Great Musicals [RCA]

Great Musicals [RCA]



"Great musicals aren't always hits or award winners," writes annotator and A&R director Bill Rosenfield in his liner notes for Great Musicals, which a cover sticker nevertheless identifies as "great songs from Broadway blockbusters." Prepared as an entry in a series of albums commemorating RCA Victor Records' 100th birthday, the album is an odd sampler of music from the company's archives. Far from reflecting RCA's long history, it concentrates on later times, with nine out of 14 tracks dating from the 1990s or later (though not all the songs are of that vintage). Rosenfield seems to have focused on finding less-well-known numbers from successful shows, like "Dancing" from Hello, Dolly!, or from shows of the last several seasons, successful or not, such as "New Music" from Ragtime, "Lady's Maid" from Titanic, and "All the Wasted Time" from Parade. Balancing the obscurities are standards like "Do-Re-Mi" from the 1998 revival of The Sound of Music and performances by stars like Nathan Lane (duetting with Faith Prince on "Sue Me" from the 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls) and Matthew Broderick (singing "Rosemary" from the 1995 revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), who were in Broadway's biggest new hit, The Producers, on the release date of this compilation. The result is a mixture not unlike the group of seriously intended new shows and flashy revivals that has made up the typical Broadway schedule of the 1990s and early 2000s. Not all of the musicals are great, nor are all the songs, but the chosen numbers stand alone well, and the sequencing works. (Note that the "previously unreleased" recording of "Unlikely Lovers," drawn from a 2001 club date, is not actually a new song, only a new performance of an excellent number from the 1990 show Falsettoland.)

Product Details

Release Date: 08/07/2001
Label: Rca Victor Broadway
UPC: 0090266380626
catalogNumber: 63806

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Track Performer
Carol Channing   Vocals,Track Performer
Eileen Brennan   Vocals
Neil Carter   Track Performer
Jerry Dodge   Vocals
Larry Keith   Vocals
Zero Mostel   Track Performer
Ken Page   Vocals,Track Performer
Faith Prince   Track Performer
Charles Nelson Reilly   Vocals
Nathan Lane   Vocals,Track Performer
Angela Lansbury   Vocals,Track Performer
Joseph Kolinski   Vocals
Marin Mazzie   Vocals,Track Performer
Rebecca Luker   Vocals,Track Performer
Colm Wilkinson   Vocals,Track Performer
Erin Hill   Vocals
Audra McDonald   Vocals,Track Performer
Matthew Bennett   Vocals
Farah Alvin   Vocals,Track Performer
Tracy Alison Walsh   Vocals
Sara Zelle   Vocals
Carolee Carmello   Vocals,Track Performer
Matthew Ballinger   Vocals
Andrea Bowen   Vocals
Natalie Hall   Vocals
Ryan Hopkins   Vocals
Ashley Rose Orr   Vocals
Alan Cumming   Vocals,Track Performer
Mark Jacoby   Vocals,Track Performer
Matthew Broderick   Vocals,Track Performer
Megan Mullally   Vocals,Track Performer
Michael Mulheren   Vocals
William Youmans   Vocals
Joyce Chittick   Vocals
Brent Carver   Vocals,Track Performer
Steven Sutcliffe   Vocals,Track Performer
Brian Stokes Mitchell   Vocals,Track Performer
Lewis Cleale   Vocals,Track Performer
James Sasser   Vocals
Lisa Datz   Vocals
Erin Hill   Vocals
Theresa McCarthy   Vocals
Henry Stram   Vocals
Jennifer Piech   Vocals

Technical Credits

Mike Batt   Producer
Tommy Krasker   Producer
Jeffrey Lesser   Producer
Jay David Saks   Producer
Andy Wiswell   Producer
Maury Yeston   Producer
George R. Marek   Producer
Bill Rosenfield   Liner Notes
Thomas Z. Shepard   Producer
Richard Berenholtz   Cover Photo
E.K. Johnson   Composer

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