Original Cast! 100 Years of the American Musical Theater - Completing the Century  (Metropolitan Opera Guild MET 810)
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Original Cast! 100 Years of the American Musical Theater - Completing the Century  (Metropolitan Opera Guild MET 810)
PE0353. ORIGINAL CAST! 100 Years of the American Musical Theater - Completing the Century, incl. Jim Dale, Jerry Orbach, Catherine Cox, Lauren Bacall, Gregory Hines, Jim Walton, Ann Morrison, Jennifer Holiday, George Hearn, Debbie Shapiro, Michael Rupert, Kecie Lewis-Evans, Keith Carradine, Bob Cuccioli, Mandy Patinkin, Barry Bostwick, Harry Groener, Faith Prince, Gregory Hines, Terrence Mann, Carolee Carmello, Shirley Verrett, etc. Metropolitan Opera Guild MET 810, with 90pp. booklet. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! [Most rare to be found in NEW Condition!]

CRITIC REVIEW:

"The Metropolitan Opera Guild inaugurated a series of compilation albums of music from Broadway musicals with this two-CD set. The recordings come from the vaults of MCA, Sony, and Capitol, and 32 shows are represented on 45 selections in 141 minutes. That includes performers such as Ethel Merman, Pearl Bailey, Gertrude Lawrence and Yul Brynner, Barbara Cook, Elaine Stritch, Jack Cassidy, Rosalind Russell, Richard Kiley, Alfred Drake, Kay Ballard, John Raitt, Mary Martin, Ezio Pinza, and Eartha Kitt, and songs such as "I Have Dreamed," "They Call The Wind Maria," "No Other Love," "Never Never Land," and "You Took Advantage Of Me." But the real delight of the set is finding obscure songs and singers who illuminate the era. The anthology approach is of course somewhat jarring when it abbreviates shows that have already been edited down for their respective cast albums, but especially for the newcomer (and much of this stuff has been out of print for decades) this album will open up the world of Broadway during the early part of its golden age. (A 90-page CD booklet written by Paul Gruber annotates the selections.)"

- William Ruhlmann, allmusic.com