The Best Of Broadway Musicals

Louise Gold starred on Track 10 as Reno Sweeny from Anything Goes, Showtime recording

Catalogue number: (CD) SHOWCD 043 (Cassette) SHOWMC 043

 STOP PRESS: Louise Gold has two nominations in the Broadway World West End Awards: http://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/vote2015region.cfm

In particular she has been nominated for Understudy of The Year Female: http://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/liveupdate2015region.cfm?btype=4338&region=UK%20/%20West%20End#sthash.2TIlL8gx.dpbs (for her performance as Momma Rose she understudied Imelda Staunton)

Cast

Thomas Allen (as Curly from Oklahoma!)

Graham Bickley (as Lieutenant Cable from South Pacific, and, El Gallo from The Fantasticks)

Barry Bostwick (as Frank Butler from Annie Get Your Gun)

Carol Channing (as Dolly Levi from Hello Dolly)

Ethan Freeman (as Don Quioxte from Man Of La Mancha)

Louise Gold (as Reno Sweeney from Anything Goes)

Michael Gruber (as Tom Marlowe from The Good News)

Kim Huber (as Connie Lane from The Good News)

Selena Jones

Judy Kaye (as Annie Oakley from Annie Get Your Gun)

Valerie Masterson (as Laurie from Oklahoma!)

Andrea McArdle

Alec McCowen (as Henry Higgins from My Fair Lady)

Don Stephenson (as Nicely-Nicely Johnson from Guys And Dolls)

 

Production Team

Conductors - Craig Barna, Janet Glazener, John Owen-Edwards, Paul Sawtell, Martin Yates

Produced by - John Yap

Sleeve notes - Rexton S Bunnet

 

Track Listing

1. The Best Things In Life Are Free (from The Good News) - Kim Hubner and Michael Gruber with the NSO conducted by Craig Barna

2. Ive Grown Accustomed To Her Face (from My Fair Lady) - Alec McCowen with the NSO conducted by John Owen-Edwards

3. Anything You Can Do (from Annie Get Your Gun) - Barry Bostwick and Judy Kaye with the NSO conducted by John Owen-Edwards

4. Try To Remember (from The Fantasticks) - Graham Bickley with the NSO conducted by Martin Yates

5. Time Heals Everything (from Mack And Mabel) - Andrea McArdle with orchestra conducted by James Glazener

6. Sit Down Youre Rocking The Boat (from Guys And Dolls) - Don Stephenson and Company with the NSO conducted by John Owen-Edwards

7. People Will Say Were In Love (from Oklahoma!) - Thomas Allen and Valerie Masterson with The Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Owen-Edwards

8. The Impossible Dream (from Man Of La Mancha) - Ethan Freeman with the NSO conducted by Martin Yates

9. People (from Funny Girl) - Selena Jones with orchestra conducted by Paul Sawtell

10. I Get A Kick Out Of You (from Anything Goes) - Louise Gold with the NSO conducted by John Owen-Edwards

11. Younger Than Springtime (from South Pacific) - Graham Bickley with the NSO conducted by Martin Yates

12. Before The Parade Passes By (from Hello Dolly) - Carol Channing with orchestra conducted by Janet Glazener 

 

Track 10, Louise Golds recording of I Get A Kick Out Of You actually comes from her JAY/TER recording of Anything Goes - Website Recommended Album. She also sang it when she appeared in a West End revival of Anythng Goes (Stage). She has also sung a parody of the song, as I Get A Kick Out Of U on Sesame Street

 

An excerpt of Louise Golds recording of I Get A Kick Out Of You has managed to find its way onto The History Of The Musical

Ethan Freemans recording of The Impossible Dream is actually from his solo album Ethan.

Graham Bickleys recording of Younger Than Springtime was specially recorded for the Showtime album The Timeless Songs of R&H.

Thomas Allen, Graham Bickley, Ethan Freeman, Michael Gruber, Kim Huber, Valerie Masterson, Don Stephenson are also featured on Encore The Very Best From The Musicals which the NSO conducted by Craig Barna, Janet Glazener, John Owen Edwards, and Martin Yates also feature on, and for which Rexton S Bunnet also did the sleeve notes. Ethan Freemans recording of The Impossible Dream can also be found on this recording

Thomas Allen, Graham Bickley, Ethan Freeman, and Valerie Masterson are also featured on Great Duets From The Musicals which also features the NSO conducted by John Owen Edwards and Martin Yates and for which Rexton S Bunnet did the sleeve notes.

Thomas Allen, Graham Bickley, Louise Gold, and, Selena Jones, along with the NSO conducted by John Owen Edwards, Martin Yates and Paul Sawtell are also featured on Cole Porter - Night And Day, which includes the same recording as this album of I Get A Kick Out Of You from Anything Goes.

Ethan Freeman, Judy Kaye and Valerie Masterson with the NSO conducted by John Owen Edwards feature on the JAY/TER recording of On The Town, produced by John Yap.

The NSO conducted by John Owen Edwards also features on the JAY/TER recording of Cabaret produced by John Yap.

The NSO conducted by Martin Yates featured on the JAY/TER recording of Stop The World I Want To Get Off, also produced by John Yap.

Graham Bickley and Michael Gruber can also be heard on Simply Musicals, which also features the NSO conducted by Craig Barna, John Owen-Edwards, and, Martin Yates; that album contains the same recordings of Younger Than Springtime Are You, and, Try To Remember.

Thomas Allen, Ethan Freeman, Michael Gruber, Valerie Masterson, Don Stephenson, and The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Craig Barna, John Owen Edwards, and, Martin Yates also feature on The History Of The Musical as do excerpts from Louise Golds recording of I Get A Kick Out Of You and Don Stephensons recording of Sit Down Youre Rocking The Boat.

John Owen Edwardss musical direction credits include Metropolitan Mikado and a concert of highlights from Ratepayers' Iolanthe & Metropolitan Mikado

Graham Bickleys stage credits include The Pirates Of Penzance (Stage) and with the cast of that show in The Pirates Of Penzance (Gala Performance), The Pirates Of Penzance (Gala Preview), The Pirates Of Penzance (Benefit Preview), and the 1982 Royal Variety Performance. He has since appeared in Mexican Hayride.

Ethan Freemans stage credits include One Touch Of Venus (2000 Production)

Alec McCowens stage credits include The Cherry Orchard.

Martin Yatess musical credits include writing the music for a musical called The Soap Opera

Sleeve note writer Rexton S Bunnet was also the researcher for Ned Sherrins Review Of Revue

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 Greatest Musicals of the 20th Century, as can the version of I Get A Kick Out Of You heard on this album.

Thomas Allen was a guest on the TV programme The Ghost Of Faffner Hall.

Carol Channing was a Guest Star on The Muppet Show.

Graham Bickley, Ethan Freeman, and, Valerie Masterson, along with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards, and, Martin Yates can be heard on The Great Musicals - Wonderful Tales.

Thomas Allen, Graham Bickley, Louise Gold, Michael Gruber, Valerie Masterson, Alec McCowens recording credits include The Great Musicals Glamour And Majesty. This also involved the National Symphony Orchestra; and maestros Craig Barna, John Owen Edwards, and, Martin Yates. This includes the same version of I Get A Kick Out Of You.

Valerie Mastersons recording credits include Centre Stage Showtime!; Which also features The National Symphony Orchestra, along with maestros John Owen Edwards, and, Martin Yates.

Thomas Allen, Graham Bickley, Ethan Freeman, and, Don Stephensons recording credits include The Great Musicals Dashing Heroes, Blushing Maidens. This also involved the National Symphony Orchestra, and, The Philharmonic Orchestra; with maestros John Owen Edwards, and, Martin Yates.

Valerie Mastersons recording credits include The Great Musicals Laughter And Tears; This also involved The National Symphony Orchestra; with maestros Craig Barna, John Owen Edwards, and, Martin Yates.

Thomas Allen, Graham Bickley, Carol Channing, Michael Gruber, and, Valerie Mastersons recording credits include Magic Of The Musicals; This also involved the National Symphony Orchestra; with maestros Craig Barna, Janet Glazener, John Owen Edwards, and, Martin Yates. This album includes the same version of Before The Parade Passes By.

The National Symphony Orchestra / NSO Ensemble, with maestros Craig Barna, John Owen Edwards, and Martin Yates, can also be heard on The Best Of The Musicals.

Barry Bostwick, Ethan Freeman, Judy Kaye, and, Valerie Masterson can also be heard on 100 Hits Musicals; accompanied by The National Symphony Orchestra, with maestros Craig Barna, Janet Glazener, John Owen Edwards, and, Martin Yates. This album includes the same recordings of: Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better, and, The Impossible Dream.

Thomas Allen, and, Valerie Masterson can also be heard on Lets Go On With The Show Hit Songs From The West End & Broadway, accompanied by The National Symphony Orchestra, and, The Philharmonia Orchestra, with maestros Janet Glazener, and, John Owen Edwards.

Graham Bickley, Barry Bostwick, and, Don Stephensons recording credits include The Great Musicals - From Broadway to Hollywood; This also involves The National Symphony Orchestra, with maestros Craig Barna, John Owen Edwards, and, Martin Yates.

 

Review

by Emma Shane

This is quite an interesting little album, if you like musicals then it is worth hearing, and indeed worth having, especially if you want to get a flavour of the various JAY/TER recordings, without buying all the recordings. In general, while the performances are not necessarily the best performances ever of the songs, they are by no means bad. They are of a high standard and very listenable to. This point is very much illustrated by songs such as The Best Things In Life Are Free and Anything You Can Do. I enjoyed hearing them, and for the sort of price this album retails at it is worth having.

For me the high spot of the album is I Get A Kick Out Of You, mainly because I get a kick out of the fact that it is sung by the glorious singer of Cole Porter songs, Louise Gold. It is a real treat to hear her sing such a great Cole Porter song. She sings is, as one would expect, with strength, complete conviction, and decidedly Merman-like sound.

 

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