Back on Oct. 26, 1998, RCA Victor compiled a slew of famous showtunes and put them on a disk entitled, "The Only Broadway CD You'll Ever Need." Well, a year later the record company seems to feel there are 19 other songs that should be part of a theatre lover's collection as well. Hence the arrival, Oct. 26, of "The Only Other Broadway CD You'll Ever Need."
Like the first disk, the "Other" CD features numbers from original productions, such as "Heart" from Damn Yankees and "Song on the Sand (La da da da)" from La Cage aux Folles, as well as songs from recent revivals, such as "Make Our Garden Grow" from the 1997 Candide and Rebecca Luker warbling "My Favorite Things" from last season's The Sound of Music remount. Sweet Charity is represented by "Big Spender" -- from the cast of Fosse; while "The Music of the Night" comes not from The Phantom of the Opera original cast recording but from Colm Wilkinson's solo album, "Stage Heroes." Sondheim fans have three choices on the disk: Glenn Close offering "Send in the Clowns" (taken from the "Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall" CD); Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters dueting on Sunday in the Park With George's "We Do Not Belong Together"; and the ensemble of "Follies -- in Concert" singing "Waiting Around for the Girls Upstairs."
As for truly new musicals, only one is represented: Parade, with Jeff Edgerton, Don Chastain and company singing "The Old Red Hills of Home."
The full rundown of "The Only Other Broadway CD" is:
"Ya Got Me" (On the Town)
"Old Devil Moon" (Finian's Rainbow)
"You're Just in Love" (Call Me Madam)
"They Call The Wind Maria" (Paint Your Wagon)
"Heart" (Damn Yankees)
"Make Our Garden Grow" (Candide)
"My Favorite Things" (The Sound of Music)
"Grand Old Ivy" (How to Succeed in Business...)
"On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)" (On a Clear Day...)
"Big Spender" (Sweet Charity)
"Happiness" (You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown)
"Waiting for the Girls Upstairs" (Follies)
"Those Magic Changes" (Grease)
"Send in the Clowns" (A Little Night Music)
"Song on the Sand (La da da da)" (La Cage aux Folles)
"We Do Not Belong Together" (Sunday in the Park with George)
"The Music of the Night" (The Phantom of the Opera)
"Pinball Wizard" (The Who's Tommy)
"The Old Red Hills of Home" (Parade) *
The first RCA disk featured "Old Man River," "Anything Goes," "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Almost Like Being in Love," "Luck Be a Lady," "Shall We Dance?," "America," "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Rosie," "Consider Yourself," "Hello, Dolly!," "If I Were a Rich Man," "The Impossible Dream," "Money," "All That Jazz," "Lullaby of Broadway," "The Proposal/The Night Was Alive" and ""Wheels of a Dream."
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-- By David Lefkowitz & Christine Ehren