My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies, the 1998 benefit concert at Carnegie Hall featuring some of Broadway's major leading ladies, was preserved on CD and will be on store shelves Nov. 16.
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, Marin Mazzie and Judy Kuhn 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 concert will air on PBS Dec. 1 on the "Great Performances" series. Image Entertainment is releasing the program on DVD and VHS on Dec. 14. 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)
TVT, a relative newcomer to the original cast album game, has the following show-related discs on sale: 1776 (revival), Madison Square Garden's The Wizard of Oz and the Paper Mill Playhouse's Follies.
-- By Kenneth Jones