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posted: 10/25/2003 at 5:10:10 PM ET
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I'm always on the lookout for CDS to buy. I've been really lucky and have bought CDs that I really enjoy.

The biggest surprise was It's a Grand Night for Singing-the recording of the Rodgers and Hammerstein revue that played on Broadway some years ago (from what I understand,it wasn't there long,but I don't know if it was a limited engagement). This is not for the purists,however! The orchestrations have changed,and the songs are not presented as they are normally presented in their respective shows. The ending is gorgeous-begins with "Impossible" from Cinderella and then a gorgeous rendition of "I Have Dreamed" sung by the five singers.

I had never heard the score to Me & Juliet, so "That's the Way it Happens" was a fantastic surprise to me. I'm looking for a recording,but haven't found one yet. I'm going to see if Footlights has it (if one exists). If you're familiar with the show-any thoughts on a possible revival/revisal?

"I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair" is a great number-it's "jazzier" than the show version (it's sung by the three ladies). A wonderful,lovely, recording. I'm just sorry it's taken me this long to buy it.

I later bought the recent Broadway recording of The Most Happy Fella. I had read about the quality of this recording,but other interests have led me to other recordings. I'm anxious to buy the OCR for comparison studies (the recent production featured only two pianos). I just bought it today (!),so I'm still listening to it.

I also bought Stephen Schwartz's The Children of Eden (the Papermill recording). I understand that the Papermill production was multiethnic,which makes lovely sense (for those unfamiliar with the show-it is a retelling of Genesis-the Garden of Eden and later goes into Noah's Ark). Perhaps the amount of music (2 CDs!) makes it challenging for some amateur groups,but this would be a great choice-IMO-for schools and community theaters (now,here's a question-do public high schools still do Godspell or Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat? I'm asking because I wonder if there have been protests due to the religious natures of the shows.).

So-if you're still reading this-any recent CD purchases you've made? Anything that you feel hasn't received due attention? Any disappointments?


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