Monday, March 23, 2009

A Little Bit of Broadway

The words “Rodgers and Hammerstein” and “flop” don’t seem to go together at all. But in addition to such megahits as Oklahoma and South Pacific and Sound of Music, the dynamic duo of Broadway also wrote shows such as Allegro. Very different in style and substance than anything else R&H wrote (many consider it the first “concept” musical), it was a very definite influence on a young Stephen Sondheim, a runner on the show.

The R&H Foundation has recently released the first complete recording of this show, which debuted in 1947. You can hear more about the recording and the show:

This studio cast recording includes Tony Award-winners Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti, Norbert Leo Butz, Tony Award-nominees Patrick Wilson, Judy Kuhn, Liz Callaway, Danny Burstein and opera sensation baritone Nathan Gunn. Plus there’s Marni Nixon! Great cast, beautiful recording of a show that sounds like it was very much ahead of its time.

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