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MARY MARTIN ON AIR 1939-1950 (STAGE 9089)
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ON AIR 1939-1950
MARY MARTIN
On Air is a ground breaking collection representing a landmark archival discovery of Mary Martin broadcast recordings from 1939-1950. Almost all of the performances featured on this collection have gone unheard since their original transmission and this release ensures these historic broadcasts are no longer lost to history. Issued as a Deluxe 2CD Set, the album compiles selections from Mary's many broadcasts for the 'Good News' and 'Kraft Music Hall' shows for which she was resident vocalist. Other highlights include Mary's first radio broadcast of her signature song 'My Heart Belongs to Daddy', introduced by Rudy Vallee. The selections include popular standards of the era, songs from Mary's own back catalogue of stage and film productions and her unique interpretations of operatic arias in the style of swing. On Air is a collaboration with The Mary Martin Collection & Archive at The Doss Heritage and Culture Center in Weatherford, Texas and uses Mary's own private 78rpm transcription records housed at the Center. These one of a kind discs, most of which were pressed on fragile glass acetates, have been carefully transferred and restored specifically for this release. The CD is further complemented with extensive sleeve notes by Broadway historian and Mary Martin archivist George Dansker.


HALF A SIXPENCE - 1967 LONDON STUDIO CAST (STAGE 9085)
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HALF A SIXPENCE
LONDON STUDIO CAST
Continuing Stage Door's series of London Studio Cast Album reissues from the SAGA Records back catalogue is the 'Half a Sixpence' 1967 London Studio Cast Recording. Released to coincide with the musical's 1967 film adaptation, the SAGA Records 'Half a Sixpence' cast album is led by Colin Farrell as Arthur Kipps. Farrell played Buggins in the show's Original London Cast and on this recording gives a shining and charismatic performance as Kipps. The role of Ann is sung superbly by West End veteran Angela Richards while 'Doctor Who' mainstay Michael Wisher plays Chitterlow. The recording features expert musical direction by Ray Cook conducting the Westminster Sinfonia and Theatre Chorus. The SAGA Records 'Half a Sixpence' album has the distinction of including numbers from the Original London, Broadway and Film versions of David Heneker's score. Highlights include 'The Party's on the House', 'I Don't Believe a Word of it', 'This is My World' and of course the showstopper 'Flash, Bang, Wallop!'. The Half A Sixpence London Studio Cast Recording is licensed from the Saga tape collection at the British Library and is a limited edition release of 500 units only.


THE "SHOW TIME" SERIES EP COLLECTION - VOLUME THREE (STAGE 9087)
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THE "SHOW TIME" SERIES EP COLLECTION - VOLUME THREE
VARIOUS ARTISTS
Stage Door are pleased to present the third and final volume of the "Show Time" Series EP Collection. Issued across 3 albums, the collection compiles all 16 EPs which formed the "Show Time" Series as recorded and released by RCA Victor in 1953. The third Volume in the series includes selections from 'The Little Shows', 'Girl Crazy', 'Porgy and Bess', 'Kiss Me, Kate' and 'Anything Goes'. Featured performers include Carol Bruce, Sheila Bond, Edith Adams, Lisa Kirk, Cab Calloway, Helen Thigpen, Leslie Scott, George Britton, Helena Bliss, Helen Gallagher and Jack Cassidy. Most of the tracks have never been released on CD making Stage Door's reissue of these historic anthology recordings a welcome addition to any cast album aficionados collection. The CD release is complemented by a comprehensive sleeve note by Broadway historian George Dansker, including a complete sessionography of recording dates. Each volume in the series is limited to 500 units only.


DESTRY RIDES AGAIN - STUDIO CAST RECORDING (STAGE 9086)
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DESTRY RIDES AGAIN
STUDIO CAST RECORDING
Harold Rome's musical Destry Rides Again opened on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre on April 23 1959 and ran for a respectable 493 performances. Based on the classic 1939 Western film of the same name, Destry Rides Again was produced by David Merrick and starred Andy Griffith and Dolores Gray. The production earned 4 Tony Award nominations with Michael Kidd winning for "Best Choreography". One week after the Original Broadway Cast Album was recorded by Decca, a studio cast album of Harold Rome's score was recorded at RCA Victor's Studio A in New York City and subsequently issued on the RCA Camden imprint. Produced by Chick Crumpacker and conducted by Norman Leyden, the recording featured lead vocals by popular recording, radio and television personalities Louise O'Brien and Jack Haskell. With its imaginative arrangements and polished performances, the RCA Camden album presented another platform to showcase highlights from Harold Rome's immediate and memorable score. Digitally remastered from stereo reel to reel tape, the Destry Rides Again studio cast album now makes its debut on CD. Destry Rides Again is a Limited Edition pressing of 500 units only. 


SWEET CHARITY - 1967 LONDON STUDIO CAST (STAGE 9085)
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SWEET CHARITY
LONDON STUDIO CAST
Continuing Stage Door's series of cast album reissues from the SAGA Records back catalogue is the 'Sweet Charity' 1967 London Studio Cast Recording
Released in December 1967 to coincide with the recently opened West End production, the SAGA Records 'Sweet Charity' cast recording starred popular West End actress Mary Preston as Charity. In September 1968, Mary Preston took over the role of Helene from Paula Kelly in the 'Sweet Charity' West End production. The SAGA studio cast is rounded out by West End performers June Hunt (Jan Hunt), Canna Kendall, Valentine Palmer, Craig Hunter, John Parker and David Wheldon-Williams with the Westminster Sinfonia and Theatre Chorus directed by Frank Raymond. Digitally remastered from the original studio master tapes, the 'Sweet Charity' London Studio Cast Recording now makes its debut on CD. The Sweet Charity London Studio Cast Recording is licensed from the Saga tape collection at the British Library and is a limited edition release of 500 units only.


THE "SHOW TIME" SERIES EP COLLECTION - VOLUME TWO (STAGE 9084)
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THE "SHOW TIME" SERIES EP COLLECTION - VOLUME TWO
VARIOUS ARTISTS
Stage Door are pleased to present the second volume of the "Show Time" Series EP Collection. To be issued across 3 albums, the collection compiles all 16 EPs which formed the "Show Time" Series as recorded and released by RCA Victor in 1953. The second Volume in the series includes selections from 'Mademoiselle Modiste', 'Naughty Marietta', 'Shuffle Along' (conducted by composer Eubie Blake), 'Blackbirds of 1928' and 'The Band Wagon'. Featured performers include Doretta Morrow, Felix Knight, Edward Roecker, Louise Woods, Laurence Watson, Thelma Carpenter, Cab Calloway, George Britton, Edith Adams and Harold Lang. Most of the tracks have never been released on CD making Stage Door's reissue of these historic anthology recordings a welcome addition to any cast album aficionados collection. The CD release is complemented by a comprehensive sleeve note by Broadway historian George Dansker, including a complete sessionography of recording dates. Each volume in the series is limited to 500 units only.


PETULA CLARK - IN COPENHAGEN 1958-1960 (STAGE 9083)
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IN COPENHAGEN 1958-1960
PETULA CLARK
Following the critically acclaimed release of Stage Door's Petula Clark 'On Air 1951-1961' album, is a brand new collection of previously unreleased Petula Clark recordings; 'In Copenhagen 1958-1961'. Dating from 1958 to 1960, the recordings featured on this album represent a historic and landmark archival discovery. From the archives of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, the featured broadcast recordings shine a light on a remarkable part of Petula Clark's career that to date has remained relatively unknown and unreported outside of Scandinavia. This specially compiled album features 23 recordings all of which are previously unissued on CD and unheard since their original broadcasts. Digitally remastered from the original master tapes, the featured studio recordings represent selections from four Petula Clark television specials recorded and broadcast exclusively in Denmark over a two-year period. With musical accompaniment by Bent Fabric and His Quartet, the selections spotlight Petula as a jazz song stylist and torch singer, the majority of the featured numbers were never recorded commercially or performed outside of these broadcasts. Highlights include 'The Folks Who Live on the Hill', 'Over the Rainbow', 'I'll Be Seeing You' and 'Among My Souvenirs'. Petula Clark 'In Copenhagen 1958 - 1960' is strictly limited to 500 units only. 


MAME - LONDON STUDIO CAST RECORDING (STAGE 9082)
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MAME
LONDON STUDIO CAST
Stage Door present the debut CD release of the Mame 1969 London Studio Cast Recording. Jerry Herman's musical 'Mame', based on the 1955 Patrick Dennis novel 'Auntie Mame', is quite rightly considered one of the most iconic pieces of musical theatre produced in the 1960s. The show remains one of Jerry Herman's most acclaimed works in his extensive catalogue of classic stage musicals. Opening on Broadway in May 1966, and running a total of 1504 performances, the production featured a trail blazing Tony Award winning performance by Angela Lansbury in the title role. Mame transferred with much fanfare to London's West End in 1969 with Ginger Rogers playing the exuberant and larger than life Mame Dennis. Although a segment of Roger's performance with the London Cast was performed and preserved during that year's Royal Variety Performance, an Original London Cast Album never came to fruition. Ahead of the show's London opening, a studio cast album of Mame was recorded at Abbey Road Studios. Produced by Norman Newell and recorded on January 5th 1969, the all British studio cast album starred popular actress Beryl Reid as Mame alongside comedienne and singer Joan Turner as Vera Charles. With musical direction by Geoff Love, the Mame London Studio Cast was rounded out with established session singers including Pat Whitmore, Charles Young and Fred Lucas. 


THE "SHOW TIME" SERIES EP COLLECTION - VOLUME ONE (STAGE 9081)
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THE "SHOW TIME" SERIES EP COLLECTION - VOLUME ONE
VARIOUS ARTISTS
Stage Door are pleased to present the first volume of the "Show Time" Series EP Collection compiling the recordings which formed the "Show Time" Series in 1953. The 16 part "Show Time" Series was a recording initiative by RCA Victor to recreate highlights from a diverse selection of Broadway musicals, revues and operettas from the first half of the 20th century. The first Volume in the series includes selections from 'Oklahoma!', 'Carousel', 'Showboat', 'The Cat and the Fiddle', 'Babes in Arms' and 'Jumbo'. Featured performers include John Raitt, Patricia Northrop, Doretta Morrow, Helena Bliss, Carol Bruce, Patricia Neway, Stephen Douglass, William Tabbert, Lisa Kirk, Sheila Bond and Jack Cassidy. The EPs are now highly rare and sought after by collectors. Most of the tracks have never been released on CD making Stage Door's reissue of these historic anthology recordings a welcome addition to any cast album aficionados collection. The CD release is complemented by a comprehensive sleeve note by Broadway historian George Dansker, including a complete sessionography of recording dates. Each volume in the series is limited to 500 units only.


THE DESERT SONG - LONDON STUDIO CAST RECORDING (STAGE 9080)
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THE DESERT SONG
LONDON STUDIO CAST
Stage Door present the CD debut of the Saga Records 'The Desert Song' 1967 London Studio Cast Recording. This wonderful show, produced originally in 1926 has delighted and thrilled millions of people all over the world. The story of intrigue and romance, of soldiers and espionage, of excitement and love is truly an exciting one. Combine this with the magic formula of lilting lyrics of Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II and unforgettable melodies of Sigmund Romberg and what else can you have but a worldwide success. 'The Desert Song' first opened in London at the Theatre Drury Lane Theatre in April 1927 starring Edith Day and Harry Welchman and ran for an impressive 432 performances. A staple touring favourite in provincial theatres, 'The Desert Song' returned to the West End in 1967 with a celebrated production at the Palace Theatre. To coincide with the 1967 London revival, Saga Records produced a superb studio cast recording of the score led by well established performers from past British touring productions. Singing the role of Margot was popular actress and singer Mary Millar who played the role on two extensive tours of the United Kingdom in 1957 and 1959. As Pierre / Red Shadow, Saga cast Australian actor and singer Robert Colman who had played the role in numerous touring seasons. The cast is rounded out by seasoned performers Ivor Danvers, Betty Winsett, Gordon Trayner, Ted Gilbert, Paul Bretton and Janet Gale, accompanied by the Westminster Sinfonia under the direction of Ray Cook. Digitally remastered from the original Saga master tapes, the London Studio Cast Recording is complemented with the Original 1927 London Cast Recordings starring Edith Day and Harry Welchman. Originally released across 4 80rpm recordings, these historic recordings have been newly remastered for this release.


JORROCKS - LONDON STUDIO CAST ALBUM (STAGE 9079)
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JORROCKS
LONDON STUDIO CAST
Stage Door present the CD debut of the Saga Records Jorrocks London Studio Cast Recording. Featuring music and lyrics by David Heneker and book by Beverley Cross, Jorrocks was a musical based on the novels of R.S. Surtees and opened at London's New Theatre on September 22nd 1966. To coincide with the West End production, Saga Records produced a superb studio cast recording of the score featuring Barry Kent in the title role of John Jorrocks alongside Rita Williams as Mrs. Jorrocks, Pat Whitmore as Belinda, Charles Young as Charlie Stobbs, Charles Granville as Captain Doleful and Andy Cole as Dr. Swizzle. Digitally remastered from the original Saga master tapes, the CD release includes the very first recording of the Jorrocks Overture which was previously unreleased on the original LP album and only discovered when the master tapes were located. As a special bonus the album features the original Jorrocks Demo Recordings from the David Heneker Estate which includes several songs later cut from the production. The CD release is complemented with a detailed sleeve note by Stewart Nicholls (Theatre Director and Archivist for the David Heneker Estate).


CHRISTMAS IN HOLLYWOOD (STAGE 9078)
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CHRISTMAS IN HOLLYWOOD
Stage Door present 'Christmas in Hollywood', a unique double album of festive songs from the silver screen and yuletide favorites as sung by iconic Hollywood stars from the golden age of cinema and television. A pageant of yuletide nostalgia, this bespoke collection embraces the golden era of Hollywood glamour and sophistication. Presented as a Deluxe 2CD set, the album includes seasonal selections featured in the Hollywood films 'White Christmas', 'Holiday Inn', 'Meet Me in St. Louis', 'On Moonlight Bay', 'Say One for Me', 'Stowaway', 'On the Avenue', 'The Five Pennies', 'Neptune's Daughter', 'The Great Rupert' and 'Babes in Toyland'. Featured performers include Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Danny Kaye, Doris Day, Deanna Durbin, Shirley Temple, Dick Powell, Esther Williams, Jimmy Durante, Red Buttons, Tab Hunter, Debbie Reynolds, Rosemary Clooney, Gordon MacRae, Nelson Eddy, Jeanette MacDonald and many more. Celebrate 'Christmas in Hollywood', the perfect stocking filler this season! 


PETULA CLARK - CHRISTMAS IN LONDON (STAGE 9077)
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CHRISTMAS IN LONDON
PETULA CLARK
Petula Clark 'Christmas in London' is a joyous collection of yuletide nostalgia. Featuring all Petula's festive recordings from the 1950s; this stunning album includes a selection of traditional carols alongside a sprinkling of wonderful original Christmas songs, all embracing the warm nostalgia of sentimental Christmases past. Making this Christmas album extra special is the inclusion of two previously unreleased radio performances, unheard since their original broadcast. Accompanied by Joe Henderson at piano, the album opens with a delightful 1950 recording of the yuletide favourite 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' and concludes with a stunning 1954 interpretation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein standard 'Some Enchanted Evening', a staple in Petula's early 1950s concert repertoire that went unrecorded (and a perfect companion to Petula's 1961 recording of the perennial R&H classic 'My Favourite Things'). Give the gift of Petula Clark 'Christmas in London', this season's perfect stocking filler!


ON THE LEVEL - ORIGINAL LONDON CAST (STAGE 9076)
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ON THE LEVEL
ORIGINAL LONDON CAST
Continuing Stage Door's 'Cast Album Masters Series' is the CD debut of the 'On the Level' Original London Cast Recording. An original musical centered around the theft of G.C.E. exam papers, 'On the Level' opened at London's Saville Theatre on April 19th 1966 and ran for 118 performances. 'On the Level' was the second musical penned by Ron Grainer and Ronald Millar and reunited the 'Robert and Elizabeth' creative team of Wendy Toye (producer), Malcolm Clare (choreographer), Malcolm Pride (designer) and impresario Martin Landau. Presented in conjunction with the Beatles manager Brian Epstein, 'On the Level' was the polar opposite to 'Robert and Elizabeth', firmly set in the present day with a contemporary score that reflected the modern era of swinging 60s London. The production, described by Martin Landau as an "ironic comedy", focused on the British fascination with school exams and in particular the G.C.E. Inspired by real life events, the plot centres on the theft and distribution of the G.C.E. exam papers amongst both students and their parents and the scandal that ensues. On the Level' boasted a youth driven cast that included Angela Richards, Barrie Ingham, Gary Bond, Phyllida Law and a break out role for Sheila White who reportedly stopped the show with her solo number 'Bleep Bleep'.


DOLORES GRAY - HEAT WAVE - THE DECCA SINGLES 1953-1955 (STAGE 9075)
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HEAT WAVE - THE DECCA SINGLES
DOLORES GRAY
Tony Award winning actress and singer Dolores Gray is rightly considered one of the most iconic theatre performers of the 20th Century. Lauded for her many roles on both the Broadway and West End stage, her career achieved equal success in cabaret, on film and in the recording studio. Dolores Gray was signed to Decca Records from 1951 to 1955, releasing countless singles for the label and scoring chart success. This collection compiles all Dolores Gray's single releases for the Decca label issued between 1953 and 1955. Serving as a companion release to the previously issued compilation album 'Spotlight on Dolores Gray' (featuring Dolores Gray's Decca releases from 1951-52), 'Heat Wave' completes Dolores' work for the Decca label with most tracks making their debut on CD. Highlights from the release include the popular singles 'Big Mamou' and 'Kaw-Liga' plus pop cover versions of songs from the Broadway musicals 'By the Beautiful Sea', 'The Girl in Pink Tights' and 'Silk Stockings'. Also included is Dolores' recording of 'The Call of the Far-Away Hills' from the 1953 Western film 'Shane' plus the songs she recorded for the Decca album of 'There's No Business Like Show Business'.


SELECTIONS FROM 'ZIP GOES A MILLION' & 'HAPPY HOLIDAY' (STAGE 9074)
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ZIP GOES A MILLION & HAPPY HOLIDAY
ORIGINAL LONDON CASTS
'Zip Goes A Million', based on the 1902 novel 'Brewster's Millions', was written as a vehicle for variety entertainer George Formby who would make his musical theatre debut in the production. Produced by theatre impresario Emile Littler, 'Zip Goes A Million' co-starred Sara Gregory and Warde Donovan and opened at London's Palace Theatre on October 20th 1951. The production was an instant hit and garnered overwhelmingly positive notices from both the critics and audiences. Following the success of 'Zip Goes A Million', the writing team of Posford and Maschwitz and impresario Emile Littler collaborated on a second London musical; 'Happy Holiday'. An adaptation of the Arnold Ridley play 'The Ghost Train', 'Happy Holiday' opened at London's Palace Theatre on December 22nd 1954. The production reunited the creative team with Reg Dixon who played the lead role of Charlie Purseglove in a cast that also included Janet Brown, Marie Burke and Austin Melford. Despite the personnel involved, the production failed to emulate the success of 'Zip Goes A Million' and closed after just 31 performances. This collection compiles all the Original London Cast recordings from both 'Zip Goes A Million' and 'Happy Holiday' along with a number of pop covers and instrumentals from each score performed by such artists as Pearl Carr, Petula Clark, Ronnie Harris, Hutch and the Frank Barber Orchestra. As a special bonus, the disc includes selections from a live radio broadcast of 'Zip Goes A Million'.


PETULA CLARK - ON AIR 1951-1961 (STAGE 9073)
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ON AIR 1951-1961
PETULA CLARK
'On Air' is a landmark collection representing a unique archival discovery of recordings made by Petula Clark for various BBC Radio programmes between 1951 and 1961. Prominently featured are selections from the long running 'Calling All Forces' programme where Petula appeared and broadcast on a weekly basis as the resident featured artist. Almost all of the performances featured on this collection have gone unheard since their original transmission and this release ensures these historical broadcasts are no longer lost to history. 'On Air' features 23 tracks, 18 of which make their debut on CD. Highlights include stunning performances from the 'Calling All Forces' programme including Rodgers and Hart's 'With A Song In My Heart' and Piaf's 'While The Angelus Was Ringing' ('Les Trois Cloches'), accompanied by Geraldo and His Orchestra with the George Mitchell Singers. Other standout selections include up-tempo covers of the Dean Martin and Line Renaud duet 'Relax-Ay-Voo' and the Doris Day hit 'Ooh Bang Jiggily Jang'. The collection also features live performances of Petula's own hit recordings 'Sailor' and 'Suddenly There's A Valley', plus a live rendition of the theme song to her 1952 film 'Made In Heaven' introduced by co-star David Tomlinson. Petula Clark 'On Air 1951 - 1961' is a Limited Edition of 500 units only. 


JOHN RAITT - ORIGINAL ALBUM SERIES (STAGE 9072)
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ORIGINAL ALBUM SERIES
JOHN RAITT
Stage Door's 'Original Album Series' collates four of John Raitt's original studio albums recorded between 1955-1960. The set opens with 'Highlights Of Broadway', originally released in 1955, the album appropriately opens with a powerful rendering of the 'Soliloquy' from 'Carousel', recorded a decade after Raitt first originated the song on Broadway. The album features a selection of the most popular Broadway standards from the 1940s and 50s, including songs from 'Finian's Rainbow', 'Kiss Me, Kate', 'Kismet' and more. The compilation continues with Raitt's 1956 Latin inspired offering 'Mediterranean Magic'; an album Billboard described as a "prolonged ear treat" and "a natural for devotees to the Latin romance and heartbreak school of listening". In 1958, Raitt recorded the folk themed collection 'Under Open Skies' which included an eclectic repertoire, drawing on stirring folk ballads like 'Sail Ho!' and 'El Bandido' to Broadway numbers from 'Carousel' and 'Paint Your Wagon'. Concluding the 'Original Album Series' is Raitt's 1960 studio album 'Songs The Kids Brought Home From Camp' which, as the title suggests, features an entertaining and spirited trawl through popular and memorable "sing-a-long" camp song favourites. The 'Original Album Series' 2CD set is further enhanced with a wealth of bonus material, including selections from Raitt's stunning 1969 studio album 'Today' and a 1962 recording collaboration with jazz musician Lionel Hampton.


LOST BROADWAY 1960 - BROADWAY'S FORGOTTEN & OBSCURE MUSICALS (STAGE 9071)
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LOST BROADWAY 1960
BROADWAY'S FORGOTTEN & OBSCURE MUSICALS
Continuing Stage Door's celebrated 'Lost Broadway' album series is 'Lost Broadway 1960'; showcasing the forgotten and obscure Broadway musicals of 1960. Presented as a Deluxe 2CD Set, 'Lost Broadway 1960' features over 50 tracks including over 25 tracks appearing on CD for the first time. The album includes a complete disc of Original Broadway Cast Recordings and a companion disc of 'Covers And Rarities', showcasing pop covers and other rare recordings from the Broadway musicals of 1960 (including the complete studio album of Bud Freeman and Leon Pober's musical 'Clara' which was later staged on Broadway as 'Beg, Borrow or Steal'). Other featured selections include songs from David Merrick's short lived musical revue 'Vintage '60' performed by original cast member Fay DeWitt. The selections featured on 'Lost Broadway 1960' include a broad range of musical styles and genres from prolific musical theatre writers including Jule Styne, Adolph Green, Betty Comden, Meredith Willson, Cy Coleman, Frank Loesser, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. The 'Lost Broadway 1960' featured musicals are 'Greenwillow', 'Christine', 'Tenderloin', 'Wildcat', 'Do Re Mi', 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown', 'Beg, Borrow or Steal', 'Vintage '60' and the play with music 'Send Me No Flowers'. The album boasts a host of star performers including Lucille Ball, Anthony Perkins, Maureen O'Hara, Tammy Grimes, Jack Jones, Rosemary Clooney, Eddie Fisher, Vic Damone, Leslie Uggams, Bobby Darin, Gordon MacRae, Perry Como, Aretha Franklin and many more.


ANNIE - ORIGINAL LONDON CAST RECORDING
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ANNIE
ORIGINAL LONDON CAST RECORDING
Continuing Stage Door's Cast Album Masters Series is the CD debut of the 'Annie' Original London Cast Recording.  'Annie' transferred to the West End in 1978 following its multi Tony award winning Broadway debut the previous year. The London production of 'Annie' opened at the Victoria Palace Theatre on May 3rd 1978 where it ran for a total of 1485 performances. The original London Cast of 'Annie' featured Broadway's original Annie, Andrea McArdle in the title role, alternating the part with British actress Ann-Marie Gwatkin (who features on the London Cast Recording). Also starring in the original London cast were Sheila Hancock as Miss Hannigan, Stratford Johns as Daddy Warbucks, Kenneth Nelson as Rooster, Judith Paris as Grace Farrell and Matt Zimmerman as Bert Healy. Produced by Nicky Graham and recorded by CBS Records in June 1978, the London Cast Recording of 'Annie' effectively captures Charles Strouse and Martin Charin's vibrant and timeless score, featuring the musical theatre standards 'Tomorrow', 'The Hard-Knock Life' and 'You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile'. The release of 'Annie' continues Stage Door's 'Cast Album Masters Series'. Licensing recordings from the major labels, the series presents the CD debut of many London Cast Recordings from the 1960s and 1970s, all digitally remastered from the studio master tapes. 


KWAMINA - ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING DELUXE EDITION (STAGE 9069)
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KWAMINA
ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING - DELUXE EDITION
Continuing Stage Door's line of Deluxe Edition Broadway Cast Recording reissues is an expanded release of Richard Adler's musical 'Kwamina'. Featuring music and lyrics by Adler and a book by Robert Alan Aurthur, 'Kwamina' opened at New York's 54th Street Theatre on October 23rd 1961. Starring Adler's then wife Sally Ann Howes alongside Terry Carter, Brock Peters and Robert Guillaume, the ambitious musical told the story of Peter Kwamina Mwalla, the son of an African tribal chief who returns home after attending medical school in London and finds his modern methods conflict with his village's traditions. He clashes with the village's white female doctor, Eve, but ultimately falls in love with her. Presented across 2CDs, this definitive release of 'Kwamina' presents the Original Broadway Cast Recording accompanied by alternate takes from the album sessions and a special bonus recording of 'Another Time, Another Place' by the show's star Sally Ann Howes. The release is complemented by a bonus disc of cover recordings from 'Kwamina' including a never before released on CD studio cast recording, a jazz interpretation by the Billy Taylor Orchestra and pop covers by such diverse artists as Al Martino, The Kingston Trio and Gordon MacRae. The CD release boasts extensive liner notes by Broadway historian and archivist George Dansker. The 'Kwamina' Deluxe Edition Broadway Cast Recording 2CD set is strictly limited to 500 units only.


MAN OF MAGIC - ORIGINAL LONDON CAST RECORDING
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HOUDINI - MAN OF MAGIC
ORIGINAL LONDON CAST RECORDING
Continuing Stage Door's 'Cast Album Masters Series' is the CD debut of the 'Man Of Magic' Original London Cast Recording. Based on the life of iconic magician and escapologist Harry Houdini, 'Man Of Magic' opened at London's Piccadilly Theatre on November 15th 1966 and ran for 135 performances. Featuring music by Wilfred Wylam (a pseudonym for classical composer Wilfred Josephs) and book and lyrics by John Morley and Aubrey Cash, the production starred Stuart Damon as Houdini alongside Judith Bruce as Bess and Stubby Kaye as Toby Kester. Produced by legendary theatre impresario Harold Fielding, the production received mixed reviews and failed to achieve the acclaim of his earlier successes 'Half A Sixpence' and 'Charlie Girl'. Despite the lukewarm critical response to 'Man Of Magic', the production was noted for its elaborate recreations of Houdini's illusions and the performances of its leading players Stuart Damon, Judith Bruce and Stubby Kaye. Although 'Man Of Magic' marked Wilfred Josephs' only work for musical theatre, there is much to be enjoyed in his distinctive and immediate score, not least the rousing duet 'Conquer The World', 'Suddenly' and the comedy numbers 'Take Your Medicine' and 'Kester's Crystal Cabbage'. The limited edition 500 unit only release of 'Man Of Magic' continues Stage Door's 'Cast Album Masters Series'. Licensing recordings from the major labels, the series presents the CD debut of many London Cast Recordings from the 1960s and 1970s, all digitally remastered from the studio master tapes. 


A VINTAGE BROADWAY CHRISTMAS (STAGE 9067)
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A VINTAGE BROADWAY CHRISTMAS
Stage Door present A Vintage Broadway Christmas, a unique double album of festive showtunes and yuletide favorites as sung by Broadway stars of yesteryear.
A pageant of yuletide nostalgia, this bespoke collection embraces the bygone Christmases of the 1950s and 60s. Presented as a Deluxe 2CD set, the album includes seasonal selections from the Broadway musicals 'Subways Are For Sleeping', 'Greenwillow', 'Irma La Douce, 'Song Of Norway', 'Call Me Mister' and 'Babes In Toyland'. The collection boasts a glittering array of Broadway stars performing festive material from carols and holiday classics to novelty Christmas numbers, many of which make their debut on CD. Featured performers include Mary Martin, Joel Grey, Barbara Cook, John Raitt, Elaine Stritch, Leslie Uggams, Sally Ann Howes, William Tabbert, Eartha Kitt, Mimi Hines, Dorothy Collins and many more. Give the gift of showtunes this Christmas with A Vintage Broadway Christmas, the perfect stocking filler for the musical theatre enthusiast!


AMBASSADOR - ORIGINAL LONDON CAST RECORDING
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AMBASSADOR
ORIGINAL LONDON CAST RECORDING
Stage Door presents the CD debut of the 'Ambassador' Original London Cast Recording. Based on the Henry James novel 'The Ambassadors', the musical first opened at London's Her Majesty's Theatre in October 1971 starring Howard Keel and Danielle Darrieux. Featuring music by Don Gohman and lyrics by Hal Hackady, the plot focuses on lawyer Lambert Strether (Howard Keel), who is instructed to travel to Paris at the request of his employer, the widowed Mrs Amelia Newsome to return her wayward son, Chad to America.Featuring stellar performances from its leading players Keel and Darrieux and an impressive ensemble, highlights from the score include 'All Of My Life', 'Tell Her', 'Young With Him', 'That's What I Need Tonight' and 'Not Tomorrow'. The release of 'Ambassador' launches Stage Door's 'Cast Album Masters Series'. Licensing recordings from the major labels, the series will present the CD debut of many London Cast Recordings from the 1960s and 1970s, all digitally remastered from the studio master tapes. The 'Ambassador' London Cast Recording is licensed courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited and is strictly limited to 500 units only.


KEAN - ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING DELUXE EDITION (STAGE 9065)
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KEAN
ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING - DELUXE EDITION
Stage Door are pleased to present a Deluxe Edition release of the 'Kean' Original Broadway Cast Album. Across two CDs, this definitive set features a new digital remaster of the Original Broadway Cast Recording accompanied by the previously unreleased studio and composer demos of the score (including several cut songs).
The album boasts a generous selection of "pop" cover recordings performed by vocalists including Judy Garland, Richard Hayes and James Shigeta. The lavish set also includes an instrumental stereo album of the score recorded by Robert Mersey and His Orchestra, which makes its debut on CD. Written as a star vehicle for Alfred Drake by Robert Wright and George Forrest ('Kismet', 'Song Of Norway'), 'Kean' opened at the Broadway Theatre on November 2nd 1961, running for 92 performances. The production, directed and choreographed by Jack Cole, also starred Lee Venora, Joan Weldon, Oliver Gray and Patricia Cutts
The Deluxe Edition 'Kean' Original Broadway Cast Recording is complemented by extensive liner notes by Broadway historian George Dansker. The 2CD set is strictly limited to 500 units.


LOST BROADWAY 1956-57 - BROADWAY'S FORGOTTEN & OBSCURE MUSICALS (STAGE 9064)
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LOST BROADWAY 1956-57
BROADWAY'S FORGOTTEN & OBSCURE MUSICALS
Stage Door are pleased to present the second volume in our 'Lost Broadway' album series; 'Lost Broadway 1956-57'; celebrating the forgotten and obscure Broadway musicals of 1956 and 1957. Presented as a Deluxe 2CD Set, 'Lost Broadway 1956-57' features over 55 tracks including over 25 tracks appearing on CD for the first time. The album includes a complete disc of Original Broadway Cast Recordings and a companion disc of 'Covers And Rarities', showcasing pop covers and other rare recordings from the Broadway musicals of 1956 and 1957. (including the musicals 'Shangri-La', 'Copper And Brass', 'Shinbone Alley' and 'Rumple', shows that weren't afforded a Broadway Cast Album due to their limited runs). The 'Lost Broadway 1956-57' featured musicals are 'Happy Hunting', 'Mr. Wonderful', 'Shangri-La', 'New Faces Of 1956', 'Candide', 'Shinbone Alley', 'Copper And Brass', 'Rumple', 'Simply Heavenly', 'Jamaica', 'New Girl In Town and the play with music 'Time Remembered'. The album boasts a host of star performers including Ethel Merman, Sammy Davis, Jr., Chita Rivera, Barbara Cook, Maggie Smith, Eartha Kitt, Lena Horne, Gwen Verdon, Maurice Chevalier, Buddy Greco, Margaret Whiting, Tony Martin, Eddie Fisher and more.


LOST BROADWAY 1961 - BROADWAY'S FORGOTTEN & OBSCURE MUSICALS (STAGE 9063)
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LOST BROADWAY 1961
BROADWAY'S FORGOTTEN & OBSCURE MUSICALS
Stage Door Records are pleased to present the launch of 'Lost Broadway', a new series of albums that will focus on celebrating Broadway's forgotten and obscure musicals. With each album dedicated to specific years in Broadway history, the 'Lost Broadway' series launches with 'Lost Broadway 1961', a particularly abundant year in the Broadway calendar for musicals whose residencies were short lived but should not be forgotten. Presented as a Deluxe 2CD Set, 'Lost Broadway 1961' features over 55 tracks including over 20 tracks appearing on CD for the first time. The album includes a complete disc of Original Broadway Cast Recordings and a companion disc of 'Covers And Rarities', showcasing pop covers and other rare recordings from the Broadway musicals of 1961 (including the musicals '13 Daughters' and 'The Conquering Hero', shows that weren't afforded a Broadway Cast Album due to their limited runs). The selections featured on 'Lost Broadway 1961' include a broad range of musical styles and genres from prolific musical theatre writers including Jerry Herman, Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Noel Coward, Bob Merill and Richard Adler. The 'Lost Broadway 1961' featured musicals are '13 Daughters', 'The Conquering Hero', 'The Happiest Girl In The World', 'Milk And Honey', 'Subways Are For Sleeping', 'Sail Away', 'Let It Ride!', 'Donnybrook!', 'Carnival', 'The Gay Life', 'Kean' and 'Kwamina'. 


ALFRED DRAKE - LUCKY TO BE ME - A LIFE IN MUSIC (STAGE 9062)
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LUCKY TO BE ME - A LIFE IN MUSIC
ALFRED DRAKE
Alfred Drake is undoubtedly one of the most iconic figures in the history of musical theatre. In a career that encompassed every possible aspect of the performing arts, from Gilbert and Sullivan operetta to classic Broadway musicals and the plays of Shakespeare, his legacy is unparalleled. 'Lucky To Be Me - A Life in Music' represents the first time a solo album of Alfred Drake's recordings has been issued. Presented as a Deluxe 2CD set, the album includes an entire disc of "Demos, Live Performances and Rarities" culled from Drake's own private archive of recordings. Stage Door have selected beloved songs from 'Oklahoma!', 'Kiss Me, Kate', and 'Kismet', but have used less familiar performances to create a truly unique compilation with which to honour the great man. Of special note is the inclusion of the great "Soliloquy" from Carousel, the recording of which he was most proud. Highlights from these unreleased treasures on disc 2 include his 1940 Metropolitan Opera Audition and demos recorded for the Broadway musicals 'The Liar' and 'Courtin' Time'. Compiled with the assistance of Broadway historian and Alfred Drake archivist George Dansker, 'Lucky To Be Me - A Life in Music' showcases the brilliance of Alfred Drake's work on stage and in the recording studio.


SING OUT, SWEET LAND! / DOWN IN THE VALLEY (STAGE 2490)
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SING OUT, SWEET LAND! / DOWN IN THE VALLEY
ORIGINAL CAST RECORDINGS
Sing Out, Sweet Land!' opened at Broadway's International Theatre on December 27th 1944 and ran for 104 performances. Presented by the Theatre Guild as "A Salute to American Folk and Popular Music", the production starred Alfred Drake, Burl Ives, Juanita Hall, Bibi Osterwald, and Alma Kaye. Praised by critics as a "captivating cavalcade of American folk music", 'Sing Out, Sweet Land!' had a book by Walter Kerr with its songs deriving from traditional American folk music alongside original material by John Mundy, Edward Eager and Elie Siegmeister. The 'Sing Out, Sweet Land!' Original Broadway Cast Recording featuring Alfred Drake and Burl Ives now makes its debut on CD. The album is complemented by the 1950 Decca Records studio recording of the Kurt Weill and Arnold Sundgaard one-act folk opera 'Down In The Valley', featuring Alfred Drake and Jane Wilson. The score of 'Down In The Valley' features established American folk songs to carry its narrative (including 'Down In The Valley', 'The Lonesome Dove' and 'Hop Up My Ladies') alongside original chorale music composed by Kurt Weill who supervised the studio recording. The release of 'Sing Out, Sweet Land!' and 'Down In The Valley' forms part of Stage Door's 'Collector's Series', a line of limited edition CD products presented in the retro style of a miniature long-playing record. All Collector's Series titles are limited to 500 units. 


SPOTLIGHT ON GWEN VERDON (STAGE 9061)
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SPOTLIGHT ON GWEN VERDON
GWEN VERDON
Actor, singer and dancer extraordinaire, Gwen Verdon is undoubtedly one of the most iconic figures in the history of the Broadway musical. In an astounding career spanning 8 decades, Verdon achieved success on every platform of the performing arts, from film and television to recording and of course the stage where she originated some of musical theatre's most iconic characters, from Lola in 'Damn Yankees' to Charity in 'Sweet Charity' and Roxie Hart in 'Chicago'. The recipient of four Tony Awards and an inductee of the American Theatre Hall of Fame, Verdon's career on stage is unparalleled. As a recording artist, Verdon issued only one solo album, the 1956 recording 'The Girl I Left Home For'. Accompanied by Joe Reisman and his Orchestra, the album effectively showcases Verdon as not just an exemplary performer on stage but as a song stylist and gifted recording artist. Alongside 'The Girl I Left Home For', this collection is complemented by Verdon's performances from the cast albums of 'Damn Yankees', 'New Girl In Town' and 'Redhead' (roles for which she was awarded the Tony for 'Best Actress In A Musical'.)


ON THE TOWN / BROADWAY MELODY - LONDON STUDIO CASTS (STAGE 9060)
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ON THE TOWN / BROADWAY MELODY
LONDON STUDIO CAST RECORDINGS
Stage Door are pleased to present the CD debut of two British studio cast recordings of the iconic Hollywood movie musicals 'On The Town' and the 'Broadway Melody' series. Recorded in 1959, the studio recreation of 'On The Town' represented the first time the iconic film's songs (composed by Roger Edens with lyrics by Adolph Green and Betty Comden alongside selections from Leonard Bernstein's original score) had been preserved on record. Conducted by Geoff Love, the recording features Dennis Lotis, Lionel Blair and Shane Rimmer recreating respectively the film roles played by Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Jules Munshin. The roles played on film by Betty Garrett and Ann Miller are sung by Stella Tanner and Noele Gordon. The album was followed by a studio cast recording capturing songs from the various 'Broadway Melody' films. Conducted and arranged by Tony Osborne, the recording pays homage to the timeless songs that featured in these very first Hollywood movie musicals. The performers recruited to recreate the classic songs of Arthur Freed, Nacio Herb Brown and Cole Porter include Bruce Forsyth, David Hughes, Millicent Martin and Gerry Dorsey (who would achieve fame and chart success as Engelbert Humperdinck). Recorded in glorious stereophonic sound, both studio cast recordings of 'On The Town' and 'Broadway Melody' now make their debut on CD.


JAN CLAYTON SINGS 'CAROUSEL' / ELLA LOGAN SINGS 'FINIAN'S RAINBOW' (STAGE 2480)
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JAN CLAYTON SINGS 'CAROUSEL'
ELLA LOGAN SINGS FAVORITES FROM 'FINIAN'S RAINBOW'
Jan Clayton found fame when selected by Rodgers and Hammerstein to play the lead role of Julie Jordan in the original Broadway production of 'Carousel'. Thirteen years after Clayton originated the character of Julie Jordan, she was asked to revisit the role for a production of 'Carousel' to be staged as the American contribution for the 1958 Brussels World Fair. To coincide with the World Fair production, Clayton recorded an album of the Rodgers and Hammerstein score for Disneyland Records. Conducted by Camarata, the recording preserved Clayton's performance in glorious stereophonic sound and offered a unique interpretation of the classic 'Soliloquy', abridged and retitled 'My Little Girl'.  In 1947, Ella Logan created what would arguably be her signature role, as Sharon McLonergan in the Original Broadway production of Burton Lane and Yip Harburg's musical 'Finian's Rainbow'. In 1955 Logan returned to the recording studio to record a solo LP of songs from 'Finian's Rainbow', accompanied by George Greeley. The ensuing album was released by Capitol Records in 1955 and featured upbeat and jazzy arrangements of the show's songs, allowing Ella to bring a fresh and dynamic approach to the score. Both these recordings offer listeners the unique opportunity to discover the original Broadway leading ladies of 'Carousel' and 'Finian's Rainbow' reinterpreting their signature musicals on record. 'Jan Clayton Sings Carousel' and 'Ella Logan Sings Favorites From Finian's Rainbow' make their debut on CD and form part of Stage Door's 'Collector's Series', a line of limited edition CD products presented in the retro style of a miniature long-playing record. All Collector's Series titles are limited to 500 units. 


LOST WEST END REVUES - LONDON'S FORGOTTEN REVUES (STAGE 9058)
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LOST WEST END REVUES
LONDON'S FORGOTTEN REVUES 1940-1962
LOST WEST END REVUES celebrates London's forgotten revue shows of the 1940s, 50s and 60s, compiling songs from 35 West End productions and showcasing these unique musical works from the golden age of British theatrical entertainment. Ranging from 1940 to 1962, the selections featured include a broad range of musical styles and genres, from witty songs satirising topical issues of the era to dramatic ballads and entertaining comedy numbers, all showcasing the art of revue. Prolific musical theatre composers represented on the album include Noel Coward, Vivian Ellis, Sandy Wilson, Lionel Bart, Leslie Bricusse, Charles Zwar, Alan Melville and more. Presented as a Deluxe 2CD Set ; 'Lost West End Revues' features over 50 tracks (including over 20 tracks appearing on CD for the first time) from London cast recordings to pop covers and live recordings. The album includes recordings by a glittering ensemble of star performers including Maggie Smith, Kenneth Williams, Hermione Gingold, Noel Coward, Beatrice Lillie, Joyce Grenfell, Anthony Newley, Gillian Lynne, Fenella Fielding, Sheila Hancock, Millicent Martin, Bud Flanagan, Dora Bryan, Cyril Ritchard, Bernard Cribbins and more.


KING KONG - ORIGINAL LONDON / SOUTH AFRICAN CAST (STAGE 9057)
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KING KONG - A JAZZ MUSICAL
ORIGINAL LONDON / SOUTH AFRICAN CAST
'King Kong' was a pioneering South African musical inspired by the life and death of the heavyweight boxing champion Ezekiel Dlamini. Billed as a 'Jazz-Opera', 'King Kong' featured music by Todd Matshikiza and lyrics by Pat Williams. The production was first staged at Johannesburg's Witwatersrand University Great Hall, opening on February 2nd 1959 and went on to take South Africa by storm. Nelson Mandela attended the opening night and is on record as highlighting the show as his favourite musical. The original South African production starred Nathan Mdledle, Ruth Nkonyane, Dan Poho and Miriam Makeba, helping launch Makeba's international career.

West End theatre impresario Jack Hylton was determined to bring the ground breaking South African musical to London, insisting that as many of the original cast members as possible transfer with the production. 'King Kong' subsequently opened at London's Princes Theatre on February 23rd 1961 and ran for 201 performances. Critics praised 'King Kong' for its inventive staging, stand out performances and vibrant score. Stage Door are pleased to debut the Original London Cast recording of 'King Kong' on CD. The recording is complemented with selections from the Original South African Cast recording, including many songs that were subsequently cut from the London production.


SANDHOG - STUDIO CAST / OFF BROADWAY CAST (STAGE 2470)
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SANDHOG
STUDIO CAST RECORDING / OFF BROADWAY CAST
'Sandhog' is a musical adaptation of "St. Columba and the River" a story by Theodore Dreiser about the tunnel workers, known as "sandhogs," who built the first tunnel under the Hudson River. Featuring music by Earl Robinson and lyrics by Waldo Salt, the musical opened at New York's Phoenix Theatre in November 1954, running for just 48 performances. The cast included Jack Cassidy, Alice Ghostley, David Brooks and Betty Oakes.  In 1956, Earl Robinson and Waldo Salt recorded an album of 'Sandhog' with Robinson singing the score accompanying himself on piano and Salt providing linking narration. The album was subsequently issued on the Vanguard label and has since become regarded as one of the most sought after and collectable musical theatre recordings. Earl Robinson and Waldo Salt's recording of 'Sandhog' now makes its debut on CD. As a special bonus, the CD also includes Selections from 'Sandhog' as performed by the original Off-Broadway cast members including Jack Cassidy and Alice Ghostley. The album concludes with a selection of bonus tracks featuring recordings of the show's main theme 'Katie-O' / 'Johnny-O' as covered by Edmund Hockridge, Felicia Sanders and Vince Martin.  The release of 'Sandhog' forms part of Stage Door's COLLECTOR'S SERIES, a line of limited edition CD products presented in the retro style of a miniature long-playing record. All Collector's Series titles are limited to 500 units


LOST WEST END VINTAGE 2 (STAGE 9056)
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LOST WEST END VINTAGE 2
LONDON'S FORGOTTEN MUSICALS 1943-1962
Following last year's critically acclaimed release of 'Lost West End Vintage' (highlighted in The Sunday Times as an 'Essential New Release') Stage Door are pleased to continue the album series with 'Lost West End Vintage 2'.
LOST WEST END VINTAGE 2 celebrates London's forgotten musicals of the 1940s, 50s and 60s compiling songs from 37 West End productions and showcasing these unique theatrical works from the golden age of the British musical. Ranging from 1943 to 1962, the selections featured include a broad range of musical styles and genres from prolific musical theatre composers including Ivor Novello, Noel Coward, Vivian Ellis, Julian Slade, Sandy Wilson, Lionel Bart, Leslie Bricusse and more. Presented as a Deluxe 2CD set; 'Lost West End Vintage' features 50 tracks (including over 20 tracks appearing on CD for the first time) from London cast recordings to pop covers, demos and other musical rarities. The album includes recordings by a glittering ensemble of star performers including; Mary Martin, Jeremy Brett, Sally Ann Howes, Dora Bryan, Julie Wilson, Evelyn Laye, Barbara Windsor, Elizabeth Seal, Cleo Laine, Frank Sinatra, Julie Andrews, Anna Neagle, Spike Milligan, Joan Sims, Millicent Martin, Denis Quilley and more.


JAMES SHIGETA - SCENE ONE / WE SPEAK THE SAME LANGUAGE (STAGE 2460)
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SCENE ONE / WE SPEAK THE SAME LANGUAGE
JAMES SHIGETA
James Shigeta is most known for his starring roles in films such as 'Bridge To The Sun', 'The Crimson Kimono' (for which he won the 1960 Golden Globe Award for 'Most Promising Newcomer'), 'Flower Drum Song' and 'Lost Horizon'. In his later career, Shigeta is remembered for his featured role in the 1988 action film 'Die Hard'. On record, Shigeta recorded his first solo album 'Scene One' in 1960, a collection of standards and original songs with orchestrations and musical direction by Frank Sinatra's regular arranger Axel Stordahl. Following James' starring role as Wang Ta in the 1961 film adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'Flower Drum Song', James was signed to Fred Astaire's label Choreo (later Ava Records). The resulting album 'We Speak The Same Language' was issued in 1962 and featured selections from 'The Fantasticks', 'Kean' and 'All American'  Both James Shigeta's solo albums 'Scene One' and 'We Speak The Same Language' now make their debut on CD accompanied by his solo number 'You Are Beautiful' from the soundtrack of 'Flower Drum Song'. As a special bonus, one of Shigeta's highly collectable Japanese language singles is included, his 1955 cover of 'Tara's Theme' (from 'Gone With The Wind'). The release forms part of Stage Door's COLLECTOR'S SERIES, a line of limited edition CD products presented in the retro style of a miniature long-playing record. All Collector's Series titles are limited to 500 units. 


SELECTIONS FROM REDHEAD / LA PELIRROJA (STAGE 2450)
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REDHEAD / LA PELIRROJA
STUDIO CAST RECORDING / MEXICO CITY CAST RECORDING
Albert Hague and Dorothy Fields' musical 'Redhead' proved the surprise hit Broadway show of 1959, winning 'Best Musical' at that year's Tony Awards.
In May 1959, the RCA Camden label issued a studio cast recording of the 'Redhead' score. Recorded in London, the album featured Rita Williams, Bryan Johnson and Fred Lucas with the Mike Sammes Singers and Hill Bowen Orchestra. One year after 'Redhead' opened on Broadway, a Spanish language adaptation by Luis De Llano and Martha Fisher opened in Mexico City. 'La Pelirroja', starring Virma Gonzalez, Armando Calvo and featuring Placido Domingo opened on February 11th 1960 at Teatro de los Insurgentes. The production was subsequently preserved on record by RCA Victor Mexico. Stage Door are pleased to debut on CD both the RCA Camden 'Selections from Redhead' album and the complete Mexican cast recording of 'La Pelirroja'. The release is complemented by a handful of 'pop' covers of the 'Redhead' song score, performed by Art Lund, Toni Arden and Tommy Leonetti. The release forms part of Stage Door's COLLECTOR'S SERIES, a line of limited edition CD products presented in the retro style of a miniature long-playing record. All Collector's Series titles are limited to 500 units.


PAT SUZUKI - COMPLETE ALBUM SERIES (STAGE 9055)
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COMPLETE ALBUM SERIES (2CD SET)
PAT SUZUKI
Pat Suzuki, best known for starring in the original Broadway production of 'Flower Drum Song' and originating the Rodgers & Hammerstein standard 'I Enjoy Being A Girl', enjoyed great success as a solo recording artist (receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Vocal Album in 1960), issuing four solo albums for RCA Records between 1958-1960. For the first time ever, all four of Pat Suzuki's solo albums 'The Many Sides Of Pat Suzuki' (1958), 'Miss Pony Tail' (1958), 'Broadway '59' (1959) and 'Looking At You' (1960) now make their debut on CD as the Deluxe 2CD set 'Pat Suzuki - The Complete Album Series'.

The retrospective collection features 50 tracks including Suzuki's haunting interpretation of 'How High The Moon' (later featured in the 1988 film 'Biloxi Blues') and her solo recording of 'I Enjoy Being A Girl' which became a Top 50 hit in the United Kingdom when issued as a single in April 1960.


PAT SUZUKI - SINGLES AND RARITIES (STAGE 2440)
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SINGLES AND RARITIES 1958-1967
PAT SUZUKI
This collection compiles all Pat Suzuki's non-album singles recorded for both VIK / RCA between 1958 - 1960 and her sole release for Capitol Records in 1961. The collection concludes with two pop singles Pat recorded for the PDA label in 1967 alongside a handful of tracks recorded for "Pat!", a mid Sixties solo album that sadly was never completed. Tracks include "Pat Suzuki's Football Four", four highly collectable singles issued in September 1958 featuring Suzuki's interpretations of various college football anthems. Also featured is Suzuki's single version of "Love Eyes" (from the musical 'Whoop-Up'), recorded during the "Broadway '59" sessions but omitted from the final album. Moving from RCA to Capitol in 1961, Suzuki issued one single for the label featuring tracks from the then current Broadway shows 'Sail Away' and 'The Gay Life'. In the mid Sixties, Suzuki collaborated with Warren B. Meyers on a proposed new album of show songs and standards. Five tracks were recorded for the album project (titled 'Pat!') and a handful of acetate test pressings were manufactured. The five tracks recorded include a showstopping version of Stephen Sondheim's 'Everybody Says Don't' (from 'Anyone Can Whistle'), a striking interpretation of Frank Loesser's 'Never Will I Marry' (from 'Greenwillow') and a unique reinvention of the Harold Arlen standard 'When The Sun Comes Out'.  'Singles And Rarities' forms part of Stage Door's COLLECTOR'S SERIES, a line of limited edition CD products presented in the retro style of a miniature long-playing record. All Collector's Series titles are limited to 500 units. 


THE BODY IN THE SEINE - ORIGINAL CAST (STAGE 2430)
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THE BODY IN THE SEINE
ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING
The Body In The Seine' is regarded as the "holy grail" of cast recordings due to its immense rarity and high collectability. 'The Body In The Seine' featured music and lyrics by David M. Lippincott who at the time of the album's release in 1954 was working as a jingle writer (writing themes for Coca Cola, Fig Newton and other products) at the Mc-Cann-Erickson New York advertising agency. The album's release was hoped to attract a book writer to adapt the song selection into a story ready for the Broadway stage. In fact, the reverse of the LP even featured a "Help Wanted" ad to highlight their search. In order to present the score in the best way possible, Lippincott and producers Sam Vitt and D.A. Brown recruited the prestigious musical director Buster Davis (whose Broadway credits included 'High Button Shoes', 'Make A Wish', 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' and 'Hazel Flagg') to conduct the orchestra and cast the album. To assemble the vocalists for the recording, Davis drew on many Broadway performers he'd previously collaborated with including Alice Pearce, Laurel Shelby, George S. Irving amongst others. The album is also notable for featuring future US congressman Jim Symington who performs the musical's title song.


DONNYBROOK! - ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST (STAGE 9054)
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DONNYBROOK!
ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST
'Donnybrook!' is a musical based on the 1933 Maurice Walsh story 'The Quiet Man' and featured music and lyrics by Academy Award winning composer Johnny Burke and book by Robert E. McEnroe. The production was directed and choreographed by Jack Cole and featured an all-star cast led by Eddie Foy Jr., Art Lund, Joan Fagan, Susan Johnson and Philip Bosco.  The story of 'Donnybrook!' centres on John Enright, an Irish-American ex-prize fighter, who, having accidentally killed a man in the ring, returns home to Ireland to lead a quiet life. Settling in the small town of Innesfree, Enright falls in love with Ellen Roe, however to win Ellen's heart, he is forced to participate in a wild brawl and thus prove his courage. 'Donnybrook!' opened on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre on May 18th 1961 to generally mixed reviews. Despite an enchanting score by Johnny Burke (described in Billboard as "highly listenable") and a first rate cast and creative team, the show closed after just 68 performances. In the week the show opened on Broadway, the original cast album of 'Donnybrook!' was recorded, produced by David Kapp for Kapp Records (Kapp was also co-producer on the show). The Original Broadway Cast album of 'Donnybrook!' now makes its debut on CD, coupled with the highly collectable album of instrumental selections from Johnny Burke's score, performed by the Pete King Orchestra


HIGH TOR - ORIGINAL TELEVISION CAST (STAGE 2420)
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HIGH TOR
ORIGINAL TELEVISION CAST
'High Tor' is regarded as being the first recognised made for television movie. Filmed in November 1955, the television musical was based on Maxwell Anderson's 1936 play 'High Tor'. Anderson first considered adapting 'High Tor' as a musical for television in 1949 and enlisted Arthur Schwartz to compose the song score. Both Anderson and Schwartz envisaged the musical as a star vehicle for Bing Crosby who played the lead role of Van Van Dorn. After Crosby had seen Julie Andrews perform in her Broadway debut 'The Boy Friend', he insisted she play the female lead of Lise, marking Andrews' debut on US television. 'High Tor' was broadcast on March 10th 1956 by CBS Television as part of the Ford Star Jubilee and received mixed reviews. Despite the lukewarm reaction from critics, an album featuring the songs and story of 'High Tor' was issued by Decca. The album effectively abridges the story of the 90 minute broadcast, interspersing dialogue from the soundtrack with studio recordings of the song score performed by the stars of 'High Tor'; Bing Crosby, Julie Andrews and Everett Sloane. The songs and story album of 'High Tor' now makes its debut on CD. The release is complemented by two bonus track cover recordings of the film's main theme 'When You're In Love', performed by LeRoy Holmes Orchestra and Chorus and The Lancers. The release continues Stage Door's COLLECTOR'S SERIES, a line of limited edition CD products packaged in a card sleeve and presented in the retro style of a miniature long-playing record. All Collector's Series titles are limited to 500 units.


WILLIAM TABBERT - YOUNGER THAN SPRINGTIME & OTHER RARITIES (STAGE 2410)
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YOUNGER THAN SPRINGTIME
WILLIAM TABBERT
Leading actor and lyric tenor William Tabbert is most synonymous for creating the role of Lieutenant Joseph Cable in the Original Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Pulitzer Prize winning musical, 'South Pacific'
Despite Tabbert's iconic performances being preserved on the cast recordings of 'South Pacific' and 'Fanny', his output as a solo recording artist was much more sporadic. However, Tabbert did record one solo album, the highly collectable 'Younger Than Springtime', recorded in Rome with the Fono Roma Concert Orchestra conducted by Felice Montagnini. The album features an interesting selection of standards from the worlds of musical theatre and operetta including new interpretations of his signature songs from 'South Pacific' and 'Fanny'. 
William Tabbert's 'Younger Than Springtime' album now makes its debut on CD, complemented by an expansive selection of rare bonus tracks culled from Tabbert's various appearances on record. The Bonus Tracks include Tabbert's selections from the 1959 studio album 'An Evening With Jerome Kern', featuring orchestrations by Stanley Melba. Also included is William Tabbert's 1951 Holiday single 'Santa's On His Way' / 'Ma! My Toys Are Broken' and selections from 'Up In Central Park', preserved on a V Disc in 1945. The release continues Stage Door's COLLECTOR'S SERIES, a line of limited edition CD products presented in the retro style of a miniature long-playing record. All Collector's Series titles are limited to 500 units. 


MEREDITH BRAUN - WHEN LOVE IS GONE (STAGE 9053)
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MEREDITH BRAUN
WHEN LOVE IS GONE
Five years following the release of Meredith Braun's critically acclaimed debut album 'Someone Else's Story', Meredith returns with her new solo album, 'When Love Is Gone'. The title for the release comes from the Paul Williams song Meredith performed in the iconic film 'The Muppet Christmas Carol', which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Meredith's new 2017 recording of 'When Love Is Gone' marks the first time she has performed the song since recording the original version for the 1992 film soundtrack. 'When Love Is Gone' takes the form of a narrative song cycle, based around both specially selected material and original songs. The material featured ranges from musical theatre to singer-songwriter ballads, brought together by Meredith's own self-penned and elegantly crafted musical arrangements. Songs featured include a heart-rending interpretation of Stephen Sondheim's 'With So Little To Be Sure Of', a rare and unique cover of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'There's Me' (from the original production of 'Starlight Express', arr. James McConnel) Barry Manilow's evocatively tragic composition 'Sandra' and the premiere studio recording of Agnetha Faltskog's powerful and passionate solo ABBA song 'I'm Still Alive'. New material is represented by two compositions written by Meredith ('Hold Me' and 'Everything That's Me') and 'The Rules', a hauntingly dramatic original song written especially for the album by musical theatre writers Stephen Keeling and Shaun McKenna.  


HALF A SIXPENCE - THE ORIGINAL DEMO RECORDINGS (STAGE 9052)
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HALF A SIXPENCE
THE ORIGINAL DEMO RECORDINGS
'Half A Sixpence' is considered one of the most iconic and enduring British musicals of the 20th Century. The musical adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel 'Kipps' featured music and lyrics by David Heneker and book by Beverley Cross and opened at London's Cambridge Theatre in March 1963 starring Tommy Steele as Arthur Kipps. On March 13th 1962 (exactly one year before the show opened in the West End) the studio demo recordings for 'Kipps' (the then working title for the show) were recorded at London's Olympic Studios. Featuring on the demo recordings were Tommy Steele, Rita Williams, Roy Sone (Tommy Steele's understudy in the Original London production), Joanna Rigby and writers David Heneker and Beverley Cross. Backed by the Kenny Powell Trio, the studio demos effectively capture the magic of David Heneker's classic score and feature many of the stand out numbers from the musical including 'If The Rain's Got To Fall', 'Money To Burn' and 'Half A Sixpence'. The recordings also highlight several songs which would later be cut from the show and provide a fascinating insight into the development of the musical.


LOST WEST END VINTAGE (STAGE 9051)
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LOST WEST END VINTAGE
LONDON'S FORGOTTEN MUSICALS 1948-1962
Following the critically acclaimed release of 'Lost West End' (2015) and 'Lost West End 2' (2016),  albums highlighted in both The Sunday Times and The Guardian, Stage Door Records are pleased to continue the album series with 'Lost West End Vintage'. LOST WEST END VINTAGE celebrates London's forgotten musicals of the 1940s, 50s and 60s compiling songs from 35 West End productions and showcasing these unique theatrical works from the golden age of the British musical. Ranging from 1948 to 1962, the selections featured include a broad range of musical styles and genres from prolific musical theatre composers including Ivor Novello, Noel Coward, Julian Slade, Sandy Wilson, Lionel Bart, Leslie Bricusse, David Heneker, Monty Norman, Vivian Ellis and more. Presented as a Deluxe Edition 2CD set; 'Lost West End Vintage' features over 50 tracks (including over 20 tracks appearing on CD for the first time) from London cast recordings to pop covers, live recordings and other musical rarities. The album includes a glittering ensemble of star performers including; Pat Kirkwood, George Formby, Anna Neagle, Sally Ann Howes, Frankie Howerd, Bertice Reading, Hy Hazell, Elisabeth Welch, Jeremy Brett, Edmund Hockridge, Cliff Richard, Tommy Steele, Beatrice Lillie and Petula Clark.


MAN IN THE MOON - ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING (STAGE 2400)
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MAN IN THE MOON
ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING
The Broadway musical 'Man In The Moon' was a collaboration between famed puppeteers Bil and Cora Baird and the award winning Broadway writing team of lyricist Sheldon Harnick and composer Jerry Bock. The production opened at New York's Biltmore Theatre on April 11th 1963 and ran for 22 performances. The story centered around the young protagonist Jerry who is beamed to the moon to act as an 'Earth Ambassador' and state a case in the defence of our planet to the 'Man In The Moon'. Jerry is unexpectedly accompanied on his journey by jewel thief Flicker and his gang of henchmen. Other characters include the Man In The Moon's granddaughter Chandra and a docile giant who guards The Man In The Moon's domain. The New York Times found the 'Man In The Moon' to be like a "box of holiday bon-bons" and praised Bock and Harnick's "snappy score". The 'Man In The Moon' Original Cast Album now makes its debut on CD. The cast recording is coupled with the unreleased original demos for the show performed by composers Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock. The release continues Stage Door's COLLECTOR'S SERIES, a line of limited edition CD products presented in the retro style of a miniature long-playing record. All Collector's Series titles are limited to 500 units. 


BLONDEL - ORIGINAL LONDON CAST ALBUM (STAGE 9050)
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BLONDEL
ORIGINAL LONDON CAST RECORDING
'Blondel' was the first musical Tim Rice wrote with a composer other than Andrew Lloyd Webber. The music for 'Blondel' was instead provided by opera composer Stephen Oliver, who penned a lively score that was not at all operatic. The musical follows the trials and triumphs of Blondel, an ambitious minstrel in King Richard The Lionheart's court, desperately trying for a chart-topping song. Blondel and his long-suffering girlfriend Fiona undertake a multi-nation search when King Richard is taken captive during the Crusades. They rescue him and return to England just in time to prevent the coronation of his brother Prince John.  'Blondel' starred Paul Nicholas in the title role alongside Sharon Lee-Hill as Fiona, Stephan Tate as Richard, David Burt as John, and Chris Langham as the Assassin. The show opened at the Theatre Royal Bath on September 12th 1983 followed by a two week run at Manchester's Palace Theatre before opening the newly refurbished Old Vic on November 2nd. 'Blondel' subsequently transferred to the West End's Aldwych Theatre opening on January 21st 1984, running for 278 performances. The complete original London cast album of 'Blondel', originally issued as a 2LP set, now makes a welcome return to CD having been out of print for nearly 20 years. The album, produced by its creators Tim Rice and Stephen Oliver, represents the complete production including the songs 'Running Back For More', 'The Least Of My Troubles', 'I'm A Monarchist' and 'No Rhyme For Richard'


 

 
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