Recorded in the summer of 1959 at the No.1 studio at Abbey Road in London, this studio recording of the Show Boat score featured Shirley Bassey performing two songs in the role of Julie LaVerne. Dora Bryan, Isabelle Lucas, Don McKay, Inia Te Wiata, Marlys Watters and Geoffrey Webb rounded out the cast. The album was originally issued in two … Read More
Released alongside the 1951 MGM Technicolor film, this soundtrack to Show Boat became available first in vinyl as a Long-Playing record with eight tracks, including “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man of Mine,” “Life Upon the Wicked Stage” and “Ol’ Man River.” The soundtrack features a colorful album cover with the film’s top-billed stars, Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner and Howard Keel. … Read More
In 1927, when Show Boat premiered on Broadway, popular vocalists would occasionally record a single from a Broadway show, but cast albums were not regularly produced, in part due to technological restraints. Of course, that changed in 1943, when Oklahoma! debuted as a full cast album, just in time for Christmas. Three years later, Show Boat got its first official … Read More
This recording of the 1962 remake of State Fair, starring Ann-Margret, Bobby Darin, Alice Faye and Pat Boone, includes new songs written by Richard Rodgers, as Hammerstein had died in 1960. In 2016, Stage Door Records re-released the soundtrack recording with 15 bonus tracks, including instrumental recordings and pop versions of the songs sung by the film’s stars.
The soundtrack to Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1945 musical remake of 20th Century Fox’s 1933 film State Fair includes celebrated songs like “It’s A Grand Night for Singing” and “It Might As Well Be Spring.” The film’s cast included Fay Bainter, Vivian Blaine, Dick Haymes, Percy Kilbride and more. At the time, Dick Haymes and Vivian Blaine were well-known big band … Read More
This cast recording, recorded live in March 2012 during Pipe Dream‘s limited run as part of the Encore! series at New York’s City Center, was released later the same year, on September 18, 2012. Starring Will Chase, Laura Osnes, Tom Wopat and Leslie Uggams, this special live cast album captures the often-overlooked score, and includes music that did not appear on … Read More
Preserved from the premiere production, this Original Broadway Cast recording of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Pipe Dream begins with a glorious overture, which immediately transports listeners to the gorgeous central coastline of California. Though often overlooked, this treasured score captures the essence of what makes the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein so universally beloved. Featuring a cast led by William Johnson … Read More
For Allegro‘s first complete recording, an all-star cast was assembled to record this studio album in 2009. Led by Patrick Wilson and Audra McDonald, the album also features Laura Benanti, Ashley Brown, Danny Burstein, Norbert Leo Butz, Liz Callaway, Nathan Gunn, Judy Kuhn and Marni Nixon, under the musical direction of Bruce Pomahac.