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Now Available! Cast Recording of Bette Midler in ‘Hello, Dolly!’

May 15th, 2017 Comments off

Hello Dolly Bette Midler

Masterworks Broadway proudly announces the release of The New Broadway Cast Recording of the 10-time Tony Award-nominated Hello, Dolly! starring three-time Grammy Award-winning legend Bette Midler as Dolly Gallagher Levi. Produced by multiple-Grammy Award winner Steven Epstein, with a cast of 37 and 28 musicians, the album is available everywhere now.

The Broadway revival of Michael Stewart and Jerry Herman’s masterpiece Hello, Dolly! is directed by four-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Warren Carlyle. Hello, Dolly! is now playing at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre.  The official opening night was April 20, 2017.

Hello, Dolly! instantly became the hottest ticket of the year when it broke the record for the best first day of ticket sales in Broadway history.  By the time it began previews, it had the largest pre-performance advance sale in Broadway history. Recently, the production shattered the record for the highest weekly gross of any show in the history of the Sam S. Shubert Theatre — a record set by a previous tenant over a nine-performance week — in just seven performances.

This Hello, Dolly! is the first new production of this classic musical (based on Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker) to appear on Broadway since it opened more than fifty years ago.  It pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion, which has been hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history.

Bette Midler is joined by Tony Award and four-time Emmy Award-winner David Hyde Pierce (Horace Vandergelder) two-time Tony Award nominee Gavin Creel (Cornelius Hackl), Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin (Irene Molloy), Taylor Trensch (Barnaby Tucker), Beanie Feldstein (Minnie Fay), Will Burton (Ambrose Kemper), Melanie Moore (Ermengarde), Tony Award nominee Jennifer Simard (Ernestina), and an ensemble of 28.

25 Cast Recordings Released as “Broadway in a Box”

September 27th, 2012 Comments off

Broadway in a Box. Image via Amazon.

Santa can close up the workshop because I know what I want under my tree this Christmas. (And, no, it isn’t Jonathan Groff in a festive holiday sweater…that’s my stocking stuffer.)

Masterworks Broadway (a label of Sony Masterworks) has put together a collection of 25 Original Broadway Cast recordings, Broadway in a Box: The Essential Broadway Musicals Collection. Each disc comes in a mini-sleeve with the original art and there’s a 64 page companion booklet that includes info and photos on each show. Plus, the press release says that there are extras like alternate lyric recordings, songs cut during out of town tryouts and demo versions by the composers themselves. Lock me in a room for month because I need to dive into this (Groff and his sweater can keep me company and bring me refreshments).

Let’s look at the line-up — and begin the debate about what they’re missing:

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“King” Rules, “Carrie” Rises, “Wicked” Returns & More Theater News

April 13th, 2012 Comments off

"The Lion King". Photo by Joan Marcus.

Money makes the world go round in this week’s clinking clanking round-up of theater news:

  • The Lion King proved it rules the entertainment jungle as it became the highest grossing Broadway show of all-time this week with $853.8 million in tickets. Previous title holder The Phantom of the Opera stands at $853.1 million. Suddenly, I don’t feel so bad for King’s director and partaker-of-royalties Julie Taymor (Spider-Man).
  • Talk about money in the bank, the casting for the Central Park Into the Woods gets better and better. Hot on the heals of Amy Adams’s addition to the cast, producers revealed that Donna Murphy (Passion) will be playing the Witch. If you’ve seen her sublime work in the animated film Tangled, you know Murphy will be one mother of an overprotective mother.
  • I still can’t get the songs from Newsies out of my head and I saw it weeks ago. Just to be sure I never forget a single “bruddah,” the cast album is now available for digital download. (PS. My favorite New Yawk rhyme in the show pairs “twirl it” with a very Flushing “terlet”.)
  • Molly Ranson in "Carrie". Photo by Joan Marcus.

    Speaking of cast albums that will get inside your head (literally), the recent Off-Broadway production of Carrie is officially going into the studio to preserve it for all time on April 17. The CD will be released by and available for preorder from Ghostlight Records. Ghostlight and Carrie. Of course.

  • In, I assume, an attempt to cash in on men who don’t want to see a musical with their wives, the guys-night-at-the-theater niche got its next entry (following the warm welcome for last year’s Lombardi) as Magic/Bird opened on Broadway Wednesday night. The reviews suggest that this tale of basketball greats is well-acted but a little lacking in big game drama.
  • I don’t know if you’ve noticed but there are a LOT of shows opening on Broadway this month. That’s because they are all going for the gold, aka Tony nominations, and they’ve got to hit before the end of the month to be eligible.  Tony nominations will be announced on a live webcast at 8:30am, May 1 by Kristin Chenoweth and Jim Parsons. Join me, broadwayblogtom, on twitter that morning for some immediate reactions/analysis/grousing.
  • And finally, in seriously green news, Bloomberg published an amazing article about the way profits are split on the blockbuster hit Wickedincluding almost $90 million for the writers. Like my agent always says, ” In music theater, you either make nothing or millions.” And the mailman won the lottery, indeed…