The Greatest Musicals of the 20th Century

Louise Gold starred on Volume 4, Track 5 as Reno Sweeney from Anything Goes, Readers Digest Recording

Catalogue number: (CD) Readers Digest 0350915, (Cassette) Readers Digest 0370915 issued in 2001.

 

Cast

Featured

Joan Baxter (as Eva Peron from Evita, Sally Bowles from Cabaret and other assorted characters)

Andy Brown

Julie Bryant (as Nellie Forbush from South Pacific)

Betty Buckley (as Grizalbella from Cats, and, Norma Desmond from Sunset Boulevard)

Clare Burt (as Simon Pistache from Can Can)

Steve Butler

Mary Carewe (as Mary Magdalene from Jesus Christ Superstar, Vera Simpson from Pal Joey and other assorted characters)

Petula Clark

Judy Collins (as Desirie from A Little Night Music)

Jess Conrad

Gemma Craven (as Nellie Forbush from South Pacific and other assorted characters)

Kim Criswell

Lorna Dallas (as Marsinah from Kismet and other assorted characters)

Julie Dawn (as Dolly Winslow from Leave It To Me)

Michael Dennison (as Colonel Pickering from My Fair Lady)

Barbara Dickson (as Adelaide from Guys And Dolls)

John Dulieu (as assorted characters)

Ivor Emmanuel (as Curly from Oklahoma! Joe from Showboat, Frank Butler from Annie Get Your Gun, and, Emile De Becque from South Pacific)

John Farlow

Ethan Freeman

Fiona Fullerton (as Guinevere from Camelot)

Louise Gold (as Reno Sweeney from Anything Goes)

Brian Greene (as First Gangster from Kiss Me Kate)

Stanley Grover (as Frank Butler from Annie Get Your Gun and other assorted characters)

Richard Harris (as King Arthur from Camelot)

Rex Harrison (as Professor Higgins from My Fair Lady, and, Gaston Lachille from Gigi)

Fiona Hendley (as Christine from The Phantom Of The Opera, and, Fanny Brice from Funny Girl)

Marilyn Hill-Smith (as Eliza Dolittle from My Fair Lady)

Edmund Hockridge (as Francois Durnet from Can Can)

Tricia Holliday

Doreen Hume (as Anna Leonowens from The King And I, Maria from The Sound Of Music, and Lilli Vanessi from Kiss Me Kate)

Bryan Johnson (as Fred Graham from Kiss Me Kate)

Paul Jones (as Mr Mistoffelees from Cats, The Phantom from The Phantom Of The Opera, and other assorted characters)

Sylvia King (as Maria from West Side Story)

Darryll Knock (as Francois Durnet from Can Can)

Helen Landis (as Carrie from Carousel)

Stephanie Lawrence (as Eva Peron from Evita)

Adele Leigh (as Anna Leonowens from The King And I)

Fred Lucas

Michael Maguire (as The Phantom from The Phantom Of The Opera, Freddy Eynsford-Hill from My Fair Lady, Tony from West Side Story and other assorted characters)

Robert Mandell (as Curly from Oklahoma!, Frank Butler from Annie Get Your Gun, and other assorted characters)

Simon Masterson-Smith

Alec McCowen (as Henry Higgins from My Fair Lady)

Julia Mckenzie (as Anna Lia Owens from The King And I)

Anna Moffo (as Julie Laverne from Showboat, and other assorted characters)

Ron Moody (as Alfred P Dolittle from My Fair Lady)

Stella Moray (as Charity Hope Valentine from Sweet Charity)

Margot Moser (as Laurey from Oklahoma!, Julie Jordan from Carousel, and other assorted characters)

Johnny Nichols

Les Nichols (as Joseph in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat)

Marni Nixon (as Maria from The Sound Of Music)

Tinuke Olafimihan (as Eliza Dolittle from My Fair Lady)

Oliver aka William Oliver Swofford

Rosalind Page (as assorted characters)

Sheila Parker (as Fanny Brice from Funny Girl)

Mike Pearn (as assorted characters)

Robert Peterson (as Curly from Oklahoma! Guy from The Gay Divorce, Billy Bigalow from Carousel, and other assorted characters)

Nigel Planer (as The M.C. from Cabaret)

Tom Saffery (as Littlechap from Stop The World I Want To Get Off)

Mike Sammes (as Alfred P Dolittle from My Fair Lady)

Mark Sellers

Jim Smilie (as The Caliph from Kismet, Honore Lachaille from Gigi and other assorted characters)

Rosemary Squires (as Julie Laverne from Showboat, Annie Oakley from Annie Get Your Gun, Maria from The Sound Of Music, Fanny Brice from Funny Girl, and, Nancy from Oliver)

Tommy Steele

Topol (as Tervye from Fiddler On The Roof)

Ian Wallace (as Mr Bumble from Oliver)

Carl Wayne (as Jesus from Jesus Christ Superstar and other assorted characters)

Dave Willets (as Joseph in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and others)

Gary Williams

Gary Wilmot

Matt Zimmerman (as Second Gangster from Kiss Me Kate)

 

Orchestras and choruses

The Alan Braden Orchestra

The Broadway Choir

The Frank Devol Orchestra

The Gerry Allison Orchestra

The Gordon Langford Orchestra

The Gordon Lorenz Singers

The Hill Bowen Orchestra

The James Walker Chorus

The James Walker Orchestra

The Ken Thorne Orchestra

The Lee Roberts Orchestra

The Lehman Engel Orchestra

The Michael Westlake Orchestra

The Michael Westlake Singers

The Mike Sammes Choir

The Mike Sammes Chorus

The Mike Sammes Girls Chorus

The Mike Sammes Orchestra

National Symphony Choir

National Symphony Orchestra

NSO Ensemble

New York Pops

The New York Theatre Orchestra

The Nick Ingman Orchestra

The Paul Bateman Orchestra

The Paul Clayton Orchestra

The Peter Night Chorus

The Peter Night Orchestra

The Reg Owen Orchestra

The Richard Benson Orchestra

The Robert Mandell Chorus

The Robert Mandell Orchestra

The Roland Shaw Orchestra

Sinfonia Of London

The Wally Stott Orchestra

West End Concert Chorus

The West End Concert Orchestra

West End Theatre Orchestra

 

Production Team

Conductors - Gerry Allison, Paul Bateman, Bruce Baxter, Richard Benson, Hill Bowen, Alan Braden, Paul Clayton, Frank Devol, Lehman Engel, Matthew Freeman, Douglas Gamley, Charles Gerhardt, Nick Ingman, Gordon Langford, Ian Lynn, Robert Mandell, Del Newman, Peter Night, Reg Owen, John Owen-Edwards, Lee Roberts, Roland Shaw, Wally Stott, Ken Thorne, Jonathan Tunick, James Walker, Michael Westlake, and, Martin Yates

Compiled by - Henri Heymans

Annotated by - John Comber

Producer - The Readers Digest Ltd

Executive Producer - Dermot Hoy

Designed by - Deborah Hau

 

Track Listing

Volume 1: The Magic Of Andrew Lloyd Webber 0350915-1

1. Superstar (from Jesus Christ Superstar) - Carl Wayne and the Gordon Lorenz Singers

2. I Donít Know How To Love Him (from Jesus Christ Superstar) - Mary Carewe, with Paul Bateman and his Orchestra

3. Any Dream Will Do (from Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) - Les Nichols

4. Close Every Door (from Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) - Dave Willets

5. Half A Moment (from Jeeves) - Carl Wayne

6. Donít Cry For Me Argentina (from Evita) - Joan Baxter with Roland Shaw and his Orchestra

7. High Flying Adored (from Evita) - Dave Willets

8. Another Suitcase In Another Hall (from Evita) - Stephanie Lawrence

9. On This Night Of A Thousand Stars (from Evita) - Carl Wayne

10. Oh What A Circus (from Evita) - Jess Conrad

11. Nothing Like Youíve Ever Known (from Song And Dance) - Johnny Nichols

12. Memory (from Cats) - Betty Buckley

13. Mr Mistoffelees (from Cats) - Paul Jones

14. Starlight Express (from Starlight Express) - Mark Sellers, John Farlow, and, Tricia Holliday

15. The Phantom Of The Opera (from The Phantom Of The Opera) - Paul Jones and Fiona Hendley

16. The Music Of The Night (from The Phantom of The Opera) - Michael Maguire with the New York Pops

17. Love Changes Everything (from Aspects Of Love) - John Dulieu

18. As If We Never Said Goodbye (from Sunset Boulevard) - Betty Buckley

19. No Matter What (from Whistle Down The Wind) - Steve Butler with The West End Theatre Orchestra conducted by Matthew Freeman

 

Volume 2: Broadway Classics 035015-2

1. Oh, What A Beautiful Morniní (from Oklahoma!) - Ivor Emmanuel with Richard Benson and his Orchestra

2. The Surrey With The Fringe On Top (from Oklahoma!) - The James Walker Chorus and Orchestra

3. People Will Say Weíre In Love (from Oklahoma!) - Margot Moser and Robert Petersen with Lee Roberts and his Orchestra

4. Oklahoma! from (Oklahoma!) - Robert Mandell, his Chorus and Orchestra

5. Olí Man River (from Showboat) - Ivor Emmanuel with Richard Benson and his Orchestra

6. Canít Help Loviní Dat Man (from Showboat) - Rosemary Squires with Ken Thorne and his Orchestra

7. Bill (from Showboat) - Anna Moffo with Lehman Engel and his Orchestra

8. The Girl That I Marry (from Annie Get Your Gun) - Ivor Emmanuel with Richard Benson and his Orchestra

9. Thereís No Business Like Show Business (from Annie Get Your Gun) - Robert Mandell, his Chorus and Orchestra

10. They Say Itís Wonderful (from Annie Get Your Gun) - Rosemary Squires and Stanley Grover with Robert Mandell and his Orchestra

11. What Kind Of Fool Am I? (from Stop The World I Want To Get Off) - Tom Saffery with Mike Sammes, his Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Gordon Langford

12. Cíest Manifique (from Can Can) - Edmund Hockridge with the West End Theatre Orchestra conducted by Matthew Freeman

13. Itís Alright With Me (from Can Can) - Darryll Knock with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates

14. I Love Paris (from Can Can) - Clare Burt with the NSO Ensemble conducted by Martin Yates

15. Bewitched (from Pal Joey) - Mary Carewe and Mike Penn with the Sinfonia of London conducted by Charles Gerhardt

16. Tea For Two (from No, No, Nanette) - Margot Moser and Stanley Grover with Robert Mandell and his Orchestra

17. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (from Roberta) - Anna Moffo with Lehman Engel and his Orchestra

18. Hello Young Lovers (from The King And I) - Julia McKenzie with Orchestra

19. March Of The Siamese Children (from The King And I) - James Walker and his Orchestra

20. Getting To Know You (from The King And I) - Adele Leigh with Richard Benson and his Orchestra

21. We Kiss In A Shadow (from The King And I) - Lorna Dallas and Jim Smile with Gordon Langford and his Orchestra

22. Shall We Dance (from The King And I) - Doreen Hume with Hill Bowen and his Orchestra

 

Volume 3: Musical Movie Favourites 0350915-3

1. The Rain In Spain (from My Fair Lady) - Alec McCowen, Tinuke Olafimihan, and, Michael Davidson, with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards

2. Wouldnít It Be Loverly? (from My Fair Lady) - Tinuke Olafimihan with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen-Edwards

3. With A Little Bit Of Luck (from My Fair Lady) - Ron Moody with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards

4. I Could Have Danced All Night (from My Fair Lady) - Marilyn Hill Smith with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards

5. Get Me To The Church On Time (from My Fair Lady) - Mike Sammes with Roland Shaw and his Orchestra

6. Iíve Grown Accustomed To Her Face (from My Fair Lady) - Rex Harrison

7. On The Street Where You Live (from My Fair Lady) - Michael Maguire with the New York Pops

8. Thank Heaven For Little Girls (from Gigi) - Jim Smile with Gordon Langford and his Orchestra

9. Gigi (from Gigi) - Rex Harrison

10. The Sound Of Music (from The Sound Of Music) - Rosalind Page, Robert Mandell his Chorus and Orchestra

11. My Favourite Things (from The Sound Of Music) - Rosemary Squires with Lee Roberts and his Orchestra

12. Do-Re-Mi (from The Sound Of Music) - Doreen Hume with Hill Bowen and his Orchestra

13. Climb Evíry Mountain (from The Sound Of Music) - Marnie Nixon with Frank Devol and his Orchestra

14. Edelweiss (from The Sound Of Music) - Mary Carewe with Paul Bateman and his Orchestra

15. People (from Funny Girl) - Rosemary Squires with Ken Thorne and his Orchestra

16. You Are Woman (I Am Man) (from Funny Girl) - Fiona Hendley and Paul Jones with Ensemble conducted by Ian Lynn

17. Donít Rain On My Parade (from Funny Girl) - Sheila Parker with orchestra conducted by Del Newman

18. Supercalifragilisticespialidocious (from Mary Poppins) - The Broadway Choir and the New York Theatre Orchestra

19. Maria (from West Side Story) - Michael Maguire with the New York Pops

20. Tonight (from West Side Story) - Rosalind Page with Hill Bowen and his Orchestra

21. America (from West Side Story) - Mary Carewe and Mike Pearn with the Sinfonia of London conducted by Douglas Gamley

22. I Feel Pretty (from West Side Story) - Sylvia King with the Mike Sammes Girls Chorus

23. Somewhere (from West Side Story) - John Dulieu

24. Beauty And The Beast (from Beauty And The Beast) - Gemma Craven with the West End Theatre Orchestra conducted by Matthew Freeman

 

Volume 4: Showtime! 0350915-4

1. Hello Dolly (from Hello Dolly) - The Robert Mandell Chorus and Orchestra

2. Wonderful Copenhagen (from Hans Christian Anderson) - Tommy Steele

3. Mame (from Mame) - Fred Lucas and the Mike Sammes Choir with Alan Braden and his Orchestra

4. Night And Day (from The Gay Divorce) - Robert Peterson with Wally Stott and his Orchestra

5. I Get A Kick Out Of You (from Anything Goes) - Louise Gold with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards

6. The Lady Is A Tramp (from Babes In Arms) - Stanley Grover with Robert Mandell and his Orchestra

7. My Heart Belongs To Daddy (from Leave It To Me) - Julie Dawn with Roland Shaw and his Orchestra

8. Prologue: The Carousel Waltz (from Carousel) -Reg Owen and his Orchestra

9. If I Loved You (from Carousel) - Margot Moser and Robert Peterson with Robert Mandell and his Orchestra

10. Youíll Never Walk Alone (from Carousel) - Helen Landis and the Mike Sammes Choir with Roland Shaw and his Orchestra

11. Adelaideís Lament (from Guys And Dolls) - Barbara Dickson with orchestra conducted by Del Newman

12. Guys And Dolls (from Guys And Dolls) - Gary Wilmot, Gary Williams, and, Andy Brown, with orchestra conducted by Bruce Baxter

13. Wunderbar (from Kiss Me Kate) - Bryan Johnson and Doreen Hume with Hill Bowen and his Orchestra

14. Brush Up Your Shakespeare (from Kiss Me Kate) - Brian Greene and Matt Zimmerman with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards

15. What I did For Love (from A Chorus Line) - Joan Baxter and the Mike Sammes Choir with Nick Ingman and his Orchestra

16. If My Friends Could See Me Now (from Sweet Charity) -Stella Moray with Roland Shaw and his Orchestra

17. Hey Big Spender (from Sweet Charity) -Joan Baxter and the Mike Sammes Choir with Nick Ingman and his Orchestra

18. Aquarius (from Hair) - Joan Baxter and the Mike Sammes Choir with Alan Braden and his Orchestra

19. Good Morning Sunshine(from Hair) Ė Oliver (aka William Oliver Swofford)

 

Volume 5: The World Of The Musical 0350915-5

1. Willkommen (from Cabaret) - Nigel Planer with orchestra conducted by Matthew Freeman

2. Cabaret (from Cabaret) - Joan Baxter with Nick Ingman his Chorus and Orchestra

3. The Money Song (Money Makes The World Go Round)(from Cabaret) - The Broadway Choir with the New York Theatre Orchestra

4. If I Were A Rich Man (from Fiddler On The Roof) - Topol

5. Sunrise, Sunset (from Fiddler On The Roof) - Robert Peterson with Robert Mandell his Chorus and Orchestra

6. Some Enchanted Evening (from South Pacific) - Ivor Emmanuel with Richard Benson and his Orchestra

7. Iím Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair (from South Pacific) - Julie Bryant with Michael Westlake Orchestra and Singers

8. Iím In Love With A Wonderful Guy (from South Pacific) - Gemma Craven with the West End Concert Orchestra conducted by Matthew Freeman

9. I Talk To The Trees (from Paint Your Wagon) - Ethan Freeman with the National Symphony Choir conducted by Martin Yates

10. Wandriní Star (from Paint Your Wagon) - Simon Masterson-Smith with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates

11. I wonder What The King Is Doing Tonight (from Camelot) - Richard Harris with Gerry Allison and his Orchestra

12. Camelot (from Camelot) - Richard Harris and Fiona Fullerton with Gerry Allison and his Orchestra

13. How To Handle A Woman (from Camelot) - Richard Harris with Gerry Allison and his Orchestra

14. If Ever I Would Leave You (from Camelot) - Michael Maguire with the New York Pops

15. Stranger In Paradise (from Kismet) -Lorna Dallas and Jim Smilie with Gordon Langford and his Orchestra

16. Baubles, Bangles And Beads (from Kismet) - Lorna Dallas with Nick Ingman and his Orchestra

17. Oliver! (from Oliver!) - Ian Wallace with the West End Concert Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Matthew Freeman

18. As Long As He Needs Me (from Oliver!) - Rosemary Squires with Wally Stott and his Orchestra

19. Send In The Clowns (from A Little Night Music) - Judy Collins with orchestra conducted by Jonathan Tunick

20. I Dreamed A Dream (from Les Miserables) - Petula Clark with Paul Clayton and his Orchestra

21. The Last Night Of The World (from Miss Saigon) - Kim Criswell and Carl Wayne

 

The Cassettes follow the same track listing as the CDs with: the first cassette containing CD1 Tracks 1 to 10 on Side 1 and Tracks 11 to 19 on Side 2, the second cassette containing CD2 Tracks 1 to 11 on Side 1 and Tracks 12 to 22 on Side 2, the third cassette containing CD3 Tracks 1 to 12 on Side 1 and Tracks 13 to 24 on Side 2, the fourth cassette containing CD4 Tracks 1 to 10 on Side 1 and Tracks 11 to 19 on Side 2, and the fifth cassette containing CD5 Tracks 1 to 10 on Side 1 and Tracks 11 to 21 on Side 2.

The track I Get A Kick Out Of You on this album is from the JAY/TER recording of Anything Goes - Website Recommended album. An album which also includes the singing talents of Brian Greene, Simon Masterson-Smith, and, Matt Zimmerman, with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards.

Louise Gold has also sung a parody of I Get A Kick Out Of You, as I Get A Kick Out Of U on Sesame Street

Louise Gold, Clare Burt, Brian Greene, Darryl Knock, Simon Masterson-Smith, and, Matt Zimmerman, along with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards and Martin Yates can also be heard on another Readers Digest album, Cole Porter - Night And Day, as can the recordings of I Get A Kick Out Of You, I Love Paris, Itís Alright With Me, and, Brush Up Your Shakespeare on this album.

Clare Burt along with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards can also be heard on Cabaret.

Clare Burt, Kim Criswell, Ethan Freeman, Richard Harris, and, Tinuke Olafimihan along with the National Symphony Orchestra, and the conducting talents of John Owen Edwards, Martin Yates, and Gerry Allison can also be heard on Encore The Very Best From The Musicals, as can the versions of Wouldnít It Be Loverly and How To Handle A Woman on this album.

Clare Burt, Kim Criswell, Michael Maguire, and, Tinuke Olafimihan along with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards and Martin Yates can also be heard on Simply Musicals.

Mary Carewe, and, Lorna Dallas appeared in Broadway To Brighton.

Mary Carewe, and, Dave Willets appeared in Chicago & Company.

Mary Carewe, Petula Clarke, Paul Jones, and, Julia McKenzie appeared in A Time To Start Living, which Paul Bateman also worked on.

Lorna Dallas appeared in Kids At Heart, which Petula Clarke and Stephanie Lawrence may have appeared in, and which Paul Bateman also worked on.

Kim Criswell, and, Matt Zimmerman appeared in Let ĎEm Eat Cake.

Kim Criswell, Ethan Freeman, Simon Masterson-Smith, Tinuke Olafimihan, and, Matt Zimmerman along with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards can also be heard on On The Town.

Kim Criswell appeared in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Louise Gold, Kim Criswell, Ethan Freeman, Brian Greene, Ron Moody, and, Tinuke Olafimihan, along with the conducting talents of Lehman Engel, John Owen Edwards, and, Martin Yates as well as the National Symphony Orchestra can also be heard on The History Of The Musical, as can an excerpt from the versions of I Get A Kick Out Of You, and, Brush Up Your Shakespeare that are heard on this album.

Lorna Dallas, Richard Harris, Topol, and, Matt Zimmerman may have appeared in The Royal Variety Performance (1982).

Lorna Dallas, and, Julia McKenzie appeared on Letís Do The Show Right Here, and, in the Side By Side By Sondheim 25th Anniversary Gala.

Ethan Freeman appeared in One Touch Of Venus (2000 Production).

Louise Gold, Ethan Freeman, and Alec McCowen along with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards and Martin Yates can be heard on The Best Of Broadway Musicals, as can the version of I Get A Kick Out Of You heard on this album.

Ethan Freeman, Ron Moody, and, Tinuke Olafimihan along with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards and Martin Yates can be heard on Great Duets From The Musicals.

Paul Jones starred in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Touring Production).

Alec McCowen has appeared in The Cherry Orchard.

Julia McKenzie starred on stage in Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala; on television in Julia And Company, and appeared on the radio in Ned Sherrinís Review Of Revue.

Nigel Planer can also be heard on Utterly Utterly Live Comic Relief, appeared in Man Of La Mancha, and took part in Comic Relif 1986..

Jim Smile appeared on Sondheim At The Barbican.

Topol appeared in Ziegfeld (Stage Show).

Carl Wayne did voices on Spitting Image (or at least he was a backing singer on some of their musical numbers).

Gary Wilmot appeared in Regents Park 70th Anniversary Gala, and, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Matt Zimmerman appeared in Anything Goes (Stage Show), along with Louise Gold.

Paul Bateman was the Musical Director for Ziegfeld (Stage Show) and conducted the orchestra on Ziegfeld (Recording).

Paul Bateman was an arranger and pianist on Noel/Cole: Letís Do It, and played on Noel/Cole: Letís Do It (Recording).

Matthew Freeman was Musical Director for Noel/Cole: Letís Do It, and played on a few tracks on Noel/Cole: Letís Do It (Recording).

John Owen Edwards was the conductor on the Metropolitan Mikado and a concert of highlights from the Ratepayers Iolanthe & Metropolitan Mikado.

Jonathan Tunick did the orchestrations for the Leicester Haymarketís Merrily We Roll Along (Stage Production) which were of course used for Merrily We Roll Along (Recording).

As well as being a conductor, Martin Yates is also a composer who wrote the score for The Soap Opera.

The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates can be heard on Stop The World I Want To Get Off

Lorna Dallas has appeared in Happily Ever After, and, CLICís 18th Birthday Celebration.

Clare Burt has gone on to appear in A Love Letter To Dan.

Gordon Langford has gone on to take part in Hubert Greggís Memorial Service.

Andy Brown, Steve Butler, Kim Criswell, Ethan Freeman, The Gordon Lorenz Singers, Richard Harris, Anna Moffo, Ron Moody, and, Tinuke Olafimihan, along with the Lehman Engel Orchestra, and, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the conducting talents of Gerry Allison, Lehman Engel, Ian Lynn, Del Newman, John Owen Edwards, and, Martin Yates can also be heard on The Great Musicals - Wonderful Tales, which was also produced by The Readerís Digest.

Kim Criswell, Lorna Dallas, Louise Gold, The Gordon Lorenz Singers, Stanley Grover, Richard Harris, Marilyn Hill-Smith, Doreen Hume, Alec McCowan, Carl Wayne, and, Dave Willetsís recording credits include The Great Musicals Ė Glamour And Majesty, which Anne Moffo may have sung on. This also involved The Hill Bowen Orchestra, The Lehman Engel Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra, The Nick Ingman Orchestra, and The Robert Mandell Orchestra; with the maestros Gerry Allison, Hill Bowen, Lehman Engel, Nick Ingman, Robert Mandell, John Owen Edwards, and, Martin Yates. This was also produced by The Readers Digest, and includes the same recordings of: I Wonder What The King Is Doing Tonight, Superstar, I Get A Kick Out Of You, and, Shall We Dance. It also has the same version of Baubles, Bangles and Beads.

Clare Burt, Richard Harris, and, Tinuke Olafimihanís recording credits include Centre Stage Showtime!, which also features The National Symphony Orchestra; along with maestros Gerry Allison, John Owen Edwards, and, Martin Yates. This includes the same recordings of Wouldnít It Be Loverly, and, How To Handle A Woman.

Mary Carewe, Lorna Dallas, Ivor Emmanuel, Ethan Freeman, Stanley Grover, Marilyn Hill-Smith, Edmund Hockridge, Stephanie Lawrence, Adele Leigh, Carl Wayne, and, Dave Willetsís recording credits include The Great Musicals Ė Dashing Heroes, Blushing Maidens, which Anne Moffo, and, Margaret Moser may have sung on; This also involved The Gordon Langford Orchestra, The Lehman Engel Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra, The Richard Benson Orchestra, The Robert Mandell Orchestra, and, The West End Theatre Orchestra; with maestros Gerry Allison, Richard Benson, Lehman Engel, Matthew Freeman, Gordon Langford, Robert Mandell, John Owen Edwards, James Walker, and, Martin Yates. This was also produced by The Readers Digest. It also includes the same recordings of Half A Moment, and, Cíest Manifique.

Clare Burt, Mary Carewe, Gemma Craven, Kim Criswell, Lorna Dallas, Barbara Dickson, The Gordon Lorenz Singers, Stanley Grover, Fiona Hendley, Darryl Knock, Ian Lynn, The Michael Westlake Singers, and Sheila Parkerís recording credits include The Great Musicals Ė Laughter And Tears; This also involved The National Symphony Orchestra, and, The Wally Stott Orchestra; with maestros Bruce Baxter, Matthew Freeman, Douglas Gamley, Gordon Langford, John Owen Edwards, Roland Shaw, Wally Stott, and, Martin Yates. This was also produced by The Readers Digest.

Clare Burt, Kim Criswell, Richard Harris, Michael Maguire, and, Ron Moodyís recording credits include Magic Of The Musicals; This also involved the National Symphony Orchestra; with maestros Gerry Allison, John Owen Edwards, and, Martin Yates. It also includes the same recording of How To Handle A Woman.

Kim Criswell, Richard Harris, and, Michael Maguireís recording credits include The Best Of The Musicals, this also involved the National Symphony Orchestra / NSO Ensemble, with maestros Gerry Allison, John Owen Edwards, and, Martin Yates. That album includes the same recording of How To Handle A Woman.

Clare Burt may have taken part in Thing A Thon.

Nigel Planer, and, Dave Willets went on to take part in Shopping With The Stars 2009.

Petula Clark, Kim Criswell, Ethan Freeman, Fiona Hendley, Stephanie Lawrence, Tinuke Olafimihan, and, Tommy Steele can also be heard on 100 Hits Musicals; accompanied by The National Symphony Orchestra, with maestros John Owen Edwards, and, Martin Yates.

Clare Burt, Fiona Fullerton, Richard Harris, and, Tinuke Olafimihan can also be heard on Letís Go On With The Show Ė Hit Songs From The West End & Broadway; accompanied by The National Symphony Orchestra, with maestros Gerry Allison, and, John Owen Edwards. This album contains the same recording of Camelot.

Clare Burt, Mary Carewe, Judy Collins, Gemma Craven, Kim Criswell, Lorna Dallas, Barbara Dickson, Ivor Emmanuel, The Gordon Lorenz Singers, Edmind Hockridge, Adele Leigh, Tinuke Olafimihan, and, Carl Wayneís recording credits include The Great Musicals - From Broadway to Hollywood; this also involves The Gordon Langford Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra, and, The Richard Benson Orchestra; with maestros Richard Benson, Gordon Langford, Del Newman, John Owen Edwards, James Walker, and, Martin Yates. This includes the same versions of Adelaideís Lament, and, On This Night Of A Thousand Stars.

Michael Dennison took part in The Radio 2 Arts Programme Chichester Festival 1994.

Marilyn Hill-Smith appeared in Camberwell Pocket Operaís First Fundraising Gala.

Besides Anything Goes (Recording) - Website recommended album, Louise Gold has herself appeared either in productions or on recordings of several of the greatest 20th Century musicals profiled on this album, namely: Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat (York Production) , Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Touring Production) &Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Norwich Production)), Stop The World I Want To Get Off, My Fair Lady, Anything Goes (Stage Production), Kiss Me Kate, Hair, Cabaret, Mary Poppins, and, Oliver!. Besides I Get A Kick Out Of You (in Anything Goes (Stage Production) & on Anything Goes (Recording)), she has also sung such songs as Itís Alright With Me (in LOUISE GOLD...By Appointment), Wunderbar (in Kiss Me Kate), Brush Up Your Shakespeare (in Noel/Cole: Letís Do It), Aquarius ( in Hair), Good Morning Sunshine ( in Hair), Wilkommen (on Cabaret), Money Makes The World Go Round (on Cabaret), Send In The Clowns (in Side By Side By Sondheim) and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (inMary Poppins Ė admittedly an end of show reprise version).

Louise Gold has appeared in six and a half Cole Porter shows (and one of those sheís done twice), namely the five shows he wrote for Ethel Merman: Anything Goes, Red Hot & Blue, Du Barry Was A Lady (see: Du Barry Was A Lady (1993 Production), and, Du Barry Was A Lady (2001 Production)), Panama Hattie, and Something For The Boys, as well as Kiss Me Kate, the half being Noel/Cole: Letís Do It (since it is half by Cole Porter and half by Noel Coward).

The Readers Digest, besides a variety of mentions in a diverse array of musicals, was itself the inspiration for one Cole Porter musical, Something For The Boys.

 

Review

by Emma Shane, 7 September 2005

This is one of those compilations that one would probably only get for one of two reasons. Either because you found it by chance cheaply (say in a charity shop, or a friendís throw out) and liking this kind thing would take a chance on it, or you make the effort of getting it on online auction because you are one of those collectors who trying to get ďeverythingĒ (say by a particular performer or composer). This is a very mixed musicals album, and many of the best tracks on it are probably more easily available elsewhere. The album comprises five broadly themed CDís, referred to as volumes.

Volume One: The Magic Of Andrew Lloyd-Webber, is to my mind the least satisfactory, but then I am none too fond of Andrew Lloyd-Webberís music. And this album seems to consist largely of some rather mediocre recordings of his work. The performances on the more readily available Simply Musicals compilation albumís Andrew Lloyd-Webber disc were far superior to this. That said, I did enjoy Betty Buckleyís performance on the album, I donít think she is quite as good as Kim Criswell with either song, but that could be because I am more familiar with the way Ms Criswell does those two.Anyway Betty Buckleyís renditions of Memory and As If We Never Said Goodbye are the highlight of the volume. The latter is one of my favourite ALW songs anyway.

Volume Two: Broadway Classics, is to my mind a huge improvement on Volume One, not least because the songs (involving work by the likes of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II etc) are so great. Some of the arrangements may be a little odd, most notably Surrey With The Fringe On Top, but by and large there are some pretty good performances, from some less well-known performers. Clare Burt is as reliable as ever with I Love Paris, and Mary Carewe makes a pretty good job of another classic Bewitched. However, one singer who really stands out on this volume is the Welsh baritone Ivor Emmanuel. (Whom I had never heard of before) He was of the same era and very much in the fine tradition of the great American musical theatre baritones: Howard Keel, John Raitt and Gordon Macrae. (Indeed he actually took-over from Howard Keel in the Original London Cast of Oklahoma!). In this volume he is heard tackling three great songs (all of which Howard Keel has sung in concert, and indeed recorded, often more than once), but boy does he do them justice.

Volume Three:Musical Movie Favourites is a rather mixed bunch. It almost seems a shame that except for Rex Harrisonís classic Iíve Grown Accustomed To Her Face, none of the other songs are actually sung by the people who sang them on the films. That said some of the substitutes are fairly good, such as those from the JAY/.TER studio cast recording of My Fair Lady. Others like Jim Smilie and Mary Carewe are entirely reliable. There are also two surprising treats. Rex Harrison making a pretty decent job of the title song from Gigi; and that great underrated singing star of film musicals, Marnie Nixon singing Climb Every Mountain from The Sound Of Music. However, some replacements on this volume are less satisfactory. While it is nice to hear Jule Styneís Donít Rain On My Parade, and I had no idea that Jule Styne could write something with such a pop-like sound to it. (Somewhat akin to the work of such musical-comedy writers as Marvin Hamlish & Carol Bayer-Singer or even Bjorn Ulvaeus & Benny Anderson). Unfortunately Sheila Parker seems to lack the vocal power to really do this song justice; and after hearing Louise Plowright sing a parody of it in pantomime in Poole, it is rather hard to hear anyone else sing it anyway, because sheís such a hard act to follow.

Volume Four: Showtime is naturally my favourite. That said, it is not perfect. I didnít exactly take to Good Morning Sunshine from Hair, sung by someone billed only as Oliver, whoever that was; and I found Julie Dawnís My Heart Belongs To Daddy rather unconvincing (not a patch on, for example, Liz Robertsonís version of that song). I wasnít too convinced by Joan Baxter either, though she sang nicely. This volume does however contain some surprises which are well worth discovering, such Youíll Never Walk Alone and Wunderbar. The latter is sung by Bryan Johnson and Doreen Hume, and I was quite impressed by Doreen Humeís voice. Although Wunderbar is one of less telling Kiss Me Kate numbers, her voice sounded good, at least on a par with Marin Mazzie (I still think that the best I have ever heard are Kathryn Grayson in the film, and, Louise Gold on stage). It might be worth hearing how well Ms Hume could tackle the rest of that role in Kiss Me Kate. As for Youíll Never Walk Alone, which is sung by Helen Landis, I found I was so moved that I almost had tears in my eyes listening to that. I think her performance could almost be comparable with Michael Ball (and I did have tears in my eyes when I heard him sing that song -itís not often Iím moved to tears by a song). For me the icing on the cake with this volume is two reliable Cole Porter performances both of which are from JAY/TER studio cast recordings featuring the National Symphony Orchestra under the reliable baton of John Owen-Edwards; these are of course I Get A Kick Out Of You sung by Louise Gold, and, Brush Up Your Shakespeare sung by Brian Greene and Matt Zimmerman. It is always such a joy to hear Louise Gold sing Cole Porter, she has such a knack for performing his material brilliantly; especially when it is a song written for Ethel Merman. For Ms Gold has a wonderfully powerful voice, but she can be surprisingly subtle even with all that power. This number does something to capture that ability. Although I donít think this number is the best example on record of her singing a Merman-Porter song, it is nevertheless very good, proving as usual that she is just so jolly good with such wonderful material as this.

Volume Five: The World Of The Musical, is like Volume Three, a very mixed bunch. Some of the tracks just arenít exactly great, including a surprisingly unremarkable Miss Saigon contribution sung by Kim Criswell and Carl Wayne, a forgettable Judy Collins rendition of Send In The Clowns, and Petula Clark tackling Les Miserables (On the whole I am not very keen on Bournbill and Schonberg at the best of times). However, there are also some good performances. Martin Yates conducts a couple of well performed excerpts from Paint Your Wagon. Lorna Dallas acquits herself satisfactorily with a couple of pieces from Kismet, Richard Harris is a passable as King Arthur out of Camelot. However the best performance on the volume is Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific, another fine performance from Ivor Emmanuel (and another song associated with those great American Musical Theatre Baritones). The volume also includes a few performances which are worth hearing once, just to have heard them, such as Rosemary Squiresís As Long As He Needs Me from Oliver, and, Nigel Planerís Wilkommen from Cabaret, Mr Planer is not perhaps one of the best M.C.ís, however, his performance is perfectly satisfactory, and rather funny.

So on the whole, perhaps not an album to go out of ones way for (unless you like going out of your way collecting oddities). If you chance to come across it, and its not too expensive, then maybe worth considering. It is a very mixed bunch of performances. Some of them, I really didnít like, but I also came across some gems I had not hitherto known about. One might be interested in the performances of: Mary Carewe, Tinuke Olifimihan, Clare Burt, Lorna Dallas, Jim Smilie, Brian Greene, Matt Zimmerman, Ethan Freeman, Nigel Planer and Rosemary Squires; but these could well be more easily available elsewhere. It is, perhaps worth looking out for the performances of: Betty Buckley, Ivor Emmanuel, Doreen Hume, Louise Gold, and, Helen Landis that are featured on this album, for those five are high lights.

 

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