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My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies
     

My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies

 
George Balanchine famously said that "Dance is a woman," but a similar claim might also be made for the Broadway musical. As proof of this thesis I suggest listening to MY FAVORITE BROADWAY: THE LEADING LADIES LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL, which features 16 of the Great White Way's most dazzling divas reprising some of their legendary musical memories. The energetic

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George Balanchine famously said that "Dance is a woman," but a similar claim might also be made for the Broadway musical. As proof of this thesis I suggest listening to MY FAVORITE BROADWAY: THE LEADING LADIES LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL, which features 16 of the Great White Way's most dazzling divas reprising some of their legendary musical memories. The energetic performances are awe-inspiring and these wonderful women represent a Broadway that still sounds vital, vibrant and vivacious: Seasoned stars like Liza Minnelli, Elaine Stritch, and Nell Carter shine no less brightly here than such contemporary headliners as Bebe Neuwirth, Linda Eder, and Faith Prince. MY FAVORITE BROADWAY has more than its quota of scintillating moments: red-hot mama Lea Delaria's boisterous "I Can Cook Too,"Andrea McArdle's gorgeous melody of "Look For the Silver Lining/Tomorrow," Jennifer Holiday's impassioned "And I'm Telling You" from DREAMGIRLS, as well as three-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, who trills Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Love Changes Everything" (from ASPECTS OF LOVE) as if she were living it. Hosted by theatrical aristocrat Julie Andrews, this sizzling concert firmly puts Broadway's most shapely foot forward.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On a Monday night in September 1998, PBS's Great Performances series staged a program at Carnegie Hall that was a kind of one time only Lilith Fair of the musical theater. Drawing on the talents of 16 female performers then appearing in Broadway musicals (and thus in New York and available, Monday being the theater's traditional "dark" night), plus a few ringers, the lineup presented women repeating their current roles (Karen Ziemba and Bebe Neuwirth's "Nowadays" from Chicago, Lea DeLaria's "I Can Cook Too" from On the Town) and women re-creating roles they had originated or revived on Broadway (Faith Prince's "Adelaide's Lament" from Guys & Dolls, Priscilla Lopez's "Nothing" from A Chorus Line, Andrea McArdle's "Tomorrow" from Annie, Debra Monk's "Everybody's Girl" from Steel Pier, Nell Carter's "Mean to Me" from Ain't Misbehavin', Dorothy Loudon's "Fifty Percent" from Ballroom, Jennifer Holliday's "And I'm Telling You" [aka "And I Am Telling You I Am Not Going"] from Dreamgirls, and Elaine Stritch's "The Ladies Who Lunch" from Company), with some interesting combinations thrown in. Particularly interesting were Linda Eder's version of "Man of La Mancha," a song well within her range, if not her gender, and "The Webber Love Trio" [sic], in which three of Andrew Lloyd Webber's songs were rendered by Audra McDonald, Marin Mazzie, and Judy Kuhn. One might note that some of these "leading ladies" were actually second leads and that, without such missing names as Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, and Betty Buckley, the show could not boast a comprehensive collection of the current crop of female Broadway stars. But that didn't mean there weren't some wonderful performances of some terrific show tunes done by many of the people who sang them for a living.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/1999
Label:
Tvt
UPC:
0016581201026
catalogNumber:
2010

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Performance Credits

Liza Minnelli   Track Performer
Jennifer Holliday   Track Performer
Linda Eder   Track Performer
Julie Andrews   Track Performer
Dorothy Loudon   Track Performer
Elaine Stritch   Vocals
Luther Henderson   Track Performer
Bebe Neuwirth   Track Performer
Lea DeLaria   Track Performer
Neil Carter   Track Performer
John Harris   Recorder
Faith Prince   Track Performer
Mitch Maketansky   Recorder
Judy Kuhn   Track Performer
American Theatre Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Marin Mazzie   Track Performer
Andrea McArdle   Track Performer
Karen Ziémba   Track Performer
Nell Carter   Track Performer
Audra McDonald   Track Performer
Ensemble   Track Performer
Priscilla Lopez   Track Performer
Debra Monk   Track Performer

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Tony Adams   Producer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
William David Brohn   Orchestration
Didier C. Deutsch   Producer
Don Sebesky   Orchestration
Paul Gemignani   Musical Director
Ira Gershwin   Composer
John Harris   Engineer
Michael Leon   Executive Producer
James Nichols   Engineer
David Thompson   Writer
Roy Turk   Composer
Mitch Maketansky   Engineer
David Loud   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Joe Lizzi   Engineer
Jeff Rowland   Producer,Executive Producer
Benjamin Wheelock   Art Direction
Rex Bonomelli   Artwork
Allen Newman   Producer
Scott Ellis   Director
James P. Nichols   Engineer

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