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Stage Door Records 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. For his performance in 'Kean', Drake was nominated for the Tony Award for 'Best Actor in a Musical', and the show was nominated for Best Conductor and Musical Director.

The musical centres on Edmund Kean, the "king" of the London stage in the early 19th Century. Considered the greatest Shakespearean actor of his generation, Kean was as infamous for his offstage antics as his consummate stage performances. Trouble emerges as Kean desperately tries to juggle the two women in his life - the Danish Ambassador's wife, Elena, and a young aspiring actress, Anna. Complications ensue as Kean works to perfect his art while keeping his paramours from finding out about each other. 

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.

RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 20th, 2019
CATALOGUE #: STAGE 9065
BARCODE:
5055122190653

 


 

 
DISC ONE

ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING (Stereo)
1. OVERTURE/PENNY PLAIN, TWOPENCE COLORED - Alfred DeSio
2. MAN AND SHADOW/MAYFAIR AFFAIR - Alfred Drake, Ensemble
3. SWEET DANGER - Joan Weldon, Alfred Drake [LISTEN]
4. QUEUE AT DRURY LANE/KING OF LONDON - Christopher Hewett, Robert Penn, Arthur Rubin, Ensemble
5. TO LOOK UPON MY LOVE - Alfred Drake, Truman Smith [LISTEN]
6. LET'S IMPROVISE - Alfred Drake, Lee Venora
7. ELENA - Alfred Drake, Arthur Rubin, Ensemble [LISTEN]
8. THE FOG AND THE GROG - Christopher Hewett, Robert Penn, Arthur Rubin, Alfred Drake, Ensemble [LISTEN]
9. CIVILIZED PEOPLE - Alfred Drake, Lee Venora, Joan Weldon [LISTEN]
10. SERVICE FOR SERVICE - Joan Weldon, Alfred Drake
11. WILLOW, WILLOW, WILLOW - Lee Venora [LISTEN]
12. CHIME IN! - Alfred DeSio, Christopher Hewett, Robert Penn, Arthur Rubin, Ensemble
13. SWEPT AWAY - Joan Weldon, Alfred Drake
14. APOLOGY? - Alfred Drake [LISTEN]
STUDIO DEMO RECORDINGS
15. THE FOG AND THE GROG (Demo) - Studio Demo Cast
16. ELENA (Demo) - Studio Demo Cast
17. TO LOOK UPON MY LOVE (Demo) - Studio Demo Cast
18. INEVITABLE (Demo) - Studio Demo Cast [LISTEN]
COMPOSER DEMO RECORDINGS
19. PENNY PLAIN, TWOPENCE COLORED (Demo)
 - Robert Wright, George Forrest
20. SWEET DANGER (Demo) - Robert Wright, George Forrest
21. CIVILIZED PEOPLE (Demo) - Robert Wright, George Forrest
22. SWEPT AWAY (Demo) - Robert Wright, George Forrest

DISC TWO

ROBERT MERSEY AND HIS ORCHESTRA (Stereo)
1. KING OF LONDON - Robert Mersey and His Orchestra [LISTEN]
2. SWEET DANGER - Robert Mersey and His Orchestra [LISTEN]
3. TO LOOK UPON MY LOVE - Robert Mersey and His Orchestra
4. ELENA - Robert Mersey and His Orchestra
5. SOCIAL WHIRL - Robert Mersey and His Orchestra [LISTEN]
6. INEVITABLE - Robert Mersey and His Orchestra
7. THE FOG AND THE GROG - Robert Mersey and His Orchestra
8. CIVILZED PEOPLE - Robert Mersey and His Orchestra
9. WILLOW, WILLOW, WILLOW - Robert Mersey and His Orchestra
10. SWEPT AWAY - Robert Mersey and His Orchestra
11. CHIME IN! - Robert Mersey and His Orchestra
COVER RECORDINGS
12. SWEET DANGER - Judy Garland [LISTEN]
13. TO LOOK UPON MY LOVE - Richard Hayes [LISTEN]
14. THE FOG AND THE GROG - Mitch Miller and His Sing Along Gang [LISTEN]
15. CHIME IN! - The Three Young Men (from Montana)
16. TO LOOK UPON MY LOVE - James Shigeta
17. TO LOOK UPON MY LOVE - Living Voices
18. INEVITABLE - Living Voices
COMPOSER DEMO RECORDINGS (CUT SONGS)
19. ADO FOR KEAN/WHO DEAR? (Demo) - Robert Wright, George Forrest
20. DISORDER AND GENIUS (Demo) - Robert Wright, George Forrest
21. SHADOW PLAY (Demo) - Robert Wright, George Forrest
22. INEVITABLE (Demo) - Robert Wright, George Forrest
23. AMSTERDAM (Demo) - Robert Wright, George Forrest

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