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September 29, 2004

Some new and not-so-new releases of shows (three musicals and one film) that you've probably never heard of.

Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Why Does the Whole Damn World Adore Me?Sherry! (Studio cast 2003)Nathan Lane Based on the Kaufman and Hart classic The Man Who Came to Dinner, this 1967 show had a book and lyrics by James Lipton and music by Laurence Rosenthal. After a short run on Broadway (during which the show was still being re-written) the score was thought lost until 1999, when it was discovered in the Library of Congress. Rosenthal and Lipton re-constructed Sherry! based on that and this studio recording is the result. Aside from Lane (heard in this cut as the ever-modest Sheridan Whiteside, the Sherry of the title), the cast includes Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, Tommy Tune, Tom Wopat, Phyllis Newman and Mike Myers.
Harlem Night SongOnly Heaven (2002)Adrienne Danrich, Jay Pierce, Jonita Lattimore, Darius De Haas This is the world premiere recording of this musical theatre piece by Ricky Ian Gordon, which is based on poems by Langston Hughes. This performance was recorded live at the Dayton (Ohio) Art Institute in February of 2002. It was the first presentation of the expanded version of Only Heaven (including an actress and dancers), which had been produced three times previously, including once in a concert version.
JoyOnly Heaven (2002)Adrienne Danrich, Jay Pierce, Jonita Lattimore, Darius De Haas Gordon describes the work as "a collection of songs which seem to have an implied narrative: the need to transcend the eartlhy experience and move into the spirit, the heavenly, through the heart."
Bound No'th BluesOnly Heaven (2002)Darius De Haas, Adrienne Danrich, Jay Pierce, Jonita LattimoreThis track is a good example, reflecting the trials of leaving the south for the hope of a better life up north.
Much More Alive A Fine and Private Place (OC 2004) Charles Goff, Brian Sutherland Based on the novel of the same name by Peter S. Beagle, this musical (with book and lyrics by Erik Haagensen and music by Richard Isen) had its premiere at the Goodspeed Opera House's Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Connecticut in 1989 but was never recorded. The cast re-united 15 years later for this recording. In this song Jonathan Rebeck (Goff), an old codger who hangs around Yorkchester Cemetery and chats with the ghosts of the newly deceased, explains the - um - ground rules to new arrival Michael (Sutherland).
A Fine and Private Place A Fine and Private Place (OC 2004) Maureen Silliman, Brian Sutherland Michael doesn't want to give up on life but Laura, another new arrival, can't wait to shuffle off this mortal coil.
Main Title / Set Fight With Chuck Norris Game of Death / Night Games (OS 2004) Orchestra conducted by John Barry Filming on this kung fu movie began in 1972, but the project was shelved for five years due to the death of its star, Bruce Lee. Director Robert Clouse re-assembled the cast six years and completed it, using doubles for the remaining Bruce Lee scenes. Barry composed the soundtrack in 1973. This Silva Screen disc also includes music from another Barry score for another forgotten (and critically panned) film: Roger Vadim's Night Games.

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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