Broadway in a Box – The Essential Broadway Musicals Collection
CD 1 – Annie
– The blockbuster musical from Martin Charnin and Thomas Meehan based on the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie”
– Winner of the Tony Awards® for Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Actress in a Musical for Dorothy Loudon (Ballroom, Sweeney Todd) for her portrayal of Miss Hannigan
– Featuring the mega-hit “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard-Knock Life,” Annie also won the Grammy Award® for Best Cast Show Album.
CD 2 – Anything Goes
– The classic Cole Porter musical, featuring such hits as the title song, “You’re the Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and “Blow, Gabriel, Blow”
– Starring two-time Tony®-winner Patti LuPone and Howard McGillin (longtime star of Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera)
– Winner of three Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical and Featured Actor in a Musical (Bill McCutcheon) and a Grammy Award® nominee for Best Musical Cast Show Album
– A new production of Anything Goes is currently running on Broadway.
CD 3 – Cabaret
– Winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical and Best Original Score, Kander and Ebb’s classic musical ran for an amazing 1,166 performances.
– Starring the legendary Lotte Lenya and Bert Convey, it was Joel Grey who stole the show as the Emcee and won the Tony® for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.
– Joel Grey went on to star in the movie which won eight Academy Awards®, one for Grey for Best Supporting Actor, one for Liza Minnelli for Best Actress and Best Music.
– Along with the show-stopper “Cabaret,” the musical also features the popular songs “Willkommen” and the anthem “Tomorrow Belongs to Me.”
CD 4 – Camelot
– Lerner and Loewe’s next effort after their major success with My Fair Lady, Camelot was nominated for the Tony Award® for Best Musical and the Grammy Award® for Best Show Album.
– Based on T.H. White’s King Arthur fable, The Once and Future King, the show features the popular hit song, “If Ever I Would Leave You” and the title song “Camelot.”
– Powered by the stars Julie Andrews, who was nominated for the Tony® for Best Actress in a Musical, Robert Goulet and Richard Burton, who won the Tony® for Best Actor in a Musical, the show became a Broadway classic.
CD 5 – Carousel
– John Raitt (Bonnie’s father) returned to the role that made him famous, Billy Bigelow, in this 1965 revival of Carousel.
– This classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical was directed by Richard Rodgers and along with Raitt, starred Broadway icon and Tony Award® winner Jerry Orbach.
– Includes the hit songs “If I Loved You,” “June is Busting Out All Over,” “Soliloquy” and the classic “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
CD 6 – Chicago
– Chicago is famous the world over and continues its record-breaking 15+ year run on Broadway. The 2002 film version won the Academy Award® for Best Picture, starring Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere and Catherine Zeta-Jones who won the Best Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar® for her portrayal of Velma Kelly.
– This Kander and Ebb blockbuster musical was nominated for seven Tony Awards® including Best Musical and Best Original Score.
– Starring three legendary Broadway stars: Jerry Orbach, Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera, all nominated for Tony Awards® for their roles, the show was directed by another Broadway legend, Bob Fosse.
– Includes the hit songs “Razzle Dazzle” and the sexy show-stopper, “All That Jazz.”
CD 7 – A Chorus Line
– One of the longest-running shows in Broadway history, A Chorus Line played for an astounding 6,137 performances.
– The Tony Award®-winning score by composer Marvin Hamlisch and lyricist Ed Kleban has some of the biggest hits in Broadway history with songs like “One,” “At the Ballet,” and the mega-smash “What I Did for Love.”
– A Chorus Line not only won nine Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, but also won a Pulitzer Prize.
CD 8 – Company
– With its biting satire on contemporary lifestyles, Company established Stephen Sondheim as the pre-eminent musical theater composer of his generation.
– Nominated for seven Tony Awards®, Company won four, including Best Musical and Best Score, and paved the way for greater realism and grit in subsequent musicals.
– Features the hit songs “Ladies Who Lunch,” “Another Hundred People” and the heartbreaking “Being Alive.”
CD 9 – Fiddler on the Roof
– From the show-stopping opening number, “Tradition,” Fiddler was an instant Broadway hit that ran for a then record-breaking 3,242 performances.
– This great and revolutionary musical, with score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, won five Tony Awards® including Best Musical and Best Score, and earned Zero Mostel his second Best Actor Tony®.
– Along with “Tradition,” Fiddler also includes the standards “Matchmaker,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset” which has been a staple at many wedding receptions ever since.
– The 1971 movie version of Fiddler On The Roof won three Academy Awards®, including Best Music, and starred Topol.
CD 10 – Guys and Dolls
– This celebrated 1992 revival starred Tony Winner® Nathan Lane and Faith Prince as the long engaged couple, Nathan Detroit and Miss Adelaide, along with Peter Gallagher and Josie de Guzman as Sky Masterson and Sarah Brown.
– Frank Loesser’s almost perfect musical, based on Damon Runyon’s characters, ran for 1,145 performances and won the Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album.
– Includes the hit songs “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” “A Bushel and a Peck,” and the classic “Luck Be a Lady.”
CD 11 – Gypsy
– With super-star Ethel Merman in her Tony®-nominated role as Mama Rose, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a dynamite score by Jule Styne, Gypsy was nominated for five Tony Awards® including Best Musical.
– The cast included Jack Klugman, best known for his TV roles in The Odd Couple and Quincy, and Sandra Church (Picnic, Under the Yum-Yum Tree) who was nominated for the Tony Award® for Best Featured Actress.
– The score includes the mega-hit song “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” along with “You Gotta Have a Gimmick” and “Let Me Entertain You” and won the Grammy Award® for Best Broadway Show Album.
CD 12 – Hair
– The self-proclaimed American tribal rock love musical began off Broadway before opening on Broadway with great fanfare in 1968.
– Created by two “hippies,” James Rado and Gerome Ragni, and composer Galt MacDermot, this revolutionary show was the first psychedelic rock show on Broadway and was nominated for the Tony Award® for Best Musical.
– Along with the hit title song, Hair includes the songs “Aquarius” and “Good Morning, Starshine” and won the Grammy® for Best Score from an Original Cast Album.
– The movie version came out in 1979 and was nominated for two Golden Globe® Awards, one for Best Motion Picture and one for its star, Treat Williams.
CD 13 – Hello, Dolly!
– Based on Thornton Wilder’s play The Matchmaker, Hello, Dolly! became composer/lyricist Jerry Herman’s most successful show on Broadway and one of the longest-running in history with 2,844 performances.
– The show won five Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, and featured the legendary performance of Carol Channing who won the Tony Award® for Best Actress for her portrayal of Dolly Gallagher Levi.
– With classic songs like “Before the Parade Passes By” and “It Only Takes a Moment,” the album was nominated for Best Score from an Original Cast Show Album with “Hello, Dolly!” winning the Grammy® for Song of the Year.
– The 1969 movie of Hello, Dolly! starred Barbra Streisand and Walter Matthau and won the Academy Award® for Best Music.
CD 14 – How To Succeed in Business without Really Trying
– Another classic from Frank Loesser, How To Succeed won seven Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, and The Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
– Starring Robert Morse (Tru, Mad Men) who won the Tony Award® for Best Actor for his portrayal of J. Peirpont Finch, the cast also includes 1920’s pop singer Rudy Vallee and actor/comedian Charles Nelson Reilly who won the Tony® for Best Featured Actor.
– Includes the popular songs “I Believe in You” and “Brotherhood of Man.”
CD 15 – Into the Woods
– Perhaps Stephen Sondheim’s most popular musical, Into the Woods introduced the songs “No One Is Alone” and “Children Will Listen” and stars Bernadette Peters as The Witch.
– The play interweaves the famous fairytales of Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood and others.
– Grammy®-winning Best Musical Cast Show Album and winner of Tony Awards® for Best Score / Book and Actress in a Musical (Joanna Gleason)
CD 16 – The King and I
– Produced by composer Richard Rodgers, this lavish revival of The King and I opened at the Music Theater of Lincoln Center in 1964 and starred Metropolitan Opera star Risë Stevens and Darren McGavin, the Emmy Award®-winning actor best known for his performance in the movie A Christmas Story.
– Arguably Rodgers and Hammerstein’s best musical, the show is one of Broadway’s most beloved and the original production won the Tony Award® for Best Musical.
– The score includes the classics “Hello Young Lovers,” “Getting To Know You” and the unforgettable “Shall We Dance.”
CD 17 – Man of La Mancha
– Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’s 17th-century masterpiece Don Quixote, the musical Man Of La Mancha debuted on Broadway in 1965 and won five Tony Awards® including Best Musical and Best Score.
– With music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion, the show features one of the best known songs in Broadway history, “The Impossible Dream” along with such classics as “Little Bird, Little Bird,” and “I Really Like Him.”
– This 2002 revival was nominated for the Grammy Award® for Best Musical Show Album and stars Brian Stokes Mitchell and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, who both received Tony® Nominations for their performances.
CD 18 – My Fair Lady
– Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady is one of the greatest musicals of all time and won five Tony Awards® including Best Musical.
– Starring Academy Award® winner Julie Andrews, who was nominated for a Tony® for her portrayal of Eliza Doolittle, and Rex Harrison, who won the Tony Award® (and later, the Academy Award®) for his portrayal of Prof. Henry Higgins
– With so many hit songs, “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “On the Street Where You Live,” and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” to name a few, the cast recording is in the Grammy® Hall of Fame.
– Along with Rex Harrison, the 1964 movie of My Fair Lady also starred Audrey Hepburn and won eight Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Music.
CD 19 – Oklahoma!
– Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma ushered in a new era on Broadway in which songs were a continuation of the action and not just inserted into the play.
– This 1979 revival garnered two Tony® nominations and starred Christine Andreas, nominated for a Tony® for her portrayal of Laurey, with Tony® winner Christine Ebersole and Laurence Guittard.
– Along with the well known title song, the musical also includes the hits “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” and “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top.”
CD 20 – Oliver!
– Charles Dickens’s story of Oliver Twist was the basis for Lionel Bart’s Oliver! and won him the Tony Award® for Best Original Score.
– The show was nominated for a total of ten Tony Awards® including nominations for Clive Revill and Georgia Brown for Best Actor and Actress in a musical.
– The score features many memorable songs, “Food, Glorious Food,” “Consider Yourself,” “I’d Do Anything,” and “As Long As He Needs Me.”
– The 1968 movie of Oliver! starred Oliver Reed and Ron Moody and won five Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Music.
CD 21 – Show Boat
– The magnificent score by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein includes the classics “Old Man River,” “Make Believe” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.”
– With Tony® nominee Stephen Douglass and Tony® winner Barbara Cook, this 1966 revival of Show Boat was directed by Richard Rodgers.
CD 22 – The Sound of Music
– Known around the world, The Sound of Music was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s last musical and won five Tony Awards® including Best Musical.
– Starring Broadway legend Mary Martin, who won the Best Actress Tony® for her portrayal of Maria, and Theodore Bikel who was nominated for the Tony® for his role as Captain von Trapp
– There is hardly a song from the score that isn’t a hit. With “Maria,” “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss,” “Do-Re-Mi” and the title song to name a few, it’s no surprise it won the Grammy® for Best Show Album.
– Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer starred in the movie which won five Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Music.
CD 23 – South Pacific
– For their fourth collaboration, Rodgers and Hammerstein created one of the greatest musicals in Broadway history and won eight Tony Awards® including Best Musical and Best Original Score and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
– Based on James Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific, the play starred Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza, both winning Tony Awards® for their performances.
– Almost every song in the show has become a standard: “Some Enchanted Evening,” “There’s Nothing Like a Dame,” “Bali Ha’i,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair.” The album is in the Grammy® Hall of Fame.
– The 1958 movie of South Pacific starred Mitzi Gaynor and was nominated for three Academy Awards® including Best Music.
CD 24 – Sweeney Todd (Highlights)
– The blockbuster Broadway hit about the Demon Barber of Fleet Street with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim found a new audience with the release of the Tim Burton film in 2007.
– Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical and Best Original Score featuring the songs “Not While I’m Around,” “Johanna” and “Pretty Women”
– Starring Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou, both winning Tony Awards® for their performances, the cast also includes Victor Garber (Titanic, TV’s Alias), Merle Louise, and Sarah Rice.
CD 25 – West Side Story
– One of the most beloved musicals of all time, featuring the classic songs “Maria,” “Tonight,” and “America”, West Side Story is in the Grammy® Hall of Fame and the movie adaptation won 10 Academy Awards® including Best Picture.
– With music and lyrics by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, the show debuted on Broadway in 1957 and played for 752 performances.
– Starring Broadway legends and Tony® Nominees Carol Lawrence and Chita Rivera along with Larry Kert
Oscar Hammerstein II
Alan Jay Lerner
Brian Stokes Mitchell
Charles Nelson Reilly