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June 20 - 26, 2001

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Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Kristin Chenoweth is best known for the recent revival of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (1999), but she has also appeared on Broadway in Steel Pier (also 1999) and the satirical Epic Proportions. Find out more about her at http://www.kristinchenoweth.com . Her new sitcom Kristin is on NBC.
Let Yourself Go Kristin Chenoweth: Let Yourself Go (2001) Kristin Chenoweth, Coffee Club Orchestra conducted by Rob Fisher By Irving Berlin, from the 1936 Fred Astaire – Ginger Rogers classic Follow The Fleet. Fred and Randolph Scott (!) are sailors romancing Rogers and Harriet Hilliard (later America’s Favorite Mom when she became Harriet Nelson of Ozzie and Harriet). And as an added coincidence, Lucille Ball appears in a bit part.
The Girl in 14G Kristin Chenoweth: Let Yourself Go (2001) Kristin Chenoweth, Coffee Club Orchestra conducted by Rob Fisher Music by Jeanine Tesori, lyrics by Dick Scanlan. Their most recent project is a stage version of the 1967 film comedy Thoroughly Modern Millie, which opened at the La Jolla Playhouse on 10/22/2000 and may make it to Broadway this year. Previous shows include Violet (1996, off-Broadway) and the incidental music for the Lincoln Center production of Twelfth Night (1999 Tony nominee).
Nobody’s Heart Belongs to Me / Why Can’t I Kristin Chenoweth: Let Yourself Go (2001) Kristin Chenoweth, Coffee Club Orchestra conducted by Rob Fisher Two by Rogers and Hart, from By Jupiter (1942) and Spring Is Here (1929), respectively.
Hangin’ Around With You Kristin Chenoweth: Let Yourself Go (2001) Kristin Chenoweth, Jason Alexander, Coffee Club Orchestra conducted by Rob Fisher By the Gershwins, from their 1930 satirical musical Strike Up the Band. The plot involves the USA going to war with Switzerland over chocolate and takes shots at nationalism, politicians and White House advisors. The original production of the show (from 1927) had a much darker and more pointed book by George S. Kaufman but it closed out of town.
What with rock stars like Michael Kamen and Danny Elfman turning into film composers, I suppose it was inevitable that some film composers should start acting like rock stars. The Wings of a Film is a recording of a live concert by film composer Hans Zimmer (he plays keyboards), his frequent collaborator Lisa Gerrard (formerly of the rock group Dead Can Dance) and an international cast of musicians at the 2000 Flanders Film Festival.
Thunderbird The Wings of a Film (2001) Pete Haycock, guitar; VRO Flemish Radio Orchestra conducted by Dirk Brossé From Zimmer’s score for Thelma and Louise (1991) in which Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon walk a bit too far on the wild side and end up at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
Busa The Wings of a Film (2001) Lebo M, Keswa, Lisa Gerrard, vocals; VRO Flemish Radio Orchestra conducted by Dirk Brossé From The Lion King (1994). Elton John only wrote the songs; Zimmer contributed all the incidental music.
Janet Seidel is an Australian cabaret artist with eight previous CDs on the La Brava label (info@abravamusic.com). Doris and Me is her cabaret tribute to Doris Day, so this is, in effect, an original cast recording. Learn more about her at http://home.iprimus.com.au/janetseidel
Sentimental Journey Janet Seidel: Doris and Me (2001) Janet Seidel, piano and vocals; David Seidel, bass; Chuck Morgan, guitar This was a million-seller for Day with the Les Brown band, hitting just the right chord of nostalgia during World War II.
Canadian Capers Janet Seidel: Doris and Me (2001) Janet Seidel, piano and vocals; David Seidel, bass; Chuck Morgan, guitar From the film I’ll See You in My Dreams (1952), in which Day plays a record store clerk who improvises lyrics to this big band-era hit.
Ten Cents a Dance Janet Seidel: Doris and Me (2001) Janet Seidel, piano and vocals; David Seidel, bass; Chuck Morgan, guitar Day sang this in Love Me or Leave Me (1955), loosely based on the life of singer Ruth Etting, who introduced this Rogers and Hart classic in Simple Simon in the late ‘20s.
Pillow Talk – Please Don’t Eat the Daises – Teacher’s Pet Janet Seidel: Doris and Me (2001) Janet Seidel, piano and vocals; David Seidel, bass; Chuck Morgan, guitar A medley of basically second-rate songs (which Day nevertheless turned into hits) from her movie hits of the late ‘50s
Make Our Garden Grow Joshua Bell: West Side Story Suite (2001) Joshua Bell, violin; Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by David Zinman By Leonard Bernstein, this is the finale to his 1956 musical / operetta Candide. In the original it’s a ravishing choral finale. This arrangement is by noted composer John Corigliano, who puts his own unique stamp on it. Bell is also heard playing Corigliano's music on the original soundtrack of The Red Violin (1998), which earned the composer an Oscar.
New York, New York Joshua Bell: West Side Story Suite (2001) Joshua Bell, violin; Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by David Zinman From On the Town (1944), arranged by William David Brohn.
Lonely Town Joshua Bell: West Side Story Suite (2001) Joshua Bell, violin; Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by David Zinman Ditto.


Acronyms and other mysteries defined:

OC: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.

OS: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.


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