Josie DeGuzman   Track Performer
David Carroll   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Alexander Borodin   Composer
Ethel Merman   Contributor
Linda Eder   Contributor
Mary Martin   Contributor
Cyril Ritchard   Contributor
Alfred Drake   Contributor
Sheldon Harnick   Composer
Patti LuPone   Contributor
Jerry Bock   Composer
Benny Andersson   Producer
Zero Mostel   Contributor
Jay Newland   Engineer
Anthony Newley   Contributor
Robert Preston   Contributor
Joe Reisman   Producer
Karl Richardson   Producer
Jay David Saks   Producer
Tommy Shepard   Producer
Björn Ulvaeus   Producer
Steve Vining   Producer
Frank Wildhorn   Producer
Andy Wiswell   Producer
Maury Yeston   Producer
George R. Marek   Producer
J.J. Stelmach   Art Direction
Colm Wilkinson   Contributor
George Forrest   Composer
Robert Wright   Composer

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