Celebrate Broadway, Vol. 10: Best Musicals!

Celebrate Broadway, Vol. 10: Best Musicals!

     
 

The ten-volume series of discount-priced compilations of show music released under the title Celebrate Broadway has presented thematically arranged collections devoted to, say, songs concerned with children (Vol. 7: Kids!) or production numbers (Vol. 9: Gotta Dance!). The tenth volume, subtitled "Best Musicals!, is a basically foolproofSee more details below

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The ten-volume series of discount-priced compilations of show music released under the title Celebrate Broadway has presented thematically arranged collections devoted to, say, songs concerned with children (Vol. 7: Kids!) or production numbers (Vol. 9: Gotta Dance!). The tenth volume, subtitled "Best Musicals!, is a basically foolproof "greatest-hits" sort of set, drawing its 15 tracks from musicals that were Tony Award winners in the Best Musical category between 1952 and 1993, and generally selecting standards from those shows. So, for example, Fiddler on the Roof, the 1965 Tony winner, is represented by "If I Were a Rich Man" and The Phantom of the Opera (1988) by "The Music of the Night." The series is drawn from the vaults of RCA Victor Records, which did not manage to record the original Broadway cast albums for all the Tony winners, of course, nor even of all the shows excerpted here, which results in some ringers. After all, the award goes not only to the musical as a work, but also to a particular production, and the 1977 Broadway revival of The King and I, from which "Shall We Dance?" is taken, was not the same as the version that won the Tony in 1952, though it does feature the same king, Yul Brynner. Similarly, RCA did not release the cast albums for Phantom or Les Misérables, and has taken songs from an album of show music featuring Colm Wilkinson, who sang in both shows, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Most distant from the original is the performance of "Send in the Clowns" from A Little Night Music, done here by Glenn Close at a tribute concert to songwriter Stephen Sondheim, since Close did not appear in any major production of the show. Still, the album remains largely foolproof just because it's so stocked with standards sung by major stars like Zero Mostel, Carol Channing, and Angela Lansbury, in addition to those already mentioned.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/1995
Label:
Rca Victor Broadway
UPC:
0090266803729
catalogNumber:
68037

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Tracks

  1. Overture
  2. If I Were a Rich Man  - Zero Mostel
  3. Song on the Sand  - George Hearn
  4. Honeysuckle Rose  - Nell Carter
  5. Hello, Dolly!  - Carol Channing
  6. Kiss of the Spider Woman  - Bob Cuccioli
  7. Overture  - Michael Lynch
  8. Stranger in Paradise  - Lee Venora
  9. A Little Priest  - Angela Lansbury
  10. Look Who's in Love  - Richard Kiley
  11. Send in the Clowns  - Glenn Close
  12. Shall We Dance?  - Yul Brynner
  13. Bring Him Home  - Colm Wilkinson
  14. Brotherhood of Man  -  Ruth Kobart & Company
  15. The Music of the Night  - Colm Wilkinson

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gene Barry   Track Performer
Gwen Verdon   Track Performer
Len Cariou   Track Performer
Carol Channing   Track Performer
Ruth Kobart   Track Performer
Zero Mostel   Track Performer
Ken Page   Track Performer
Debbie Shapiro   Track Performer
Constance Towers   Track Performer
Angela Lansbury   Track Performer
Richard Kiley   Track Performer
George Hearn   Track Performer
Colm Wilkinson   Track Performer
Bob Cuccioli   Track Performer
Sammy Smith   Track Performer
Yul Brynner   Track Performer
Glenn Close   Track Performer
Robert Morse   Track Performer
Nell Carter   Track Performer
Richard Banke   Track Performer
Lee Venora   Track Performer
Michael Lynch   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Alexander Borodin   Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer
Carol Channing   Contributor
Alfred Drake   Contributor
Charles Hart   Composer
Zero Mostel   Contributor
Richard Stilgoe   Composer
Colm Wilkinson   Contributor
Yul Brynner   Contributor
Glenn Close   Contributor
Robert Morse   Contributor
Nell Carter   Contributor
George Forrest   Composer
Robert Wright   Composer

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