On Broadway

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The warhorses that have emerged from the Broadway musicals of the 1940s on have become such standards -- either in the popular culture at large or at least along the Great White Way -- that when cabaret singers and moonlighting stage performers make solo albums, they often shy away from these obvious songs, perhaps feeling they have been too exposed, or that definitive versions of them have been recorded already. Australian singer David Campbell appears to be completely untroubled by any such consideration on his album of theater music, On Broadway. Instead of avoiding the standards, he fills the disc with them, starting after an overture with the opening song from ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The warhorses that have emerged from the Broadway musicals of the 1940s on have become such standards -- either in the popular culture at large or at least along the Great White Way -- that when cabaret singers and moonlighting stage performers make solo albums, they often shy away from these obvious songs, perhaps feeling they have been too exposed, or that definitive versions of them have been recorded already. Australian singer David Campbell appears to be completely untroubled by any such consideration on his album of theater music, On Broadway. Instead of avoiding the standards, he fills the disc with them, starting after an overture with the opening song from Oklahoma!, "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'." From there, it's one familiar song after another, including "Hey There" from The Pajama Game, "Hello, Dolly!," "Being Alive" from Company, and "Bring Him Home" from Les Misérables. As such a selection suggests, Campbell has a tenor voice, and he likes to show it off. He has appeared in Les Misérables in his native country, and Off-Broadway in Stephen Sondheim's Saturday Night, and it sounds like he'd like to do more stage work. In fact, On Broadway is, in a sense, an audition tape in which Campbell tries out for the leads in Chicago, Guys and Dolls, and even a show that, as of release date, hadn't yet opened in New York, the musical adaptation of the film Catch Me If You Can. Typically, he chooses from its score a real "11 o'clock number," the soaring "Goodbye," which gives a hint of the show's classic rock feel. Maybe if he gets some of the stage work he wants, Campbell will get a chance to live with some of this material, and with the characters who sing it, a little more and gain a deeper understanding of both. On this album, he is too in love with his own voice to really get the most out of, for example, "What Kind of Fool Am I?" He does not sound like a man who thinks he's any kind of fool. Still, it's hard to blame him for his self-regard, since he clearly has the talent to back it up.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2010
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 886976755027
  • Catalog Number: 767550
  • Sales rank: 108,111

Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Campbell Primary Artist
Alan Broadbent Piano
Ray Brinker Drums
Bernie Dresel Drums
Jeff Driskill Saxophone, Woodwind
Phil Feather Saxophone, Woodwind
Darrel Gardner Trumpet
Trey Henry Bass
Dan Higgins Saxophone, Woodwind
Peter Kent Violin, Concert Master
Gina Kronstadt Violin
Michael Lang Piano
Bob McChesney Trombone
Charlie Morillas Trombone
Maria Newman Viola
Mark Robertson Violin
Geri Rotella Flute
Paul Viapiano Guitar
Craig Ware Trombone
John Wittenberg Violin
Susan Chatman Violin
Andrew Shulman Cello
Cameron Stone Cello
Julie Rogers Violin
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
Norm Hughes Violin
Carolyn Osborn Violin
Andrew Picken Viola
Rudy Stein Cello
Amy Wilkins Harp
Rob Fisher Conductor
Elizabeth Wright Cello
Jay Mason Saxophone, Woodwind
Cameron Patrick Violin
Kathleen Robertson Violin
Dave Ryan Trombone
Cindy Bourquin Background Vocals
Songa Lee Violin
Diane Freiman Reynolds Background Vocals
Sharon Jackson Violin
Briana Bandy Viola
Willie Murillo Trumpet
Scott Hosfeld Viola
Jessica van Velzen Viola
Christine Frank Violin
Erika Walczak Violin
Karen Whipple Schnurr Background Vocals
Gary Gray Clarinet
Judy Yoo Violin
John Krovosa Cello
Don Clarke Trumpet
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Peter Allen Composer
Jerry Herman Composer
Kander Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Jerry Ross Composer
Richard Adler Composer
Alain Boublil Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Betty Comden Composer
Bill Elliott Arranger, Producer
Adolph Green Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Mark Linett Engineer
Anthony Newley Composer
Claude-Michel Schönberg Composer
Marc Shaiman Composer
Fred Ebb Composer
Herbert Kretzmer Composer
Scott Wittman Composer
Mimi Parker Engineer
Andrew Cameron Music Business Affairs
Rob Fisher Producer
Stephen Schwartz Arranger, Composer
Pierre Baroni Art Direction
Sally Piper Administration
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