CD Broadway: New York's Greatest Musicals (CD 975965), Audio Other
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Broadway: New York's Greatest Musicals

  • 1. Can You Feel the Love Tonight? - Sean McDermott/National Symphony Orchestra
    2. Sun and Moon - Graham Bickley/Katrina Murphy/National Symphony Orchestra
    3. I Chose Right - Todd Graff
    4. Hopelessly Devoted to You - NSO Ensemble/Shona Lindsay
    5. You're Just in Love - Kim Criswell/Matt Bogart/National Symphony Orchestra
    6. Some Enchanted Evening - William Michals/Philharmonia Orchestra
    7. If I Were a Bell - Emily Loesser/National Symphony Orchestra
    8. Loving You - NSO Ensemble/Sean McDermott
    9. Easy to Love - John Barrowman/National Symphony Orchestra
    10. Hello Young Lovers - Philharmonia Orchestra/Valerie Masterson
    11. Till There Was You - Alice Ripley/National Symphony Orchestra
    12. Little Bit in Love, A - National Symphony Orchestra/Rebecca Luker
    13. They Say It's Wonderful - Thomas Allen/Valerie Masterson/National Symphony Orchestra
    14. All I Ask of You - Andrew Halliday/Katrina Murphy/National Symphony Orchestra
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Come Follow the Band - Gregg Edelman/National Symphony Orchestra
    2. Indian Love Calle - Thomas Allen/Valerie Masterson
    3. Serenade - David Rendall/Philharmonia Orchestra
    4. Music of the Night - Jim Graeme/National Symphony Orchestra
    5. My Heart Is So Full of You - Emily Loesser/National Symphony Orchestra
    6. Unusual Way - Kim Criswell/Ron Raines/National Symphony Orchestra
    7. And This Is My Beloved - David Rendall/Richard van Allan/Philharmonia Orchestra/Valerie Masterson/Donald Maxwell
    8. Make Believe - Teri Hansen/National Symphony Orchestra/Doug LaBrecque
    9. Mame - Jerry Lanning/National Symphony Orchestra
    10. Neverland - Cathy Rigby/Elisa Sagardia/National Symphony Orchestra
    11. Is It Really Me? - Philharmonia Orchestra/Marilyn Hill Smith
    12. My Time of Day/I've Never Been in Love - Philharmonia Orchestra/Thomas Allen/Valerie Masterson
    13. Try to Remember - NSO Ensemble/Graham Bickley
    14. One Day More - National Symphony Orchestra
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Don't Rain on My Parade - National Symphony Orchestra
    2. Maria - J. Mark McVey/National Symphony Orchestra
    3. Wouldn't It Be Loverly? - Tinuke Olafimihan/National Symphony Orchestra
    4. Written in the Stars - NSO Ensemble/Sally Ann Triplett/Simon Bowman
    5. Old Apartment, The
    6. Thoroughly Modern Millie - Jacqui Scott/National Symphony Orchestra
    7. Lonely Town - Ron Raines/National Symphony Orchestra
    8. Johnny One Note - Sally Ann Triplett/National Symphony Orchestra
    9. This Is the Moment - National Symphony Orchestra/Gary Mauer
    10. How Are Things in Glocca Morra? - Brigid Brady/National Symphony Orchestra
    11. I Dreamed a Dream - Jacqui Scott/National Symphony Orchestra
    12. Do You Love Me? - Len Cariou/National Symphony Orchestra
    13. Still - Kim Criswell/National Symphony Orchestra
    14. Kiss of the Spider Woman - Matt Bogart/National Symphony Orchestra
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 036

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Yap

    Personnel: David Rendall, Richard van Allan , Teri Hansen, Brigid Brady, Emily Loesser, William Michals , Cathy Rigby, Todd Graff, Graham Bickley, Gregg Edelman, Elisa Sagardia, Andrew Halliday, J. Mark McVey, Jacqui Scott, Jerry Lanning , John Barrowman, Katrina Murphy, Kim Criswell, Len Cariou, Alice Ripley, Marilyn Hill Smith , Matt Bogart, Ron Raines, Sally Ann Triplett, Sean McDermott, Shona Lindsay, Simon Bowman, Tinuke Olafimihan, Valerie Masterson, Rebecca Luker, Donald Maxwell , Doug LaBrecque, Gary Mauer (vocals).
    Liner Note Author: Rexton S. Bunnett.
    Since the mid-'90s, the British label JAY Productions Ltd., under the aegis of producer John Yap, has been turning out studio cast recordings of well-known stage musicals, frequently using performers from the Broadway and West End theaters. While some of these recordings have been better than others, their drawing card tends to be the claim that they are "complete" -- at least, they include more music than is generally heard on a cast album, sometimes running onto a second disc -- and they employ the original orchestrations. By the mid-2000s, JAY had built up quite a library of competently performed show music, allowing for assemblages such as this, a discount-priced three-CD set (that could have fit on two discs) containing 42 songs from 39 musicals (The Phantom of the Opera, Guys and Dolls, and Les Misrables get two each), sung by 39 theater professionals. The names of most of those singers are likely to be largely unfamiliar to even a seasoned theatergoer, although several have enjoyed starring roles on Broadway, notably Len Cariou (A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd), Gregg Edelman (City of Angels), Rebecca Luker (revivals of Show Boat, The Sound of Music, and The Music Man), Cathy Rigby (several revivals of Peter Pan), and Alice Ripley (Sideshow), and many others can boast Broadway credits, if only as replacements or understudies. (Others have been seen in the West End.) For the most part, they do not sing songs on this disc associated with the shows in which they appeared, however, although there are exceptions. Kim Criswell, who was in Nine, sings "Unusual Way" from that show; Todd Graff, featured in Baby, sings that musical's "I Chose Right"; Rigby is heard in a song from Peter Pan; and veteran Jerry Lanning, who made his Broadway debut in Mame, gets to sing the title song, which he did not do on-stage. But if the performers here usually are not stars, they do sing well, though on occasion their interpretations are questionable. In particular, Thomas Allen, an operatic baritone, sounds nothing like a Damon Runyan gambler singing "My Time of Day/I've Never Been in Love Before" from Guys and Dolls. He certainly can sing, though (as a long career at Covent Garden would attest), and so can all of the others. As a collection, the set is seemingly random, with songs from different eras following each other and the choices ranging from familiar standards to obscurities. There are even a few ringers. The songs "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?," "Hopelessly Devoted to You," "Easy to Love," and "Thoroughly Modern Millie" originated in the movies, not on Broadway (though they all turned up there eventually); "Try to Remember" is from The Fantasticks, an Off-Broadway show; and "The Old Apartment" is from I Sing!, described by annotator Rexton S. Bunnett as a "new show" that is "the youngest on this set." So young, in fact, that it has not played on Broadway at all! (Although it has been kicking around since 1999, the closest I Sing! had come to Broadway as of 2004 was a concert performance at the Off-Broadway York Theatre Company in 2002. But JAY has recorded it as a two-CD set, hence its inclusion here.) ~ William Ruhlmann

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