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January 10, 2003

A program of new releases for the new year, focusing on male performers.

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Opening; Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote) Man of La Mancha (Revival Cast, 2002) Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ernie Sabella, Company With music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion, Man of La Mancha opened on November 22, 1965 and ran for 2, 328 performances. Richard Kiley was the original Cervantes/Don Quixote; others who took over the role during the run included John Cullum, David Atkinson, Hal Holbrook and Keith Michell.
The Impossible Dream (The Quest) Man of La Mancha (Revival Cast, 2002) Brian Stokes Mitchell Mitchell came to national attention as Coalhouse Walker, Jr. in the Broadway production of Ragtime.
I Can't Be Bothered Now / I Hear Music Written in the Stars (2003) Tom Michael Recognized by Backstage Magazine as "one of the most striking singers to emerge in the last few years," Chicago-based cabaret artist Tom Michael has been performing across the country to critical acclaim.
Two for the Road Written in the Stars (2003) Tom Michael This Leslie Bricusse / Henry Mancini collaboration has always been a favorite of mine.
The Best is Yet to Come Michael Feinstein With the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (2002) Michael Feinstein (piano and vocal), Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Alan Broadbent Feinstein has become something of an institution these days, so it's not surprising to find him backed by a full symphony orchestra instead of piano and percussion. Whether or not this is an improvement is an open question; his snappy performance of this Cy Coleman-Carlyn Leigh classic (from Little Me) certainly sounds like it would be more at home at The Rainbow Room.
Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17, No. 4 (Chopin) The Pianist (OS 2002) Wladislaw Szpilman, piano Roman Polanski's film The Pianist opens in St. Louis this weekend (January 10, 2003). It tells the story of Polish pianist Wladislaw Szpilman and his successful struggle to survive the Holocaust in occupied Poland. This recording was made in Warsaw in 1948.


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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