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    BEST OF 2001...


    "The Producers (2001 Original Broadway Cast) [SOUNDTRACK] [CAST RECORDING]" Mel Brooks Our price: $13.99 | You save: $4.98
    ...available here.
    Soon after opening last spring on Broadway, "The Producers" became such a hot ticket it's been like an alternate form of currency. As a loving nod to the past golden age of the musical, Mel Brooks's vision has breathed new life into the genre thanks to his over-the-top comedy--desperately needed in such troubled times.

    "Hedwig and the Angry Inch [EXPLICIT LYRICS] [SOUNDTRACK]" Various Artists Our price: $13.99 | You save: $3.98
    ...available here.
    Ladies and gentlemen, sometimes there is simply Hedwig. This year the incomparable transsexual rock chanteuse created by playwright-actor John Cameron Mitchell and composer-lyricist Stephen Trask made it to the big screen in the Sundance award-winning film "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."

    "3hree [CAST RECORDING]" Original Cast Recordings Our price: $14.99 | You save: $2.98
    ...available here.
    Director Hal Prince was the Prospero behind "3hree," a neat trio of one-act musicals, which premiered just a few months ago at his namesake theater in Philadelphia. It's a fascinating aggregation of talent and whimsical imagination, with stories of mice and men, a '20s flapper, and a flying lawnchair.

    "Come Dream with Me" Jane Monheit Our price: $13.99 | You save: $3.98
    ...available here.
    At the tender age of 23, Jane Monheit has proved herself a stunningly gifted retro mistress of jazz vocalism on "Come Dream with Me." It's a treasure of richly felt interpretations and torchy--but never tortured--sentiments.

    "A Class Act: A Musical About Musicals [CAST RECORDING]" Original Cast Recording Our price: $14.99 | You save: $2.98
    ...available here.
    Ed Kleban's success in writing the lyrics to "A Chorus Line" overshadowed the enormous talents of a composer-lyricist who was far more than a one-hit wonder. From the wealth of material he left behind--sadly unproduced--the new musical "A Class Act" was lovingly constructed, giving a portrait of the artist and of a lost era of showbiz.

    POSTED 26 OCTOBER 2001

    "The Frogs / Evening Primrose (2001 Studio Cast)" Stephen Sondheim
    ...available here.
    Two of Stephen Sondheim's earliest works--the Aristophanes-based "The Frogs" and the TV musical "Evening Primrose"--receive all-new studio recordings starring Nathan Lane, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Neil Patrick Harris, and Theresa McCarthy.

    "The Disney Album" Michael Crawford
    ...available here.
    Michael Crawford's new collection is a love letter to that special pop song genre cultivated in Disney films (and in some cases, musicals)--a program of contemporary Disney creations destined to become evergreens in their own right.

    "Cieli di Toscana" Andrea Bocelli
    ...available here.
    Tenor Andrea Bocelli's newest effort follows the lead of his earlier pop-oriented releases such as "Sogno." "Cieli di Toscana" gathers heartwarming ballads pointing to the beauty of his native Tuscany--including some new tunes cowritten by Bocelli himself.

    "Standard Time" Steve Tyrell
    ...available here.
    Steve Tyrell follows up his bestselling "A New Standard" with "Standard Time," another collection of great American popular songs. Jane Monheit guests in a duet of Frank Loesser's "Baby, It's Cold Outside."

    "Fiddler on the Roof [EMI] [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] [EXTRA TRACKS] [SOUNDTRACK]" Original Soundtrack
    ...available here.
    "Fiddler on the Roof" is one of Broadway's great classics, both on stage and in film. It tells the humorous and heartbreaking story of the milkman Tevye as he tries to maintain the simplicities of his traditional life even as his daughters grow up and Russia heads toward revolution. This remastered release of the original soundtrack recording includes bonus tracks.

    "Alessandro Safina" Alessandro Safina
    ...available here.
    An Italian tenor in the tradition of the enormously popular Andrea Bocelli, Safina soars into the popera limelight with this American major-label debut, his darkly sensual vocals powerful, assured, and flat-out sexy.

    "Italian Love Songs" Dean Martin
    ...available here.
    So you've almost got it all set up: the perfect restaurant, the perfect ring, the perfect moment. Now all you need to make your proposal scenario complete is the perfect music, which Dean Martin blissfully supplies in this compilation of unbeatable love songs con amore. It might even make you want to open up your own Italian restaurant.


    The phenomenon known as "The Producers" is fascinating from almost any angle: not just onstage, but behind the scenes and in the recording studio as well. Check out the new documentary "Recording" The Producers: "A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks" for new insights into a show that marks a pivotal moment in Broadway history.

    "Recording "The Producers" - A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks" Mel Brooks
    ...available here.

    "The Producers (2001 Original Broadway Cast) [SOUNDTRACK] [CAST RECORDING]" Mel Brooks
    ...available here.


    "South Pacific (Original 1949 Broadway Cast) [CAST RECORDING]" Richard Rodgers
    ...available here.
    Whether you're looking to fill out an already awesome collection or to make some new discoveries, don't miss's newly revamped Artist Essentials section. Our music editors are passionate about their choices and have handpicked the cream of the crop from hundreds of artists across all categories. For example, check out essential recordings by:

    * Rodgers & Hammerstein
    ...available here.

    * Andrew Lloyd Webber
    ...available here.

    * Nat "King" Cole
    ...available here.

    * All Artist Essentials
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