Only Broadway CD You'll Ever Need

Only Broadway CD You'll Ever Need


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Only Broadway CD You'll Ever Need

Despite its deliberately provocative title, RCA Victor's The Only Broadway CD You'll Ever Need really claims only to "give an overview of what 'Broadway' music is about," according to compiler Bill Rosenfield. What it really does is survey the last 50 years of theater music from the point of view of the most popular songs from the genre available in the company's vaults. RCA was the last of the major labels to begin recording Broadway cast albums, not entering the field until 1947's Brigadoon (from which "Almost Like Being in Love" is included here). Even then, it had to compete with the others and didn't really emerge as an equal competitor until the 1960s. As a result, relatively few of these tracks, which are presented chronologically by each show's opening date, come from original cast recordings, being drawn rather from revival casts, TV soundtracks, and individual artist discs for the most part. Nevertheless, some major performers sing songs associated with them: Ethel Merman and "There's No Business Like Show Business," Carol Channing and "Hello, Dolly!," Zero Mostel and "If I Were a Rich Man." The set seems designed for the casual and recent fan of Broadway, who won't be upset that Cabaret's "Money" and 42nd Street's "Lullaby of Broadway" are technically movie songs or that Colm Wilkinson never sang "The Impossible Dream" on stage, and who will recognize the material from four shows that were still running on the album's release date, Titanic, Ragtime, and revivals of Chicago and Cabaret. But this is a Broadway without Andrew Lloyd Webber and with precious little Stephen Sondheim (despite RCA's extensive Sondheim holdings), which means it doesn't really address much of theater history from the mid-'60s on. Thus, even as a label sampler, The Only Broadway CD You'll Ever Need is woefully inadequate.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/27/1998
Label: Rca Victor Broadway
UPC: 0090266325627
catalogNumber: 63256
Rank: 136910

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ethel Merman   Track Performer
Vanessa Williams   Track Performer
Jerry Orbach   Track Performer
Patti LuPone   Track Performer
Michael Goodman   Track Performer
Nancy Hess   Track Performer
Zero Mostel   Track Performer
Rufus Smith   Track Performer
Constance Towers   Track Performer
Angela Lansbury   Track Performer
Marion Bell   Track Performer
William Warfield   Track Performer
Debbie Gravitte   Track Performer
Colm Wilkinson   Track Performer
Jason Alexander   Track Performer
Charlotte d'Amboise   Track Performer
Laurence Guittard   Track Performer
Katherine Hilgenberg   Track Performer
Renée Stork   Track Performer
Bruce Yarnell   Track Performer
Elaine Wright   Track Performer
Barbara Yeager   Track Performer
Yul Brynner   Track Performer
Audra McDonald   Track Performer
Brian d'Arcy James   Track Performer
Martin Moran   Track Performer
Jerry Orbach & Company   Track Performer
Bebe Neuwirth & Company   Track Performer
Alan Cumming & Kit Kat Girls   Track Performer
Bruce Prochnik & Company   Track Performer
David Brooks   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Composer,Lyricist
Irving Berlin   Composer,Lyricist
Ethel Merman   Contributor
Rodgers   Composer
Jerry Orbach   Contributor
Carol Channing   Contributor
Lionel Bart   Lyricist
Sheldon Harnick   Lyricist
Jerry Herman   Composer,Lyricist
John Kander   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Frank Loesser   Lyricist
Patti LuPone   Contributor
Russ Case   Producer
Dubin   Lyricist
Irwin Fisch   Producer
Charles Gerhardt   Producer
Oscar Hammerstein   Lyricist
Joe Linhart   Producer
Zero Mostel   Contributor
Norman Newell   Producer
Eli Oberstein   Producer
Cole Porter   Composer
Jay David Saks   Producer
Charles Strouse   Composer
Andy Wiswell   Producer
Maury Yeston   Composer,Lyricist
Angela Lansbury   Contributor
Frederick Loewe   Composer
George R. Marek   Producer
Bill Rosenfield   Liner Notes
William Warfield   Contributor
Peter Gallagher   Contributor
Thomas Z. Shepard   Producer
Colm Wilkinson   Contributor
Jason Alexander   Contributor
Fred Ebb   Composer,Lyricist
Stephen Flaherty   Composer
Ann Reinking   Contributor
Yul Brynner   Contributor
Audra McDonald   Contributor
Alan Cumming   Contributor
Lynn Ahrens   Composer,Lyricist
Brian Stokes Mitchell   Contributor
Lee Adams   Composer,Lyricist
David Brooks   Contributor

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