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 Posted:   May 4, 2014 - 9:39 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Ahhhhhhhhh ... Howard Keel. He was my second favorite leading man from "Man of La Mancha" ... AFTER the great Richard Kiley!

 
 Posted:   May 5, 2014 - 5:29 AM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

There was an lp of the London cast. Did you get it?

From what I've read about it, the score as presented on the lp was probably closer to your production. Several numbers from that were cut, prior to the Broadway opening.

I'm surprised you weren't aware of it. Although, on the other hand, it didn't last long, and I don't think it had much publicity, apart from announcing the 2 stars, both of whom did good work.


I was aware of both shows and the recording, I just never heard them.

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2014 - 4:26 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Came across this article a few days ago. Must say, there are some strange placements in this list, none moreso than 'Wicked' at No 2, a show I just cannot stand. Obviously these lists are subjective and popularised, which may explain why 'Les Mis' is ranked No 1 and 'From Here To Eternity' at No 17!

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/05-2014/wos100-the-top-100-musicals-of-all-time_34333.html

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2014 - 8:04 AM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

Other than WEST SIDE STORY which is, in fact, great, that list saddens me.

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2014 - 9:49 AM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)


Another totally pointless list !

All that lists like this indicate is the age group of the people who voted. ie - mostly under 30 !

The shows listed are the ones they have heard of because: they are running currently, ones that have had a lot of recent publicity, or, are amongst the musical movies they have seen, or heard of.
And...just how many people did they ask?

How else would garbage like “From Here to Eternity” make the list ? (Tim Rice really should have known better !).

It’s totally academic. Most of the titles here would not even figure in a list of their top 500 if it were compiled by the over 50’s.


 
 Posted:   May 28, 2014 - 4:44 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Are any of our dear thread contributors familiar with this show or recording? I must confess I'm not, however Elaine Paige has played a few tracks from it recently on her weekly radio show here in the UK which I liked, so I've just ordered a copy from Amazon...

 
 Posted:   May 28, 2014 - 11:21 AM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

What an insipid list.


 
 Posted:   May 29, 2014 - 7:20 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Received this new release CD today. I probably have most of what's on here on various releases scattered about, but I bought it anyway. It's available pretty cheap.

 
 Posted:   May 30, 2014 - 1:50 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Are any of our dear thread contributors familiar with this show or recording? I must confess I'm not, however Elaine Paige has played a few tracks from it recently on her weekly radio show here in the UK which I liked, so I've just ordered a copy from Amazon...



Thomas: It was a sort of follow-up to the Shire/Maltby classic "Starting Here, Starting Now," which I assume you've heard. I enjoyed it -- had made a tape of it for a friend and loaned him the booklet, which he returned to me, but it was in a manilla envelope which is somewhere in my house where there's about 3,000 manilla envelopes, so I've not seen the booklet in several years! Let me know if you'd like me to send you a few of my favorite tracks from it. I think you'd find them interesting.

As for the Elaine Paige CD, as I recall, I looked at the list and felt that I already had just about everything on it, so I didn't buy it. But love Elaine Paige. Anybody look at the clips from her new tv show? Her first guest was Julian Ovenden (from "Downton Abbey") who sang "Something's Coming." I've seen some of his musical videos in the past, and was reminded that I think he'd make a terrific Billy Bigelow from "Carousel."

1 Don't Cry For Me Argentina [1978 Version] (From the musical 'Evita')
2 Memory [1981 UK Single Version] (Theme from the musical 'Cats')
3 Ave Maria
4 I Don't Know How To Love Him (From the musical 'Jesus Christ Superstar')
5 What I Did For Love (From the musical 'A Chorus Line')
6 One Night Only (From the musical 'Dream Girls')
7 Sometimes (The main theme from the film 'Champions')
8 Unchained Melody (From the film 'Unchained')
9 I Know Him So Well [1984 UK Single Version] Duet with Barbara Dickson (From the musical 'Chess')
10 Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
11 For You
12 La Vie En Rose (From the musical play 'Piaf')
13 I Dreamed A Dream [Live] (From the musical 'Les Miserables')
14 As If We Never Said Goodbye (From the musical 'Sunset Boulevard')
15 With One Look (From the musical 'Sunset Boulevard')
16 The Prayer (Duet with Barry Manilow)
17 I'm Still Here (From the musical 'Follies')
18 It's Raining On Prom Night [Previously Unreleased] [1983 Outtake from album 'Stages'] (From the musical 'Grease')
19 What A Feeling [Ted Carfrae Mix] [Previously Unreleased] [1984 Outtake from album 'Cinema'] (From the film 'Flashdance')
20 Be On Your Own [Almighty Remix - Radio Edit] [Previously Unreleased] (From the musical 'Nine')

There's little there that I DON'T have.

Addendum: Wish someone could tell me the difference between the $20.47 version of this and the $32.97 Special Edition -- what do we get if we pay about 55% more???

 
 
 Posted:   May 30, 2014 - 11:17 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

Are any of our dear thread contributors familiar with this show or recording? I must confess I'm not, however Elaine Paige has played a few tracks from it recently on her weekly radio show here in the UK which I liked, so I've just ordered a copy from Amazon...



Thomas: It was a sort of follow-up to the Shire/Maltby classic "Starting Here, Starting Now," which I assume you've heard. I enjoyed it -- had made a tape of it for a friend and loaned him the booklet, which he returned to me, but it was in a manilla envelope which is somewhere in my house where there's about 3,000 manilla envelopes, so I've not seen the booklet in several years! Let me know if you'd like me to send you a few of my favorite tracks from it. I think you'd find them interesting.

As for the Elaine Paige CD, as I recall, I looked at the list and felt that I already had just about everything on it, so I didn't buy it. But love Elaine Paige. Anybody look at the clips from her new tv show? Her first guest was Julian Ovenden (from "Downton Abbey") who sang "Something's Coming." I've seen some of his musical videos in the past, and was reminded that I think he'd make a terrific Billy Bigelow from "Carousel."

1 Don't Cry For Me Argentina [1978 Version] (From the musical 'Evita')
2 Memory [1981 UK Single Version] (Theme from the musical 'Cats')
3 Ave Maria
4 I Don't Know How To Love Him (From the musical 'Jesus Christ Superstar')
5 What I Did For Love (From the musical 'A Chorus Line')
6 One Night Only (From the musical 'Dream Girls')
7 Sometimes (The main theme from the film 'Champions')
8 Unchained Melody (From the film 'Unchained')
9 I Know Him So Well [1984 UK Single Version] Duet with Barbara Dickson (From the musical 'Chess')
10 Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
11 For You
12 La Vie En Rose (From the musical play 'Piaf')
13 I Dreamed A Dream [Live] (From the musical 'Les Miserables')
14 As If We Never Said Goodbye (From the musical 'Sunset Boulevard')
15 With One Look (From the musical 'Sunset Boulevard')
16 The Prayer (Duet with Barry Manilow)
17 I'm Still Here (From the musical 'Follies')
18 It's Raining On Prom Night [Previously Unreleased] [1983 Outtake from album 'Stages'] (From the musical 'Grease')
19 What A Feeling [Ted Carfrae Mix] [Previously Unreleased] [1984 Outtake from album 'Cinema'] (From the film 'Flashdance')
20 Be On Your Own [Almighty Remix - Radio Edit] [Previously Unreleased] (From the musical 'Nine')

There's little there that I DON'T have.


Julian Ovenden as Billy Bigelow - great idea - hope he gets back to the US for another Bway show

 
 Posted:   May 31, 2014 - 5:25 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

My first memory of Julian Ovenden is the made for television, A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE MUSICAL, where he impressed in the very small role of nephew Fred.

 
 Posted:   Jun 1, 2014 - 7:55 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

PhiladelphiaSon: Well, he was a delight in his episodes of season 4 of "Downton Abbey" and I've enjoyed the musical clips I've seen of him on YouTube, including the one I mentioned from Elaine Paige's new tv show.

And to philiperic, glad you liked my casting idea of Julian Ovenden as Billy Bigelow!

I just added this to my comment above about the new Elaine Paige compilation:

Addendum: Wish someone could tell me the difference between the $20.47 version of this and the $32.97 Special Edition -- what do we get if we pay about 55% more???

 
 Posted:   Jun 1, 2014 - 9:51 AM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)

My first memory of Julian Ovenden is the made for television, A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE MUSICAL, where he impressed in the very small role of nephew Fred.

I think Julian first made an impact on British TV back in 2003, in the long running, Sunday night drama series - “The Royal”.

He played Dr David Cheriton in the first 15 episodes of this very popular series. It ran for eight series (seasons) and was a spin off from the, even more popular series “Heartbeat”.

Set in the 1960’s, it revolved around the staff & patients of the Royal Hospital in the fictional North Yorkshire coastal resort of Elsinby. ( actually filmed in Scarborough).

I can’t remember if he ever sang in it ??

The first two series are now available on DVD.




 
 
 Posted:   Jun 1, 2014 - 10:09 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Julian Ovenden was the original lead in Maury Yeston's marvelous musical version of "Death Takes a Holiday" (2011), but dropped out during previews, due to what was explained as vocal problems.

Too bad. It would have been his Broadway debut, but he was replaced by his understudy, who did a great job himself, and it's the understudy who sings on the cast recording.

I was lucky enough to see it, during one of my rare forays back to the East Coast, and it is a lovely show.

(However, like many new works nowadays, it didn't even open at at a big theatre, but at the former American Place Theatre, which now has a different name. New shows don't seem to get the backing that these big spectacles have. When I was back in New York a couple of weeks ago, I managed to catch one of the final performances of "Bridges of Madison County," which was due to close, mostly because it, inexplicably, wasn't even nominated for the Tony Best Musical, or Best Actor, both of which nominations it most heartily deserved. Go figure.)

 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2014 - 7:17 AM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

I've been partially obsessed (again), with the original cast recording of one of my favorite shows, SUBWAYS ARE FOR SLEEPING. Next to GYPSY (or perhaps equal to), it is my favorite Jule Styne score, and remains one of my favorite theater-going experiences, all these years later. It was such a fun, and fast-paced show. One of the few I actually saw more than once during its Broadway run.

 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2014 - 7:50 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

For Thomas:

Did you get the samples from the 2 David Shire shows I sent you -- "Closer Than Ever" and "Starting Here, Starting Now"? Was just wondering.

 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2014 - 7:51 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Ron

I did receive them, many thanks. I've sent you an email.

 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2014 - 7:58 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

I just added this to my comment above about the new Elaine Paige compilation:

Addendum: Wish someone could tell me the difference between the $20.47 version of this and the $32.97 Special Edition -- what do we get if we pay about 55% more???


Ron

The Deluxe Edition is a 2 disc set, as opposed to just the 1 disc standard edition that you posted the tracklisting from. Below is the tracklisting for the 2nd disc. I've also really been enjoying her TV show, I loved her interview with Tim Rice a few episodes ago, and she also sang 'Don't Cry For Me, Argentina'.

Disc: 2
1. If You Don't Want My Love
2. How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns
3. Far Side Of The Bay
4. Oh Major
5. The Second Time (Theme From "Bilitis")
6. My Knight In Black Leather
7. Rocking
8. Running Back For More (From "Blondel")
9. Losing My Mind (From "Follies")
10. Be On Your Own (From "Nine")
11. Another Suitcase In Another Hall (From "Evita")
12. The Windmills Of Your Mind (From The Film "The Thomas Crown Affair")
13. He's A Dream (From "Flashdance")
14. Walking In The Air (From "The Snowman")
15. On My Own (From "Les Miserables")
16. All Things Considered
17. A Winter's Tale
18. Hymne A L'Amour (If You Love Me) (From "Piaf")
19. The Perfect Year
20. It's Only Life (Duet With Sinead O'Connor)

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2014 - 12:03 PM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

Just thought some of you might want to know about a new website:

http://www.bwaytunes.com/

It offers a huge selection of show albums for download -- some demos -- sheet music. A real treasure trove for Broadway musical fans.

Here's a feature on the site:

http://broadwaydirect.com/feature/an-online-haven-for-musical-theater-fans-bwaytunes

(Self disclosure: my best friend, Erik Haagensen, is one of the featured bloggers for the site.)

 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2014 - 12:40 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

There are people out there who in the distant past violated the rule about recording performances and in the process they preserved things that would otherwise be lost to us today. I have now thanks to that work of those people been able to enjoy video of these otherwise lost productions.

Camelot-1980 revival with Richard Burton at New York State Theatre. This was early in the run when Burton's health was good and he still demonstrates why he was the best in the part.

My Fair Lady-1981 revival and Rex Harrison's last tour of the production. Rex, by contrast, is just coasting on past glory but its great to see this preserved and to see him get his applause when he enters.

Gypsy-1998 Paper Mill production with Betty Buckley. I saw this one and it remains the greatest ovation I ever saw for a performer. I've never bothered with any other revivals of the show since.

 
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