Broadway Today [From the Original Cast Recordings]

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998799424
  • Catalog Number: 87994

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Good Morning Baltimore - Marissa Jaret Winokur (3:43)
  2. 2 The King of Broadway - Nathan Lane (5:11)
  3. 3 Circle of Life - Tsidi Leloka (4:33)
  4. 4 Movin' Out (2:37)
  5. 5 Goodnight Saigon (5:00)
  6. 6 Beauty and the Beast (3:35)
  7. 7 Mamma Mia! - Siobhán McCarthy (3:24)
  8. 8 O soave fanciulla - Huang Wei (3:45)
  9. 9 What Do I Need With Love? (3:04)
  10. 10 I Wanna Be A Producer - Matthew Broderick (6:02)
  11. 11 Elaborate Lives (4:29)
  12. 12 You Can't Stop the Beat - Matthew Morrison (5:13)
  13. 13 Overture / All That Jazz - Catherine Zeta-Jones (6:04)
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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
Technical Credits
Billy Joel Lyricist
Benny Andersson Lyricist
Howard Ashman Lyricist
Alan Menken Lyricist
Björn Ulvaeus Lyricist
Tim Rice Lyricist
Scott Wittman Lyricist
Bob Wolff Engineer
Dick Scanlan Lyricist
Stig Andersson Lyricist
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