The PBS series, "Great Performances" spotlights the great women of contemporary Broadway with My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies, a tape of the 1998 benefit concert at Carnegie Hall, 8-9:30 PM (ET) Dec. 1.
The live CD of the concert was released Nov. 16, and the video and DVD versions (with extra material) will be on store shelves Dec. 14, from Image Entertainment.
Check local listings for exact air time of "Great Performances" in your area.
The live recording from Hybrid Recordings, on the TVT label, documents songs sung by divas ranging from Elaine Stritch and Dorothy Loudon to Linda Eder and Marin Mazzie. The concert took place Sept. 28, 1998 and was hosted by Julie Andrews, whose opening and closing remarks are on the disc.
A highlight of both the disc and the concert is the arrangement of what's called "The Lloyd Webber Love Trio," with Audra McDonald (Ragtime, Marie Christine), Marin Mazzie (Ragtime, Kiss Me, Kate) and Judy Kuhn (Rags) separately singing "Love Changes Everything," "Unexpected Song" and "I Don't Know How to Love Him," respectively. The songs are then merged in a sensuous arrangement. The home video version will contain material not available on the CD (including Dee Hoty singing "Could I Leave You").
The disc includes:
"Girl Crazy" overture
"Nowadays" (Karen Ziemba & Bebe Neuwirth)
"Adelaide's Lament" (Faith Prince)
"Nothing" (Priscilla Lopez)
"I Can Cook Too" (Lea Delaria)
"Look for the Silver Lining/Tomorrow" (Andrea McArdle)
"Some People" (Liza Minnelli)
"The Man of LaMancha" (Linda Eder)
"Love Changes Everything" (Audra McDonald)
"Unexpected Song" (Marin Mazzie)
"I Don't Know How to Love Him" (Judy Kuhn)
"Everybody's Girl" (Debra Monk)
"Mean to Me" (Nell Carter with Luther Henderson)
"Fifty Percent" (Dorothy Loudon)
"And I'm Telling You" (Jennifer Holliday)
"The Ladies Who Lunch" (Elaine Stritch)
-- By Kenneth Jones