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Broadway Divas
     

Broadway Divas

 
Unfortunately containing the vastly overused "D" word in its title, RCA Victor's Broadway Divas, one of a series of releases to commemorate the label's 100th anniversary, is a compilation of recordings by musical actresses culled from RCA's vast catalog of show music. It ranges from Eartha Kitt's performance of Arthur Siegel and

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Unfortunately containing the vastly overused "D" word in its title, RCA Victor's Broadway Divas, one of a series of releases to commemorate the label's 100th anniversary, is a compilation of recordings by musical actresses culled from RCA's vast catalog of show music. It ranges from Eartha Kitt's performance of Arthur Siegel and June Carroll's "Monotonous" from the Broadwaymusical revue New Faces of 1952 to Julia Murney's performance of Andrew Lippa's "Raise the Roof" from the off-Broadway musical The Wild Party, which ran at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 2000. But that spread of nearly 48 years is deceptive; actually, the Kitt recording is the only one that dates from before 1963. Four of the tracks come from the 1960s, two from the '70s, two from the '80s, and five from the '90s. The present-day orientation is further dramatized when you note the absence from the list of anything by Gwen Verdon or Chita Rivera, even though they made cast recordings for RCA, and the presence of a ringer like Sarah Jessica Parker, who has had some Broadway musical experience but hardly ranks with some of the other names here and no doubt is included only because of the television clout of her non-musical television series Sex and the City. This, then, is not the definitive collection of theater songstresses, even though there are some wonderful performances. The late Madeline Kahn, ably handling the tongue twister "Getting Married Today" (one of five titles by Stephen Sondheim), provides one of them, and another comes from Barbara Harris' "What Did I Have That I Don't Have?" from the original cast album of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. Just think of the set as a sampler rather than a history, and you'll have a good time with it.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2001
Label:
Rca Victor Broadway
UPC:
0090266380527
catalogNumber:
63805

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Performance Credits

Barbara Cook   Vocals,Track Performer
Eartha Kitt   Vocals,Track Performer
Ethel Merman   Vocals,Track Performer
Liza Minnelli   Vocals,Track Performer
Mandy Patinkin   Vocals
Mary Martin   Vocals,Track Performer
Bernadette Peters   Vocals
Patti LuPone   Vocals,Track Performer
Bebe Neuwirth   Vocals,Track Performer
Angela Lansbury   Vocals,Track Performer
Madeline Kahn   Vocals,Track Performer
Marin Mazzie   Vocals,Track Performer
Julia K. Murney   Vocals,Track Performer
David Baker   Track Performer
David Baker   Vocals
Nell Carter   Vocals,Track Performer
Barbara Harris   Track Performer
Mark Jacoby   Vocals
Sarah Jessica Parker   Track Performer
Mary Lou Rosato   Vocals,Track Performer
Jeanne Lehman   Vocals
Annie Get Your Gun Cast Ensemble   Vocal Ensemble
Barbara Harris   Vocals
David Aaron Baker   Vocals

Technical Credits

Benny Carter   Composer
Hugo Winterhalter   Producer,Engineer
Joe Linhart   Producer
Andrew Lippa   Producer
Norman Newell   Producer
Jay David Saks   Producer,Engineer
Andy Wiswell   Producer,Engineer
George R. Marek   Producer,Engineer
Bill Rosenfield   Liner Notes,Direction
Thomas Z. Shepard   Producer,Engineer
June Carroll   Lyricist
Arthur Siegel   Composer,Lyricist
Marshall Barer   Composer

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