As Thousands Cheer [Original Cast Recording]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Though the Broadway musical revue As Thousands Cheer, with songs by Irving Berlin and sketches by Moss Hart, was a 400-performance hit after opening on September 30, 1933, record albums did not exist to preserve the score. Songs from the show were recorded on singles by its stars, Ethel Waters "Heat Wave," "Harlem on My Mind," "Supper Time" and Clifton Webb "Not for All the Rice in China," "How's Chances," "Easter Parade", and some of those songs went on to become standards. But the show itself, a deliberately topical effort in which 1933 headlines provided the thematic structure, was never revived. Not, that is, until 1998, when the small Drama Dept. company, reducing...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Though the Broadway musical revue As Thousands Cheer, with songs by Irving Berlin and sketches by Moss Hart, was a 400-performance hit after opening on September 30, 1933, record albums did not exist to preserve the score. Songs from the show were recorded on singles by its stars, Ethel Waters "Heat Wave," "Harlem on My Mind," "Supper Time" and Clifton Webb "Not for All the Rice in China," "How's Chances," "Easter Parade", and some of those songs went on to become standards. But the show itself, a deliberately topical effort in which 1933 headlines provided the thematic structure, was never revived. Not, that is, until 1998, when the small Drama Dept. company, reducing the cast of nearly 50 to six Kevin Chamberlin, Judy Kuhn, Howard McGillan, Paula Newsome, Mary Beth Peil, and B.D. Wong produced As Thousands Cheer with new piano-and-bass arrangements by David Evans and a few minor alterations, but essentially as a period work. This, then, is the show's first-ever cast album, and it's well sung. The standards remain classic, and interesting, forgotten Berlin songs like "Lonely Heart" turn out to be good, too.
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  • Release Date: 3/23/1999
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206599923
  • Catalog Number: 5999

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Man Bites Dog - Lou Bruno (2:04)
  2. 2 How's Chances? - Lou Bruno (2:50)
  3. 3 Heat Wave - Lou Bruno (2:52)
  4. 4 Debts - Lou Bruno (2:23)
  5. 5 Lonely Heart - Lou Bruno (2:21)
  6. 6 The Funnies - Lou Bruno (2:13)
  7. 7 Easter Parade - Lou Bruno (2:38)
  8. 8 Metropolitan Opening - Lou Bruno (2:03)
  9. 9 Metropolitan Opens in Old-Time Splendor - Lou Bruno (4:20)
  10. 10 Supper Time - Paula Newsome (2:50)
  11. 11 Our Wedding Day - Lou Bruno (3:18)
  12. 12 Harlem on My Mind - Paula Newsome (3:06)
  13. 13 Through a Keyhole - Lou Bruno (4:08)
  14. 14 Finale: Not for All the Rice in China - Lou Bruno (4:13)
  15. 15 Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee - Lou Bruno (3:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Judy Kuhn Track Performer,
Dr. David Evans Piano
Howard McGillin , Track Performer
B.D. Wong , Track Performer
Mary Beth Peil
Lou Bruno Bass
Paula Newsome
Technical Credits
Vincent Cirilli Engineer
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Bruce Kimmel Producer
Dr. David Evans Arranger, Musical Director, Music Direction
Ira Weitzman Producer
Kathleen Marshall Director
Wendall K. Harrington Project Design
Chris Ashley Director
Douglas Carter Beane Art Direction
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