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Center Stage: Broadway, 1947-1958

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Center Stage: Broadway 1947-1958 is the second of six budget-priced compilations of cast recordings issued by Universal Music's Decca Broadway imprint, covering the six decades since the founding of the American Decca Records label. Although Decca pioneered the Original Broadway Cast album as a record company staple in the mid-'40s, as of 1947 competitors Columbia Records and RCA Victor joined the fray, and Decca, while getting its share of Broadway recordings, also lost out on many. The longest running shows and biggest selling cast albums of the period 1947-1958 included My Fair Lady, South Pacific, and The Music Man, and Decca didn't get to record any of those. But ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Center Stage: Broadway 1947-1958 is the second of six budget-priced compilations of cast recordings issued by Universal Music's Decca Broadway imprint, covering the six decades since the founding of the American Decca Records label. Although Decca pioneered the Original Broadway Cast album as a record company staple in the mid-'40s, as of 1947 competitors Columbia Records and RCA Victor joined the fray, and Decca, while getting its share of Broadway recordings, also lost out on many. The longest running shows and biggest selling cast albums of the period 1947-1958 included My Fair Lady, South Pacific, and The Music Man, and Decca didn't get to record any of those. But the company did get such major hits as The King and I and Guys and Dolls, so songs from those are included here, along with an emphasis on notable performers from lesser-known shows, such as Pearl Bailey and Ray Bolger. Compilation producers Brian Drutman and Joseph S. Szurly have widened their net by not sticking strictly to the limits suggested by the subtitle "Broadway 1947-1958." There is a selection from the long-running Off-Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera, and the so-called bonus track comes from The Amazing Adele, which closed out of town. Whereas the producers justified the 1935-1946 range of the first volume (A Time of Hope) by including songs from '30s shows actually recorded in the '40s, here they reverse field, moving Rodgers & Hart's '30s musical On Your Toes to the '50s by using a song from the 1954 revival. And crooner Dick Haymes, who joins Ethel Merman on "You're Just in Love" from Call Me Madam never appeared on-stage in the show. Such fudging, however, only serves to create a listenable collection that samples from some of the best cast recordings of the late '40s and '50s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2005
  • Label: Decca Broadway
  • UPC: 602498809136
  • Catalog Number: 000447602

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shall We Dance (2:51)
  2. 2 Ohio (3:19)
  3. 3 Luck Be a Lady - The Guys (3:01)
  4. 4 Mack the Knife (3:20)
  5. 5 There's a Small Hotel (3:37)
  6. 6 Once in Love with Amy (4:23)
  7. 7 Yodel Blues - Kenny Delmar (3:00)
  8. 8 Lazy Afternoon (3:15)
  9. 9 There Must Be Somethin' Better than Love (2:42)
  10. 10 You're Just in Love - Dick Haymes (3:09)
  11. 11 Now is the Time - Johnny Desmond (2:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pearl Bailey Vocals
Ethel Merman Vocals
Johnny Desmond Vocals
Dick Haymes Vocals
Kaye Ballard Vocals
Robert Alda Vocals
Gertrude Lawrence Vocals
Ray Bolger Vocals
Bobby Van Vocals
Yul Brynner Vocals
Edith Adams Vocals
Kay Coulter Vocals
Rosalind Russell Vocals
Texas, Li'l Darlin' Chorus Choir, Chorus
Guys and Dolls Male Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
Gerald Price Vocals
Kenny Delmar Vocals
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Marc Blitzstein Composer, Lyricist
Morton Gould Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Bertolt Brecht Composer, Lyricist
Frank Loesser Composer
Betty Comden Composer, Lyricist
Dorothy Fields Composer, Lyricist
Adolph Green Composer, Lyricist
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer, Lyricist
Lorenz Hart Composer, Lyricist
John Latouche Composer, Lyricist
Johnny Mercer Composer, Lyricist
Jerome Moross Composer
Doug Pomeroy Remastering
Albert Selden Composer
Robert Emmett Dolan Composer
Brian Drutman Producer
Joseph S. Szurly Producer
Olivier Delhaye Art Direction
Joseph Szurly Producer
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