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Broadway: Timeless Classics of Stage and Screen

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Broadway: Timeless Classics of Stage and Screen is a 36-track, two-CD box-set compilation of songs drawn primarily from stage musicals. No performers are credited on the album cover, which is always a bad sign. But it turns out that the tracks originated on the series of studio cast recordings that the British JAY Productions label has been turning out over the past ten years or so, recordings usually featuring original orchestrations and calling upon the talents of contemporary musical theater performers, many of whom appear frequently on Broadway and in the West End. For example, Rebecca Luker, who duets with Karen Mason on "Ohio" from Wonderful Town, has starred in ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Broadway: Timeless Classics of Stage and Screen is a 36-track, two-CD box-set compilation of songs drawn primarily from stage musicals. No performers are credited on the album cover, which is always a bad sign. But it turns out that the tracks originated on the series of studio cast recordings that the British JAY Productions label has been turning out over the past ten years or so, recordings usually featuring original orchestrations and calling upon the talents of contemporary musical theater performers, many of whom appear frequently on Broadway and in the West End. For example, Rebecca Luker, who duets with Karen Mason on "Ohio" from Wonderful Town, has starred in Broadway revivals of The Sound of Music and The Music Man. Among the better-known names, Len Cariou taking the Tevye part in "Sunrise Sunset" from Fiddler on the Roof and Leslie Uggams "It Only Takes a Moment" from Hello, Dolly! have even originated starring roles on Broadway. The singers are usually accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra, as conducted by John Owen Edwards or Martin Yates. So, the performances here are a cut above what one might expect from some anonymous show music collection, but a cut below a compilation of original cast recordings. Unfortunately, the packaging does not serve those performances. The selections, taken from shows that opened between the 1920s and the '90s, have been sequenced randomly, so that the transitions are sometimes odd. The songs tend to be ones that are well known outside the theater, but not always, which makes the choices sometimes seem arbitrary. Why use "He Lives in You" from The Lion King, for example, instead of, say, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"? Among songwriters, Stephen Sondheim, the most renowned composer/lyricist of his generation, is underrepresented, with only two selections from West Side Story for which he wrote only lyrics included; George Gershwin is completely ignored. But then, the album does not constitute a history of the musical theater, which is certainly demonstrated by Michael Heatley's liner notes a couple of sentences about the show from which each song comes, with nothing about these actual recordings and the rest of the skimpy annotations. Heatley seems most familiar with the movie versions of the shows, not the stage versions. He apparently doesn't realize, for example, that "Maybe This Time" is a song written for Liza Minnelli's nightclub act that was later interpolated into the movie adaptation of Cabaret, mistakenly supposing it originated in the original stage production. Elsewhere, librettist Arthur Laurents gets his name misspelled, and composer Herbert Stothart is mistakenly credited as a lyricist. Such errors are characteristic of a sloppy project. But many of the performances on the album are of the caliber one might encounter in a Broadway or West End revival of one of these classic shows in the '90s or early 2000s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2006
  • Label: Solid Gold
  • UPC: 698458274328
  • Catalog Number: 2743

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Karen Mason Vocals
Len Cariou Vocals
Thomas Allen Vocals
Munich Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Leslie Uggams Vocals
Kim Criswell Vocals
Caroline O'Connor Vocals
Sally Ann Triplett Vocals
John Owen Edwards Conductor
Rebecca Luker Vocals
John Barrowman Vocals
National Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Martin Yates Conductor
Graham Bickley Vocals
Janet Glazener Conductor
Lorna Dallas Vocals
Christiane Noll Vocals
Katrina Murphy Vocals
Ron Raines Vocals
Alice Ripley Vocals
Ethan Freeman Vocals
Sal Viviano Vocals
Doug LaBrecque Vocals
Simon Bowman Vocals
Valerie Masterson Vocals
Emily Loesser Vocals
Robert Meadmore Vocals
Matt Bogart Vocals
Melissa Errico Vocals
William Michals Vocals
Jessica Boevers Vocals
Patrick Vaccariello Conductor
Julian Kelly Conductor
Michael Maguire Vocals
Nicholas Warnford Vocals
Gary Mauer Vocals
Laurie Gayle Stephenson Vocals
Annie Get Your Gun Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
Doug LaBraque and Men Vocal Ensemble
West Side Story Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
Fiddler on the Roof Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
Caroline O'Connor Vocals
Rod Raines Vocals
Sara Kestleman Vocals
Lion King Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
My Fair Lady Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
Meriel Dickinson Vocals
Philharmonia Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
A. L. Webber Composer
Stephen Sondheim Lyricist
Irving Berlin Composer, Lyricist
Elton John Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Sheldon Harnick Composer
Jerry Herman Composer, Lyricist
Kander Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Frank Loesser Composer, Lyricist
Jerry Bock Lyricist
Alain Boublil Lyricist
Betty Comden Lyricist
Joe Darion Lyricist
Adolph Green Lyricist
Oscar Hammerstein II Lyricist
Otto Harbach Lyricist
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Lyricist
Charles Hart Lyricist
Lorenz Hart Lyricist
Burton Lane Composer
Mitch Leigh Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Lyricist
Cole Porter Composer, Lyricist
Claude-Michel Schönberg Composer
Richard Stilgoe Lyricist
Meredith Willson Composer, Lyricist
Tim Rice Lyricist
Frederick Loewe Composer
Herbert Stothart Lyricist
Michael Heatley Liner Notes
John Yap Producer
Fred Ebb Lyricist
Trevor Nunn Lyricist
T.S. Eliot Lyricist
John A. Yap Producer
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