Show Stoppers, Too!

Show Stoppers, Too!

     
 

New York-based independent label DRG Records certainly doesn't have the market on cast recordings to itself; the major labels still issue most of the original Broadway cast albums, and there are other competitors in the field. But 28 years into its existence, DRG continues to devote itself primarily to show music, and this sampler of cast recordings it issued between… See more details below

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New York-based independent label DRG Records certainly doesn't have the market on cast recordings to itself; the major labels still issue most of the original Broadway cast albums, and there are other competitors in the field. But 28 years into its existence, DRG continues to devote itself primarily to show music, and this sampler of cast recordings it issued between 2002 and 2004 gives a representative sense of the state of Broadway in the early 21st century. Of the seven albums drawn upon for the collection, three chronicled one-person shows, two presented revivals of Broadway shows, and two were original Broadway cast albums. Of those two last, however, one, Taboo, was a British import and the other, Little Shop of Horrors, was a revival of an off-Broadway show. So, there is no music here that was newly written for the Broadway stage, a surprisingly appropriate reflection of an era when the dispensers of the Tony Awards strain each year to find enough nominees in the new musical category. Broadway continually recycles its past, and here listeners are treated to music dating back to 1924 (Barbara Cook's performance of Irving Berlin's "What'll I Do," actually not written for a show) and including numbers from such vintage musicals as The Threepenny Opera, Follies, Annie Get Your Gun, and South Pacific. While the performers from Taboo, Little Shop of Horrors, and the revivals of Flower Drum Song and Wonderful Town are all excellent, the album is dominated by the three women who took their special productions to Broadway, Bea Arthur, Elaine Stritch, and Barbara Cook. In addition to their similarity (especially that between the funny, plain-spoken veterans Arthur and Stritch), the album reveals interactions between them, as Cook even tells a story about Stritch. The three are commentators about the history of Broadway, particularly Stritch, who presents a version of "There's No Business Like Show Business" in which she provides personal footnotes to the song's lyrics. Broadway's history is in good hands in the reminiscences of these women, but they also give this collection a distinctly retrospective feel.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/2004
Label:
Drg
UPC:
0021471477429
catalogNumber:
94774

Tracks

  1. Everything Taboo  - George O'Dowd
  2. Skid Row  - Trisha Jeffrey
  3. I Enjoy Being a Girl (Reprise)
  4. Pirate Jenny
  5. A Wonderful Guy  - Barbara Cook
  6. I'm Still Here
  7. Ohio  -  Jennifer Westfeldt
  8. Somewhere That's Green
  9. The Nun Story
  10. Pretty Lies  - Euan Morton
  11. Swing
  12. There's No Business Like Show Business
  13. This Nearly Was Mine  - Barbara Cook
  14. The Soup Ladle
  15. Where Do You Start?
  16. Freak/Ode to Attention Seekers  - Raúl Esparza
  17. Suddenly Seymour  - Kerry Butler
  18. Love, Look Away
  19. Fifty Percent
  20. Broadway Baby
  21. What'll I Do/Time Heals Everything  - Barbara Cook

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Goldenberg   Piano

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Marc Blitzstein   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Boy George   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Jerry Herman   Composer
Howard Ashman   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Frank Filipetti   Engineer
Hugh Fordin   Producer
Billy Goldenberg   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Alan Menken   Composer
Alan Silverman   Mastering
Cynthia Daniels   Engineer
John McDaniel   Producer
Lucas Deaver   Cover Illustration
Kevan Frost   Producer
Dan O'Leary   Reissue Producer

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