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Great Musicals [RCA]
Original Soundtrack/Various Artists
1. Overture to Candide, for orchestra - The Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein (from "Candide")
2. Fiddler on the Roof, musical: Prologue-Tradition - Company/Zero Mostel (from "Fiddler On The Roof")
3. Hello, Dolly!, musical: Dancing - Eileen Brennan/Jerry Dodge/Carol Channing/Charles Nelson Reilly (from "Hello, Dolly!")
4. Cabaret, musical play: If You Could See Her - Joyce Chittick/Alan Cumming (from "Cabaret")
5. Honeysuckle Rose - Neil Carter/Nell Carter (from "Ain't Misbehavin'")
6. Guys and Dolls, musical: Sue Me - Faith Prince/Nathan Lane (from "Guys And Dolls")
7. Sweeney Todd, musical play: The Worst Pies in London - Angela Lansbury (from "Sweeney Todd")
8. Ragtime, musical play: New Music - Company/Steven Sutcliffe/Mark Jacoby/Audra McDonald/Marin Mazzie/Brian Stokes Mitchell (from "Ragtime")
9. Titanic, musical play: Lady's Maid - Michael Mulheren/Joseph Kolinski/Maury Yeston/Matthew Bennett/Company (from "Titanic")
10. How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, musical: Rosemary - Megan Mullally (from "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying")
11. Miserables, musical: Bring Him Home, Les - Colm Wilkinson (from "Les Miserables")
12. Falsettoland, musical: Unlikely Lovers - Farah Alvin/Lewis Cleale/James Sasser/Kristin Woodbury (from "Falsettos")
13. Parade (1998), musical play: All The Wasted Time - Carolee Carmello (from "Parade")
14. Do Re Mi, song (from "The Sound of Music") - Ryan Hopkins/Ashley Rose Orr/Tracy Alison Walsh/Natalie Hall/Matthew Ballinger/Andrea Bowen/Rebecca Luker (from "The Sound Of Music")
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 63806
George R. Marek; Jay David Saks; Jeffrey Lesser; Maury Yeston; Andy Wiswell; Thomas Z. Shepard; Tommy Krasker; Mike Batt; Bill Rosenfield (Compilation)
Includes liner notes by Bill Rosenfeld.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
GREAT MUSICALS is part of RCA's 100 Years Of Music series.
Personnel: William Youmans, Ryan Hopkins, Eileen Brennan, Ashley Rose Orr, Erin Hill, Tracy Alison Walsh, Natalie Hall, Jerry Dodge, Sara Zelle, Joyce Chittick, Michael Mulheren, Joseph Kolinski, Larry Keith, Matthew Ballinger, Andrea Bowen, Matthew Bennett, Charles Nelson Reilly (vocals).
Liner Note Author: Bill Rosenfield.
Recording information: BMG Studios, New York, NY (05/19/1964-01/15/2001); Clinton Recording Studio A, New York, NY (05/19/1964-01/15/2001); EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (05/19/1964-01/15/2001); Hit Factory Studios, New York, NY (05/19/1964-01/15/2001); Manta Eastern Sound Studios, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (05/19/1964-01/15/2001); RCA Studio C, New York, NY (05/19/1964-01/15/2001); The Public Theater, New York, NY (05/19/1964-01/15/2001); Webster Hall, New York, NY (05/19/1964-01/15/2001).
"Great musicals aren't always hits or award winners," writes annotator and A&R director Bill Rosenfield in his liner notes for Great Musicals, which a cover sticker nevertheless identifies as "great songs from Broadway blockbusters." Prepared as an entry in a series of albums commemorating RCA Victor Records' 100th birthday, the album is an odd sampler of music from the company's archives. Far from reflecting RCA's long history, it concentrates on later times, with nine out of 14 tracks dating from the 1990s or later (though not all the songs are of that vintage). Rosenfield seems to have focused on finding less-well-known numbers from successful shows, like "Dancing" from Hello, Dolly!, or from shows of the last several seasons, successful or not, such as "New Music" from Ragtime, "Lady's Maid" from Titanic, and "All the Wasted Time" from Parade. Balancing the obscurities are standards like "Do-Re-Mi" from the 1998 revival of The Sound of Music and performances by stars like Nathan Lane (duetting with Faith Prince on "Sue Me" from the 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls) and Matthew Broderick (singing "Rosemary" from the 1995 revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), who were in Broadway's biggest new hit, The Producers, on the release date of this compilation. The result is a mixture not unlike the group of seriously intended new shows and flashy revivals that has made up the typical Broadway schedule of the 1990s and early 2000s. Not all of the musicals are great, nor are all the songs, but the chosen numbers stand alone well, and the sequencing works. (Note that the "previously unreleased" recording of "Unlikely Lovers," drawn from a 2001 club date, is not actually a new song, only a new performance of an excellent number from the 1990 show Falsettoland.) ~ William Ruhlmann
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