Status of 2001 Cast Albums

News   Status of 2001 Cast Albums Here is a survey of recent cast album releases (and significant Broadway-related releases), and a schedule of those announced for 2001.

Here is a survey of recent cast album releases (and significant Broadway-related releases), and a schedule of those announced for 2001.

FORTHCOMING

Seussical

  • Release: Feb. 6
  • Label: Universal
  • Writers: music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
  • Performers: The original Broadway Cast.
  • Miscellaneous: Recorded in November, the album was produced by Phil Ramone.

Breakfast at Tiffany's

  • Release: Feb 13
  • Label: Original Cast Records
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Bob Merrill
  • Performers: Faith Prince, John Schneider, Hal Linden, and others
  • Miscellaneous: This 2-CD recording will feature over 90 minutes of material from both versions of the musical.

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Forbidden Broadway 2001: A Spoof Odyssey

  • Release: Feb. 13
  • Label: DRG
  • Writers: lyrics by Gerard Alessandrini
  • Performers: The cast of the current Off-Broadway production.

Four Guys Named Jose...and Una Mujer Named Maria

  • Release: Feb. 13
  • Label: DRG
  • Writers: Various
  • Performers: The cast of the current Off-Broadway production.
  • Miscellaneous: This album was recorded Nov. 27.

Bright Eyed Joy

  • Release: Feb. 20
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Ricky Ian Gordon
  • Performers: Audra McDonald, Dawn Upshaw, Adam Guettel, among others.

A Class Act

3hree

  • Release: March
  • Label: DRG Records
  • Writers: Robert Lindsey Nassif, Peter Ullian, Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin, Julia Jordan, John Bucchino and James Waedekin
  • Performers: The cast of the Prince Music Theatre production .
  • Miscellaneous: Recorded Jan. 9 and 11, the CD was produced by Hugh Fordin.

Contact

  • Release: March 6
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Writers: Various
  • Performers: Various.
  • Miscellaneous: This compilation recording from Lincoln Center Theater's dance play includes "Moondance," "Simply Irresistable," "Sweet Lorraine," "Runaround Sue," and others.

Mata Hari

  • Release: March/April
  • Label: Original Cast Records
  • Writers: music by Edward Thomas, lyrics by Martin Charnin
  • Performers: Cast members from the York Theatre reading and subsequent production.

Foxy

  • Release: April
  • Label: Original Cast Records
  • Writers: Johnny Mercer and Robert Emmet Dolan
  • Performers: Members of the 2000 Musicals Tonight presentation.

Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen

  • Release: Spring
  • Label: Original Cast Records
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Stan Freeman and Franklin Underwood
  • Performers: Eleanor Calbes, John Schneider, Mickey Rooney, and others.
  • Miscellaneous: This is a studio recording of the 1970 flop, a musicalization of The Teahouse of the August Moon.

Putting It Together

  • Release: TBA
  • Label: TBA
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
  • Performers: Carol Burnett, George Hearn, Ruthie Henshall, Bronson Pinchot, and John Barrowman
  • Miscellaneous: This live recording was made in conjuction with the videotaping of the production for future broadcast.

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.

Fanny Hill

  • Release: TBA
  • Label: Original Cast Records
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Ed Dixon
  • Performers: Members of the Goodspeed Opera cast plus additional singers.

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: Donny Osmond: This is the Moment - Decca Broadway - Feb. 6
The Phantom of the Opera (remastered) - Decca Broadway - Feb. 6
My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs - Hybrid Recordings - Feb. 27
Jesus Christ Superstar U.S. recording (reissue) - Decca Broadway - Mar. 13
Hair (reissue) - Decca Broadway - Mar. 13
Connecticut Yankee (reissue) - Decca Broadway - Mar. 13
Bloomer Girl (reissue) - Decca Broadway - Mar. 13
William Finn: Infinite Joy - RCA Victor - May


AVAILABLE NOW

Godspell (2000 Off-Broadway Cast)

  • Release: Jan. 9
  • Label: Fynsworth Alley
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
  • Performers: cast of the 2000 Off-Broadway production

Godspell (2000 National Tour)

  • Release: Jan. 9
  • Label: DRG Records
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
  • Performers: cast of the 2000 national tour
  • Miscellaneous: The recording will use the new arragements and orchestrations of the 2000 production.

The Full Monty

  • Release: Dec. 12
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Writers: music and lyrics by David Yazbek
  • Performers: The original Broadway cast.
  • Miscellaneous: Recorded Oct. 30, the album is produced by David Yazbek and Billy Straus.

Jane Eyre

  • Release: Nov. 21
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Paul Gordon, with additional lyrics by John Caird
  • Performers: The original Broadway Cast.
  • Miscellaneous: The recording is produced by Mike Berniker.

Taking a Chance on Love

  • Release: Nov. 18
  • Label: Original Cast Records
  • Writers: lyrics by John Latouche
  • Performers: The cast of the original Off-Broadway production.
  • Miscellaneous: This album is produced by Robert Sher.

Copenhagen

  • Release: Nov. 13
  • Label: Fynsworth Alley
  • Writer: Michael Frayn
  • Performers: Philip Bosco, Michael Cumpsty and Blair Brown
  • Miscellaneous: This is a 2-CD recording of the entire play.

Peter Pan (2000 TV Soundtrack)

  • Release: Nov. 14
  • Label: JAY Records
  • Writers: Moose Charlap, Carolyn Leigh, Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green
  • Performers: Cathy Rigby and the cast of the 2000 television broadcast.
  • Miscellaneous: The A&E television production was based on the 1997 Broadway revival.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

  • Release: Nov. 7
  • Label: Legacy/Sony Direct/Radio City Records
  • Writers: various
  • Performers: cast of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular
  • Miscellaneous: This is a compilation of Christmas-themed songs performed in the annual extravaganza.

Billion Dollar Baby

  • Release: Nov. 4
  • Label: Original Cast Records
  • Writers: music by Morton Gould, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
  • Performers: Kristin Chenoweth, Debbie Gravitte, Marc Kudisch, Darcie Roberts, and the cast of York Theatre's 1998 Musicals in Mufti production.

Gumboots

  • Release: Oct. 24
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Writers: various
  • Performers: Members of the touring company of Gumboots
  • Miscellaneous: The production features vocals and gumboot dances.

Mamma Mia! (London Cast)

  • Release: Oct. 19 (U.S. release)
  • Label: Decca Broadway
  • Writers: words and music by ABBA
  • Performers: Original London cast
  • Miscellaneous: This recording was previously released in the U.K.

Sweeney Todd

  • Release: Oct. 18
  • Label: New York Philharmonic Special Edition
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
  • Performers: George Hearn, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, David Gaines, Neil Patrick Harris, and the cast of the May 2000 New York Philharmonic concert performances.
  • Miscellaneous: This live recording was produced by Tommy Krasker, co-produced by Lawrence L. Rock, and executive produced by Barbara Haws.

The Green Bird

  • Release: Aug. 22
  • Label: DRG Records
  • Writers: music by Elliot Goldenthal
  • Performers: Members of the Broadway cast.
  • Miscellaneous: Produced by Hugh Fordin and Elliot Goldenthal, the album was recorded June 5.

Blast!

  • Release: Aug. 22
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Writers: various (classical, symphonic, Broadway, world and popular music)
  • Performers: Members of the Star of Indiana drum corps, among others.

The Most Happy Fella (2000 Studio Cast)

  • Release: July 31
  • Label: JAY
  • Writer: music and lyrics by Frank Loesser
  • Performers: Louis Quillico, Karen Ziemba, Emily Loesser, and others
  • Miscellaneous: This 3-CD recording will be the first featuring the entire score, including material cut during previews of the original production.

Tenderloin (2000 Encores! Cast)

  • Release: July 25
  • Label: DRG Records
  • Writers: music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
  • Performers: David Ogden Stiers, Patrick Wilson, Debbie Gravitte and the 2000 Encores! cast.
  • Miscellaneous: Recorded April 18, this album is produced by Hugh Fordin.

Look, Ma, I'm Dancin'! (2000 Concert Revival Cast)

  • Release: July 15
  • Label: Original Cast Records
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Hugh Martin
  • Performers: Members of the 2000 Musicals Tonight! cast.

The Wild Party (by Andrew Lippa)

  • Release: July 11
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa
  • Performers: Taye Diggs, Julia Murney, Brian d'Arcy James, Idina Menzel, and the original Off-Broadway cast.
  • Miscellaneous: Produced by Mr. Lippa, this cast album was recorded April 11. The album is a single CD.

Other Recordings: Emily Skinner: Emily Skinner - Fynsworth Alley - Dec. 4
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (reissue) - Decca Broadway - Oct. 31
Linda Eder: Christmas Stays the Same - WEA/Atlantic - Oct. 24
Michael Ball: Christmas - Uni/Hip-O Records - Oct. 24
Applause (reissue) - Decca Broadway - Oct. 17
Pippin (remastered) - Decca Broadway - Sept. 26
How We Stopped the Show (reissue) - Decca Broadway - Aug. 29
Jerry Orbach: Off Broadway - Decca Broadway - July 25
Annie Get Your Gun (remastered) - Decca Broadway - July 25


-- Compiled by Andrew Ku