The Fynsworth Alley label will release excerpts from the Wall to Wall Richard Rodgers event held March 23 at New York's Symphony Space. This year's annual Wall to Wall event paid tribute to the late composer of over 900 songs and such musicals as South Pacific, Oklahoma!, The Boys from Syracuse, The Sound of Music and Carousel. The 12-hour event, which was recorded live, included performances from a host of Broadway and cabaret favorites including Loni Ackerman, Richard Rodney Bennett, Barbara Carroll, Victoria Clark, Betty Comden, John Cullum, Lea DeLaria, Melissa Errico, Raul Esparza, Tovah Feldshuh, Debbie Gravitte, Adolph Green, Jonathan Hadary, Sheldon Harnick, Mary Cleere Haran, Celeste Holm, Spencer Kayden, Judy Kaye, Emily Loesser, Jo Sullivan Loesser, Garrett Long, Rebecca Luker, John Mauceri, Maureen McGovern, James Naughton, Christiane Noll, Patrick Quinn, Steve Ross, David Staller, Billy Stritch, KT Sullivan and David Yazbek.
About a dozen songs from the Rodgers marathon will find their way to the Fynsworth Alley CD, which is scheduled for release on May 21. The song choices for the single CD have yet to be finalized, but Playbill On-Line will post them when they are announced.
Highlights of the 12-hour event included selections from Rodgers' award winning collaborations with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II; the premiere of the "newly discovered" Rodgers and Hart musical, Manhattan Madcaps of 1924; a full orchestra that played overtures from Rodgers' many works; and a "Broadway Salutes" segment that featured current Broadway actors performing their favorite Rodgers' tunes between the matinee and evening performance of their respective shows.
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—By Andrew Gans