Celebrate Broadway, Vol. 7: Kids!

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The seventh volume in the Celebrate Broadway series of discount-priced compilations of show tunes originally assembled out of the RCA Victor Records catalog of original Broadway cast albums and other recordings of theater music is called Kids!, but that should not be understood to suggest that this is a children's music disc. Rather, these are songs written for, or at least featured in, stage musicals that somebody thought had something to do with children, although the connection might be tenuous. The title song, of course, is from Bye Bye Birdie, and it's actually a lament sung by parents that asks, "What's the matter with kids today?" "I Won't Grow Up" from Peter ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The seventh volume in the Celebrate Broadway series of discount-priced compilations of show tunes originally assembled out of the RCA Victor Records catalog of original Broadway cast albums and other recordings of theater music is called Kids!, but that should not be understood to suggest that this is a children's music disc. Rather, these are songs written for, or at least featured in, stage musicals that somebody thought had something to do with children, although the connection might be tenuous. The title song, of course, is from Bye Bye Birdie, and it's actually a lament sung by parents that asks, "What's the matter with kids today?" "I Won't Grow Up" from Peter Pan and "Food, Glorious Food" from Oliver! are at least songs sung by children in those shows, and "Moonshine Lullaby" from Annie Get Your Gun is actually a lullaby, even if it points out that the children's father is a bootlegger. But in "Knock Knock" from Flora, the Red Menace has nothing to do with children except that children like knock-knock jokes; "Hair" from Hair has nothing to do with children unless you consider hippies to be children; and "Broadway Baby" from Follies is not about a real baby, even though in this case it's being sung by Daisy Egan, who was a child at the time. Not only is "Comedy Tonight" not related in any way to children, but the performance heard here is an instrumental. "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" from Carousel, meanwhile, is actually about, well, making babies. And what on earth is a medley of "Sixteen Tons" and "Chain Gang" from Forever Plaid doing on this disc? Clearly, the compilers haven taken considerable license with the theme. But that isn't to say that there aren't some delightful songs here, written by major Broadway songwriters and sung by such talented performers as Lucille Ball, Ethel Merman, and Mary Martin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/1995
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 090266803422
  • Catalog Number: 68034

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kids - Bryan Russell (2:32)
  2. 2 I Won't Grow Up - Robert Harrington (3:06)
  3. 3 Getting to Know You - King and I Cast Ensemble (4:25)
  4. 4 Knock, Knock - James Cresson (3:08)
  5. 5 Food, Glorious Food - Oliver Cast Ensemble (3:27)
  6. 6 Waiting for Life @@La Chanze & Company (3:27)
  7. 7 Comedy Tonight - Bill Irwin (2:44)
  8. 8 June Is Bustin' Out All Over - Katherine Hilgenberg (3:27)
  9. 9 Hair - Gerome Ragni (2:57)
  10. 10 Sixteen Tons / Chain Gang - Stan Chandler (3:48)
  11. 11 Moonshine Lullaby - Ethel Merman (3:13)
  12. 12 El Sobrero - Al Lanti (3:33)
  13. 13 Put on a Happy Face - Starring Janet Leigh (3:35)
  14. 14 Broadway Baby - Daisy Egan (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ethel Merman Track Performer
Mary Martin Track Performer
Janet Leigh Track Performer
Constance Towers Track Performer
Dick Van Dyke Track Performer
Susan Watson Track Performer
Jason Graae Track Performer
The American Theatre Orchestra Track Performer
Lucille Ball Track Performer
James Rado Track Performer
Gerome Ragni Track Performer
Katherine Hilgenberg Track Performer
Guy Stroman Track Performer
Kathy Nolan Track Performer
Swen Swenson Track Performer
Al Lanti Track Performer
Bill Irwin Track Performer
Lost Boys Track Performer
Bryan Russell Track Performer
Stan Chandler Track Performer
Joseph Stafford Track Performer
Mary Louise Wilson Track Performer
Daisy Egan Track Performer
Technical Credits
Jay Newland Engineer
Bill Rosenfield Producer
J.J. Stelmach Art Direction
Mark "Moose" Charlap Composer
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