Broadway Today [From the Original Cast Recordings]

Broadway Today [From the Original Cast Recordings]

     
 

Anyone with the faintest doubts that Broadway is currently in excellent shape should turn immediately to this discerningly chosen and thoroughly enjoyable sampler. With signature selections culled from some of the most successful productions on the Great White Way -- including The Producers, Mama Mia!, Movin’ Out, The Lion King, Chicago, and Hairspray See more details below

Overview

Anyone with the faintest doubts that Broadway is currently in excellent shape should turn immediately to this discerningly chosen and thoroughly enjoyable sampler. With signature selections culled from some of the most successful productions on the Great White Way -- including The Producers, Mama Mia!, Movin’ Out, The Lion King, Chicago, and Hairspray -- Broadway Today makes a fine case for the resilience of the contemporary musical. A world of composers is in evidence, from Hollywood professionals (Marc Shaiman) to Broadway veterans (John Kander) to pop stars (Elton John, Billy Joel) and even lucky neophytes like Mel Brooks. As this compendium proves, you can’t pigeonhole the sound of the modern musical, and to paraphrase one of the brightest selections on the album, you can’t stop the Broadway beat.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Sony Classical's 2003 compilation Broadway Today is in effect the show music equivalent of one of the Now collections of current pop music in that half of it is licensed from other record labels for a thorough survey of the music to be heard on the Great White Way at the time of its release. Every one of the tracks was from a show running on Broadway when the album was released, including material from the previous three winners of the Tony Award for best musical, The Producers (2001), Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002), and Hairspray (2003). The tracks are culled from original Broadway cast albums, with the exception of the "bonus track," "Overture/All That Jazz," from the original soundtrack to Chicago, the 1996 revival of which has become a Broadway long-runner. As such, the collection gives a good sense of what Broadway music was like in 2003, and, as the unsigned liner notes put it, "the energy of contemporary pop music has changed everything." Or rather, not contemporary pop music -- there's no hip-hop or teen pop here -- but pop music of recent vintage. This is the Broadway of ABBA, Billy Joel, and Elton John, at least in part, so "'70s pop music" would be more like it. But it is also a nostalgic Broadway in which shows look back to an earlier time in their musical styles. Hairspray is rooted in the early '60s, and leadoff track "Good Morning Baltimore" sounds like a Phil Spector production. "Overture/All That Jazz" is a pastiche of '20s pop music. The two selections from The Producers are pastiches of show music from the '50s or earlier. And "O Soave Fanciulla" from La bohème is, simply, an opera aria. So, there is much greater variety than you might get by sampling the Broadway scores of years gone by. But there is no denying that the pace-setting work is from the likes of Joel and John.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998799424
catalogNumber:
87994

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beth Fowler   Vocals
Linda Hart   Vocals
Nathan Lane   Vocals
Laura Bell Bundy   Vocals
Adam Pascal   Vocals
Matthew Broderick   Vocals
Siobhán McCarthy   Vocals
Heather Headley   Vocals
Gavin Creel   Vocals
Renée Zellweger   Vocals
Catherine Zeta-Jones   Vocals
Michael Cavanaugh   Vocals
Alfred Boe   Vocals
Marissa Jaret Winokur   Vocals
Tsidii Le Loka   Vocals
Matthew Morrison   Vocals
Hairspray Cast Ensemble   cast
Producers Cast Ensemble   cast
Wei Huang   Vocals
Lion King Cast Ensemble   cast

Technical Credits

Mel Brooks   Composer
Giacomo Puccini   Composer
Billy Joel   Composer,Lyricist
Elton John   Composer
John Kander   Composer
Benny Andersson   Composer,Lyricist
Howard Ashman   Composer,Lyricist
Alan Menken   Composer,Lyricist
Marc Shaiman   Composer
Björn Ulvaeus   Composer,Lyricist
Tim Rice   Composer,Lyricist
Scott Wittman   Composer,Lyricist
Bob Wolff   Engineer
Stig Anderson   Lyricist
Jeanine Tesori   Composer
Dick Scanlan   Composer,Lyricist

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