A musical theater collection needn’t – indeed shouldn’t – be confined to those timeless hits familiar to all theater aficionados. There are so many fabulous scores that never became standards but deserve to be explored! Many deserve a spot on your theater shelf because of both music and lyrics, while others limp in with one […]
If you want to prepare for this Sunday night’s Tony Awards telecast on CBS (8pm EST), you might want to get hold of the new original Broadway cast album of the show that has more nominations than any other, Kinky Boots. With 13 nominations, there are likely to be a good many times when the […]
The series on Tony nominees continues with this look at the recently released Original Broadway Cast recording of the newest revival of Cinderella.
Matilda, the big London hit that has become a big Broadway hit, arrived on these shores with an original cast album already on the market. The Royal Shakespeare Company, which produced the show, issued its original cast recording in 2011 based on the pre-London run in Stratford. Then this year it released it again with […]
The Tony Season has officially begun. Last week’s announcement of the nominees in twenty-six competitive categories set off an avalanche of opinion, prediction and bragging that will continue to cascade until the winners are announced on June 9.
Last week I wrote about the coming revolution in access to music, including theater music, fostered by digital technology. It was a look toward the future when virtually all available recorded music will be accessed through streaming technology from digital libraries using the internet, or its successor. This week, let’s look at a different aspect […]
A look at the top on-demand streaming music libraries “Could it be? Yes it could. / Something’s coming, something good.” So Mr. Sondheim wrote over half a century ago.Then he was writing about young love. Now it is time to make that same prediction, but this time it is about all things music.
From time to time I like to pull a disc from the back reaches of my theater shelves. I like to spread the word of things the rush of recent releases might obscure. Staying current with new releases can keep you from some of the delights of the past – especially those which had significant […]
A DVD that should have been titled “Gilbert and Sullivan and Ford” has been released on Video Artists International under the title “Gilbert and Sullivan’s Greatest Hits.” Fewer than 50 of the 96 minutes of the material are from “Tennessee” Ernie Ford’s television show, but they are the delights of the disc.
British author and record producer Adrian Wright closes a gap in the available material on musical theater with an interesting and easily read book on just what its title promises – “West End Broadway: The Golden Age of the American Musical in London.”