The digital-only collection comprises nine titles from Herman's award-winning catalogue. In addition to the new releases, Masterworks will offer a podcast series highlighting Herman's musicals, with special guests including Tony winners Angela Lansbury, Harvey Fierstein and composer Herman himself.
All titles are currently available for download via iTunes, Amazon.com and other digital music download hubs. Each album includes a digital booklet. The physical recordings, available solely through ArkivMusic, will include the original liner notes and artwork.
One of the collection's most noteworthy offerings is the original London cast recording of Hello, Dolly! featuring Mary Martin. Available only on LP since its 1966 U.S. release, the Mary Martin version of Hello, Dolly! now makes its long-awaited debut in both digital and CD form.
The original cast recording of La Cage aux Folles has been supplemented with Herman recounting the creation of "I Am What I Am" as a bonus track. Milk and Honey and The Grand Tour make their digital debuts, as does the 1967 Pearl Bailey cast recording of Hello, Dolly! boasting an all- African American cast that also includes Cab Calloway.
Don Pippin, Herman's longtime musical director and vocal arranger, leads "Jerry Herman's Broadway," an orchestral celebration of the composers work. In addition, the previously available recordings of Hello, Dolly! (with Carol Channing), Mame (with Angela Lansbury) and Dear World (featuring a new bonus track of Herman performing "And I Was Beautiful") have all received brand-new digital booklets.
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