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June 27, 2003

More new releases, including the show that won the Tony for Best Musical Revival, Nine.

Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Guido's Song Nine (Revival Cast 2003) Antonio Banderas, Company Based on Frederico Fellini's 1963 semi-autobiographical film , Nine's original book by Mario Fratti was replaced with one by noted playwright Arthur Kopit. Music and lyrics are by Maury Yeston. Both the film and the musical concern a noted Italian film director whose inability to come up with an idea for his new movie causes him to re-evaluate his life and the many women he has known. The original production (in 1982) starred Raul Julia; the Tony Award-winning revival stars Banderas.
Now and Then The Maury Yeston Songbook (2003) Laura Benati, Maury Yeston (piano) This song was written in 1978 but is receiving its world-premiere recording on this disc, which includes songs from several of Yeston's musicals (Phantom, Grand Hotel, December Songs, Titanic, In the Beginning and Nine) sung by a collection of Broadway luminaries.
Captured Hulk (OS 2003) Orchestra conducted by Pete Anthony Baseed on the Marvel Comics Character, Hulk has a score by Danny Elfman (whose comic book-related films include Darkman, Batman, Dick Tracy, Batman Returns and Spiderman).
First Day Finding Nemo (OS 2003) Orchestra conducted by Thomas Newman This Disney release is about a clownfish named Marlin and his quest to find his son Nemo, who has been taken from their ocean home. The score is by Thomas Newman, youngest son of famed film composer Alfred Newman and cousin of singer/songwriter and (lately) fellow film composer Randy Newman.
The Turtle Lope
Curl Away My Son
That's Your Funeral Oliver! (OC 1963) Barry Humphries, Paul Whistun-Jones, Sonia Fraser This re-issue of the original Broadway cast recording of the Lionel Bart (book, music and lyrics) adaptation of Dickens' Oliver Twist includes a number of bonus tracks that weren't on the original LP release, including this darkly comic song from the original 1960 London Cast recording. A modest success on Broadway (774 performances), Oliver! is often performed in community and regional theatres. It was filmed in 1968 and revived (unusccessfully) in 1984 with a cast the included Patti Lupone and Ron Moody.
When Messiah Comes Fiddler on the Roof (OC 1964) Sheldon Harnick This is another re-issue with bonus tracks. In this case, they include selections from the 1971 LP An Evening with Sheldon Harnick in which Harnick (the lyricist for Fiddler; music is by Jerry Bock) plays songs (like this one) that were cut from the show before opening night. A perennial favorite of amatuer and professional theatres all over the world, Fiddler on the Roof ran for 3,242 performances on Broadway and was revived in 1976 (with the late Zero Mostel reprising his role as Tevye) and again in 1981 (with Herschel Bernardi). Topol, who played Tevye in London, appeared in the 1971 film version.
Before the Parade Passes By Hello, Dolly! (OC 1964) Pearl Bailey Yet another re-issue of a Broadway classic, this CD of the original (1964) Broadway cast recording of Hello, Dolly! includes some tracks (like this one) from the 1967 all-black Broadway cast recording, headed by Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway. With a score by Jerry Herman and book by Michael Stewart (based on Thornton Wilder's popular play The Matchmaker, which is based on Johann Nestroy's 1852 play Einen Jux Will er Sich Machen, which was based on John Oxenford's 1835 comedy A Day Well Spent), Hello, Dolly! ran for 2,844 performances. Among the noted actresses who played the irrepressable Dolly Gallagher Levi on Broadway (aside from Carol Channing, the original) were Ginger Rogers, Martha Raye, Betty Grable, Bibi Osterwald, Phyllis Diller, Ethel Merman (who turned the role down the first time around) and, of course, Pearl Bailey.

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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