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Celebrate Broadway

Celebrate Broadway, Vol. 10: Best Musicals!

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  1. Disc 1
  2. 1. Overture to 42nd Street
  3. 2. If I Were a Rich Man (from Fiddler on the Roof – Zero Mostel)
  4. 3. Song on the Sand (La Da Da Da) (from La Cage Aux Folles – Gene Barry, George Hearn)
  5. 4. Honeysuckle Rose (from Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Nell Carter, Ken Page)
  6. 5. Hello, Dolly! (from Hello, Dolly! – Carol Channing)
  7. 6. Kiss of the Spiderwoman (from Kiss Of The Spiderwoman – Bob Cuccioli)
  8. 7. Overture to Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (Gotta Dance from Look, Ma, I’m Dancin’! / Papa, Won’t You Dance with Me? from High Button Shoes / Shall We Dance? from The King and I – Debbie Shapiro Gravitte, Michael Lynch)
  9. 8. Stranger in Paradise (from Kismet – Lee Venora, Richard Banke)
  10. 9. A Little Priest (from Sweeney Todd – Angela Lansbury, Len Cariou)
  11. 10. Look Who’s In Love (from Redhead – Gwen Verdon, Richard Kiley)
  12. 11. Send in the Clowns (from A Little Night Music – Glenn Close)
  13. 12. Shall We Dance? (from The King and I – Constance Towers, Yul Brynner)
  14. 13. Bring Him Home (from Les Misérables – Colm Wilkinson)
  15. 14. Brotherhood of Man (from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – Robert Morse, Ruth Kobart, Sammy Smith)
  16. 15. Music of the Night (from The Phantom of the Opera – Colm Wilkinson)

Synopsis

42nd Street – 1981 Tony for Best Musical
Producer: David Merrick
Opened August 25, 1980 – 3,486 performances
Competition: Sophisticated Ladies, Tintypes, Woman of the Year
1 other Tony Award – Best Choreography: Gower Champion (posthumous)

Fiddler on the Roof – 1965 Tony for Best Musical
Producer: Harold Prince
Book by Joseph Stein, Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Opened September 22, 1964 – 3,242 performances, 4 Broadway revivals
Competition: Golden Boy, Half a Sixpence, Oh! What a Lovely War
9 other Tony Awards
… Best Actor: Zero Mostel
… Best Featured Actress: Maria Karnilova
… Best Book: Joseph Stein
… Best Score: Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick
… Best Direction: Jerome Robbins
… Best Choreography: Jerome Robbins
… Best Costumes: Patricia Zipprodt
… Best Producer: Harold Prince
… Special Tony Award 1972: on becoming the longest-running musical in Broadway history

La Cage aux Folles – 1984 Tony for Best Musical
Producers: Allan Carr, Kenneth D. Greenblatt, Marvin A Krauss, Stewart Fl. Lane, James M. Nederlander, Martin Richards, Barry M. Brown, Fritz Holt
Opened August 21, 1983 – 1,761 performances
Competition: Baby, Sunday in the Park with George, The Tap Dance Kid
5 other Tony Awards
… Best Actor: George Hearn
… Best Book: Harvey Fierstein
… Best Score: Jerry Herman
… Best Direction: Arthur Laurents
… Best Costumes: Theoni V. Aldredge

Ain’t Misbehavin’ – 1984 Tony for Best Musical
Producers: Emanuel Azenberg, Dasha Epstein, The Shubert Organization, Jane Gaynor, Ron Dante
Opened May 9, 1978 – 1,604 performances
Competition: Dancin’, On the Twentieth Century, Runaways
2 other Tony Awards
… Best Featured Actress: Nell Carter
… Best Direction: Richard Maltby, Jr.

Hello, Dolly! – 1964 Tony for Best Musical
Producer: David Merrick
Opened January 16, 1964 – 2,844 performances, 3 Broadway revivals
Competition: Funny Girl, High Spirits, She Loves Me
9 other Tony Awards
… Best Actress: Carol Channing
… Best Book: Michael Stewart
… Best Score (music and lyrics): Jerry Herman
… Best Direction: Gower Champion
… Best Choreography: Gower Champion
… Best Conductor/Musical Director: Shepard Coleman
… Best Costumes: Freddy Wittop
… Best Scenery: Oliver Smith
… Best Producer: David Merrick

Kiss of the Spider Woman – 1993 Tony for Best Musical
Producer: Livent, Inc.
Opened May 3, 1993 – 904 performances
Competition: The Who’s Tommy, The Goodbye Girl, Bloodbrothers
6 other Tony Awards
… Best Actor: Brent Carver
… Best Actress: Chita Rivera
… Best Featured Actor: Anthony Crivello
… Best Book: Terrence McNally
… Best Score: John Kander & Fred Ebb (tied with The Who’s Tommy)
… Best Costumes: Florence Klotz

Jerome Robbins’ Broadway – 1984 Tony for Best Musical
Producers: The Shubert Organization, Roger Berlind, Suntory International Corporation, Byron Goldman, Emanuel Azenberg
Opened February 26, 1989 – 633 performances
Competition: Black and Blue, Starmites
5 other Tony Awards
… Best Actor: Jason Alexander
… Best Featured Actress: Debbie Shapiro-Gravitte
… Best Featured Actor: Scott Wise
… Best Direction: Jerome Robbins
… Best Lighting: Jennifer Tipton

Kismet – 1984 Tony for Best Musical
Producer: Charles Lederer
Opened December 3, 1953 – 583 performances
Competition: Can-Can, Carnival in Flanders, John Murray Anderson’s Almanac, Me and Juliet, Hazel Flagg
5 other Tony Awards
… Best Actor: Alfred Drake
… Best Book: Charles Lederer and Luther Davis
… Best Score: Aleksandr Borodin, George “Chet” Forrest, Robert Wright
… Best Musical Conductor: Louis Adrian
… Best Producer: Charles Lederer

Sweeney Todd – 1984 Tony for Best Musical
Producers: Richard Barr, Charles Woodward, Robert Fryer, Mary Lea Johnson, Martin Richards
Opened March 1, 1979 – 557 performances
Competition: Ballroom, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, They’re Playing Our Song
7 other Tony Awards
… Best Actor: Len Cariou
… Best Actress: Angela Lansbury
… Best Book: Hugh Wheeler
… Best Score: Stephen Sondheim
… Best Direction: Harold Prince
… Best Costumes: Franne Lee
… Best Scenery: Eugene Lee

Redhead – 1959 Tony for Best Musical
Producers: Robert Fryer, Lawrence Carr
Opened February 5, 1959 – 452 performances
Competition: Flower Drum Song, La Plume de Ma Tante
7 other Tony Awards
… Best Actor: Richard Kiley
… Best Actress: Gwen Verdon
… Best Book: Herbert and Dorothy Fields, Sidney Sheldon, David Shaw
… Best Score: Albert Hague, Dorothy Fields
… Best Choreography: Bob Fosse
… Best Costumes: Rouben Ter-Arutunian
… Best Producers: Robert Fryer, Lawrence Carr

A Little Night Music – 1973 Tony for Best Musical
Producer: Harold Prince
Opened February 25, 1973 – 601 performances
Competition: Pippin, Sugar, Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope
5 other Tony Awards
… Best Actress: Glynis Johns
… Best Featured Actress: Patricia Elliott
… Best Book: Hugh Wheeler
… Best Score: Stephen Sondheim
… Best Costumes: Florence Klotz

The King and I – 1952 Tony for Best Musical
Producers: Rodgers & Hammerstein
Opened March 29, 1951 – 1,246 performances, 3 Broadway revivals
Competition: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Flahooley, Top Banana, Paint Your Wagon
4 other Tony Awards
… Best Actress: Gertrude Lawrence
… Best Featured Actor: Yul Brynner
… Best Costumes: Irene Sharaff
… Best Scenery: Jo Mielziner

Les Misérables – 1987 Tony for Best Musical
Producer: Cameron Mackintosh
Opened March 12, 1987 – 6,680 performances
Competition: Me and My Girl, Rags, Starlight Express
7 other Tony Awards
… Best Featured Actress: Frances Ruffelle
… Best Featured Actor: Michael Maguire
… Best Book: Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg
… Best Score: Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer, Alain Boublil
… Best Direction: Trevor Nunn, John Caird
… Best Scenery: John Napier
… Best Lighting: David Hersey

How To Succeed in Business without Really Trying – 1962 Tony for Best Musical
Producers: Cy Feuer, Ernest Martin
Opened October 14, 1961 – 1,417 performances
Competition: Carnival, Milk and Honey, No Strings
6 other Tony Awards
… Best Actor: Robert Morse
… Best Featured Actor: Charles Nelson Reilly
… Best Book: Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, Willie Gilbert
… Best Producers: Cy Feuer, Ernest Martin
… Best Direction: Abe Burrows
… Best Conductor: Elliot Lawrence

The Phantom of the Opera – 1988 Tony for Best Musical
Producers: Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Theatre Company Ltd.
Opened January 26, 1988 – 9,475 performances as of Nov. 7, 2010
Competition: Into the Woods, Sarafina!, Romance Romance
6 other Tony Awards
… Best Actor: Michael Crawford
… Best Featured Actress: Judy Kaye
… Best Direction: Harold Prince
… Best Costumes: Maria Bjornson
… Best Scenery: Maria Bjornson
… Best Lighting: Andrew Bridge