FOR THE RECORD -- July 1996

FOR THE RECORD -- July 1996 DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING?: Last October, the Boublil/Schönberg epic Les Misérables celebrated its first decade with a tenth anniversary concert that was recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The company included more than 250 performers from the more than two-dozen worldwide productions of the musical. Colm Wilkinson, who originated the role of Jean Valjean in both the London and N.Y. productions, headed the cast. Other wonderful performances included Lea Salonga's heart-wrenching Eponine, Michael Ball's beautifully sung Marius and Judy Kuhn's touching Cosette. A special bonus: a stirring encore featuring an international cast of 17 Valjeans singing "Do You Hear the People Sing," each in his native language. The double CD will be available in Aug. from Relativity/Tristar.

DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING?: Last October, the Boublil/Schönberg epic Les Misérables celebrated its first decade with a tenth anniversary concert that was recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The company included more than 250 performers from the more than two-dozen worldwide productions of the musical. Colm Wilkinson, who originated the role of Jean Valjean in both the London and N.Y. productions, headed the cast. Other wonderful performances included Lea Salonga's heart-wrenching Eponine, Michael Ball's beautifully sung Marius and Judy Kuhn's touching Cosette. A special bonus: a stirring encore featuring an international cast of 17 Valjeans singing "Do You Hear the People Sing," each in his native language. The double CD will be available in Aug. from Relativity/Tristar. THE MUSIC LANE: Last month, Nathan Lane received the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his comic romp in the Sondheim/Shevelove/Gelbart A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which has been preserved on CD/cassette by Broadway Angel Records. Standouts of Sondheim's witty score include the classic opening number, "Comedy Tonight," and "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid."

SOUND BYTES: A host of B'way performers lend their voices to Broadway Bound, a new recording from Varèse Sarabande that spotlights the work of up-and-coming composers and lyricists. Some of the performers singing songs by Brad Ross, Hal Hackaday, Francesca Blumenthal and others include Michael (Falsettos) Rupert, Matthew (How To Succeed) Broderick, Liz (Cats) Callaway and Daisy (The Secret Garden) Egan. . . . Sterling Records recorded Tony winner Betty Buckley's stellar Carnegie Hall concert in June; highlights included songs from Carrie, Sunset Boulevard, Rent. . . . RCA Victor has released songs from Cy Coleman and Ira Gasman's The Life, a musical that may get to Broadway. Jennifer Holliday, Liza Minnelli and the late George Burns appear on this studio recording.