There's No Business Like Show Business! [Highlights]

There's No Business Like Show Business! [Highlights]



This anthology of show music is RCA Victor's attempt to cash in on the success of the 2001 Broadway musical adaptation of The Producers. In 1968, RCA released the original soundtrack album of the film on which the musical is based, and the collection leads off with five selections from that record, including "Springtime for Hitler" and "Prisoners of Love," two songs that were held over for the stage version, as well as several dialogue excerpts featuring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. The rest of the compilation consists, as a back cover note puts it, of "hits from shows about shows." All are taken from cast recordings in the RCA catalog, but only two feature original Broadway casts, those of 1980's 42nd Street (its songs, of course, dating back to the 1933 movie) and the 2000 tribute to songwriter Edward Kleban, A Class Act. For show music fans, the most interesting inclusions are two tracks from the 1959 studio cast recording of Kiss Me, Kate starring Howard Keel and Gogi Grant. Other selections, which feature such performers as Jason Alexander, Alan Cumming, Angela Lansbury, Ethel Merman, Bebe Neuwirth, Jerry Orbach, and Faith Prince, come from the 1966 Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun, the 1973 London revival of Gypsy, the 1989 Broadway anthology show Jerome Robbins' Broadway, the 1992 Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls, the 1996 Broadway revival of Chicago, and the 1998 Broadway revival of Cabaret. Despite the suspect motives that generated this album, its tracks are well-chosen, showing off Broadway's continuing interest in celebrating and examining theater itself.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/23/2001
Label: Rca Victor Broadway
UPC: 0090266385829
catalogNumber: 63858

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mel Brooks   Vocals,Track Performer
Ethel Merman   Vocals,Track Performer
Gogi Grant   Track Performer
Howard Keel   Vocals,Track Performer
Jerry Orbach   Vocals,Track Performer
Bebe Neuwirth   Vocals,Track Performer
Susan Fletcher   Track Performer
Jonathan Freeman   Vocals,Track Performer
Zero Mostel   Vocals,Track Performer
Faith Prince   Track Performer
Rufus Smith   Vocals,Track Performer
Angela Lansbury   Vocals,Track Performer
Debbie Gravitte   Vocals,Track Performer
Jason Alexander   Vocals,Track Performer
Denise Faye   Vocals,Track Performer
David Hibbard   Vocals,Track Performer
Michael Kubala   Vocals,Track Performer
Joey McKneely   Track Performer
Julia K. Murney   Vocals,Track Performer
Bruce Yarnell   Vocals,Track Performer
Scott Wise   Vocals,Track Performer
Greta Martin   Track Performer
Anne Jeffreys   Vocals,Track Performer
Carolee Carmello   Vocals,Track Performer
Alan Cumming   Vocals,Track Performer
Nancy Lemenager   Vocals,Track Performer
JoAnn M. Hunter   Track Performer
Tina Marie DeLeone   Track Performer
Gene Wilder   Vocals,Track Performer
Nancy Kathryn Anderson   Track Performer
Lonny Price   Vocals,Track Performer
Ray Wills   Vocals,Track Performer
Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Cast Ensemble   Vocal Ensemble
Greta Martin   Vocals
Pascale Faye   Vocals
42nd Street Cast Ensemble   Vocal Ensemble
Chicago Cast Ensemble   Vocal Ensemble

Technical Credits

Mel Brooks   Composer
Norman Newell   Producer,Recording Producer
Jay David Saks   Producer,Recording Producer
Andy Wiswell   Producer
Thomas Z. Shepard   Producer,Recording Producer
Tom Berman   Producer
R. Peter Munves   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Hirschfeld   Cover Illustration
Christine Chagnon   Art Direction
Hsi-Ling Chang   Engineer
Edward Houser   Producer,Reissue Producer
Dick Peirce   Producer

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