Broadway: The American Musical

Broadway: The American Musical

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The Broadway musical is one of the authentic artistic contributions that our country has made to world culture. The five-CD set Broadway: The American Musical -- a companion piece to the PBS documentary -- celebrates the genre in grand style, throwing light on the illustrious composers and performers who have made theatrical history on the Great White Way.See more details below


The Broadway musical is one of the authentic artistic contributions that our country has made to world culture. The five-CD set Broadway: The American Musical -- a companion piece to the PBS documentary -- celebrates the genre in grand style, throwing light on the illustrious composers and performers who have made theatrical history on the Great White Way. From the early days of the musical to the blockbuster era of today, Broadway gives us a taste of a great many of the legendary figures who exemplify the art form. The exhilarating beginnings of the 1920s are represented by such stalwarts as Al Jolson, Fanny Brice, Bert Williams, Eddie Cantor, Gertrude Lawrence, and Paul Robeson; the glory days of the '30s, '40s and '50s get their due from celebrated names like Ethel Merman, Mary Martin, Fred Astaire, Alfred Drake, Ray Bolger, Robert Alda, Julie Andrews, and Barbara Cook. The '60s and '70s find Dick Van Dyke, Zero Mostel, Barbra Streisand, Joel Grey, and other talents entering the picture, while contemporary musicals are marked by defining performances from Betty Buckley, Bernadette Peters, Michael Crawford, Matthew Broderick, and Hugh Jackman. And the songs! Landmark tune follows landmark tune from such musical icons as Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Kurt Weill, Frank Loesser, Jerry Herman, Stephen Sondheim, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Among the multitude of shows touched upon are Show Boat, Oklahoma!, Annie Get Your Gun, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Mame, Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago, Movin' Out, Wicked, and The Boy from Oz. As a sweeping overview of a glorious national treasure, this gem of a box set is essential for both Broadway aficionados and newcomers to the musical.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This five-CD box set, containing 106 tracks and running six-and-one-third-hours, is an audio companion to the six-part PBS documentary series Broadway: The American Musical, but not the soundtrack to that series. Rather, it is a sampler covering 84 years of recordings and 99 years of show tunes. One song has been chosen from each of 102 musicals. (There are also two shows that get two songs each, the landmark musical Show Boat and, oddly, Ziegfeld Follies of 1919.) This restriction actually gives the collection a broader reach than the TV series, which focuses attention on particularly significant shows, songwriters, and performers, but it also gives the set less depth, since great shows tend to have more than one great song in them. As with the series, the compilers give greatest emphasis to the 1940s, '50s, and '60s, decades that contribute 50 of the tracks here. This is in part by necessity; the original Broadway cast album only came into vogue in the '40s, and show music from before that period is not as well represented on record, at least as performed by the stage stars. For example, there are no recordings from the cast of the 1932 revue Americana, which forced the compilers to include a recording of the show's hit song "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" as sung by Bing Crosby, who did not include Broadway shows among his credits. In part, too, however, the de-emphasis on music from before the 1940s comes from the compilers' decision to ignore operetta; there are no compositions here by Victor Herbert, Sigmund Romberg, or Rudolf Friml, for instance. Instead, this is the history of the Tin Pan Alley-style 32-bar song as perfected by Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, and George Gershwin, among others. Drawing from the major record labels that recorded original Broadway cast albums from the '40s on, the compilers hit their stride by the end of the first disc, and from then to the beginning of the fourth disc they present one memorable song from a memorable show after another. A true show music fan might have quibbles about what's left out (no Yul Brynner or Rex Harrison, nothing from House of Flowers or Peter Pan), but the choices are solid for the most part. By the '70s and '80s, however, things begin to seem more questionable, and the selection falls apart completely in the '90s and 2000s, from which only 13 tracks are featured. The compilers, who include songs from nine shows still running in New York as of the album's release date (early 2005), seem only too willing to abandon Broadway for pop
ock anthology shows like Mamma Mia! and Movin' Out. In fact, of those 13 tracks, only seven come from newly written scores of the '90s/'00s. Meanwhile, however, the Tony Award-winning scores to such shows of the period as The Will Rogers Follies, Falsettos, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Passion, Titanic, Ragtime, Parade, Aida, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Avenue Q have been ignored. Clearly, the compilers are historians with a much better sense of the distant past than of the near-present. The collection contains a 56-page booklet dominated by brief comments on the shows from which the songs came. These notes would have benefited from a proofreader, who might have known how to spell Meredith Willson's last name, and a fact-checker, who might have known that Dave Kapp, not Jack Kapp, produced Guys and Dolls and that Tim Rice did not co-produce Cats.

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Disc 1

  1. Give My Regards to Broadway
  2. Swanee, song (for Capital Revue, by various composers)
  3. When the Moon Shines on the Moonshine  - Bert Williams
  4. A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody  - John Steel
  5. Mon homme (My Man), song
  6. Fascinating Rhythm
  7. If You Knew Susie
  8. Someone to Watch over Me
  9. Bill
  10. Ol' Man River
  11. Ain't Misbehavin', song
  12. Ten Cents a Dance
  13. Body and Soul
  14. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?  -  Lennie Hayton & His Orchestra
  15. Night and Day  -  Ted Lewis Orchestra
  16. Heat Wave
  17. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes  -  Tamara
  18. You're the Top  -  Johnny Green & His Orchestra
  19. Summertime  - Anne Brown
  20. September Song
  21. My Heart Belongs to Daddy  - Mary Martin
  22. It Never Entered My Mind
  23. Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered
  24. Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning
  25. Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'

Disc 2

  1. New York, New York
  2. If I Loved You
  3. Come Rain or Come Shine  - Ruby Hill
  4. There's No Business Like Show Business
  5. How Are Things in Glocca Morra?
  6. Once in Love with Amy
  7. Wunderbar
  8. Some Enchanted Evening
  9. Lost in the Stars  - Todd Duncan
  10. Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend
  11. Luck Be a Lady
  12. Getting To Know You
  13. Who Cares?  - Victor Trent Cook
  14. Stranger in Paradise
  15. Ballad of Mack the Knife
  16. Hey There
  17. Whatever Lola Wants
  18. I Could Have Danced All Night  - Julie Andrews
  19. Standing on the Corner  - John Henson
  20. The Party's Over  - Judy Holliday
  21. Glitter and Be Gay  - Barbara Cook
  22. Tonight

Disc 3

  1. Seventy-Six Trombones  - Robert Preston
  2. I Enjoy Being a Girl
  3. Everything's Coming Up Roses
  4. My Favorite Things  - Mary Martin
  5. Put On a Happy Face
  6. Try to Remember
  7. Camelot  - Richard Burton
  8. Love Makes the World Go 'Round
  9. I Believe in You
  10. The Sweetest Sounds
  11. Comedy Tonight
  12. What Kind of Fool Am I?
  13. As Long as He Needs Me
  14. Hello, Dolly!
  15. People
  16. Anyone Can Whistle
  17. If I Were a Rich Man
  18. Night Song
  19. The Impossible Dream
  20. If My Friends Could See Me Now
  21. Open a New Window

Disc 4

  1. Willkommen
  2. Let the Sunshine In
  3. I'll Never Fall in Love Again  - Jill O'Hara
  4. The Ladies Who Lunch
  5. Tea for Two
  6. I'm Still Here  - Yvonne De Carlo
  7. I Don't Know How to Love Him
  8. We Go Together
  9. Corner of the Sky  - John Rubenstein
  10. Send In the Clowns
  11. Ease On Down the Road
  12. One
  13. All That Jazz
  14. Tomorrow
  15. Don't Cry for Me Argentina
  16. Come Follow the Band
  17. Lullaby of Broadway
  18. And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going  - Jennifer Holliday
  19. The Bells of St. Sebastian

Disc 5

  1. Memory
  2. I Am What I Am
  3. Move On
  4. Do You Hear the People Sing?  - Michael Maguire
  5. The Music of the Night  - Michael Crawford
  6. You're Nothing Without Me  - Gregg Edelman
  7. The American Dream
  8. Doctor Jazz  - Gregory Hines
  9. With One Look  - Glenn Close
  10. On Broadway  - Frederick B. Owens
  11. Le Jazz Hot  - Julie Andrews
  12. Seasons of Love  -  Company
  13. Hakuna Matata  - Scott Irby-Ranniar
  14. I Wanna Be a Producer
  15. Dancing Queen  - Louise Plowright
  16. Good Morning Baltimore
  17. Movin' Out
  18. I Go to Rio
  19. Defying Gravity

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Conductor
George Gershwin   Piano
Fred Astaire   Vocals
Irving Berlin   Vocals
Barbara Cook   Vocals
Bing Crosby   Vocals
Ethel Merman   Vocals
Mandy Patinkin   Vocals
Paul Robeson   Vocals
Barbra Streisand   Vocals
Gregory Hines   Vocals
Jennifer Holliday   Vocals
Stephanie Mills   Vocals
Melba Moore   Vocals
Benny Goodman   Conductor
Jolson   Vocals
Elliot Lawrence   Conductor
Ethel Waters   Vocals
Ted Lewis   Conductor
Sy Oliver   Conductor
Diahann Carroll   Vocals
Ruth Etting   Vocals
Eddie Cantor   Vocals
Michael Crawford   Vocals
Julie Andrews   Vocals
Mary Martin   Vocals
Yvonne Elliman   Vocals
Peter Matz   Conductor
Bernadette Peters   Vocals
Elaine Stritch   Vocals
Hinton Battle   Vocals
Fanny Brice   Vocals
Anna Maria Alberghetti   Vocals
Robert Alda   Vocals
Yvonne De Carlo   Vocals
Carol Lawrence   Vocals
Gertrude Lawrence   Vocals
John Raitt   Vocals
Pat Suzuki   Vocals
Gwen Verdon   Vocals
Galt MacDermot   Conductor
Betty Buckley   Vocals
Judy Holliday   Vocals
Jerry Orbach   Vocals
Carol Channing   Vocals
Barry Bostwick   Vocals
Alfred Drake   Vocals
Ray Bolger   Vocals
Joel Grey   Vocals
Lee Remick   Vocals
Richard Burton   Vocals
Ezio Pinza   Vocals
Patti LuPone   Vocals
James Naughton   Vocals
Maurice de Abravanel   Conductor
Franz Allers   Conductor
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet,Conductor,Vocals
Georgia Brown   Vocals
David Caddick   Conductor
Max Casella   Vocals
Shep Coleman   Conductor
Sammy Davis   Vocals
Lehman Engel   Conductor
Ian Fraser   Conductor
Paul Gemignani   Conductor
Adolph Green   Vocals
Johnny Green   Conductor
Herbert Greene   Conductor
Lennie Hayton   Conductor
Peter Howard   Conductor
Maurice Levine   Conductor
Ella Logan   Vocals
Zero Mostel   Vocals
Anthony Newley   Vocals
Harold Nicholas   Vocals
Robert Preston   Vocals
Milton Rosenstock   Conductor
John Steel   Vocals
Dick Van Dyke   Vocals
Harold Wheeler   Conductor
Bert Williams   Vocals
Victor Young   Conductor
Angela Lansbury   Vocals
Todd Duncan   Vocals
Marc Pressel   Conductor
Jan Clayton   Vocals
Andrea McArdle   Vocals
Lynn Kellogg   Vocals
James Rado   Vocals
Leo Reisman   Conductor
Ray Sinatra   Conductor
Libby Holman   Vocals
Helen Morgan   Vocals
Charles Adams Prince   Conductor
Shirley Ross   Vocals
Tiger Haynes   Vocals
Larry Kert   Vocals
Richard Kiley   Vocals
George Hearn   Vocals
John Reardon   Vocals
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Ted Lewis Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Eddy Duchin & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Johnny Green & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Victor Young & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Leo Reisman & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Max Goberman   Conductor
Milton Greene   Conductor
Julian Stein   Conductor
Pembroke Davenport   Conductor
Frederick Dvonch   Conductor
Joseph Littau   Conductor
Martin Koch   Conductor
Tom Waring   Piano
Tim Weil   Conductor
Louis Adrian   Conductor
John Lesko   Conductor
Chita Rivera   Vocals
Rene Wiegert   Conductor
Stanley Lebowsky   Conductor
Wally Harper   Conductor
Harold Hastings   Conductor
Jay Blackton   Conductor
Irving Actman   Conductor
Walter Bobbie   Vocals
Samuel Krachmalnick   Conductor
Samuel Matlowsky   Conductor
Jonathan Pryce   Vocals
Yolanda Segovia   Conductor
Fred Werner   Conductor
Robert Billig   Conductor
Saul Schechtman   Conductor
Alexander Smallens   Conductor
Neil Warner   Conductor
Adrian Bailey   Vocals
Joseph Church   Conductor
Glenn Close   Vocals
Buster Davis   Conductor
Robert Morse   Vocals
Idina Menzel   Vocals
Adrienne Barbeau   Vocals
Ted Ross   Vocals
Adele Astaire   Vocals
Alan Gilbert   Vocals
Raul Julia   Vocals
Kristin Chenoweth   Vocals
Chris Alexander   Vocals
Jason Raize   Vocals
Hugh Jackman   Vocals
Patricia Morison   Vocals
Matthew Broderick   Vocals
Lennie Hayton & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Martin Lowe   Conductor
Louise Plowright   Vocals
Anne Brown   Vocals
Doretta Morrow   Vocals
Donald Pippn & Orchestra   Conductor
John Henson   Vocals
Tom Alan Robbins   Vocals
Scott Irby-Ranniar   Vocals
Walter Huston   Vocals
Jack Carson   Vocals
Patrick Scott Brady   Conductor
Vivienne Segal   Vocals
Glynis Johns   Vocals
Roger Rathburn   Vocals
Michael Cavanaugh   Vocals
Patrick Vaccariello   Conductor
Stephen Oremus   Conductor
Jim Dale   Vocals
Marissa Jaret Winokur   Vocals
Michael Maguire   Vocals
Ruby Hill   Vocals
Ken Ard   Vocals
Sue Watson   Vocals
Victor Victoria Cast Ensemble   cast
Boy from Oz Cast Ensemble   cast
Annie Get Your Gun Cast Ensemble   cast
Misérables Cast Ensemble   cast
Harold Greene   Conductor
Victor Trent Cook   Vocals
Rent Cast Ensemble   cast
Hairspray Cast Ensemble   cast
Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Cast Ensemble   cast
Donald Pippin   Conductor
Mame Cast Ensemble   cast
Barnum Cast Ensemble   cast
Gordon Lowry Harrell   Conductor
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Cast Ensemble   cast
Producers Cast Ensemble   cast
James Edelman   Vocals
Louis St. Louis   Conductor
Salvatore Dell'Isola   Conductor
Guys & Dolls Cast Ensemble   cast
Chorus Line Cast Ensemble   cast
Patrick S. Brady   Conductor
Eddie Duchlin   Conductor
Johnny Lesko   Conductor
Alexander Smallens Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Michael Reed   Conductor
42nd Street Cast Ensemble   cast
Chicago Cast Ensemble   cast
Elliott Lawrence   Conductor
Walter Harper   Conductor
Betty Oakes   Vocals
Miss Saigon Cast Ensemble   cast
Shorty Long   Vocals
Gerald Price   Vocals
Jelly's Last Jam Cast Ensemble   cast
Jack Blackton   Conductor
Shepard Coleman   Conductor
Jill O'Hara   Vocals
Grease Cast Ensemble   cast
Jerry Rubinstein   Vocals
George M Cast Ensemble   cast
Jennifer Galloway   Vocals
Leon Leonardi   Conductor
Hello Dolly Cast Ensemble   cast
Lon Hoyt   Conductor
Frederick B. Owens   Vocals
Ray Charles   Conductor

Technical Credits

Mel Brooks   Composer,Lyricist
Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Marc Blitzstein   Lyricist
Alexander Borodin   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer,Producer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer,Lyricist
Kurt Weill   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer,Lyricist
Billy Joel   Lyricist
Elton John   Composer
Cy Coleman   Composer,Producer
Fats Waller   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
George M. Cohan   Composer,Lyricist
Richard Rodgers   Composer,Lyricist
Burt Bacharach   Composer
David Foster   Producer
Jerry Leiber   Composer,Producer
Barry Mann   Lyricist
Bertolt Brecht   Lyricist
Marvin Hamlisch   Composer
Henry Jerome   Producer
Dorothy Parker   Lyricist
Richard Wilbur   Composer,Lyricist
Lionel Bart   Composer,Lyricist
Andy Razaf   Composer,Lyricist
Sheldon Harnick   Composer,Lyricist
Jerry Herman   Composer,Lyricist
John Kander   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer,Lyricist
Jerry Ross   Composer,Lyricist
Lee Adams   Lyricist
Richard Adler   Composer,Lyricist
Adrienne Anderson   Lyricist
Benny Andersson   Lyricist
George Avakian   Producer
Mitchell Ayres   Producer
Michael Berniker   Producer
Don Black   Lyricist
J. Bock   Composer
Alain Boublil   Lyricist,Producer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer,Lyricist
H. Brooks   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer,Lyricist
Joe Carlton   Producer
Betty Comden   Composer,Lyricist
Joe Darion   Composer,Lyricist
Hal David   Composer,Lyricist
Buddy DeSylva   Lyricist
Dubin   Composer,Lyricist
Dorothy Fields   Composer,Lyricist
Hugh Fordin   Producer
Charles Gerhardt   Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer,Lyricist
Adolph Green   Lyricist
Johnny Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer,Lyricist
Otto Harbach   Composer,Lyricist
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer,Lyricist
Charles Hart   Composer,Lyricist
Lorenz Hart   Composer,Lyricist
Edward Heyman   Composer,Lyricist
Hugo Winterhalter   Producer
Dick Jones   Producer
Jack Kapp   Producer
Edward Kleban   Composer,Lyricist
Burton Lane   Composer
John Latouche   Lyricist
Mitch Leigh   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer,Lyricist
Goddard Lieberson   Producer
Joe Linhart   Producer
Richard Maltby   Lyricist
Mark Mancina   Producer
Arif Mardin   Producer
Arnold Maxin   Producer
Johnny Mercer   Composer,Lyricist
Anthony Newley   Composer,Lyricist
D.D. Parker   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer,Lyricist
Phil Ramone   Producer
Leo Robin   Composer,Lyricist
Claude-Michel Schönberg   Producer
Marc Shaiman   Composer,Producer
Steve Skinner   Producer
Michael Stewart   Lyricist
Richard Stilgoe   Lyricist
Mike Stoller   Composer,Producer
Charles Strouse   Composer,Producer
Jule Styne   Composer
Björn Ulvaeus   Composer,Lyricist
Harry Warren   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Lyricist
E.O. Welker   Producer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Meredith Willson   Composer,Lyricist
Andy Wiswell   Producer
P.G. Wodehouse   Composer,Lyricist
Nigel Wright   Producer
Maury Yeston   Lyricist
David Zippel   Lyricist
Tim Rice   Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Michael Kapp   Producer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
George R. Marek   Producer
J. Oliver   Composer
Martin Charnin   Composer,Lyricist
Bob Merrill   Composer,Lyricist
Larry Morton   Producer
Harvey Schmidt   Composer
Thomas Z. Shepard   Producer
Charlie Smalls   Lyricist
James Rado   Composer,Lyricist
Gerome Ragni   Composer,Lyricist
Darcy Proper   Mastering
Donald Black   Composer
Martin Koch   Producer
P.R. Allen   Composer
Lisa Sparagano   Art Direction
Fred Ebb   Composer,Lyricist
DuBose Heyward   Composer,Lyricist
Herbert Kretzmer   Lyricist
Jean-Marc Natel   Lyricist
Scott Wittman   Composer,Lyricist
Trevor Nunn   Composer,Lyricist
Maxwell Anderson   Lyricist
Robert Sour   Composer,Lyricist
Frank Eyton   Composer,Lyricist
George Forrest   Lyricist
Walter Melrose   Lyricist
Warren Casey   Lyricist
Jay Gorney   Composer
Christopher Hampton   Lyricist
Channing Pollack   Lyricist
Tom Eyen   Lyricist
J. Meyer   Composer
Jonathan Larson   Composer,Lyricist
Stephen Schwartz   Composer,Lyricist,Producer
G. Forrest   Composer
Amy Powers   Composer,Lyricist
Manie Sachs   Producer
C. Duane Coleman   Composer
Nicholas Gilpin   Producer
M. Anderson   Composer
Tom Jones   Lyricist
S. A. Anderson   Composer
C. Hampton   Composer
B. Tommy Andersson   Composer
B.E. Mann   Composer
Lee Adams   Composer
A. Judson Green   Composer
David J.P. Kapp   Producer
Peter Kszan   Packaging Manager
Claude-Michel Schoenberg   Producer
R.H. Bowers   Composer
Mike Leiber   Lyricist
David Kapp   Producer
Jerry Stoller   Lyricist
Harold Winterhalter   Producer
Darcy M. Proper   Mastering
Martin Berniker   Producer
Francis DeWitt   Lyricist
Michael Kantor   Liner Notes
Dick Jones   Producer
Alyson Colingo   Assistant Project Director
Laurence Maslon   Liner Notes
Robert Wright   Composer
Lawrence Maslon   Liner Notes
Michael Kantor   Liner Notes

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