Status of 1997-98 Cast Albums

News   Status of 1997-98 Cast Albums Here is a survey of recent cast album releases (and significant Broadway-related releases), and a schedule of those announced for the balance of 1998.

Here is a survey of recent cast album releases (and significant Broadway-related releases), and a schedule of those announced for the balance of 1998.

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Incidental Music From Twelfth Night

  • Released: July 16, 1998
  • Label: Resmiranda Records
  • Writers: music by Jeanine Tesori, lyrics by William Shakespeare
  • Performers: David Patrick Kelly
  • Miscellaneous notes: Incidental music and six songs from the summer 1998 Broadway revival of the Shakespeare comedy.

An Evening With Jerry Herman (1989 Rainbow & Stars Production)

  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Arabesque
  • Writers: Music and lyrics by Jerry Herman
  • Performers: Herman, Lee Roy Reams and Karen Morrow
  • Miscellaneous notes: NOT the cast album of the upcoming Broadway revue, but a recording of the Rainbow & Stars nightclub performance that evolved into the Broadway production, with two of the three same performers.

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Cabaret (1998 Broadway Revival)

  • Released: June 30, 1998
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Writers: music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb
  • Performers: Natasha Richardson, Alan Cummings, Ron Rifkin and the cast of the Broadway revival, directed by Sam Mendes
  • Miscellaneous notes: The cast album was recorded April 13. Audience sounds have been added to the recording to extend its "environmental" theatre concept.

The Sound of Music (1998 Broadway Revival)

  • Released: May 19, 1998
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Writers: music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
  • Performers: Rebecca Luker, Michael Siberry, Patti Cohenour and the cast of the Broadway revival
  • Miscellaneous notes: the cast album will include "Something Good" and "I Have Confidence," written for the film, with lyrics by Rodgers

The Show Goes On

  • Released: May 19, 1998
  • Label: DRG
  • Writers: music by Harvey Schmidt, lyrics by Tom Jones
  • Performers: cast of the Off-Broadway revue, starring Jones & Schmidt themselves.
  • Miscellaneous notes: Includes songs from The Fantasticks, 110 in the Shade, Celebration, I Do! I Do!, Grover's Corners, Mirette and other shows.

Children of Eden (1997 U.S. Cast)

  • Released: May 19, 1998
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
  • Performers: cast of the Paper Mill Playhouse production, including Stephanie Mills, Adrian Zmed, Darius de Haas, and Kelli Rabke
  • Miscellaneous notes: Produced by Stephen Schwartz and Danny Kosarin, the recording is available as a complete double CD as well as a single highlights CD.

Les Miserables (Re-release of 1985 London Cast)

Ragtime (1998 Broadway Cast Album)

Saturday Night (1997 London Production)

  • Released: April 1998 (UK only)
  • Label: First Night Records
  • Writers: Stephen Sondheim
  • Performers: Member of the 1997 Bridewell Theatre cast
  • Miscellaneous notes: First complete recording of the score of this "lost" 1954 Stephen Sondheim musical, which had its long-delayed premiere Dec. 17, 1997 at the fringe theatre in London. Sondheim wrote what was to have been his professional debut when he was 24, to a book by Julius and Philip Epstein.

The Phantom of the Opera

  • Released: April 14, 1998
  • Label: Playbill Recordings
  • Writers: Music and lyrics by David Spencer
  • Performers: Benjamin A. Damiano, Marni Rabb and others
  • Miscellaneous notes: Cast album of Theatreworks USA's new adaptation of the story for teens.

The Irish ... and How They Got That Way

  • Released: March 24, 1998
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • Writers: Various
  • Performers: Rusty Magee and members of the original Off-Broadway cast
  • Miscellaneous notes: A collection of Irish standards as compiled by Frank McCourt, author of "Angela's Ashes."

Cirque du Soleil's Quidam (Re-release of 1996 cast)

  • Re-released: March 24, 1998
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Writers: Benoit Jutras
  • Performers: Audrey Brisson-Jutras, Mathieu Lavoie, Pierre Hebert et al
  • Miscellaneous notes: An "enhanced CD-ROM" with music and images from the international New Vaudeville circus. Re-released in connection with the show's New York appearance.

The Fix (1997 London cast)

  • Released: March 10, 1998
  • Label: Relativity/First Night Records
  • Writers: lyrics by John Dempsey, music by Dana P. Rowe
  • Performers: Leads include John Barrowman and Philip Quast
  • Miscellaneous notes: U.S. release of 1997 Cameron Mackintosh London production. Quast won 1998 Olivier Award for Best Actor in the role.

Forever Tango

  • Released: Feb. 24, 1998
  • Label: BMG Records
  • Writers: Created and directed by Luis Bravo
  • Performers: Miguel Velazquez, Lisandro Androver, et al.
  • Music from the long-running Argentinian dance revue.

The Scarlet Pimpernel

  • Released: Feb. 3, 1998
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Writers: music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Nan Knighton
  • Performers: original Broadway cast
  • Miscellaneous notes: Angel's concept recording (CDC 7 54397 2) was released in 1992

1776 (1997 Broadway Revival)

  • Released: Dec. 15, 1997
  • Label: TVT Records
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards
  • Performers: 1997 Broadway revival cast
  • Miscellaneous notes: Recording session Nov. 11 and 13; produced by Robert Sher

The Last Session

  • Released: Dec. 12, 1997
  • Label: Bob-A-Lew Music
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Steve Schalchlin
  • Performers: original off-Broadway cast
  • Miscellaneous notes: the recording includes a bonus studio track of the cast performing "When You Care" with the Los Angeles-based Friendship Choir

Side Show

  • Released: Dec. 9, 1997
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Writers: music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Bill Russell
  • Performers: original Broadway cast
  • Miscellaneous notes: the cast album recorded Nov. 3 and produced by Krieger, Mike Berniker, and Harold Wheeler

Songs of The Capeman

  • Released: Nov. 18, 1997
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Writers: music by Paul Simon, lyrics by Simon and Derek Walcott
  • Performers: Simon, Ruben Blades, Marc Anthony, Ednita Nazario and others
  • Miscellaneous notes: this concept album includes the songs "Born in Puerto Rico," "Bernadette," and "Dance to a Dream," among others. Original cast album is scheduled for release in spring 1998 (see below)

The Lion King

  • Released: Nov. 13, 1997 in NY/NJ/CT; Nov. 25 nationally
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • Writers: songs by Elton John and Tim Rice; additional songs by Hans Zimmer, Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Jay Rifkin
  • Performers: original Broadway cast
  • Miscellaneous notes: Walt Disney Records' sound track recording of the animated movie (60858-7) was released in 1994

Peter & Wendy

  • Released: Oct. 7, 1997
  • Label: Alula Records (ALU-1006)
  • Writers: songs by Johnny Cunningham, narration by Liza Lorwin
  • Performers: Cunningham, Karen Kandel (vocals and narration)
  • Miscellaneous notes: Peter & Wendy was presented at New York's New Victory Theater in Feb. 97. Alula Records is an independent label specializing in world music.

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Chicago (1997 London cast)

  • Release: July 28
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Writers: Music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb.
  • Performers: Ruthie Henshall, Ute Lemper and the West End cast.

The Capeman (1998 Broadway Cast Album)

  • Release: Aug. 25
  • Label: DreamWorks Records
  • Writers: music by Paul Simon, lyrics by Simon and Derek Walcott
  • Performers: Reuben Blades, Marc Anthony, Ednita Nazario and the original Broadway cast
  • Miscellaneous notes: This full original cast album includes much material not on the 1997 "Songs From Capeman" CD, and has the Broadway cast members singing numbers that were performed on "Songs From..." by composer Paul Simon.

Violet

  • Release: Sept. 1, 1998
  • Label: Resmiranda Records
  • Writers: music by Jeanine Tesori, lyrics by Brian Crawley
  • Performers: Lauren Ward, Michael McElroy, with assorted guest vocalists
  • Miscellaneous notes: Resmiranda is a Vermont-based classical/inspirational label. CD produced by Buryl Red and Joseph Joubert.

Songs From Whistle Down the Wind (studio cast)

  • Release: September
  • Label: Really Useful Records/Polydor
  • Writers: music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Jim Steinman
  • Performers: Tina Arena, Boyzone, Donny Osmond, Meat Loaf, Boy George, Tom Jones and others.
  • Miscellaneous notes: A concept CD of the score, with pop performers doing numbers from the show.

A New Brain

  • Release: Sept. 15 (tentative)
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Writers: music and lyrics by William Finn
  • Miscellaneous notes: To be recorded June 29. The new musical from the composer of Falsettos features Malcolm Gets, Penny Fuller, Mary Testa and Liz Larsen. Norm Lewis replaces original cast member Christopher Innvar on this recording.

Follies (1998 Revival)

  • Release: Date TBA, Aug-Oct., 1998
  • Label: TVT Soundtrax
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
  • Performers: cast includes Laurence Guittard, Donna McKechnie, Tony Roberts, Dee Hoty, Ann Miller, Eddie Bracken, Kaye Ballard, Liliane Montevecchi, Natalie Mosco, Phyllis Newman.
  • Miscellaneous notes: The cast album of the Paper Mill Playhouse revival was recorded June 1 & 2. The CD is being touted as the most complete recording yet, including not only all the dance music, but an appendix of songs cut prior to Broadway ("Can That Boy Foxtrot," etc.) or added thereafter ("Ah, But Underneath," etc.).

Triumph of Love

  • Release: September-October
  • Label: JAY
  • Writers: Music by Jeffrey Stock, lyrics by Susan Birkenhead.
  • Performers: Betty Buckley, Susan Egan and other members of the original cast
  • Miscellaneous notes: The show was recorded June 13-14 and 16 in New York.

The Civil War

  • Release: September 1998
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Writers: music by Frank Wildhorn
  • Performers: Travis Tritt, Dr. John, Linda Eder, Betty Buckley, Tricia Yearwood, Blues Traveler
  • Miscellaneous notes: titled "The Civil War: An American Musical," the piece will draw its material from original civil war documents, Walt Whitman poetry and other correspondence of the time.

Whistle Down the Wind (Original 1998 London Cast)

  • Release: Early 1999
  • Label: Really Useful Records/Polydor
  • Writers: music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Jim Steinman
  • Performers: Marcus Lovett, Lottie Mayor, Dean Collinson, Veronica Hart and the rest of the West End cast.

Saturn Returns

  • Early 1999
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Adam Guettel
  • Miscellaneous notes: Saturn Returns will be recorded later this year. Release was postponed from late 1998.

NO LABEL ANNOUNCED

  • Doctor Dolittle (1998 London cast)
  • An Evening With Jerry Herman (original Broadway cast)
  • High Society
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch

-- Compiled by Robert Viagas and Andrew Ku

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