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Broadway: The Great Original Cast Recordings
Various Artists - Soundtracks
Broadway: The Great Original Cast Recordings
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
 
  •  Track Listings (22) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (19) - Disc #2

Sony celebrated the millennium with its mammoth 26-CD collection, Soundtrack for a Century, but fortunately starving actors and other theater lovers can satisfy themselves with the 2-CD installment, Broadway: The Great Ori...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Various Artists - Soundtracks
Title: Broadway: The Great Original Cast Recordings
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 1
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 10/12/1999
Release Date: 10/12/1999
Album Type: Cast Recording
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Oldies, Vocal Pop, Musicals, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPCs: 074646581025, 5099706581024

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Sony celebrated the millennium with its mammoth 26-CD collection, Soundtrack for a Century, but fortunately starving actors and other theater lovers can satisfy themselves with the 2-CD installment, Broadway: The Great Original Cast Recordings. Beginning with what most consider the dawn of the modern musical, Show Boat, the set goes on to sample songs from Kiss Me, Kate (the first cast recording issued on LP) and many other of the greatest shows ever written for the stage (My Fair Lady and West Side Story have the most selections--three each). The set is limited to recordings from the Columbia Records vault, but it was a treasure trove under the primary direction of producer Goddard Lieberson. The 1940s and '50s are marked by major shows by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, and Leonard Bernstein, to name only a few, while the 1960s and '70s see new takes on the traditional forms, with Cabaret and works by the young Stephen Sondheim (even Anyone Can Whistle). Things begin to thin out in the last two decades of the century, as Columbia missed out on the mature Sondheim, the Andrew Lloyd Webber & Co. blockbusters, and the surge in revivals; the '80s are represented by Nine and the '90s by Cy Coleman's Will Rogers Follies and The Life. Of course, it's impossible to capture a whole century of Broadway music in only 153 minutes, but few fans could quibble with more than a handful of these smart selections. Practically worth the price of the package itself is the beautiful 64-page booklet, which includes an essay by Frank Rich, notes on every show, plus some brief sidebars, album covers and theater posters, and photos from both the stage and recording studios. --David Horiuchi

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A MUST HAVE for every Broadway music lover
10/15/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Although I just received this today and am currently listening to it now, I couldn't wait to share my feelings, even though I've yet to listen to the entire collection. Anyone and everyone who loves the musical theater MUST add this to his or her collection. What a joy and delight it is to hear, with the help of modern technology, these classics! It absolutely gives one chills to hear some of these long lost beautiful voices sing classic standards, and, to relive some of the joys I've been fortunate to have experienced attending many of the later shows. This collection is a millenium collectable, capturing as it does such fond memories of 20th century musical theater. My congratulations to all who envisioned it's production and brought it to fruition. Columbia/Sony must share the spotlight on this one with the performers. Don't let this one pass you by."
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Auzzie | Baltimore, MD USA | 12/30/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is well over 2 hours of classic broadway. Most of the tracks are from the 50s and 60s. There are only a couple recents, the newest being 1997. If you are a fan of or interested in Broadway sonfs from the 1930 and on this is definitly for you. The only problem I see is that the only songs on here are songs in which Sony Music had recorded. So the it is the best of the Sony recordings really. Other record labels are shunned. It does come with beautiful 64-page booklet. I like it."