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August 22, 2003

Another in our regular series of surveys of new releases.

Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Century Plant Camp (OS 2003) The Company With music and lyrics by Victoria Williams, the song's message is that it's never too late to try something new. Camp is an indie film about a fictitious theatre summer camp (which is, in fact, based on a real summer camp attended by writer/director Todd Graff in his youth). The plot is fairly typical "coming of age" stuff about kids who don't fit in anywhere else but find common ground in the theatre.
What If We Went to Italy? The Carlyle Set (2003) Christine Andreas and The Consummate Cats This new song by Mary Chapin Carpenter is part of the set Andreas performed recently at New York's legendary Cafe Carlyle (hence the title of the CD).
It's Got to be Love The Carlyle Set (2003) Christine Andreas and The Consummate Cats This, on the other hand, is an old Rogers and Hart gem from On Your Toes (1936), given a swing treatment here by Andreas and company.
Why Do the Wrong People Travel? Sail Away (London Cast 1962) Elaine Stritch This was the last musical for which Noel Coward wrote the book, music and lyrics and although he gave it his all, it was neither a critical nor popular success at the time, despite a high-powered performance by Elaine Stritch as Mimi Paragon, cruise director of the S.S. Coronia, on which the action takes place. It ran only 167 performances on Broadway and 265 in London.
Tell Me On a Sunday Tell Me on a Sunday (OC 2003) Denise Van Outen With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black, Tell Me On a Sunday has a history dating back to 1979, when it was a "concept" album and TV special for British musical theatre star Marti Webb. It later became the first act of Song and Dance (1985), which ran for 474 performances on Broadway. This latest incarnation is a full-length, one-woman show with additional songs written for the purpose. It opened on April 3, 2003, at the Gielgud Theatre for a "strictly limited" run and is still playing as this is being written. Denise Van Outen is scheduled to leave the show in late September, when she will be replaced by Julie-Alanah Brighten. Tell Me On A Sunday charts the course of a young Englishwoman's life in the United States and the romantic entanglements that seem to confront her at every turn. Through the course of the evening, she finds new strength and new maturity, as well as personal success.

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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