Status of 1999-2000 Cast Albums

News   Status of 1999-2000 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 1999.

Here is a survey of recent cast album releases (and significant Broadway-related releases), and a schedule of those announced for the balance of 1999.

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Swing!

  • Release: Jan. 25, 2000
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Writers: various
  • Performers: Ann Hampton Callaway, Everett Bradley, Laura Benanti, and the original Broadway cast.
  • Miscellaneous: This album was recorded Dec. 13.

Kiss Me, Kate (1999 Broadway Revival)

  • Release: Jan. 25, 2000
  • Label: DRG
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Cole Porter
  • Performers: Brian Stokes Mitchell, Marin Mazzie, and the 1999 Broadway revival cast.
  • Miscellaneous: Produced by Hugh Fordin, this album was recorded Nov. 22.

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Marie Christine

  • Release: Apr. 18, 2000
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Writers: words and music by Michael John LaChiusa
  • Performers: Audra McDonald, Anthony Crivello, and cast of the Lincoln Center Theater production.
  • Miscellaneous: Produced by Jay David Saks, this album in scheduled to be recorded Dec. 6.

It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues

  • Release: TBA
  • Label: MCA
  • Writers: various
  • Performers: The original Broadway cast.
  • Miscellaneous: This album was recorded live at the Vivian Beaumont Theater Aug. 26-27.

Ziegfeld Follies of 1936

  • Release: TBA
  • Label: TBA
  • Writer: music by Vernon Duke, lyrics by Ira Gershwin
  • Performers: The 1999 Encores! cast
  • Miscellaneous notes: This album was recorded shortly after the Encores! run.

The Capeman (1998 Broadway Cast Album)

  • Release: TBA
  • 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.

Other Recordings: Cradle Will Rock (1999 movie soundtrack) - RCA Victor - Dec. 14


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Blue Man Group

  • Release: Dec. 7
  • Label: Virgin
  • Writers: members of Blue Man Group
  • Miscellaneous notes: Not an official cast album, this recording features music and percussion performed with various instruments including polyvinyl chloride plumbing pipes.

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Dralion - Cirque du Soleil

  • Release: Nov. 9
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Writers: music by Violaine Corradi

The Scarlet Pimpernel: Encore

  • Release: Nov. 9
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Writer: music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Nan Knighton
  • Miscellaneous notes: This recording will be an amalgam of recordings from the concept recording, and original and second Broadway casts.

Nunsense 3

  • Release: Nov. 16
  • Label: DRG
  • Writer: music and lyrics by Dan Goggin
  • Performers: Vicki Lawrence and the original cast.
  • Miscellaneous: This album was recorded live at the Grand Ole Opry.

Babes in Arms

  • Release: Nov. 16
  • Label: DRG
  • Writers: music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart
  • Performers: The cast of the 1999 Encores! production, including David Campbell, Perry Laylon Ojeda, Erin Dilly and Kevin Calhoon.

Mamma Mia!

  • Release: Nov. (UK release only)
  • Label: Polydor
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus
  • Performers: cast of the original London cast.

If Love Were All

  • Release: Oct. 19
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • Writer: music and lyrics by Noel Coward
  • Performers: Twiggy and Harry Groener from the Off-Broadway production.

Nuncracker: The Nunsense Christmas Musical

  • Release: Nov. 2
  • Label: DRG
  • Writer: music and lyrics by Dan Goggin
  • Performers: The original cast.

Gospel Is

  • Release: Sept.
  • Label: Original Cast Records
  • Writers: music by Wesley Nalor, lyrics by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro
  • Performers: Members of the off-Broadway cast.
    Miscellaneous: This show is by the team who wrote Mamma, I Want to Sing

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Whistle Down the Wind (Original 1998 London Cast)

  • Release: Sept. 21 (US release)
  • 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.
  • Miscellaneous notes: The recording is a double CD set.

Wonderful Town

  • Release: Sept. 14
  • Label: Angel/EMI
  • Writers: music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
  • Performers: Kim Criswell, Audra McDonald, Thomas Hampson, Brent Barrett, and others.
  • Miscellaneous: This recording, conducted by Simon Rattle, features the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

After the Fair

  • Release: Sept. 7
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • Writers: music by Matthew Ward, lyrics by Stephen Cole
  • Performers: The cast of the 1999 York Theatre Company production.

Lenny (London release only)

  • Release: Aug.
  • Performer: Eddie Izzard
  • Miscellaneous: This recording from the current London revival is available at the Queen's Theatre.

Kat and the Kings (U.S. release)

  • Release: Aug. 10
  • Label: First Night
  • Writers: various
  • Performers: Original London Cast.
  • Miscellaneous: This is a live recording of a June 6, 1998 performance at London's Vaudeville Theatre.

Love's Fowl

  • Release: July 23
  • Label: Original Cast Records
  • Writers: Henry Krieger and Susan J. Vitucci
  • Performers: Susan Vitucci performs with Krieger (Side Show, Dreamgirls) songs from this puppet musical, presented at the New York Theater Workshop.
  • Miscellaneous: A violin augments the original piano accompaniment.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Der Glockner Von Notre Dame)

  • Release: July 19 (Germany only)
  • Label: Stella Music
  • Writers: music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
  • Performers: cast of Disney's world premiere German production.

Marlene

  • Release: June 15
  • Label: Relativity/First Night
  • Writers: various
  • Performers: Sian Phillips
  • Miscellaneous: This album was previously released in the UK.

Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know

  • Release: June 1
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Writer: various
  • Performers: Members of the long-running Off-Broadway revue.

Saturday Night Fever

  • Release: June 1
  • Label: Decca Broadway
  • Writer: various
  • Performers: Adam Garcia and the original London cast
  • Miscellaneous notes: This UK CD was originally released by Polydor in 1998.

Little by Little

  • Release: May 4
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • Writer: music by Brad Ross, lyrics by Ellen Greenfield and Hal Hackady
  • Performers: Original Off-Broadway cast members Liz Larsen, Christiane Noll and Darrin Baker
  • Miscellaneous notes: This album was produced by Bruce Kimmel.

Parade

  • Release: April 27
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Writer: music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
  • Performers: Original Broadway cast
  • Miscellaneous notes: The album was recorded March 1.

Via Dolorosa

  • Release: April 27
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Writer: words by David Hare
  • Performers: David Hare
  • Miscellaneous notes: This spoken-word recording is a condensation of Hare's one man show.

Annie Get Your Gun (1999 Broadway Revival Cast)

  • Release: April 20
  • Label: Angel Records
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Irving Berlin
  • Performers: 1999 Broadway Revival Cast
  • Miscellaneous notes: The album is produced by Steve Ferrera and John McDaniel

High Society

  • Release: April 20
  • Label: DRG
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Cole Porter; additional lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
  • Performers: Original Broadway cast
  • Miscellaneous notes: The album was recorded Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

Fosse

  • Release: April 13
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Writers: various
  • Performers: Original Broadway cast
  • Miscellaneous notes: The single CD, produced by 7-time Grammy winner Jay David Saks, was recorded Jan. 25.

Myths and Hymns (formerly Saturn Returns)

  • Release: Mar. 30
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Adam Guettel
  • Performers: Vivian Cherry, Lawrence Clayton, Lynette DuPre, Annie Golden, Adem Guettel, Darius de Haas, Jose Llana, Theresa McCarthy, Audra McDonald, Mandy Patinkin, Billy Porter and Bob Stillman
  • Miscellaneous notes: Produced at the Public Theater under the title of Saturn Returns.

As Thousands Cheer (1998 Revival Cast)

  • Release: Mar. 23
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • Writer: Irving Berlin
  • Performers: Members of the 1998 Drama Dept. cast.
  • Miscellaneous notes: The album was recorded Dec. 7.

Forbidden Broadway Cleans Up Its Act!

  • Release: Mar. 23
  • Label: DRG
  • Writers: lyrics by Gerard Alessandrini
  • Performers: Members of the Off-Broadway cast
  • Miscellaneous notes: The album was produced by Hugh Fordin.

Fame (Toronto/US Tour Cast)

  • Release: Mar. 23
  • Label: DRG
  • Writers: music by Steve Margoshes, lyrics by Jacques Levy
  • Performers: Members of the Toronto/US Tour cast
  • Miscellaneous notes: The album was recorded in early Dec. 1998 in Philadelphia.

Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida (Concept Album)

  • Release: Mar. 23
  • Label: Rocket/Island Records
  • Writers: music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice
  • Performers: Pop artists including Elton John, LeAnn Rimes, Janet Jackson, Sting, Boys II Men, James Taylor and Tina Turner
  • Miscellaneous notes: The album features songs from the Disney stage musical.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1999 Broadway Revival Cast)

  • Release: Mar. 9
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Clark Gesner
  • Performers: The Broadway revival cast
  • Miscellaneous notes: The cast album, recorded Jan. 20, is produced by Andrew Lippa.

Little Me (1998 Broadway Revival Cast)

  • Release: Mar. 9
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • Writers: music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
  • Performers: Martin Short, Faith Prince and the Roundabout revival cast
  • Miscellaneous notes: The cast album, recorded Feb. 1, is produced by Bruce Kimmel.

Personals (London Cast)

  • Release: Mar. 2
  • Label: JAY
  • Writers: various
  • Performers: cast of the 1998 New End Theatre production

110 in the Shade (Studio Cast)

  • Release: Mar. 2
  • Label: JAY
  • Writers: music by Harvey Schmidt, lyrics by Tom Jones
  • Performers: Ron Raines, Karen Ziemba, Richard Muenz
  • Miscellaneous: This complete recording will be a 2-CD set.

Side Man: Jazz and Classics from the Broadway Hit

  • Release: Feb. 23
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Writers: various
  • Performers: various
  • Miscellaneous: This compilation recording features previously-released jazz tracks.

Lizzie Borden

  • Release: Feb. 23
  • Label: Original Cast Records
  • Writers: music by Christopher McGovern, lyrics by Christopher McGovern and Amy Powers
  • Performers: Alison Fraser and the original American Stage Company cast
  • Miscellaneous: This album was recorded Dec. 5.

Footloose

  • Release: Feb. 16
  • Label: Q Records
  • Writers: various
  • Performers: Original Broadway cast
  • Miscellaneous notes: Recorded Nov. 2, the album is produced by Tommy Krasker and Tom Snow.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

  • Release: Feb. 9
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Writers: Stephen Trask
  • Performers: John Cameron Mitchell and the Off-Broadway cast.
  • Miscellaneous: Recorded in Nov., the album is produced by Brad Wood.

Bitter Sweet (Studio Cast)

  • Release: Feb. 2
  • Label: JAY
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Noel Coward
  • Performers: Sadler's Wells Opera cast
  • Miscellaneous: This 2-CD complete recording coincides with the Noel Coward centenery in 1999.

Cabaret (Studio Cast)

  • Release: Feb. 2
  • Label: JAY
  • Writers: music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb
  • Performers: Jonathan Pryce, Judi Dench, Fred Ebb, Maria Friedman, and Gregg Edelman
  • Miscellaneous: This 2-CD complete recording was previously released in England under the TER label.

Oklahoma! (1998 London Revival Cast)

  • Release: Jan. 18 (UK only; mid-1999 release in North America)
  • Label: First Night
  • Writers: music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
  • Performers: Cast of the Royal National Theatre revival in London.

The Civil War (Concept Album)

  • Release: Jan. 5
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Writers: music by Frank Wildhorn
  • Performers: Hootie and the Blowfish, Patti Labelle, Betty Buckley, Michael White, Amy Grant, and others
  • Miscellaneous notes: The second of three Civil War recordings, this concept album will feature a mixture of pop, country, and theatre artists as well as readings by Danny Glover and Maya Angelou

Other Recordings: Christiane Noll: Live at the West Bank Cafe - Car-Jam Records - Dec. 1
Darrin Baker: What's a Nice Girl Like You... - Car-Jam Records - Dec. 1
How Now, Dow Jones (reissue, with new packaging) - RCA Victor - Nov. 23
Your Own Thing (reissue, with new packaging) - RCA Victor - Nov. 23
Annie (1999 TV cast recording) - Sony Classical - Nov. 2
Sondheim Tonight (JAY) - Nov. 2
Sally Mayes: The Story Hour (Varese Sarabande) - Oct. 19
Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner: Unsuspecting Hearts (Varese Sarabande) - Oct. 26
The Only Other Broadway CD You'll Ever Need (RCA Victor) - Oct. 26
Betty Buckley's Broadway (Sterling) - Sept. 28
Linda Eder: It's No Secret Anymore - includes 4 songs from Havana (Atlantic) - Sept. 28
Patti LuPone: Matters of the Heart (Varese Sarabande) - Sept. 21
Sally Mayes album (Varese Sarabande) - Sept. 21
Barbara Cook: That Champion Season - Live at the Carlyle (DRG) - Sept. 21
Julie Andrews: Christmas with Julie Andrews (Sony) - Sept. 7
Brent Barrett: The Kander & Ebb Album (Varese Sarabande) - Aug. 3
Promises Promises reissue (Rykodisc) - Aug. 3
Sugar reissue (Rykodisc) - Aug. 3
The Stephen Schwartz Album (Varese Sarabande) - July 27
A Splash of Pops - Boston Pops (RCA Victor)
Sarah Brightman: The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection (Decca Broadway) - June 1
Cyrano (1959, Maltby and Shire) reissue (Original Cast Records) - June 1
Gypsy reissue (Columbia Broadway Masterworks) - May 18
Mame reissue (Columbia Broadway Masterworks) - May 18
Sweet Charity reissue (Columbia Broadway Masterworks) - May 18
Flower Drum Song reissue (Columbia Broadway Masterworks) - May 18
No, No Nannette reissue (Columbia Broadway Masterworks) - May 18
Cinderella reissue (Columbia Broadway Masterworks) - May 18
Upstairs at O'Neill's reissue (Original Cast Records) - May 18
Sean McDermott: My Broadway (JAY) - May 4
The Sondheim Collection (Varese Sarabande) - Apr. 20
Barbara Cook: All I Ask of You (DRG) - Mar. 23
The King and I soundtrack to the 1999 animated film (Sony) - Mar. 16
A Little Bit in Love (JAY) - Feb. 2
Kim Criswell: Back to Before (JAY) - Feb. 2
I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road Original London Cast reissue (JAY) - Jan. 5
Elisabeth Welch Live In New York (JAY) - Jan. 5

-- Compiled by Andrew Ku