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I let Ken and Erik go their own way this week. The result is two columns that provide some marvelous insights into musical theater. Don't want to spoil any surprises, so just click the links to read what they've written.

To complement Erik's and Ken’s columns, I'd like to offer up the following two albums for your consideration: 

  • Bat Boy the Musical - This choice reflects Erik's column. Specifically, I chose it because of Devon May's exceptional work in the title role. You can catch him these days in Hamilton. He's wowing folks as King George.
  • Sondheim on Sondheim - This 2010 examination/celebration of the songwriter's work is filled not only with some marvelous performances (Barbara Cook, anyone?), but also some terrific first hand commentary from Mr. S. himself.

Remember, if you need to add any of the recordings mentioned here and in the guys' blogs to your collection, you can find links to them in the carousels on the BwayTunes.com homepage. 


Using Erik's and Ken's columns as the basis for a Spotify playlist, I've added in a bunch of other things to simply give you an hour or so worth of music that I hope will entertain you...maybe even surprise you?


The free song this week is a nifty rarity that comes from one of Harbinger Records' compilations. It turns the clock back and brings you a musical theater great who's delivering a song that you wouldn't normally associate with her. To find out more, just click here!


Take a look at the marvelously diverse array of new music that we've gotten for you, particularly:

  • Ain't Too Proud - I hear audiences have been cheering this musical that charts the fortunes of Motown's the Temptations. This cast recording has been released to coincide with the show's recent Broadway opening.
  • Three Points of Contact - Some of Broadway's finest, including Jenn Collela, Gavin Creel, and Lindsay Mendez, have lent their voices to this studio cast recording of a new musical by Ryan Scott Oliver. It's a pretty fantastic listen.

In addition to these albums, you’ll want to check out these new releases, which can be found in the main carousel at the top of the home page and in the “New and Recommended” one at the bottom of the page.

  • Heathers - After an acclaimed and often extended off-Broadway run, Kevin Murphy and Laurence O'Keefe's musical version of the 1989 movie of the same name is taking London by storm. That production's cast album is now available over here!
  • Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical - Also just out is the cast recording of this show that had audiences roaring in its off-Broadway run last season. This one uses a bevy of 90s hits, including "Colorblind," "I Want It That Way," and "Genie in a Bottle," as it transports the story of Les Liaisons Dangereuses to the world of Manhattan prep schools.
  • Mythic - Marcus Stevens and Oran Eldor have brought the Greek gods to marvelous, contemporary life in this new musical. That's delighted audiences in the U.K. and now can works its magic on all of us in the U.S. thanks to this original cast recording.
  • Bella: An American Tall Tale - The Playwrights Horizons cast that deftly delivered Kirsten Childs' comically revisionist look at the mythos of the Old West sounds fantastic on this album, where the music fuses contemporary sounds with traditional Broadway ones and Americana.
  • Company - This gender-swapped production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's 1970 classic has been generating a lot of buzz both in the UK and here. It's promised for Broadway in the not-so-distant future. Take a listen to this new cast album to discover what the excitement's about!
  • Unbreakable - Soloists Britney Coleman, Marcus J. Paige, and Lisa Vroman, along with songwriter Andrew Lippa, join the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus for this exciting new cast album of a show that traverses more than a century of the gay experience in America.
  • Follies - Stephen Sondheim's ravishing score for this 1971 musical sounds pretty incredible on this new recording that preserves last year's highly acclaimed London revival cast (from the Royal National Theatre). It's a marvelous addition to the collection.
  • Songs for a New World - This Jason Robert Brown score gets showcased beautifully on a new album that features the cast that presented the show last summer as part of City's Center's Off-Center seriesWhat's great about this recording is that it comes on two CDs meaning it is longer than any previous release of this much-loved show.
  • Band Geeks: The Musical - You'll find some giddy merriment at work in this tuner that's finally come to disc. A romp through the world of high school marching bands, Band Geeks sets toes a-tappin' and mouths a-smilin' from start to finish.
  • The Dancing Years - A rare treat awaits listeners with this new, complete recording of Ivor Novello and Christopher Hassell's 1939 operetta about a man who's in love with two women. Swirling melodies and gorgeous vocals abound on this beautifully assembled studio cast album.
  • Brigadoon - Kelli O'Hara and Patrick Wilson are both in fine voice on this beautiful recording of Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner's classic musical. We're all very happy to have a recording of this Encores! presentation.
  • "Loser Geek Whatever" - In anticipation of the Broadway bow of Joe Iconis' Be More Chill, the producers have released this nifty EP featuring three different versions of one of the show's terrific tunes.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Imogen Heap's Drama Desk Award winning score for the epic theatrical adventure featuring J.K. Rowling's renowned boy wizard has been marvelously transformed into four suites for this new recording. 
  • Will He Like Me? - Philip Chaffin lends his voice to over a dozen classic Broadway tunes and, in the process, creates a moving song cycle.

Our next newsletter will coincide with what would have been recording executive and producer Goddard Lieberson's 108th birthday.

If the name is unfamiliar to you, Lierberson is the man who produced the cast recordings of My Fair Lady, A Chorus Line, and A Little Night Music, as well as hundreds of others. He was also responsible for numerous studio cast recordings of shows that predated his time at Columbia Records.

Lieberson's work also extended to convincing the record company's parent company, CBS, to make investments in Broadway shows, including My Fair Lady, and he was a mentor to a new generation of producers, including Thomas Z. Shepard. I imagine Erik and Ken might have a few words to say about his remarkable work and career.

 


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