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    POSTED JULY 31, 2001

    "Bells Are Ringing (2001 Revival Broadway Cast)" Faith Prince
    ...available here.
    Despite its presence in this year's Tony nominations, the bells didn't exactly ring for the 2001 revival of Comden-Green and Styne's funny but touching 1956 musical about a telephone operator. But the party's not quite over, as the newly released revival cast recording gives you a chance to listen to Faith Prince's take on the role made famous by Judy Holliday.

    "Bernstein: West Side Story Suite" Joshua Bell
    ...available here.
    For a new slant on a perennial favorite, try the "West Side Story Suite" featuring world-class violinist Joshua Bell. His new release includes a completely new symphonic suite that arranges the Bernstein musical as a sort of mini violin concerto. Also here are arrangements of music from "Candide" and "On the Town" and Bernstein's "Serenade" (beating "Hedwig" to the punch by taking Plato's "Symposium" as its inspiration).

    "Dominic Chianese Hits" Dominic Chianese
    ...available here.
    Dominic Chianese is most familiar from his role on the hit HBO series "The Sopranos." But with his own new "Hits" release, Chianese proves the consummate charmer, adding emotional sincerity and directness to this collection of traditional and original tunes.

    "Playing It Cool" Lea Delaria
    ...available here.
    An entertainer of many faces--comedienne, actress, singer--Lea DeLaria switches personae yet again on "Playing It Cool." It's a witty, sophisticated collection, with nods to Judy Garland and Billie Holiday, setting up a fascinating counterpoint to DeLaria's recent (dual-role) appearance in the revival of "The Rocky Horror Show."

    "Dreamsville" Stacey Kent
    ...available here.
    Stacey Kent became a darling of NPR with last year's album, "Let Yourself Go," and she continues to hold her own at the top of London's jazz vocal scene with this latest collection. "Dreamsville" offers up a tantalizing program of ballads showcasing Kent's relaxed but seductive style.


    Here are some more titles for Broadway fans to consider during the dog days of summer:

    "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"
    ...available here.

    "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"
    ...available here.

    ...available here.

    "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
    ...available here.


    Interview with Engelbert Humperdinck
    "Sometimes you do different little inflections here, there, and everywhere to change it for yourself. But the audiences don't want you to change it. I keep it fresh because I have a great sense of humor as well. I never take my image seriously, and I pass my sense of humor on to the audience and they like it." --Engelbert Humperdinck discussing his career longevity in the context of his recent album, "It's All in the Game"
    Read the entire interview
    ...available here.


    "The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess / Rattle, White, Haymon, Glyndebourne Opera" Trevor Nunn
    ...available here.
    Trevor Nunn's acclaimed production of the beloved but complex masterpiece by Gershwin is now available on DVD. This version of "Porgy and Bess" features conductor Simon Rattle, with Willard White as Porgy, Cynthia Haymon as Bess, and Damon Evans in the role of Sporting Life.



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