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Broadway Divas

  • 1. I Got the Sun in the Morning, song (from "Annie Get your Gun") - Ethel Merman
    2. Flora the Red Menace, musical: Sing Happy - Liza Minnelli
    3. Mean To Me
    4. Sunday in the Park with George, musical play: Children And Art - Mandy Patinkin/Bernadette Peters
    5. Jennie, musical: Before I Kiss The World Goodbye
    6. Company, musical: Being Alive
    7. New Faces of 1952, musical: Monotonous
    8. Once Upon a Mattress, musical: Shy - David Baker/Sarah Jessica Parker
    9. Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville, musical play: All That Jazz - Bebe Neuwirth
    10. Wild Party, musical play: Raise The Roof, The
    11. Company, musical: Getting Married Today - Madeline Kahn/Mark Jacoby/Jeanne Lehman
    12. Ragtime, musical play: Back To Before
    13. Follies, musical play: Losing My Mind - Barbara Cook
    14. On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, musical: What Did I Have That I Don't Have?
    15. Gypsy, musical: Everything's Coming Up Roses - Angela Lansbury
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 63805

  • Credits
    ProducerGeorge R. Marek; Jay David Saks; Joe Linhart; Norman Newell; Andrew Lippa; Andy Wiswell; Thomas Z. Shepard; Hugo Winterhalter; Bill Rosenfield (Compilation)
    EngineerGeorge R. Marek; Jay David Saks; Andy Wiswell; Thomas Z. Shepard; Hugo Winterhalter

    Includes liner notes by Bill Rosenfield.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    BROADWAY DIVAS is part of RCA's 100 Years Of Music series.
    Personnel: Mary Lou Rosato, David Baker , Mandy Patinkin, Mark Jacoby, Jeanne Lehman (vocals).
    Liner Note Author: Bill Rosenfield.
    Recording information: Avery Fisher Hall, New York, NY (06/17/1952-04/11/2000); Carnegie Hall, New York, NY (06/17/1952-04/11/2000); Edison Recording Studio, New York, NY (06/17/1952-04/11/2000); Hit Factory Studio 1, New York, NY (06/17/1952-04/11/2000); London, England (06/17/1952-04/11/2000); Manhattan Center, New York, NY (06/17/1952-04/11/2000); Manta Eastern Sound Studios, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (06/17/1952-04/11/2000); RCA Studio C, New York, NY (06/17/1952-04/11/2000); RCA Studios, New York, NY (06/17/1952-04/11/2000); Webster Hall, New York, NY (06/17/1952-04/11/2000).
    Unfortunately containing the vastly overused "D" word in its title, RCA Victor's Broadway Divas, one of a series of releases to commemorate the label's 100th anniversary, is a compilation of recordings by musical actresses culled from RCA's vast catalog of show music. It ranges from Eartha Kitt's performance of Arthur Siegel and June Carroll's "Monotonous" from the Broadwaymusical revue New Faces of 1952 to Julia Murney's performance of Andrew Lippa's "Raise the Roof" from the off-Broadway musical The Wild Party, which ran at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 2000. But that spread of nearly 48 years is deceptive; actually, the Kitt recording is the only one that dates from before 1963. Four of the tracks come from the 1960s, two from the '70s, two from the '80s, and five from the '90s. The present-day orientation is further dramatized when you note the absence from the list of anything by Gwen Verdon or Chita Rivera, even though they made cast recordings for RCA, and the presence of a ringer like Sarah Jessica Parker, who has had some Broadway musical experience but hardly ranks with some of the other names here and no doubt is included only because of the television clout of her non-musical television series Sex and the City. This, then, is not the definitive collection of theater songstresses, even though there are some wonderful performances. The late Madeline Kahn, ably handling the tongue twister "Getting Married Today" (one of five titles by Stephen Sondheim), provides one of them, and another comes from Barbara Harris' "What Did I Have That I Don't Have?" from the original cast album of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. Just think of the set as a sampler rather than a history, and you'll have a good time with it. ~ William Ruhlmann

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