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42nd Street
     

42nd Street

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Used to be, when a new musical opened on Broadway to critical praise and strong box office, the cast found itself in a recording studio within a week to make the original Broadway cast recording. But in the case of 42nd Street, which opened on August 25, 1980, nearly three months passed before RCA Victor Records finally called the cast in to immortalize their

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Used to be, when a new musical opened on Broadway to critical praise and strong box office, the cast found itself in a recording studio within a week to make the original Broadway cast recording. But in the case of 42nd Street, which opened on August 25, 1980, nearly three months passed before RCA Victor Records finally called the cast in to immortalize their performances on disc. Maybe that's because Broadway cast LPs don't sell like they used to, or maybe it's because, although 42nd Street is, technically, a new musical, all the music is actually old. In any case, in between the opening and the November 16 recording date, 69-year-old arch-conservative Republican Ronald Reagan was elected president. It is always dicey to read a political theme into what succeeds in the popular arts at a given time, but the coincidence of Broadway's biggest new musical hit being a throwback like 42nd Street and the country's turning to a throwback like Reagan was hard to ignore. Indeed, the president-elect, a former movie actor, almost could have appeared in one of the 1930s movies on which the show is based. 42nd Street the film, released in 1933, restored the fortunes of the movie musical, with its backstage story of a Broadway producer putting on a show that made a neophyte an overnight star, set to songs written by composer Harry Warren and lyricist Al Dubin. Those songs, including "Shuffle Off to Buffalo," "You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me," "Young and Healthy," and, of course, the title tune, were retained for the stage musical version 47 years later, with the score augmented with interpolations from other movie musicals of the '30s, also with music by Warren: "Shadow Waltz" and "We're in the Money" from Gold Diggers of 1933; "Dames" from Dames; "Lullaby of Broadway" from Gold Diggers of 1935; "About a Quarter to Nine" and "Go into Your Dance" from Go into Your Dance; "Sunny Side to Every Situation" (lyrics by Johnny Mercer) from Hard to Get; and "Getting Out of Town," a slightly rewritten version of "Gotta Go to Town" (lyrics by Mort Dixon) from The Laugh Parade. (Also performed on-stage, but missing from the album, is "I Know Now" from The Singing Marine.) This music, familiar to audiences of the '80s from countless late-night TV broadcasts, is performed by a talented cast led by veterans Jerry Orbach and Tammy Grimes. It is notable that, campy as it may seem to re-create the style of a '30s movie musical on-stage in 1980, the show is not, as it might have been in the '60s or '70s, played as a satire. It is, rather, a nostalgia fest for people longing to be taken back to an imagined golden age in which troubles could be tapped away by smiling chorus girls (even if that time was actually the Great Depression). At the start of the '80s, that seemed to be what people wanted in Washington as well as on Broadway.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Rca Victor Broadway
UPC:
0078635389128
catalogNumber:
13891

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tammy Grimes   Vocals,Track Performer
Jerry Orbach   Vocals,Track Performer
Robin Black   Ensemble
David Storey   Ensemble
Danny Carroll   Vocals,Track Performer
Girls   Track Performer
Tony Parisi   Ensemble
Don Percassi   Ensemble
Ron Schwinn   Vocals,Ensemble
Steve Belin   Ensemble
Gail Benedict   Ensemble
Joel Blum   Ensemble
Mary Cadorette   Ensemble
James Congdon   Vocals,Track Performer
Denise Direnzo   Ensemble
Mark Dovey   Ensemble
Sharon Ferrol   Ensemble
Jeri Kansas   Vocals,Ensemble,Track Performer
Beth McVey   Ensemble
Rick Pessagno   Ensemble
Karen Prunczik   Vocals,Track Performer
Wanda Richert   Vocals,Track Performer
Karen Tamburrelli   Ensemble
Carole Cook   Vocals,Track Performer
Lee Roy Reams   Vocals,Track Performer
Robin Stephens   Ensemble
Joseph Bova   Vocals,Track Performer
Alison Sherve   Ensemble
Bill Nabel   Ensemble
Ginny King   Vocals,Ensemble
Carole Banninger   Ensemble
Ronny DeVito   Ensemble
Jon Engstrom   Ensemble
Cathy Greco   Ensemble
Dawn Herbert   Ensemble
Christine Jacobsen   Ensemble
Terri Ann Kundrat   Ensemble
Shan Martin   Ensemble
Maureen Mellon   Ensemble
Sandra Menhart   Ensemble
Lorraine Person   Ensemble
Lars Rosager   Ensemble
Linda Sabatelli   Ensemble
Maryellen Scilla   Ensemble
Yveline Semeria   Ensemble

Technical Credits

Paul Goodman   Engineer
Tommy Shepard   Producer
Mort Goode   Liner Notes
Girls   Contributor

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42nd Street 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
efrank More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my husband who is a huge fan of the musical and he loves it. It's like listening to the entire show! I recommend this if you are looking for something new to listen to, or are a big fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this earlier in the year and I must say, this was a wonderful, happy musical. I would recommend this for kids because there are no suggestive themes and no cursing (the only musical CD I own that does so). Jerry Orbach is a wonderful actor in this musical. I think this is a great CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful musical for anyone who loves music that has an older sound. The songs make for some spectacular tap dancing and costumes. Our high school did this as our spring musical last year and it can be a turly awesome sight to see. My personal fave is `You´'re getting to be a habit with me'. This musical is cute and funny, with all the songs to make it a perfect show. Check it out to see what I mean.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw it in hhi,sc. It was amazing great songs like we're in the money, lullaby of brodway, quater to nine and go into your dance!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love the music in this show! Just plain fun!! See the Show!