42nd Street

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Rca Victor Broadway
  • UPC: 078635389128
  • Catalog Number: 13891

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture: Audition - Ensemble (4:41)
  2. 2 Shadow Waltz - The Girls (3:27)
  3. 3 Young and Healthy - Lee Roy Reams (2:15)
  4. 4 Go into Your Dance - Ginny King (3:18)
  5. 5 You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me - Ensemble (2:00)
  6. 6 Getting out of Town - Ensemble (1:38)
  7. 7 We're in the Money (The Gold Diggers Song) - Ginny King (3:05)
  8. 8 Dames - Ensemble (3:19)
  9. 9 Sunny Side to Every Situation - Ensemble (2:13)
  10. 10 Lullaby of Broadway - Jerry Orbach (4:59)
  11. 11 About a Quarter to Nine - Wanda Richert (2:11)
  12. 12 Shuffle off to Buffalo - Joseph Bova (3:45)
  13. 13 42nd Street - Ensemble (7:15)
  14. 14 Finale: 42nd Street (Reprise) - Jerry Orbach (3:07)
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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
The 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
The Girls Contributor
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Those dancing feet.....

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesone Music!!

    I absolutely love the music in this show! Just plain fun!! See the Show!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome must go see!!!

    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!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE IT!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must for any musical theater fan!

    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.

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