Busker Alley Recording — with Jim Dale and Glenn Close — Now Available

News   Busker Alley Recording — with Jim Dale and Glenn Close — Now Available Tony Award winners Jim Dale and Glenn Close, who starred in the original Broadway company of Barnum, can be heard on the new cast recording of Busker Alley, which is now available on the Jay Records label.
Glenn Close in Busker Alley.
Glenn Close in Busker Alley.

Close and Dale starred in a one-night-only concert version of Busker Alley in November 2006 at the York Theatre Company. Close, Dale and the remainder of that company can be heard on the 26-track recording.

The cast also features John Bolton, Bonzer, Cristy Candler, Bob Fitch, Jessica Grove, Mike Hall, Elizabeth Inghram, George S. Irving, Simon Jones, Noah Racey, Anne Rogers, Michael Lane Trautman, Diane Wasnak and Patrick Wetzel.

The complete track listing for "Busker Alley" follows:
Opening
"Blow Us a Kiss"
"Hula Love Song"
"Never Trust a Lady"
"When Do I Get Mine?"
"Strays"
"Mates"
"What to Do with 'Er?"
"He Has a Way"
Busker Medley: "Moonlight in Brighton," "Crazy Happy Tears," "Funnybone," "A Million Miles from You"
"He Has a Way"/"She Has a Way"
"Busker Alley"
"When Do I Get Mine" (Reprise)
"How Long Have I Loved Libby?"
"Baby Me"
"How Long Have I Loved Libby?" (Reprise)
"Ordinary Couple"/"I'm on the Inside"
"Tin Whistle Tune"
"Mates" (Reprise)
"The 'New Show' Audition"
"Where the 'Ell Is 'Ome?"
"Where Are the Faces?"
"Paddle Your Own Canoe"
"Charlie the Busker"
Epilogue
"He Had a Way" (Reprise)

Busker Alley, according to press notes, is "about a busker (one who entertains in public on London's famous streets) who falls in love with a much younger woman who longs to be a big star in the theatre and leaves him to follow her dreams."

Based on the 1938 British film "St. Martin's Lane," Busker Alley features music and lyrics by Richard and Robert Sherman and a book by A J Carothers. Tommy Tune starred in a pre-Broadway tour of Busker Alley in 1995. Six weeks prior to the musical's Broadway debut, Tune broke his foot during a performance in Tampa, and the show never reached New York.

The "Busker Alley" CD is available on iTunes or on the Jay Records website: www.jayrecords.com.