Richard Fawkes

The History Of The Musical

Louise Gold featured as one of the singers in the illustrative musical extracts (actually Reno Sweeney from Anything Goes)

Catalogue number: (CD) NA422712, (Cassette) NA422714

 

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 Ė she understudied Imelda Staunton)

 

Cast

Narrator

 Kim Criswell

 

Performers In Illustrative Extracts

Mark Adams (as Frank Butler from Annie Get Your Gun)

Thomas Allen (as Emile de Beque from South Pacific)

Kenny Baker (as Whitlaw Savoury from One Touch Of Venus)

Adam Bareham (as Timothy from Salad Days)

John Barrowman

Seymour Beard

Josephine Blake (as Nickie from Sweet Charity)

Ann Brown (as Bess from Porgy And Bess)

Maurice Capitaine

Len Cariou (as The Narrator in Sweeney Todd)

Peggy Coudray

Kim Criswell (as Grizalbella from Cats)

Vaughn de Leath

John Diedrich (as Curly from Oklahoma!)

Jamieson Dodds

Mary Ellis

Ruth Etting (as Sal from Simple Simon)

Nick Ferranti (as Bernado from West Side Story)

Beverly Fite

Tim Flavin ( Brad Majors from The Rocky Horror Show - uncredited)

Julian Forsyth (as Fagin from Oliver)

Ethan Freeman (as Tommy from Brigadoon)

Sarah French (as Annie from Annie)

Maria Friedman (as Sally Bowles from Cabaret)

Jane Froman

Edward Fuller

Kurt Gerron (as The Moritat Singer in Die Dreigrpschenoper / The Threepenny Opera)

Olive Gilbert

Louise Gold (as Reno Sweeney from Anything Goes)

Simon Green (as Tony from The Boyfriend)

Brian Greene (as 1st Gangster from Kiss Me Kate)

Michael Gruber (as Don Lockwood from Singiní In The Rain)

Binnie Hale

Ray Heatherton

Seymour Hicks

Mike Holoway (as Littlechap from Stop The World I Want To Get Off)

Ann Howard (as Old Lady from Candide)

Walter Huston

Dan Jones

Trefor Jones

Janis Kelly (as Fiona from Brigadoon)

Ingrid Kertesi

Dorothy Kirsten

Felix Knight

Lupino Lane

Harold Lang

Jerry Lanning

Gertrude Lawrence (as Evangeline Edwards from Nymph Errant, and, Liza Eliot from Lady In The Dark)

Christopher Lee (as The King from The King And I)

Shona Lindsay (as Maria from The Sound Of Music)

Paul Manuel (as Tony from West Side Story)

Helen Marshall

Valerie Masterson (as: Anna Leonowens from The King And I, Marsinah from Kismet, and, Nina Hagerup from Song Of Norway)

Christina Matthews (as Jane from Salad Days)

Donald Maxwell (as Hajj from Kismet, and, Edward Grieg from Song Of Norway)

George Metaxa

Margaret Mitchell (as Yum Yum from The Mikado)

Ron Moody (as Honore Lachailles from Gigi)

Helen Morgan (As Julie Le Verne from Show Boat)

Sylvia Neils

Caroline OíConnor (as Annie Oakley from Annie Get Your Gun, Velma Kelly from Chicago, Anita from West Side Story, and others)

Tinuke Olafimihan (as Eliza Dolittle from My Fair Lady)

Frank Parker

Sian Phillips (as (Mamita) Inez Alvarez from Gigi, Desiree Armfeldt from A Little Night Music)

Catherine Porter

Shezwae Powell (as Helene from Sweet Charity)

Jonathan Pryce (as MC from Cabaret)

Louis Quilico

Ron Raines (as: Sid from The Pajama Game, Don Quoxti from Man Of La Mancha, and others)

Frederick Ranslow

David Rendall (as The Caliph from Kismet)

Grania Renihan (as Eva Peron from Evita)

Faney Revoil

Dick Robertson (as John P Wintergreen from Of Thee I Sing)

Paul Robeson (as Joe from Show Boat)

Howard Samuels (as Frank Ďní Furter from The Rocky Horror Show)

Julia Sanderson

Jules Schmidt

Harry Secombe (as Pickwick from Pickwick)

Rosamund Shelley (as Laurey from Oklahoma!)

Julia Shore (as Kate Fothergill from Girl Crazy)

Teddy St Denis

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

Richard Tauber

Richard Van Allan (as The Wazir of Police from Kismet)

Issy Van Randwyck (as Mary Magdalene from Jesus Christ Superstar)

Ethel Waters

Milton Watson

Clifton Webb

Jane Wellman (as Polly Browne from The Boyfriend)

Lee Wiley

Jane Wilson (as Adriana from The Boys From Syracuse)

Iva Withers

Peggy Wood

Howett Worster (as Gaylord Ravenal from Show Boat)

Matt Zimmerman (as 2nd Gangster from Kiss Me Kate)

 

Orchestraís and Companies In Illustrative Extracts

Abe Lyman and his Californians

Al Starita & His Novelty Orchestra

Columbia Light Opera Company

Czech Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

The Drury Lane Theatre Orchestra

The Eva Jessaye Choir and Orchestra

Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians

Hungarian Operetta Orchestra

Leo Reisman & His Orchestra

The Lewis Ruth Band

Light Opera Company

Lyric Theatre Orchestra

Max Kaminsky & His Orchestra

Max Meth and his Orchestra

National Symphony Orchestra

New Promenade Orchestra

One Touch Of Venus Orchestra and Chorus

Palace Theatre Orchestra

Paul Whitman & His Concert Orchestra

The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra

Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra

The Victor Choral and On The Town Orchestra

The Victor First Nighter Orchestra and Chorus

Victor Light Opera Company

The Victor Mixed Chorus

Victor Salon Group

 

Musical DirectorsIn Illustrative Extracts

Maurice Abravanel

Harry Acres

Victor Arden

Craig Barna (uncredited on sleeve notes)

Bunny Berigan

Marc Blitzen

Gustave Cloez

Emile Cote

Lehman Engel

Herman Finck

Henry Geehl

Sir Edward German

Isidore Godfrey

Harry Jacobson

Leonard Joy

Max Kaminsky

Abe Lyman

Theo Mackeben

Percival Mackey

Max Meth

Ray Noble

John Owen Edwards

Charles Prentice

Clarence Raybould

Leo Reisman

Robert Shaw

Nathaniel Shilkret

Alexander Smallens

Harry Sosnik

Al Starita

Alfred Walter

Fred Waring

Paul Whitman

Johannes Wildner

Martin Yates (uncredited on sleeve notes)

 

Production Team

Written by - Richard Fawkes

Original idea - Christina Hardyment

Sourcing - John Yap of JAY/TER, David Lennick, Peter Dempsey, and, Steven Barr

Produced by NAXOS AudioBooks

 

Track Listing(Please note this only mentions the illustrative excerpts tracks)

CD 1

1.Memory (from Cats) - Kim Criswell

3. Where I Laid On Greenlandís Coast (from The Beggars Opera) - Sylvia Neils and Fredrick Ranslow with the Lyric Theatre Orchestra

5. Oh Quil Etait Beau (from Le Postillion de Longjumeau) - Maurice Capitaine

7. Can Can (from Orpheus In The Underworld) - Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra

9. La Dispute (from La Fille De Madame Angot) - Fanely Revoil with orchestra conducted by Gustave Cloez

11. Overture Die Schone Galathee - Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra

13. Overture Die Fladermaus - Czech Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

15. The Moon And I (from The Mikado) - Margaret Mitchell with the New Promenade Orchestra conducted by Isidore Godfrey

17. And Her Golden Hair Was Hanging Down Her Back (from The Shop Girl) - Seymour Hicks with Harry Jacobson on Piano

19. The Girl With The Brogue - Julia Sanderson with orchestra conducted by Harry Sosnik

21. The Amorous Goldfish - Light Opera Company

23. Dan Cupid Hath A Garden (from Merrie England) - Dan Jones with orchestra conducted by Clarence Raybould under the supervision of Sir Edward German

25. Teach Me How To Kiss (from The Belle Of New York) - Columbia Light Opera Company

27. Give My Regards To Broadway (from Little Johnny Jones)

29. Ah, Sweet Mystery Of Life (from Naughty Marietta) - Felix Knight and Dorothy Kirsten with the Victor First Nighter Orchestra

31. Vilja (from The Merry Widow) - Ingrid Kertesi with the Hungarian Operetta Orchestra

33. Will You Remember (from Maytime) - Helen Marshall and Milton Watson with the Victor Light Opera Company

35. The Cobblerís Song (from Chu Chin Chow) - Jamieson Dodds

37. Iím Just Wild About Harry (from Shuffle Along) - Vaughn de Leath

39. Tea For Two (from No No Nanette) - Binnie Hale and Seymour Beard with Palace Theatre Orchestra conducted by Percival Mackey

41. Indian Love Call (from Rose Marie) - Victor Light Opera Company

43. Cossack Love Song (from The Song Of The Flame) - Victor Light Opera Company

45. They Didnít Believe Me (from The Girl From Utah) - Julia Sanderson with orchestra conducted by Harry Sosnik

47. Make Believe (from Show Boat) - Howett Worster with Drury Lane Theatre Orchestra conducted by Herman Finck

49. Olí Man River (from Show Boat) - Paul Robeson with Paul Whiteman & His Concert Orchestra

 

CD 2

1. Bill (from Show Boat) - Helen Morgan with orchestra conducted by Victor Arden

3. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (from The New Moon) - Frank Parker with the Victor Mixed Chorus directed by Emile Cote

5. The Man I Love (from Lady Be Good) - Jane Froman with Victor Salon Group conducted by Nathaniel Shilkret

7. I Got Rhythm (from Girl Crazy) - Julia Shore

9. Love Is Sweeping The Country (from Of Thee I Sing) - Dick Robertson with Abe Lyman and his Californians

11. Summertime (from Porgy And Bess) - Ann Brown with The Eva Jessye Choir conducted by Alexander Smallens

13. Letís Do It (from Paris) - Lee Wiley with Bunny Beriganís music

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

17. Art For Artís Sake (from The Cradle Will Rock) - Edward Fuller, Jules Schmidt, and, Peggy Coudray with Marc Blitzen on Piano

19. Easter Parade (from As Thousands Cheer) - Clifton Webb with Leo Reisman & His Orchestra

21. Here In My Arms (from Dearest Enemy) - Lee Wiley with Max Kaminsky & His Orchestra

23. Ten Cents A Dance (from Simple Simon) - Ruth Etting

25. The Lady Is A Tramp (from Babes In Arms) - Ray Heatherton

27. You Are My Heartís Delight (from Land Of Smiles) - Richard Tauber

29. Iíll See You Again (from Bitter Sweet) - Peggy Wood & George Metaxa, orchestra conducted by Ray Noble

31. Shine Through My Dreams (from Glamorous Night) - Trefor Jones with The Drury Lane Theatre Orchestra conducted by Charles Printice

33. Spread A Little Happiness (from Mr Cinders) - Binnie Hale with Al Starita & His Novelty Orchestra

35. How Could We Be Wrong (from Nymph Errant) - Gertrude Lawrence, orchestra conducted by Ray Noble

37. Your Eyes (from The White Horse Inn) - Columbia Light Opera Company

39. Moritat / Mack The Knife (from Die Dreigroschen Oper / The Threepenny Opera) - Kurt Gerron with the Lewis Ruth Band conducted by Theo Mackeben

41. September Song (from Knickerbocker Holiday) - Walter Huston, orchestra conducted by Maurice Abravanel

43. The Lambeth Walk (from Me And My Girl) - Lupio Lane, Teddie St Denis and company

45. I Can Give You The Starlight (from The Dancing Years) - Mary Ellis with The Drury Lane Theatre orchestra conducted by Charles Prentice

 

CD 3

1. Falling In Love With Love (from The Boys From Syracuse) - Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians, soloist Jane Wilson

3. Taking A Chance On Love (from Cabin In The Sky) - Ethel Waters with Max Meth and his orchestra

5. I could Write A Book (from Pal Joey) - Harold Lang & Beverly Fite, orchestra conducted by Lehman Engel

7. My Ship (from Lady In The Dark) - Gertrude Lawrence, orchestra conducted by Leonard Joy

9. West Wind (from One Touch Of Venus) - Kenny Baker & The One Touch Of Venus Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Maurice Abravanel

11. People Will Say Weíre In Love (from Oklahoma!) - John Diedrich and Rosamund Shelley

13. Whatís The Use Of Wonderiní (from Carousel) - Iva Withers & original London cast Girls Chorus

15. Lonely Town (from On The Town) - The Victor Chorale and The On The Town Orchestra conducted by Robert Shaw

17. Anything You Can Do (from Annie Get Your Gun) - Caroline OíConnor and Mark Adams

19. Strange Music (from Song Of Norway) - Valerie Masterson and Donald Maxwell

20. And This Is My Beloved (from Kismet) - David Rendall, Valerie Masterson, Donald Maxwell and Richard Van Allan

21. My Heart And I (from Old Chelsea)- Richard Tauber with orchestra and chorus conducted by Henry Geehl

23. Weíll Gather Lilacs (from Perchance To Dream) - Olive Gilbert, orchestra conducted by Harry Acres

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

28. Some Enchanted Evening (from South Pacific) - Thomas Allen

30. The Heather On The Hill (from Brigadoon) - Ethan Freeman and Janis Kelly, with The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates

32. They Call The Wind Maria (from Paint Your Wagon) - Ron Raines

34. I Could Have Danced All Night (from My Fair Lady) - Tinuke Olafimihan with The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards

36. I Could Be Happy With You (from The Boyfriend) - Simon Green and Jane Wellman

38. We Said We Wouldnít Look Back (from Salad Days) - Adam Bareham and Christina Matthews

40. Sit Down Youíre Rockiní The Boat (from Guys And Dolls) - Don Stephenson and company, with The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards

42. Shall We Dance (from The King And I) - Valerie Masterson and Christopher Lee, with The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards

44. Singiní In The Rain (from Singiní In The Rain) - Michael Gruber, with The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Craig Barna

47. Hey There (from The Pajama Game) - Ron Raines, with The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards

49. Mamma, Mamma (from The Most Happy Fella) - Louis Quilico

50. Overture West Side Story (from West Side Story) - National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards

 

CD 4

1. America (from West Side Story) - Caroline OíConnor, Nick Ferranti and Girls, with The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards

2. I Am Easily Assimilated (from Candide) - Ann Howard and chorus

4. Maria (from West Side Story) - Paul Manuel

6. Do-Re-Me (from The Sound of Music) - Shona Lindsay and children

8. Reviewing The Situation (from Oliver) - Julian Forsyth

10. What Kind Of Fool Am I? (from Stop The World I Want To Get Off) - Mike Holoway, with The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates

12. If I Ruled The World (from Pickwick) - Harry Secombe

15. If I Were A Rich Man (from Fiddler On The Roof) - Jerry Lanning

17. I Remember It Well (from Gigi) - Sian Phillips and Ron Moody, with The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates

19. Mame (from Mame) - Jerry Lanning and chorus

21. Try To Remember (from The Fantastics) - John Barrowman

23. The Impossible Dream (from Man Of La Mancha) - Ron Raines

25. Money Money (from Cabaret) - Jonathan Pryce and Maria Friedman, with The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards

27. Big Spender (from Sweet Charity) - Shezwae Powell, Josephine Blake and girls

29. Aquarius (from Hair) - Caroline OíConnor

31. Sweet Transvestite (from The Rocky Horror Show) - Howard Samuels, and Tim Flavin with The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates

33. Company (from Company) - company of More West End The Concert

35. Send In The Clowns (from A Little Night Music) - Sian Phillips with The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards

37. I Donít Know How To Love Him (from Jesus Christ Superstar) - Issy Van Randwyck with The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates

39. Another Suitcase In Another Hall (from Evita) - Grania Renihan

41. Memory (from Cats) - Kim Criswell

43. All That Jazz (from Chicago) - Caroline OíConnor

45. What I Did For Love (from A Chorus Line) - Catherine Porter

47. Tomorrow (from Annie) - Sarah French, with The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates

50. Sweeney Todd (from Sweeney Todd) - Len Cariou and company

52. The People Song (from Les Miserables) - company from More West End The Concert

 

 

The Cassettes follow the same track listing as the CDs with: the first cassette containing CD1 Tracks 1 to 24 on Side 1 and Tracks 25 to 49 on Side 2; the second cassette containing CD2 Tracks 1 to 21 on Side 3 and Tracks 22 to 45 on Side 4; the third cassette containing CD3 Tracks 1 to 25 on Side 5 and Tracks 26 to 50 on Side 6; and the fourth cassette containing CD4 Tracks 1 to 23 on Side 7 and Tracks 24 to 52 on Side 8.

Louise Gold herself has appeared in productions (tours, revivals or concert stagings) of a number of the musicals mentioned on this audio book, notably:The Pirates Of Penzance, The Gondoliers, Of Thee I Sing, Let ĎEm Eat Cake, Anything Goes, The Boys From Syracuse, Du Barry Was A Lady (see Du Barry Was A Lady (1993 Production) and Du Barry Was A Lady (2001 Production)), Panama Hattie, By Jupiter, Something For The Boys, One Touch Of Venus (see One Touch Of Venus (1992 Production) and One Touch Of Venus (2000 Production)) , Kiss Me Kate, My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, Oliver!, Man Of La Mancha, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 110 In The Shade, Hair, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (see: Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (York Production), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Touring Production), and, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Norwich Production) ), Godspell, Follies, and Assassins. She has also featured on recordings of: Anything Goes, Cabaret, On The Town, and, Stop The World I Want To Get Off. In addition her film work includes The Pirates Of Penzance and Topsy Turvy (a film about the original production of The Mikado. Apart from her recording of I Get A Kick Out Of You from Anything Goes - Website Recommended Album(a song which she has also sung on stage in Anything Goes ), at one time or another in her career Louise has also sung a number of the songs featured in the illustrative excerpts in this album including: The Moon And I (LOUISE GOLD ... By Appointment and Defiant Dames), Iíll See You Again (Noel/Cole: Letís Do It (recording)), Letís Do It (Noel/Cole: Letís Do It), The Lady Is A Tramp (A Time To Start Living), Falling In Love With Love (The Boys From Syracuse), Brush Up Your Shakespeare (Noel/Cole: Letís Do It), I could Have Danced All Night (admittedly only as a member of the chorus in My Fair Lady) Aquarius (Hair- only as a member of the chorus though)Send In The Clowns (Side By Side By Sondheim).

Narrator Kim Criswell has also appeared in productions (tours, revivals or concert stagings) of a number of the musicals mentioned on this audio book, notably: Sitting Pretty, Babes In Arms, The Threepenny Opera, Girl Crazy, Of Thee I Sing, Let ĎEm Eat Cake, Anything Goes, Du Barry Was A lady, One Touch Of Venus, Annie Get Your Gun, Kismet, Call Me Madam, The Sound Of Music, Man Of La Mancha, On The Town, Guys & Dolls Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Jesus Christ Superstar, Annie, and Cats. Her other recording work includes: Anything Goes, Annie Get Your Gun, Kiss Me Kate, On The Town, Guys & Dolls (twice), The Pajamia Game, Annie, and Encore The Very Best From The Musicals. Apart from her recording of Memory, at one time or another in her career Kim has also sung a number of the songs featured in the illustrative excerpts in this album including: I Got Rhythm, I Get A Kick Out Of You, Ten Cents A Dance, and, Anything You Can Do,

Kim Criswell has long been associated with keeping alive the history of Musical Theatre, as a student at the legendary Cincinnati Conservatoire, she was a member of the Cincinnati University Singers when they recorded an album of early American Music Theatre songs called I Wants To Be An Actor Lady, on which Kim herself sang a solo, I Canít Do The Sum, and a duet, Howíd Ya Like To Spoon With Me.

Louise Goldís recording of I Get A Kick Out Of You can be heard in itís entirety on: Anything Goes (Recording) - Website Recommended Album, The Best Of Broadway Musicals, and, Cole Porter - Night And Day. She also sang a spoof version as I Get A Kick Out Of U on Sesame Street.

Maria Friedman and Jonathan Pryceís recording of Money Money can be heard in itís entirety on Cabaret.

Mike Hollowayís recording of What Kind Of Fool Am I can be heard in itís entirety on Stop The World I Want To Get Off.

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 are also featured on The Best Of Broadway Musicals, which also includes Louise Goldís recording of I Get A Kick Out Of You, and, Don Stephensonís recording of Sit Down Youíre Rocking The Boat.

Thomas Allen, Kim Criswell, Tim Flavin, Ethan Freeman, Sarah French, Michael Gruber, Valerie Masterson, Christina Matthews, Donald Maxwell, Tinuke Olafimhan, Sian Phillips, Schezwae Powell, Jonathan Pryce, David Rendall, Howard Samuels, Don Stephenson, Richard Van Allan, Issy Van Randwyck and The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Craig Barna, John Owen Edwards and Martin Yates are also featured on Encore The Very Best From The Musicals, which also includes Michael Gruberís recording of Singiní In The Rain, Sian Phillipsís recording of Send In The Clowns, Howard Samuels & Tim Flavinís recording of Sweet Transvestite, Issy Van Randwyckís recording of I Donít Know How To Love Him, Valerie Masterson, Donald Maxwell, David Rendall & Richard Van Allanís recording of And This Is My Beloved, and, Sarah Frenchís recording of Tomorrow.

Thomas Allen, Ethan Freeman, Janis Kelly, Paul Manuel, Valerie Masterson, Ron Moody, Tinuke Olafimhan, Sian Phillips, Catherine Porter, David Rendall and The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards and Martin Yates are also featured on Great Duets From The Musicals, which also includes Ron Moody & Sian Phillipsís recording of I Remember It Well.

Thomas Allen, Brian Greene, Schezwae Powell, Julia Shore, Issy Van Randwyck and Matt Zimmerman, along with The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra and The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards and Martin Yates, are also featured on Cole Porter - Night And Day, which also includes Louise Goldís recording of I Get A Kick Out Of You, and, Brian Greene & Matt Zimmermanís recording of Brush Up Your Shakespeare.

Kim Criswell, Tim Flavin, Ethan Freeman, Valerie Masterton, Tinuke Olafimhan, Matt Zimmerman and The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards are also featured on On The Town

Maria Friedman is also featured on Merrily We Roll Along (recording)

Maria Friedman, Jonathan Pryce, Caroline OíConnor, Howard Samuels and The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards are featured on Cabaret, which includes Maria Friedman and Jonathan Pryceís recording of Money Money.

Brian Greene, Paul Manuel, Matt Zimmerman and The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Owen Edwards are also featured on Anything Goes (recording) - Website Recommended Album which also includes Louise Goldís recording of I Get A Kick Out Of You.

Conduction Martin Yates, like a few other current musical directors, has also made his own contribution to Musical Theatre, he has written the music for a musical called The Soap Opera

John Owen Edwardsís musical direction credits include Gilbert & Sullivan spoofs in Metropolitan Mikado and a concert of highlights from Ratepayers' Iolanthe & Metropolitan Mikado

Kim Criswell, Matt Zimmerman, and, Louise Gold all appeared together in Let ĎEm Eat Cake

Christina Matthews appeared in the film Billy The Kid And The Green Baize Vampire

John Barrowman and Matt Zimmerman appeared on stage in Anything Goes (stage)

John Barroman, Josephine Blake, Maria Friedman appeared in Chicago & Company

Josephine Blake, Maria Friedman, Simon Green appeared in A Tim To Start Living, where Maria Friedman and Louise Gold were among a trio of girls singing The Lady Is A Tramp.

Nick Ferranti, Maria Friedman, Simon Green, Schezwae Powell appeared in Kids At Heart and Josephine Blake may have appeared in it.

Len Cariou appeared in Ziegfeld and on Ziegfeld (recording)

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

Maria Friedman appeared in Sondheim At The Barbican and Merrily We Roll Along (Stage)

Maria Friedman and Simon Green may have appeared in Will-Aid

Mike Holoway appeared in The Pirates Of Penzance (Stage)

Schezwae Powell appeared in Follies

Issy Van Randwyck appeared in: Love Life, By Jupiter, Kiss Me Kate, Hot Ďní Spicey 2, and, The Regents Park 70th Anniversary Gala.

Matt Zimmerman, and The Drury Lane Theatre Orchestra appeared in The Royal Variety Performance (1982)

Issy Van Randwyck and Grania Renihan appeared at Dress Circle Grand Reopening

Josephine Blake and Tim Flavin appeared in Broadway To Brighton

Tim Flavin and Jonathan Pryce have appeared on television on A Week In The West End.

Mark Adams, Kim Criswell, Michael Gruber, Mike Holoway, Jerry Lanning, Paul Manuel, Caroline OíConnor, Tinuke Olafimihan, Catherine Porter, and, Grania Renihan can also be heard on Simply Musicals; which also features the NSO conducted by Craig Barna, John Owen-Edwards, and, Martin Yates, along with complete tracks of several excerpts heard on this album, namely: If I Were A Rich Man, What I Did For Love, Anything You Can Do, The Phantom Of The Opera (Song), What Kind Of Fool Am I?ł The People Songł Another Suitcase In Another Hall.

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 Greatest Musicals of the 20th Century; along with complete tracks of two excerpts heard on this album namely: I Get A Kick Out Of You, and, Brush Up Your Shakespeare.

Simon Green has appeared in Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala, A Love Letter To Dan, and, Flaunt It 2008.

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

Howard Samuels may have appeared in Dear Ralph.

Kim Criswell, Ethan Freeman, Christopher Lee, Valerie Masterson, Donald Maxwell, Ron Moody, Caroline OíConnor, Tinuke Olafimihan, and, Jonathan Pryce, along with the National Symphony Orchestra, and the conducting talents of Lehman Engel, John Owen Edwards, and, Martin Yates can be heard on The Great Musicals - Wonderful Tales

Thomas Allen, Kim Criswell, Louise Gold, Michael Gruber, Valerie Masterson, and, Sian Phillipsís recording credits include The Great Musicals Ė Glamour And Majesty. This also involved The National Symphony Orchestra, and, The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra; with maestros Craig Barna, Lehman Engel, John Owen Edwards, and, Martin Yates. This album includes the complete track of the excerpt of I Get A Kick Out Of You heard on this album.

John Barrowman, Maria Friedman, Shona Lindsay, Valerie Masterson, Caroline OíConnor, Tinuke Olafimihan, and Jonathan Pryceís recording credits include Centre Stage Showtime!; which also features The National Symphony Orchestra, along with maestros John Owen Edwards, and, Martin Yates.

Thomas Allen, Ethan Freeman, Mike Holoway, Janis Kelly, Caroline OíConnor, Catherine Porter, Ron Raines, Julia Shore, and, Don Stephensonís recording credits include The Great Musicals Ė Dashing Heroes, Blushing Maidens; This also involved The National Symphony Orchestra, and, The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra; with maestros Lehman Engle, John Owen Edwards, and, Martin Yates.

Kim Criswell, Valerie Masterson, Catherine Porter, and, Ron Rainesís recording credits include The Great Musicals Ė Laughter And Tears; This also involved The National Symphony Orchestra; with maestros Craig Barna, John Owen Edwards, and, Martin Yates.

Issy Van Randwyck has gone on to take part in Shopping With The Stars 2008.

Thomas Allen, John Barrowman, Kim Criswell, Tim Flavin, Julian Forsyth, Michael Gruber, Jerry Lanning, Shona Lindsay, Valerie Masterson, Ron Moody, Caroline OíConnor, Sian Phillips, Jonathan Pryce, Ron Raines, David Rendell, Grania Renihan, Howard Samuels, and, Richard Van Allanís recording credits include Magic Of The Musicals; This also involved the National Symphony Orchestra; with maestros Craig Barna, John Owen Edwards, and, Martin Yates. That album includes the complete tracks of the excerpts of: Memory, The Peopleís Song, Sweet Transvestite, Doe Re Me, and, If I Were A Rich Man heard on this album.

Mark Adams, John Barrowman, Len Cariou, Kim Criswell, Jerry Lanning, Caroline OíConnor, and, Ron Raines, can also be heard along with the National Symphony Orchestra/NSO Ensemble, along with maestros Craig Barna, John Owen Edwards, and, Martin Yates on The Best Of The Musicals. That album includes the complete track of the excerpt of Anything You Can Do heard on this album.

Christina Matthews, Shezwae Powell, Grainne Renihan, and, Simon Green may have taken part in Thing A Thon, which Maria Friedman was involved with.

Sian Phillips went on to take part in Shopping With The Stars 2009.

John Barrowman, Len Cariou, Kim Criswell, Nick Ferranti, Ethan Freeman, Sarah French, Maria Friedman, Christopher Lee, Shona Lindsay, Paul Manuel, Valerie Masterson, Caroline OíConnor, Tinuke Olafimihan, Jonathan Pryce, Ron Raines, and, Issy Van Randwyck can also be heard on 100 Hits Musicals, along with The National Symphony Orchestra with maestros Craig Barna, John Owen Edwards, and, Martin Yates. That album includes the complete tracks of the excerpts of: All That Jazz, America, Money Money, Shall We Dance, and, Tomorrow.

Thomas Allen, John Diedrich, Christopher Lee, Paul Manuel, Valerie Masterson, Caroline OíConnor, Tinuke Olafimihan, Sian Phillips, Jonathan Pryce, and, David Rendall 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 conducted by John Owen Edwards. That album includes the complete tracks of the excerpts of: Send In The Clowns, and, Shall We Dance.

Len Cariou, Kim Criswell, Julian Forsyth, Maria Friedman, Simon Green, Janis Kelly, Paul Manuel, Caroline OíConnor, Tinuke Olafimihan, and, Don Stephensonís recording credits include The Great Musicals - From Broadway to Hollywood; This also involved The National Symphony Orchestra, with maestros Craig Barna, John Owen Edwards, and, Martin Yates.

Ann Howard took part in Camberwell Pocket Operaís First Fundraising Gala.

 

Review

by Emma Shane, September 2002

If you ever wanted a painless way of gaining an overview (and some detail) of the history of Musical Theatre and how it became the art form that it is, nowís your chance. This stunning audio book is amazing for its shear breadth and detail (although as with any such work it is quite possible there may be a few dubious details - for example was Anything Goes really drastically rewritten because the producer didnít like the book, or was it because of the S.S. Morrow Castle fire?). A project of this kind needs someone suitable for a narrator, you couldnít have just any old actress. Kim Criswell, however, is a perfect choice (always assuming of course that you enjoy hearing her distinctly Southern States accent. If you donít like Southern States accents then this audio book wonít be your cup of tea). To my mind Criswell, the Broadway ex-patriot from Chattanooga Tennessee who has settled in London) is an excellent choice for narrator. A singer-actress trained at the fabled CCM, the best Annie Oakley London has seen since Dolores Gray, and of course one of John McGlinnís performers in his EMI Classics series, she is well qualified for the job, and brings her own enthusiasm for the genre to her narration. One only wishes she has a little more opportunity to input her own experiences. (She after all has starred in a notable revival of Annie Get Your Gun, and as a Broadway performer in the 1980ís she interacted with a number of the big name writers of that decade). But she does get one little chance to mention her own experience, in of all things Cats and her showstopping rendition of memory. For me this album is very special not least because although no one could have foreseen this at the time, it was the last CD I bought in person from the greatest shop for musical theatre that I have ever had the pleasure of going into, dear old Dress Circle in Monmouth Street, a shop which was to say the least an integral part of the British musical theatre scene for many years.

The shear detail included on this album is quite outstanding. I am particularly surprised and delighted to find that the left-wing Unity Theatre in London gets a mention, admittedly only because of the key role it played in the development of Lionel Bartís career (and even then it is only mentioned for staging the first production of Wally Pone, Bartís previous five years of experience there being overlooked) but at least it is a worthy mention. I am very amused by much of the detail, examples include: Hair opening in London the day the censorship that would have prevented it was lifted, and the difficulties of actually getting Man Of La Mancha on - which rather reminded me of the flame-haired actress who was determined to play Aldonza but kept being told not with red hair (Kim Criswell eventually did play Aldonza, with red hair and all, at The Peacock Theatre in London in the Covent Garden Festival in the summer of 2000).It is also fascinating to learn just how often something heralded as a new or modern thing in musical theatre is not actually all that new. You think nudity came in with The Full Monty? think again, there was nudity in Hair, even if it was only momentary. While, in 1905, The Merry Widow became the first musical to go in for mass merchandising, in very much the same way as the big musicals are today (hats, clothing, crockery etc), in fact the merchandising on The Merry Widow went far further than that on many of todayís shows.

Being an audio book rather than a written book permits the work to be interspersed with appropriate musical extracts. Although this is certainly a plus, it has to be said that some of the extracts, especially involving quite well known musicals, are not always to my mind the best choice of recording, at least in terms of capturing a sense of the historic role this or that number or indeed musical played in the development of the genre. In this respect the first CD is entirely satisfactory, using historical recordings as much as possible, but the subsequent three are a rather mixed bunch. There are some delightful original or near original recordings, such as: Paul Robeson singing Ole Man River, Helen Morgan singing Bill, Ruth Etting singing Ten Cents A Dance (one can really hear how Criswell herself replicated the intonations on her recording), Walter Huston singing September Song, and Kurt Gerron singing Mack The Knife, a recording which was perhaps his finest hour, before his untimely dreadful demise. However, there are also quite a number of instances where I feel that the illustrative excerpt used although passably well sung is not really the best choice to capture the piece, particular examples include: The Lady Is A Tramp (this song really needs to be sung by a woman, and one who can sound as though she means it - Jessica Martin or Christine Ebersole would be excellent choices, and theyíve both sung the number, even if they have not recorded it), People Will Say Weíre In Love (I just feel a recording involving one of the great 1940ís/50ís baritones: Howard Keel, John Raitt, Gordon Macrae or the tenor Alfred Drake, wouldhave been a more appropriate choice), I Could Have Danced All Night (To my mind, no one can quite live this song the way Julie Andrews and Liz Robertson can, personally Iíd go for the latter, although Andrews was the original), Do-Re-Me (The song is just so much Julie Andrewsís song, although Mary Martin would also have been very appropriate as she originated it, and Kim Criswell should record it because she clearly has a special affinity with it), I Remember It Well (The song is so inextricably associated with Hermione Gingold and Maurice Chevalier), and, Hey There (this is so much John Raittís song, he did it both on stage and in the film). That said, there are occasions when the use of a different performer is actually a huge improvement on the original, the best of these being the delight of hearing Memory from Cats, not sung by Elaine Paige (and one might point out that the role was original written for Judi Dench anyway), but by the lady who stopped the show nightly when she sang it in the Los Angeles production, Kim Criswell.

The greatest failing in the choice of illustrative excerpts is that there are many great stars of the musical theatre who have certainly recorded some of the fabled performances and who get mentioned, but whom we never get to hear on this audio book, such as: Fred Astaire, Carol Channing, Alfred Drake, Mary Martin, and, above all Ethel Merman. The Mighty Merman was one of the greatest stars of the Broadway musical, and a favourite of several songwriters, including Irving Berlin and Cole Porter, with a number of major roles in classic shows written for her, among them: Reno Sweeny in Anything Goes, Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, Sally Adams in Call Me Madam, and, Mama Rose in Gypsy. The role of Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly was also originally created with her in mind. Her debut in Girl Crazy changed the world of the Broadway musical, without her the vogue (apparent for much of the 1930ís, 40ís and 50ís) for having your big brassy comic song belter as the leading lady may well never have occurred. She introduced Broadway audiences to a large number of hit songs (I Got Rhythm, I Get A Kick Out Of You, Youíre The Top, Anything Goes, Blow Gabriel Blow, Itís Delovely, Friendship, Do I Love You Do I?, They Say Falling In Love Is Wonderful, I Got The Sun In The Morning, Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better, Youíre Not Sick Youíre Just In Love, Everythingís Coming Up Roses, Roseís Turn, Mutual Admiration Society, and, Thereís No Business Like Showbusiness). Naturally she is mentioned, but never actually heard: I Got Rhythm is sung ineffectively by Julia Shore- oh she can sing, but she doesnít give the song the brassy punch that made it the big hit it became (One really needs either Merman herself, or Criswell, to demonstrate how this song should sound). Meanwhile Caroline OíConnorís rendition (with Mark Adams) of Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better while being entirely satisfactory in ordinary terms, for example on a solo album, or a recording or production of Annie Get Your Gun is more like a Mary Martin rendition of the song than Ethel Mermanís. It is a very good performance of the number, but it just doesnít fit the context. The closest this audio book gets to that distinctive brassy sound of Ethel Mermanís powerful pipes is Louise Gold singing I Get A Kick Out Of You. This may not be the sweetest ever recording of the song (that honour probably goes to Kim Criswell), but it is extremely well sung and Gold does wonders in giving us a proper sense of how this song would have sounded, and if we canít have the extraordinary sound of Ethel Merman herself on this album then well the lady they call ĎThe English Ethel Mermaní is the next best thing. In any case Louise Gold is a wonderful performer in her own right, who thoroughly deserves to be singing on this audio book, it is curious however, that she is not credited in the commentary, one has to read the sleeve notes to find out that it is her singing.

For Louise Goldís performance alone this album would not be worth collecting, one would be better off buying the Showtime CD The Best Of Broadway Musicals. However for anyone interested in Musical Theatre it is well worth having, as it really is a great way to learn about the history and structure of the genre and where different musicals and indeed different kinds of musicals fit within that history. It is a fascinating album. It is also a delight to hear the history narrated by a performer such as Kim Criswell who appears to be so genuinely interested in what she is narrating. For anyone who is a fan of Musical Theatre or Kim Criswell then it is well worth having.

 

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