Masterworks Broadway has announced a new slate of three titles in the Sony imprint’s ongoing CD-R/DD initiative restoring classic cast recordings to print. This trio hails from the RCA Victor and Columbia catalogues, with two titles new to the digital domain.
Sid and Marty Krofft are beloved creators of a pantheon of children’s television classics including H.R. Pufnstuf, Land of the Lost and Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, the latter of which has recently been revived as a brand-new program on Amazon. Considerably less well-known is the production the Kroffts created for the 1964’s World’s Fair. Sid and Marty Krofft’s Les Poupees de Paris (The Puppets of Paris) featured an amazing array of Krofft puppets, set to a soundtrack provided by songwriters Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen and the voices of Pearl Bailey, Milton Berle, Cyd Charisse, Annie Fargé, Gene Kelly, Liberace, Jayne Mansfield, Tony Martin, Phil Silvers, Loretta Young, Edie Adams and legendary voiceover artist Paul Frees. The all-star, Grammy-nominated soundtrack to Les Poupees de Paris will be officially released for the first time on CD-R in the U.S. July 8, with streaming and downloads available the same day.
The Public Theater has been responsible for any number of Broadway musical smashes, from Hair to A Chorus Line to the current blockbuster-to-end-all-blockbusters, Hamilton. Among the pioneering shows shepherded by Joseph Papp’s New York institution was Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford’s I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road. Cryer and Ford’s pop/rock-influenced musical opened June 14, 1978 at the Public and subsequently transferred to Circle in the Square for a total of 1,165 performances, making it one of the most successful Off-Broadway musicals of all time. Librettist-lyricist Cryer also starred as the lead character Heather Jones in the original production. The Drama Desk-nominated musical yielded a Grammy-nominated cast recording which had previously been available only as a limited-edition CD release from the defunct Fynsworth Alley label. This CD-R reissue arrives from Masterworks on August 8, with streaming and downloads available the same day.
The third Masterworks vault find hails from 1966. The team of Elsie Simmons and Mark “Moose” Charlap (Peter Pan) scored NBC’s television adaptation of Alice Through the Looking Glass which featured a starry cast including Agnes Moorehead (Bewitched), Ricardo Montalban (Fantasy Island), Robert Coote (My Fair Lady), Nanette Fabray, Jack Palance, Jimmy Durante and even The Smothers Brothers – as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum! This loose adaptation of the Lewis Carroll story, featuring Judi Rolin as Alice, first brought its blend of music and whimsy to television on November 6, 1966. The great Don Costa arranged the Simmons/Charlap songs which can be heard on Masterworks’ reissue due for the first time on CD-R in the U.S. September 9, with streaming and downloads available the same day.
You can peruse all three track listings below! Only Les Poupees de Paris is currently available for pre-order!
Sid and Marty Krofft’s Les Poupees de Paris – 1964 World Fair Recording (RCA Victor LSO-1090, 1964 – reissued Masterworks Broadway, 2016) (Amazon U.S.)
- Overture: le Poupées de Paris Instrumental (orchestra)/Bonsoir (Mlle. Annie Fargé, Mlle. Janine Forman, Chorus)/le Poupées de Paris (Mlle. Cyd Charisse, Chorus)
- The Bathtub Scene (M. Bing Crosby and Friends; Mlles. Janine Forman and Crista Speck)/ Don’t Say Paris, Say Paree (M. Gene Kelly and the Can-Can Girls)
- You Can’t Make it Anywhere (Mlle. Pearl Bailey and the Paris Models)
- A Night of Horror: Let’s Be Frank Mr. Frankenstein (M. Joey Forman as Lugosi, M. Guy Marks as Karloff)/The Lab (Mlle. Loretta Young)/The Mad Doctor and the Creature (M. Paul Frees)/I Can’t Wait to Take You Home (M. Milton Berle and Mlle. Jane Kean)/The Kook Spooks (Skeletons’ Dance)
- It’s a Living (M. Liberace, Mlle. Jayne Mansfield, M. Lance Legault)
- The Opera Singer (Mlle. Edie Adams)
- The Ice Skater (On the Wings of Romance) (Chorus)
- Love is a Bore (Mlle. Pearl Bailey and Montmartre Girls)/Sadie Fats (Merry Williams and her Boys)/ Love is a Bore (Reprise) (Mlle. Pearl Bailey)
- The Circus (M. Phil Silvers, Mlles. Pop Corn, Cotton Candy and Balloons)
I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road – Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording Recording (Columbia 14885, 1979 – reissued Masterworks Broadway, 2016)
- Natural High (Gretchen Cryer, Company)
- Smile (Gretchen Cryer, Margot Rose, Betty Aberlin, Company)
- Miss America (Gretchen Cryer, Company)
- Strong Woman Number (Gretchen Cryer, Margot Rose, Betty Aberlin)
- Dear Tom (Gretchen Cryer)
- Old Friend (Gretchen Cryer)
- In a Simple Way I Love You (Don Scardino)
- Put in a Package and Sold (Gretchen Cryer, Margot Rose, Betty Aberlin)
- Feel the Love (Betty Aberlin, Margot Rose, Don Scardino)
- Lonely Lady (Gretchen Cryer)
- Happy Birthday (Gretchen Cryer, Company)
- Natural High (Reprise) (Gretchen Cryer, Company)
Alice Through the Looking Glass – 1966 Television Soundtrack Recording (RCA Victor LSO-1130, 1966 – reissued Masterworks Broadway, 2016)
- Through The Looking Glass (Company)
- There are Two Sides to Everything (Robert Coote, Agnes Moorehead, Ricardo Montalban, Nanette Fabray)
- I Wasn’t Meant to Be a Queen (Nanette Fabray)
- Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are (Judi Rolin)
- Jabberwock Song (Jack Palance)
- Keep off the Grass (Roy Castle)
- Some Summer Day (Ricardo Montalban)
- The Backwards Alphabet (Judi Rolin, The Smothers Brothers)
- Who Are You (Judi Rolin)
- ‘Twas Brillig (Judi Rolin, Jimmy Durante)
- Alice is Coming to Tea (Agnes Moorehead, Nanette Fabray)
- Through The Looking Glass (Reprise) (Company)