Composer/lyricist Maury Yeston (Nine) actually began work on this musical version of Gaston Leroux's novel The Phantom Of The Opera before it attracted the attention of Andrew Lloyd Webber (and before it fell out of copyright). But Lloyd Webber got to the stage first and had a spectacular success with his show, so the Yeston version is doomed always to be known as "the other Phantom." Nevertheless, it has gotten some productions (although not in New York or London), and this "premiere cast recording" reveals it to be a respectable effort, free of the bombast of Lloyd Webber, if not quite the superior treatment claimed in the liner notes.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann
Richard Alder / Leroy Anderson / Marshall Barer / Lionel Bart / Irving Berlin / Rick Besoyan / Reginald "Guy" Bolton / Mark "Moose" Charlap / Cy Coleman / Betty Comden / Howard Dietz / Fred Ebb / Sammy Fain / Ira Gershwin / Norman Gimbel / Timothy Gray / Adolph Green / George Haimsohn / Marvin Hamlisch / E.Y. "Yip" Harburg / Lorenz Hart / Jerry Herman / DuBose Heyward / Oscar Hammerstein II / Tom Jones / John Kander / Jerome Kern / Burton Lane / Carolyn Leigh / Alan Jay Lerner / Frank Loesser / Frederick Loewe / Hugh Martin / Bob Merrill / Robin Miller / Cole Porter / Mary Rodgers / Richard Rodgers / Harold Rome / Jerry Ross / Carole Bayer Sager / Harvey Schmidt / Arthur Schwartz / Stephen Sondheim / Jule Styne / Paul Francis Webster / Jim Wise / P.G. Wodehouse / Maury Yeston