Various Artists

Reprise Musical Repertory Theater

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A 58-track collection compiling four original cast recordings from Reprise Records' '50s and '60s show tune releases: Guys and Dolls, Finian's Rainbow, Kiss Me Kate, and South Pacific. The performers outshine the songs on this box set, with the list reading like a Rat Pack reunion: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr. all make appearances, as do the Hi-Lo's, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, and Jo Stafford. While these are all great interpretations of Frank Loesser, Harburg and Lane, Rodgers and Hart, and Cole Porter's works, the glamour of these legends tends to overwhelm the story lines of the theater pieces. While these albums have never been considered the definitive recordings of the Broadway shows, they still stand as fine vocal pop recordings.

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