42nd Street (New Broadway Cast Recording)

42nd Street (New Broadway Cast Recording)

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It took 42nd Street 47 years after the appearance of the movie musical in 1933 to become a hit Broadway musical in 1980, even though the storyline is a tribute to the Great White Way, the quintessential backstage story of a musical producer and the chorus girl who becomes a star. It may have been the impossibility of recreating choreographer Busby Berkeley'sSee more details below

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It took 42nd Street 47 years after the appearance of the movie musical in 1933 to become a hit Broadway musical in 1980, even though the storyline is a tribute to the Great White Way, the quintessential backstage story of a musical producer and the chorus girl who becomes a star. It may have been the impossibility of recreating choreographer Busby Berkeley's geometric dance patterns on a stage or the paucity of the score (the film had only five songs) that kept anyone from thinking of the transfer before, but once 42nd Street got to Broadway, it stayed for more than eight years. So, the 2001 Broadway revival hit the boards a mere 12 years after the original production shuttered, not long by Rialto standards. Yet the aptness of opening the show on the renovated 42nd Street itself may have been too much to resist. Original co-librettist and now director Mark Bramble and original co-dance assistant and now choreographer Randy Skinner haven't changed much about the show, which borrowed extra songs from half a dozen 1930s movie musicals with scores by composer Harry Warren to fill out the score, other than to expand it slightly. Three songs, "With Plenty of Money and You," "I Only Have Eyes for You," and "Keep Young and Beautiful," have been added, which, with lots of audible tap dancing, help make the CD-era revival cast album more than 25 minutes longer than the LP-era original cast album. Leads Michael Cumpsty and Christine Ebersole are as winning, if not as individual, as their Broadway predecessors, Jerry Orbach and Tammy Grimes, not to mention Hollywood's Warren Baxter and Ruby Keeler. But this is an ensemble show with plenty of room for secondary characters to shine, and they do, while the music sounds as good as ever.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/12/2001
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075679295323
catalogNumber:
92953

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Tracks

  1. Overture
  2. Audition  - Michael Arnold
  3. Young and Healthy  - Kate Levering
  4. Shadow Waltz  - Kate Levering
  5. Go into your Dance  - Catherine Wreford
  6. You're Getting to be a Habit With Me
  7. Getting out of Town  -  42nd Street Cast Ensemble
  8. Dames  - David Elder
  9. Keep Young and Beautiful
  10. Dames (continued)  -  42nd Street Cast Ensemble
  11. I Only have eyes for You  - David Elder
  12. We're in the Money  - Catherine Wreford
  13. Act 1 Finale  -  Company
  14. Entr'Acte
  15. Sunny Side to Every Situation  - Mylinda Hull
  16. Lullaby of Broadway  -  42nd Street Cast Ensemble
  17. About a Quarter to Nine  - Kate Levering
  18. Overture for "Pretty Lady" / With Plenty of Money and You  - Kate Levering
  19. Shuffle off to Buffalo  - Mylinda Hull
  20. 42nd Street  - Kate Levering
  21. 42nd Street (reprise)
  22. Finale Ultimo  - Kate Levering

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Stritch   Piano,Vocals
Steve Armour   Trombone
Michael Arnold   Vocals
Kelli Barclay   Vocals
Mike Christianson   Trombone
Barry Danielian   Trumpet
Jonathan Freeman   Vocals
Kenneth Hitchcock   Woodwind
Scott Kuney   Banjo,Guitar
Michael Malone   Background Vocals
Joe Mosello   Trumpet
Dave Pietro   Woodwind
Roger Rosenberg   Woodwind
John Arbo   Bass
Dave Ballou   Trumpet
Victoria Drake   Harp
Michael McCarty   Vocals
Kory Grossman   Percussion
Michael Ishii   French Horn
Chris Clay   Background Vocals
Christine Ebersole   Vocals
Richard Muenz   Vocals
Tony Tedesco   Drums
Todd Ellison   Conductor,Musical Direction
Tom Christensen   Woodwind
Amy Marie Dolan   Background Vocals
Jonathan Taylor   Background Vocals
Beth Leavel   Vocals
Mary Testa   Vocals
Meredith Patterson   Background Vocals
Fredrik Lassen   Piano
Jennifer Jones   Background Vocals
Mylinda Hull   Vocals
Megan Sikora   Vocals
David Elder   Vocals
Kate Levering   Vocals
42nd Street Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Mark Patterson   Trombone

Technical Credits

Dubin   Lyricist
Peter Fitzgerald   Sound Design
Hugh Fordin   Producer
Philip J. Lang   Orchestration
Alan Silverman   Mastering
Cynthia Daniels   Engineer,Engineering
Dan O'Leary   Liner Notes
Eric Witzer   Art Direction

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