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Broadway: The American Musical

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This is the five-disc companion to the television documentary Broadway: The American Musical, covering 100 years of Broadway musicals, from Little Johnny Jones to The Producers, with performers from Al Jolson to Kristin Chenoweth. Undoubtedly it won't please all Broadway fans: not enough Rodgers and Hammerstein; too much Lloyd Webber; why "If I Were a Rich Man" instead of "Sunrise, Sunset"; why include shows that originated in England; and so on. But, as the companion to the TV series, its selections are based on what was used in the documentary. There is very little that isn't familiar in some way to Broadway fans, and true aficionados will already have many of these songs in the original cast recordings of complete shows. The set is much more valuable as a survey for Broadway novices, with the enclosed notes giving a brief historical perspective for each show. Because the music is presented more or less in chronological order, generally with original artists, one can hear how singing styles have changed as much as the musical styles have changed. It's also interesting to note that once upon a time, Broadway shows produced songs that ended up in the American vernacular, but today, Broadway shows are created from pop songs. The collection does seem to be over-packed with recent musicals that haven't yet proved their worth (six songs from shows produced between 2000 and 2004, compared to seven from shows produced between 1920 and 1930); on the other hand, it shows the increasing diversity of Broadway. At the very least, it's a fun tour through the life of an American art form. So "Try to Remember" to "Glitter and Be Gay" because the "Fascinatin' Rhythm" and "The Sweetest Sounds"of "My Favorite Things" and "All That Jazz" are found "On Broadway," where "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and "People" can dream "The Impossible Dream."

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time
George M!
1 3:41
2 2:37
3 3:00
Ziegfeld Follies of 1919, revue
4 2:37
5
3:28
Lady, Be Good!, musical
6 2:25
7 2:52
Oh, Kay!, musical
8 3:31
Show Boat, musical in 2 acts
9 4:03
10 4:07
11 3:25
Simple Simon, musical
12 3:18
13 3:21
Americana, musical (3rd edition)
14 3:13
Gay Divorce, musical
15 3:14
As Thousands Cheer, revue
16 3:03
Roberta, musical
17
2:56
Anything Goes, musical play
18 2:55
Porgy and Bess, opera
19 2:33
Knickerbocker Holiday, musical play
20 2:55
Leave It to Me, musical
21 2:56
Higher and Higher, musical
22 3:17
Pal Joey, musical
23 3:11
This is the Army, revue
24 1:38
Oklahoma!, musical
25 2:31

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time
On the Town, musical
1 3:59
Carousel, musical
2 4:22
St. Louis Woman, musical play
3 2:53
Annie Get Your Gun, musical
4 3:11
Finian's Rainbow, musical
5 3:15
Where's Charley?, musical
6 4:23
Kiss Me Kate, musical
7 3:36
South Pacific, musical
8 3:02
Lost in the Stars, musical play
9 3:35
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, musical play
10 3:00
Guys and Dolls, musical
11 3:01
The King and I, musical
12 3:28
Of Thee I Sing, musical
13 1:44
Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin)
14 4:09
Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera), opera
15
3:21
The Pajama Game, musical
16 3:34
Damn Yankees, musical
17 3:14
My Fair Lady, musical
18 3:31
The Most Happy Fella, musical
19 2:49
Bells Are Ringing, musical
20 2:42
Candide, operetta in 2 acts (original version, withdrawn)
21 5:45
West Side Story, musical
22 3:55

Track Listing - Disc 3

Title/Composer Performer Time
The Music Man, musical
1 3:02
Flower Drum Song, musical
2 3:36
Gypsy, musical
3 3:08
The Sound of Music, musical
4 2:48
Bye, Bye Birdie, musical
5 3:19
The Fantasticks, musical
6 2:47
Camelot, musical
7 2:31
Carnival, musical play
8
1:51
How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, musical
9 4:03
No Strings, musical
10 5:02
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, musical
11 5:01
Stop the World - I Want to Get Off, musical
12 2:35
Oliver!, musical
13 4:11
Hello, Dolly!, musical
14 5:43
Funny Girl, musical
15 3:28
Anyone Can Whistle, musical
16 3:40
Fiddler on the Roof, musical
17 4:57
Golden Boy, musical
18 4:07
Man of la Mancha, musical
19 2:23
Sweet Charity, musical
20 3:28
Mame, musical
21
3:47

Track Listing - Disc 4

Title/Composer Performer Time
Cabaret, musical play
1
5:11
Hair, musical
2 3:38
Promises, Promises, musical
3 3:18
Company, musical
4
4:29
No, No, Nanette, musical
5 8:21
Follies, musical play
6
4:22
Jesus Christ Superstar, musical
7 3:31
Grease, musical
8
2:25
Pippin, musical
9 3:19
A Little Night Music, musical
10 3:28
The Wiz, musical
11
2:28
A Chorus Line, musical
12
One
4:46
Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville, musical play
13 3:13
Annie, musical
14 2:07
Evita, musical
15 5:22
Barnum, musical
16 3:52
42nd Street, musical play
17 4:49
Dreamgirls, musical
18
4:07
Nine, musical play
19
4:30

Track Listing - Disc 5

Title/Composer Performer Time
Cats, musical
1 3:39
La Cage Aux Folles, musical
2 3:01
Sunday in the Park with George, musical play
3
3:40
Les Miserables, musical
4
2:08
The Phantom of the Opera, film score
5 5:13
City of Angels, musical
6 3:24
Miss Saigon, musical
7
6:05
8 2:40
Sunset Boulevard, musical
9 3:13
Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue
10 2:39
Victor/Victoria, musical play
11 4:22
Rent, musical play
12 2:52
The Lion King, musical play
13 3:13
The Producers, musical play
14 6:47
Mamma Mia!, musical play
15 3:44
Hairspray, musical play
16 3:42
Movin' Out, ballet
17
2:40
The Boy from Oz, musical play
18 3:50
Wicked, musical play
19
5:56
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