Shopping for gifts with a personal touch can always be a challenge. Here are some of our favorites for the Broadway fan in your life!
West Side Story - The New Broadway Cast Recording
"The irresistible score...remains a ravishment, with some of the most gorgeous love songs ever." - The New York Times
The score, by multiple Tony and Grammy Award winners Leonard Bernstein (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics), is widely regarded as one of the best ever written and includes "Tonight," "America," "Maria," "I Feel Pretty," "Somewhere" and "One Hand, One Heart."
The Sound Of Music - Original Broadway Cast 50th Anniversary Edition
The world's most beloved musical (the final collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II), introduced a spectacular array of songs that immediately became standards - "My Favorite Things," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Maria," "Do-Re-Mi," "Edelweiss" and the soaring title song. The definitive original cast recording returns in this commemorative edition with new liner notes, new photos and rare bonus tracks.
Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific - New Broadway Cast Recording
Winner of seven 2008 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, this recording captures what many consider the finest compositions for musical theater ever written, including "Some Enchanted Evening," "Younger Than Springtime," Bali Ha'i," "There is Nothin' Like a Dame" and "A Wonderful Guy." Currently continuing performances on Broadway and out on a North American tour through 2010.
Chicago - 10th Anniversary Edition
This 2-CD/1-DVD set includes the newly remastered complete Broadway cast recording, newly recorded songs by some of the starry subsequent cast members, legendary performances from the original 1975 production and never-before-released demos by John Kander and Fred Ebb. The DVD features interviews with original cast and creative personnel along with international production footage. Also includes an exclusive 68 page full-color booklet featuring the provocative photos from the groundbreaking CHICAGO advertising campaign
Stephen Sondheim - The Story So Far...
For the first time, a comprehensive 4-CD box set encompassing the incredible career of Broadway's foremost living composer/lyricist, STEPHEN SONDHEIM - THE STORY SO FAR... features 81 tracks (33 previously unreleased) from Sondheim's 15 Broadway shows, as well as songs from his film scores and TV specials. Also includes an 80-page 4-color booklet with an introduction by Harold Prince, personal commentaries and previously unavailable photographs from Stephen Sondheim's personal archives.
Kristin Chenoweth - A Lovely Way To Spend Christmas
The film, Tony and Emmy Award-winning star celebrates the holiday season with a wide range of Christmas songs from “Christmas Island,” to Kristin’s personal favorite “Come On Ring Those Bells,” in addition to well-known Christmas classics such as “Silver Bells” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” The album also features new compositions of “Home On Christmas Day” and “Born On Christmas Day.” A Lovely Way To Spend Christmas is an eclectic combination of full orchestral arrangements, along with big band, a bit of tropical island flavor, pop and country.
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Allegro - First Complete Recording
An overlooked masterwork written in 1947, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Allegro was preceded by Oklahoma! (1943) and Carousel (1945), and followed by South Pacific (1949) and The King and I (1951), a period when R&H were at their creative zenith. Recorded with a 50-piece orchestra and featuring a hand-picked studio cast including 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, all in a specially priced 2-CD set with an 80-page 4-color booklet.
Handel's Messiah Rocks
Featuring Tony Award winner LaChanze (The Color Purple), Tony Award Nominee J. Robert Spencer (Next To Normal), MiG Aylesa (Rockstar: INXS), and the Boston Pops conducted by Keith Lockhart. Handel's Messiah Rocks brings the renowned beauty of Handel's Messiah - the Western world's most famous oratorio - to contemporary audiences with rock music at its center. Available on CD and DVD