Status of 2000 Cast Albums


26 Dec 2000

Here is a survey of recent cast album releases (and significant Broadway-related releases), and a schedule of those announced for 2000-01.

Here is a survey of recent cast album releases (and significant Broadway-related releases), and a schedule of those announced for 2000-01.

FORTHCOMING

Godspell

  • Release: Jan. 9, 20001
  • 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.

Seussical
  • Release: Jan. 23, 2001
  • Label: Universal
  • Writers: music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
  • Performers: The original Broadway Cast.
  • Miscellaneous: The Broadway cast album will be recorded in November.



Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • Release: Jan.
  • 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.

Forbidden Broadway 2001: A Spoof Odyssey
  • Release: Feb. 13, 2001
  • 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, 2001
  • 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, 2001
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Ricky Ian Gordon
  • Performers: Audra McDonald, Dawn Upshaw, Adam Guettel, among others.

A Class Act
  • Release: Feb. 2001
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Edward Kleban
  • Performers: Nancy Kathryn Anderson, Carolee Carmello, Jonathan Freeman, Randy Graff, David Hibbard, Julia Murney, Lonny Price and Ray Wills.
  • Miscellaneous: Recorded Nov. 13, this album is produced by Jay David Saks.

3hree
  • Release: March 2001
  • 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: To be recorded Jan. 9 and 11, 2001, the CD will be produced by Hugh Fordin.

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.

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

Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen
  • Release: TBA
  • 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.

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, 2001
The Phantom of the Opera (remastered) - Decca Broadway - Feb. 6, 2001
Jesus Christ Superstar U.S. recording (reissue) - Decca Broadway - Mar. 13, 2001
Hair (reissue) - Decca Broadway - Mar. 13, 2001
Connecticut Yankee (reissue) - Decca Broadway - Mar. 13, 2001
Bloomer Girl (reissue) - Decca Broadway - Mar. 13, 2001

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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: October 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.

Forbidden Broadway: The 20th Anniversary Edition
  • Release: June 27
  • Label: DRG Records
  • Writers: lyrics by Gerard Alessandrini
  • Performers: Cast members of previous editions of Forbidden Broadway.
  • Miscellaneous notes: This recording includes 17 classic tracks from the first five Forbidden Broadway volumes along with 8 newly recorded, previously unreleased tracks.

Saturday Night
  • Release: June 20
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
  • Performers: David Campbell, Lauren Ward, and the original Off-Broadway cast.

The Music Man (2000 Broadway Revival)
  • Release: June 13
  • Label: Q Records
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Meredith Willson
  • Performers: Craig Bierko, Rebecca Luker, and the 2000 Broadway revival cast.
  • Miscellaneous: Recorded May 1, this album is produced by Hugh Fordin.

Aida (Broadway Cast)
  • Release: June 13
  • Label: Buena Vista Records
  • Writers: music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice
  • Performers: Heather Headley, Adam Pascal, Sherie Rene Scott and the original Broadway cast.
  • Miscellaneous notes: Produced by Chris Montan, this album was recorded Apr. 10.

The Wild Party (by Michael John LaChiusa)
  • Release: May 23
  • Label: Universal/Decca Broadway
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa
  • Performers: Mandy Patinkin, Toni Collette, Eartha Kitt, and the original Broadway cast.
  • Miscellaneous: This album will be recorded Apr. 16-17.

Lucky in the Rain
  • Release: May 23
  • Label: DRG Records
  • Writers: music by Jimmy McHugh, lyrics by Harold Adamson, Dorothy Fields and others
  • Performers: Barbara Cook, Debbie Gravitte, Lillias White, Malcolm Gets, and members of the Goodspeed Opera cast.

Riverdance - On Broadway
  • Release: May 2
  • Label: Universal/Decca Broadway
  • Writers: music and lyrics by Bill Whelan
  • Miscellaneous: This CD features selections from the original production plus six new original tracks including vocals by Tsidii Le Loka and Brian Kennedy

Marie Christine
  • Release: Apr. 18
  • 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.

Mamma Mia!
  • Release: Apr. 18 (Canadian release)
  • Label: Universal/Polydor
  • Writers: words and music by ABBA
  • Performers: Original London cast
  • Miscellaneous: This recording was previously released in the U.K.

Beethoven's Last Night
  • Release: Apr. 11
  • Label: Lava/Atlantic
  • Writers: music by Beethoven, Robert Kinkel and Jon Oliva
  • Performers: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, James Torcellini, Patti Russo, and others.

Jesus Christ Superstar: The Definitive Recording
  • Release: Mar. 7 (U.S. release)
  • Label: Universal/Decca Broaddway
  • Writers: music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Tim Rice
  • Performers: Steve Balsamo, Zubin Varla, Joanna Ampil, and a host of performers who later went on to star in the recent London production.
  • Miscellaneous notes: This double CD was recorded in London in 1996 and previously released in the U.K.

Minnelli on Minnelli
  • Release: Feb. 29
  • Label: Angel
  • Writers: various
  • Performers: Liza Minnelli and backup chorus

It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues
  • Release: winter
  • Label: MCA
  • Writers: various
  • Performers: The original Broadway cast.
  • Miscellaneous: This album was recorded live at the Vivian Beaumont Theater Aug. 26-27.

Swing!
  • Release: Jan. 25
  • 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
  • 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.

Amadeus
  • Release: Jan. 11
  • Label: Decca Broadway
  • Writer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Performers: Alfred Brendel, Kiri Te Kanawa, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner.
  • Miscellaneous notes: This "official companion CD" features selected compositions by Mozart.

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
Guys and Dolls (remastered) - Decca Broadway - June 27
Half a Sixpence (reissue) - RCA Victor - June 6
Saratoga (reissue) - RCA Victor - June 6
The Pajama Game (reissue) - Sony Legacy - May 30
Kismet (reissue) - Sony Legacy - May 30
Finian's Rainbow (reissue) - Sony Legacy - May 30
Bye Bye Birdie (reissue) - Sony Legacy - May 30
Show Boat (reissue of the 1962 studio recording) - Sony Legacy - May 30
Broadway's Greatest Leading Men (reissue) - Decca Broadway - May 23
Sherie Rene Scott: Men I've Had - Sh-K-Boom Records - May 23
Adam Pascal: Model Prisoner - Sh-K-Boom Records - May 16
The King and I (remastered) - Decca Broadway - May 16
Oklahoma (remastered) - Decca Broadway - May 16
Carousel (remastered) - Decca Broadway - May 16
Song & Dance (reissue) - Decca Broadway - May 9
Starlight Express (reissue) - Decca Broadway - May 9
Johnny Mathis: Mathis on Broadway - Columbia - Apr. 25
The Fantastics 40th Anniversary reissue - Decca Broadway - Apr. 25
Grateful: the Songs of John Bucchino - RCA Victor - Apr. 18
Faith Prince: Leap of Faith - DRG - Apr. 11
Grateful: the Songs of John Bucchino - RCA Victor - Apr. 18
Alison Fraser: Men in My Life - Original Cast Records - Apr. 7
Ute Lemper: Punishing Kiss - Universal/Decca Broadway - Apr. 4
Alan Scott: Pushing Back the Sky - Proud Mama Productions - Apr
Audra McDonald: How Glory Goes - Nonesuch - Feb. 22
Craig Rubano: Finishing the Act - AF Records/Valley Media - Feb. 15
Broadway in Love (compilation recording) - RCA Victor - Jan. 25
Broadway's Greatest Love Songs (compilation recording) - Decca Broadway- Jan. 25
Julie Wilson: The Cy Coleman Songbook - DRG - Jan. 25

-- Compiled by Andrew Ku