The Broadway Musicals of Rodgers & Hammerstein
Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Complete Broadway Musicals. Label: Sony Catalog #: 541696
When I saw the announcement of this set a couple of years ago, I knew I had to have it. Sure, I have several of these shows on CD already, some in Broadway Cast recordings, some in film music recordings. I saw it on sale, and finally bought it.
This set contains 12 CDs, packaged in sleeves with the original cover art, and a lavish 12 x 12 inch, 100-page book with essays on each show, production and behind-the- scenes photos, cast lists, plot summaries and more.
All that’s nice, but it’s the words and music that’s the gold here. Growing up in the Fifties, the songs from Broadway musicals were also the popular songs of the day, covered by all the big-name singers of the time. My parents listened to that music (along with big band and swing), and so did I before rock ‘n’ roll took over the airwaves. Here’s what’s on the set:
OKLAHOMA! Broadway Revival Cast Recording (1979)
CAROUSEL Music Theater of Lincoln Center Cast Recording (1965)
STATE FAIR Original Broadway Cast Recording (1996)
ALLEGRO The First Complete Recording – Studio Cast Recording 2-DISC SET (2008)
SOUTH PACIFIC Original Broadway Cast Recording (1949)
THE KING AND I Broadway Revival Cast Recording (1977)
ME & JULIET Original Broadway Cast Recording (1953)
PIPE DREAM Original Broadway Cast Recording (1955)
CINDERELLA Television Cast Recording (1956)
FLOWER DRUM SONG Original Broadway Cast Recording (1958)
THE SOUND OF MUSIC Original Broadway Cast Recording (1959)
For me, this set was just irresistible.