"Broadway in a Box: The Essential Broadway Musicals Collection" Features 25 Cast Recordings; Extras, Too
By Andrew Gans
Masterworks Broadway has released "Broadway in a Box: The Essential Broadway Musicals Collection," featuring classic cast recordings of 25 Broadway musicals.
Each of the 25 discs is packaged in its own full-color mini-sleeve featuring the original album cover art. A 64-page companion booklet contains liner notes by theatre critic Peter Filichia and historical photos of many of the original productions. An introduction, cast list, list of musical numbers and awards are offered for each musical.
Among the stars represented on these recordings are Patti LuPone, John Raitt, Joel Grey, Lotte Lenya, John Cullum, Richard Burton, Julie Andrews, Roddy McDowall, Jerry Orbach, Chita Rivera, Elaine Stritch, Zero Mostel, Nathan Lane, Jack Klugman, Ethel Merman, Carol Channing, Rudy Vallee, Darren McGavin, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Rex Harrison, Mary Martin, Theodore Bikel, Ezio Pinza, Victor Garber, Angela Lansbury and more.
"Broadway in a Box" also includes many extra features: Kander & Ebb's demo recordings for Cabaret; Ethel Merman singing alternate lyrics to "Some People" from Gypsy; recordings from German and Swedish productions of The Sound of Music; numbers cut from shows during tryouts; conversations and interviews with Jule Styne, Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews; and Martin Charnin and Charles Strouse giving the first public performance of "Tomorrow."
"Broadway in a Box: The Essential Broadway Musicals Collection" includes:
1. Annie (Original Broadway Cast)
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