Sunday, January 14, 2018

CAST RECORDINGS OF 2017: A PERSONAL LOOK

In 2017, between new cast recordings and movie/television musicals soundtracks, I counted 55 releases. Of course, I didn’t listen to all of them, but I only missed a few.

Before crucifying me for my choices, let me confess that I love the traditional Broadway sound and I have strong difficulties to enjoy other music styles. So, everything that sounds like rock country or folk hardly have a chance to catch my narrow-minded ears. In order to get an idea, take a look at my 20 FAVORITE SCORES of all time.

Without further delays, here are my choices. First, the “Jorge’s Place Awards” and then my “Top Twelve” recordings of 2017, in preference order and not including reissues.




JORGE'S PLACE AWARDS 2017







TOP TWELVE CAST RECORDINGS OF 2017


If you like this, take a look at my choices of 2016201520142013 and 2012.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN by Michael Gracey

The Plot: P. T. Barnum is a poor man who falls in love with a rich girl, Charity. Decided to give her the magical life he promised her, he takes a chance and creates a show around freaks, with him being the master of ceremonies.

The Movie: Imagine a mix of the movie MOULIN ROUGE with Cirque Du Solei and you’ll get the right idea about what this is. Fortunately, the mix results in an entertaining and sometimes riveting musical. Visually strong, with colorful costumes and sets, an atmospheric cinematography by Seamus McGarvey and an excellent work of editing.
The screenplay it’s kind of superficial and that steals strength to the story. Even the characters aren’t much more than caricatures and it’s a pity, because they are a very interesting lot. I would have love to know more about the bearded lady (a strong Keala Settle) or about Anne, the black trapeze artist (Zendaya). As Barnum, Hugh Jackman is a true master of ceremonies and gives all his energy and love to the role; it’s impossible to dislike him, even when he is exploiting the freaks or turning his back to them. Pretty boy Zac Efron shares with Zendaya the most beautiful moment of the movie and poor Michelle Williams never has a chance to shine. On the other hand, a gorgeous Rebecca Ferguson, although dubbed, almost steals the movie from Jackman.
I don’t care for the score, is too pop for my taste, but it works with the action and the circus numbers are really thrilling. There’s a sense of wonder all through the movie that got me glued to my seat and just for that I have to recommend this movie. As a musical lover, I don’t have a problem with the characters singing whenever they like, but if this is the kind of thing that annoys you, keep away. Otherwise, come to the circus and let Barnum/Jackman make their magic on you.

Rate: 7 (from 1 to 10)



Saturday, December 23, 2017

STAGE MUSICALS ON DVD/BLU-RAY



For too many years stage musicals on video have been a rarity, with just a few titles available. Whit the arrival of DVD/Blu-ray I thought musicals might have a chance, but there are only a few titles to keep us smiling.

You can find opera titles, classical musical concerts and even the work of Gilbert & Sullivan on DVD/Blu-ray, so why aren’t there more stage musicals? I know that we, musical lovers, aren’t a large number, but even so we deserve to have our favorite musicals and concerts on DVD/Blu-ray, not to mention the television shows connected with the genre.

Presently, there are sites like BroadwayHD where we can watch shows that haven’t been released on DVD/Blu-ray, but those shows aren’t available forever on streaming, so let’s hope they will get a DVD/Blu-ray release on the near future.

This is a list, as complete as possible, of all stage musicals that were released on DVD or Blu-ray. To see a list of CONCERTS ON DVD/BLU-RAY click here.

RECENT RELEASES - LAST UPDATE: 30.12.2017


HOLIDAY INN – The live recording of the Broadway stage musical is included on this new edition of the Bing Crosby movie musical.  It stars Bryce Pinkham, Lora Lee Gayer, Corbin Bleu, Megan Lawrence and Megan Sikora. Songs by Irving Berlin.


KISS ME, KATE - Blu-ray and DVD release of the 2002 London revival filmed in front of a live audience. Starring Brent Barrett, Rachel York, Michael Berresse, Nancy Anderson and Nicolas Colicos. Songs by Cole Porter.


CAROUSEL – 2013 PBS Live from Lincoln Center production of the Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II musical. Starring Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Stephanie Blythe, John Cullum, Jessie Mueller, Shuler Hensley, Jason Danieley, Kate Burton, Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck. Directed by John Rando, with choreography by Warren Carlyle.









LIST OF ALL RELEASES BY ALPHABETICAL ORDER


ACORN ANTIQUES - THE MUSICAL! - The stage musical version of Victoria Wood’s spoof soap opera, recorded live AT the Haymarket Theatre, London. Starring Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Sally Anne Triplett, Duncan Preston, Victoria Wood, Neil Morrissey and Josie Lawrence. Featuring the full length show as well as bonus. 
ADAM & EVE – Live recording of the musical comedy by Pascal Obispo Directed by Fabrice Laffont. Featuring Thierry Amiel, Cylia, Solal, Nuno Resende and Noémie Garcia. 

ALI BABA – French musicale comédie starring Sébastien Lorca, Sonia Lacen, Steeve de Paz, Ann’so, Sinan Bertrand, Philippe Loffredo, Yamin Dib, Pascal Massix, Christophe Pineay and Marianne Viguès. Músic by Fabrice Aboulker & Alain Lanty.


AUTANT EN EMPORTE LE VENT - The French stage musical version of Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With The Wind" filmed live on stage. Featuring Laura Presgurvic, Vincent Niclot, Cyril Niccolaï. Score by Gerard Presgurvic.

BAD GIRLS - THE MUSICAL - West End musical based on the first season of the British TV show set in a women's prison which had much of its cast reprising their roles on stage. Score by Kath Gotts and Book by Maureen Chadwick and Ann McManus. Starring Emily Aston, Phil Barley, Camilla Beeput and David Burt.
           
BARNUM - Music by Cy Coleman - Lyrics by Michael Stewart - Starring: Michael Crawford, Eileen Battye, Michael Heath, Christine Collier, Sharon Benson and Paul Miller

BEYOND THE FRINGE - Rare "Farewell Performance," shown in 1964 on BBC-TV. Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, and Jonathan Miller performing skits from the satirical West End/Broadway revue.

BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL – Blu-ray and DVD release of the live recording of the final London performance of this musical, Starring Elliott Hanna, Liam Mower and James Lomas, all as Billy, plus Ruthie Henshall, Deka Walmsley, Chris Grahamson, Ann Emery, Claudia Bradley, Howard Crossley, Barnaby Meredith and David Muscat. Songs by Elton John and Lee Hall. Production directed by Stephen Daldry, with choreography by Peter Darling. Includes a “specially choreographed mash-up finale” featuring 25 former and current Billy Elliots.

LA BOHEME - Baz Luhrmann's production recorded live at the Sydney Opera House in 1993. Music by Giacomo Puccini - Starring: Cheryl Baker, Christine Douglas, David Hobson, David Lemke, Gary Rowley and Roger Lemks

BY JEEVES - A completely new adaptation of the musical specially filmed for video. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber - Starring: Martin Jarvis, John Scherer - Directed by Alan Ayckburn

CAMELOT - HBO presentation of the 1982 revival of Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe's CAMELOT, starring Richard Harris as King Arthur, Meg Bussert as Guenevere and Richard Muenz as Lancelot; also with Barrie Ingham, James Valentine and Richard Backus

CANDIDE - 2003 production from Rome's Teatro Argentina, featuring Michael Slattery, Rosalind Elias, Robert Orth, Nancy Allen Lundy, Gabrielle Ribis, Hilda Ramos, and Benjamin Brechler, directed by Enrico Castiglione.

CAROUSEL – 2013 PBS Live from Lincoln Center production of the Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II musical. Starring Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Stephanie Blythe, John Cullum, Jessie Mueller, Shuler Hensley, Jason Danieley, Kate Burton, Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck. Directed by John Rando, with choreography by Warren Carlyle.

CATS - Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber - Lyrics by T. S. Eliot - Starring: Elaine Paige, John Mills and Ken Page. 


CHESS - Double DVD of the live recording of the 2003 Swedish Production of this musical. Music by Benny Anderson & Tim Rice and Lyrics by Bjorn Ulvaeus. Starring Tommy Korberg, Helen Sjoholm, Andres Ekborg, Josephin Nilsson, Per Myrberg and Rolf Skoglund. Sung in Swedish.


CINDY – Live recording of the French musical with music by Romano Musumarra and lyrics by Luc Plamondon. Featuring Lââm, Frank Sherbourne, Murray Head, Judith Bérard, Patsy Gallant, Jay and Kristel Adams.


CLÉOPÂTRE LA DERNIÉRE REINDE D’EGYPT – Live recording of the French musical by Kamel Ouali. Featuring Sofia Essaïdi, Florian Étienne, Chistopher Stills, Medhi Kerkouche, Dominique Magloire e Amélie Piovoso.

COMPANY - PBS presentation of the recent Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s musical. Directed by John Doyle and starring Raul Esparza, Elizabeth Stanley, Keith Buterbaugh, Matt Castle, Robert Cunningham, Kelly Jeanne Grant, Kristin Huffman, Amy Justman, Heather Laws, Leenya Rideout, Fred Rosel.

LES DIX COMMANDEMENTS - Live recording of the French stage musical adaptation of "The Ten Commandments", starring Daniel Levi, Nourith, Ahmed Mouici, Gini Line and Josué Villafanca. Directed by Elie Chouraqui and with a Score by Pascal Obispo.


DOE MAAR! – Live recording of the Netherlands 2006 popmusical, featuring Lenette van Dongen, Kim-Lian van der Meij, Jan Rot, Lenette van Dongen, Rein Hofman and Dorien Haan. Directed by Albert Verlinde and Roel Vente.

DON JUAN – Canadian musical in French written by Félix Gray. Featuring Jean-François Breau, Marie-Eve Janvier, Geneviève Charest, Mario Pelchat, Philippe Berghella, Cindy Daniel, Claude Lancelot and Chico Castillo. Directed by Gilles Amado.

DRACULA, L’AMOUR PLUS FORT QUE LA MORT – French musical comedy by Kamel Ouali. Featuring Aymeric Ribot, Florent Torres, Julien Loko, Anaïs Delva, Gregory Deck, Golan Yosef Perso, Ginie Line and Lola Ces.


EDGAR ALLEN POE - THE MUSICAL - Filmed live at Abbey Road Studios in 2003, this musical “takes you on a gothic journey through the life and work of master horror writer Edgar Allan Poe.” Music and Lyrics by Eric Woolfson (creator and writer of the “Alan Parsons Project” which has sold over 45 million albums world-wide). Starring Steve Balsamo and Fred Johanson.


ELAINE STRITCH AT LIBERTY - Elaine Stritch’s one-woman show  filmed live at the Old Vic Theatre, London. Directed by George C. Wolfe. The show won the 2004 Primetime Emmy for Best Performance and Best Show and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical and Outstanding Solo Performance.


ELISABETH - Region-free DVD release of the 2005 Original Vienna Cast of the musical by Austrian by Michael Kunze and Sylvester Levay. Sung in German and starring Maya Hakvoort, Maté Kamaras, Serkan Kaya and André Bauer. This is is the complete version of the show.


FOLLIES – DVD release of the L’Opéra de Toulon & de l’Opéra-Théatre de Metz 2015 production of the Stephen Sondheim and Jaems Goldman musical. Starring Graham Bickley, Liz Robertson, Jérôme Pradon, Charlotte Page, Nicole Croisille, Sarah Ingram, Denis D’Arcangelo, Stuart Neal, Fra Fee, Sophie May Wake, Jessie May, Julie Sutton, Marylin Hill Smith, Kristy Swift, Joe Shovelton, Jo Cameron Brown, John Conroy, Larrio Ekson, François Beretta, Isabel Cramaro and Mylène Souteirat. Directed by Claude-Henri Bonnet.


FOREVER PLAID - Film version of Stuart Ross Off-Broadway musical. Shown on some PBS stations. Starring Stan Chandler, David Engel, Larry Raben and Daniel Reichard. David Hyde Pierce narrates. Written and directed by Stuart Ross and Alan Helm.

FOSSE - Starring: Ben Vereen, Ann Reinking, Meg Gillentine, Edwaard Liang, Eugene Fleming, Dana Moore, Ken Alan, Rachelle Rak and Brad Anderson.

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY - DVD release of the live recording at London's Shaftesbury Avenue Theatre of the new musical play based on the James Jones novel. Cast includes Darius Campbell, Rebecca Thornhill, Siubhan Harrison, Ryan Sampson and Robert Lonsdale.

THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS - Filmed version of 1985 Philadelphia production of Bob Telson's musical adaptation of "Oedipus at Colonus". Featuring Jevetta Steele, Isabell Monk, Robert Earl Jones, Carl Lumbly, Clarence Fountain and the Blind Boys of Alabama (who collectively play Oedipus) and Morgan Freeman.

GYPSY – Blu-ray and DVD release of the West End revival directed by Jonathan Kent and starring Imelda Staunton, Peter Davison. Music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.


HOLIDAY INN – The live recording of the Broadway stage musical is included on this new edition of the Bing Crosby movie musical.  It stars Bryce Pinkham, Lora Lee Gayer, Corbin Bleu, Megan Lawrence and Megan Sikora. Songs by Irving Berlin.

IMAGINE THIS - Recording of a live performance at the New London Theatre in London`s West End. Starring Peter Polycarpou, Richard Cotton, Simon Gleeson, Leila Benn Harris, Sarah Ingram, Cameron Leigh, Roy Litvin, Bernard Lloyd, Michael Matus, Gary Milner, Steven Serlin and Sevan Stephan. Music by  Shuki Levy, Lyrics by David Goldsmith and Book by Glenn Berenbeim.

IN FASHION - Music by Jerry Blatt - Lyrics by Lonnie Burstein - Starring: Charlotte Rae, Max Wright, Pamela Hall, Ken Jenkins, Donna Curtis, Kevin McCarthy, Donna Curtis, Daniel Davis

INTO THE WOODS – Blu-ray/DVD release of the 1991 televised presentation of the Original Broadway Cast of the Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine musical. Starring Bernadette Peters, Chip Zien, Joanna Gleason, Tom Aldredge, Robert Westenberg, Kim Crosby, Danielle Ferland, Ben Wright, Barbara Bryne, Merle Louise, Chuck Wagner, Pamela Winslow, Philip Hoffman, Lauren Mitchell, Kay McClelland, Edmund Lyndeck, Joy Franz, Cindy Robinson and Maureen Davis.


IRISH THE MUSICAL - Filmed at Wexford Opera House by Passionate Film and Music Group for PBS it tells "the story of a quartet of performers leaving Ireland in 1905 and hoping to make it big in New York." Starring Nigel O’Connell, Sharon Sexton, Brian Flanagan and Aine Whelan.

JEKYLL & HYDE - Music by Frank Wildhorn - Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse - Starring: David Hasselhoff, Coleen Sexton, Andrea Rivette, George Merritt, Barrie Ingham and Martin Van Treuren

JERRY SPRINGER, THE OPERA - Filmed live at the Cambridge Theatre, London. Starring David Soul, David Bedella, Leon Craig, Carrie Ellis, Alison Jiear, Christopher Key, Benjamin Lake, Ryan Molloy, Claire Platt and Guy Porritt.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTA - Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber - Lyrics by Tim Rice - Starring: Glenn Carter, Jerome Pradon, Renee Castle, Fred Johanson and Rik Mayall

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT - Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber - Lyrics by Tim Rice - Starring: Donny Osmond, Maria Friedman, Richard Attenborough, Joan Collins, Nicholas Colicos, Patrick Clancy, Amanda Courtney-Davies, Jeff Blumenkratz, Gerry McIntyre and Robert Torti

KISS ME KATE - Blu-ray and DVD release of the 2002 London revival filmed in front of a live audience. Starring Brent Barrett, Rachel York, Michael Berresse, Nancy Anderson and Nicolas Colicos. Songs by Cole Porter.


LA LÉGENDE DU ROI ARTHUR – Live recording of the Frenchmusical comedy written by Dove Attia that premiered in Paris in September 2015. Featuring Florent Mothe, Zaho, Camille Lou, Fabien Incardona, Davis Alexis and Dan Menasche.


LOVE NEVER DIES - The Australian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's sequel to “The Phantom of the Opera” Filmed Live at Melbourne`s Regent Theatre. Starring Ben Lewis and Anna O'Byrne as the Phantom and Christine.

THE MAGIC SHOW - Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz - Starring: Doug Henning, Didi Conn, Anita Morris and Jon Finlayson

MEMPHIS - DVD, Blu-ray,and digital download of the Tony Award-winning musical, which was filmed in front of a live audience at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway. Starring Chad Kimball and Montego Glover. Music by David Bryan and Lyrics by Joe DiPietro.


THE MERRY WIDOW - DVD release of the Metropolitan Opera production of the Franz Lehár operetta, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. Starring Renée Fleming, Nathan Gunn, Kelli O'Hara, Alek Shrader, Sir Thomas Allen and Carson Elrod.

MESHUGGAH-NUNS - Dan Goggin's musical finds the sisters on an all-expense paid trip on the Faiths of All Nations Cruise. When the cast of “Fiddler on the Roof” (with the exception of the guy playing Tevye) gets seasick, the ship's captain asks the sisters and Tevye to put on a show. Starring the Original New York Cast Deborah Del Mastro, David Edwards, Bambi Jones, Bonnie Lee, Jeanne Tinker, Stephanie Wahl.


1789: LES AMANTS DE LA BASTILLE – Live recording of the French musical featuring Louis Delort, Camille Lou, Rod Janois, Roxane Le Texier and Sébastien Agius. Music by Rod Janois, Jean-Pierre Pilot, Olivier Schultheis, William Rousseau and Dove Attia.



MISS SAIGON –Blu-ray and DVD release of the 25th anniversary performance of the Schönberg and Boublil's musical, recorded live at the Prince Edward Theatre in London. Starring Eva Noblezada, Jon Jon Briones and Hugh Maynard. Features guest appearances from original 1989 cast members Jonathan Pryce, Lea Salonga, Simon Bowman and Claire Moore.


MOZART – Live recording of French musical with music by Dove Attia, Jean-Pierre Pilot, Olivier Schultheis, William Rousseau, Nicolas Luciani, Rodrigue Janois and François Castello, lyrics by Vincent Baguian and Patrice Guirao and a book by Attia and François Chouquet. Featuring Mikelangelo Loconte, Diane Dassigny, Mélissa Mars, Florent Mothe and Maeva Meline. 

NAKED BOYS SINGING - Filmed performance of the famed staged musical review, featuring Kevin Alexander Stea, Joe Souza, Phong Truong , Anthony Manough, Joseph Keane, Andrew Blake Ames, Vincent Zamora, Jason Currie, Jaymes Hodges and Salvatore Vassallo. Directed by Robert Schrock and Troy Christian.

NEVER FORGET - THE TAKE THAT MUSICAL - Filmed live on stage, this musical with an original story written by BAFTA nominated Danny Brocklehurst, Guy Jones and Ed Curtis, works around songs from the group Take That. Starring Stephane Anelli Dean Chisnall Tim Driesen Craige Els Eaton James.

NEW FACES OF 1952 - Cinemascope adaptation of the Leonard Sillman's revue, starring Eartha Kitt, Robert Clary, Ronny Graham, Paul Lynde, Carol Lawrence, June Carroll, Rosemary O'Reilly and Alice Ghostley. Sketches written by Ronny Graham and Melvin Brooks.

NOTRE DAME DE PARIS - Live recording of the French stage musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic, featuring Hélène Segara, Daniel Lavoie, Garou, Bruno Pelletier, Patrick Fiori. Directed by Gilles Amado with a score by Richard Cocciante.

NUNCRACKERS: THE NUNSENSE CHRISTMAS MUSICALS - Music by Dan Goggin - Lyrics by Dan Goggin - Starring: Rue McClanahan, John Ritter

NUNSENSE - Music by Dan Goggin - Lyrics by Dan Goggin - Starring: Rue McClanahan, Christine Anderson, Semina de Laurentis, Christine Toy and Terri White

NUNSENSE 2 - Music by Dan Goggin - Lyrics by Dan Goggin - Starring: Rue McClanahan, Christine Anderson, Semina de Laurentis, Christine Toy and Terri White

NUNSENSE 3: THE JAMBOREE - Music by Dan Goggin - Lyrics by Dan Goggin - Starring: Rue McClanahan and Vicki Lawrence

NUNSENSATIONS! - The Nunsense Vegas Revue - Live recording of the World Premiere New York Cast of the Dan Goggin revue, starring Deborah Del Mastro, Bambi Jones, Carrie Keskinen, Bonnie Lee, Jeanne Tinker and Georgia Engel!

NUNSET BOULEVARD - DVD release of Dan Goggin's new nuns musical, featuring Bonnie Lee as Rev. Mother, Bambi Jones as Sr. Mary Hubert, Deborah Del Mastro as Sr. Robert Anne, Jeanne Tinkler as Sr. Mary Paul (Amnesia), Stephanie Wahl as Sr. Mary Leo, and Ron Rogell as Earl-Dean Snedeker (The Bowling Alley pinsetter)

OH! CALCUTTA! - Directed by Jacques Levy and starring Raina Barrett, Mark Dempsey, Samantha Harper, Patricia Hawkins, Bill Macy, Mitchell McGuire, Gary Rethmeier, this is a film recreation of the longest running "erotic" musical in the history of the genre. It was devised by theater critic Kenneth Tynan, with help by Samuel Beckett, Sam Shepard and John Lennon, among others.

OKLAHOMA! - Music by Richard Rodgers - Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II - Starring: Hugh Jackman, Josefina Grabrielle, Shuler Hensley, Jimmy Johnston, Vicki Simon, Peter Polycarpou, Maureen Lipman. 


OUR HOUSE - DVD/Blu-Ray release of musical with songs by The Madness. Based in 1980s Camden Town, the musical tells the story of London lad Joe Casey, who on the night of his sixteenth birthday commits a petty crime to impress his girlfriend. The musical follows the two courses his life might have taken had he stayed to face the music when the police arrive at the scene, or if he had bunked the law by making a run for it. The musical won the 2003 Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Directed by Matthew Warchus. Starring Michael Jibson, Peter Caulfield, Tameka Empson, Richard Frame, Andrea Francis, Julia Gay, Ian Reddington and Hannah Tollman.


PASSING STRANGE - Spike Lee film adaptation of the Broadway musical flimed live. Starring Stew, De'Adre Aziza, Daniel Breaker, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Chad Goodridge and Rebecca Naomi Jone. Book and Lyrics by Stew, Music by Stew & Heidi Rodewald.

PASSION - Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim - Starring: Donna Murphy, Jere Shea, Marin Mazzie, Gregg Edelman, George Dvorsky

PETER PAN - Music by Moose Charlap and Jule Styne - Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and Betty Comden & Adolph Green - Starring: Cathy Rigby, Paul Schoeffler, Elisa Sagardia, Barry Cavanaugh, Drake English and Dana Solimando. 

LE PETIT PRINCE – French musical based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic. Music by Richard Cocciante and songs by Elisabeth Anaïs. Featuring Daniel Lavoie, Jeff, Aurelia, Stéphane Neville, Laurent Ban, Christophe Cerino, Cathialine Andria and Thomas Gerome.

PIPPIN - Music and Lyrcis by Stephen Schwartz - Starring: Ben Vereen, William Katt, Martha Raye, Chita Rivera

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE - Recorded live at Central Park's Delacorte Theatre. Music by Arthur Sullivan - Lyrics by W. S. Gilbert - Starring: Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, Rex Smith, George Rose, Patricia Routledge

PUTTING IT TOGETHER - Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim - Starring: Carol Burnett, George Hearn, Ruthie Henshall, John Barrowman, Bronson Pinchot

RADIO! THE MUSICAL - Recorded live at the Palace Theatre in Grapevine, Texas in 2002. Starring Bruce Wermuth, Connie Marie Brown, Steve Sheridan, Kelly Winstead and Andy Mullins. Songs by Stephen Taylor & Marshall Such. It tells the story of "a struggling Midwest radio station during the final days of the small broadcast group."

THE RAT PACK: LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS - Filmed live at the Haymarket Theatre, London. Starring Stephen Triffitt, Mark Adams and Giles Terera. The complete show, plus behind-the-scenes footage. Features old classics like "New York, New York", "That's Amore", "Mr.Bojangles" and others.

RENT: FILMED LIVE ON BROADWAY - “No experience quite matches the thrill of a live Broadway spectacular seen up close and in person. Now, this stunning performance shot in High Definition puts you in the front row as the smash hit RENT brings down the curtain on its history-making, 12-year run!”. Starring Will Chase, Rodney Hicks, Adam Kantor and Michael McElroy; directed by Michael John Warren.


RESISTE – Live recording of the France Gall & Bruck Dawit French musical comedy. Featuring Léa Deleau, Elodie Martelet, Chloe Lefebvre, France Gall and Laurent Hennequin. Directed by Ladislas Chollat. 

RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY MAHAGONNY - PBS presentation of the Los Angeles Opera's February production of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's opera, directed by John Doyle. Starring Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, Anthony Dean Griffey, Robert Wörle, John Easterlin, Mel Ulrich, Donnie Ray Albert, Derek Taylor and Steven Humes.


ROBIN DES BOIS – Live recording of the French musical comedy by Lionel Florence & Patrice Guirao, directed by Michel Laprise. Featuring M. Pokora, Stéphanie Bédard, Dumè, Caroline Costa, Sacha Taran, Nyco Lilliu and Marc Antoine.


LE ROI SOLEIL -  Live recording of the French musical about the life of Louis XIV. Featuring Emmanuel Moire, Anne-Laure Girbal, Christophe Maé, Cathialine Andria and Lysa Ansaldi. Directed by Franck Voiturier.

ROMÉO & JULIETTE - Live recording of the French stage musical adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". Featuring Damien Sargue, Cécilia Cara, Grégori Baquet, Philippe D'avilla and Réjane Perry. Directed by Gilles Amado and with a Score by Gerard Presgurvic.

SHOW BOAT – 2013 San Francisco Opera production of Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II’s musical based on Edna Ferber novel. Directed by Francesca Zambello and featuring Heidi Stober, Michael Todd Simpson, Bill Irwin, Patricia Racette, Morris Robinson, Angela Renee Simpson, Harriet Harris, Kirsten Wyatt & John Bolton.

SHREK THE MUSICAL - DVD, Blu-ray and streaming video release of the Broadway show. Score by Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire. Starring Brian d'Arcy James, Daniel Breaker, Sutton Foster and Christopher Sieber.

SMOKEY JOE'S CAFÉ - Music and Lyrics by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller - Starring: Ken Ard, Adrian Bailey, Brenda Braxton, Victor Trent Cook, B. J. Crosby, DeLee Lively, Fredrick B. Owens, Deb Lyons, Matt Bogart

SOPHISTICATED LADIES - Duke Ellington's Broadway Revue, previously released on VHS, starring Hinton Battle, Phyllis Hyman, Paula Kelly, Terri Kalusner and Gregg Burge. Choreography by Donald McKayle and Michael Smuin, Directed by Michael Smuin.


STOP THE WORLD, I WANT TO GET OFF - Shot on its original circus-ring set during a performance at the Lyric Hammersmith, the film offers a front-row seat for the charming mummery and incisive commentary of the London/Broadway hit by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley. Starring Tony Tanner, Millicent Martin, Leila Croft, Valerie Croft and Neil Hawley. Directed by Philip Saville.


SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE - Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim - Starring: Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Charles Kimbrough, Barbara Bryne, Dana Ivey, Cris Groenendaal, Nancy Opel, Robert Westenberg

SWEENEY TODD - Telecast of the Stephen Sondheim musical starring Angela Lansbury, George Hearn, Cris Groenendaal, Edmund Lyndeck, Ken Jennings and Betsy Joslyn. Directed by Harold Prince.

TABOO - A new 3 DVDs set of the Original London Production filmed live at the Venue Theatre, London. Songs by Boy George. Starring Euan Morton, Paul Baker, John Partridge, Drew Jaymson, Declan Benneett. Includes lot's of special features, including music videos.

A TALE OF CINDERELLA - The New York State Theatre Institute production of another musical adaptation of the classic tale, with Book by W. A. Frankonis, Music by Will Severin & George David Weiss and Lyrics by George Wavid Weiss. Starring Christianne Tisdale, Sean Frank Sullivan, Lorraine Serabian, Joel Aroeste, Michele Golden, Margaret Robinson, Erika Johnson Newell and John Romeo.

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS - THE MUSICAL - Live filming of L.A. production of the Patrick Leonard & Maribeth Derry musical. Starring Val Kilmer (Moses), Kevin Earley, Lauren Kennedy, Aharon Ipal, Adam Lambert. Filmed at Kodak Theatre. Widescreen feature, custom foil printed package and bonus "Behind the Scenes with Val Kilmer".


3 MUSKETETIERS – Live recording of the Dutch musical by Rob Bolland, Ferdi Bolland and Paul Bogaev. Starring Bastiaan Ragas, Pia Douwes, Stanley Burleson, Henk Poort, Cees Geel, Rein Kolpa and Tooske Ragas.


TINTYPES - 1980 Off-Broadway musical directed by Gary Pearle and Conceived by Mary Kyte, Mel Marvin & Gary Pearle. Starring Jerry Zaks, Trey Wilson, Lynne Thigpen, Carolyn Mignini and Mary C. Wright. Winner of several Obie Awards.

TOP BANANA – Filmed Phil Silvers’ Broadway hit, also starring Rose Marie, Danny Scholl, Judy Lyn, Jack Albertson and Bradford Hatton. Directed by Alfred E. Green and Albert Zugsmith. Songs by Johnny Mercer.

VICTOR VICTORIA - Music by Henry Mancini and Frank Wildhorn - Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse - Starring: Julie Andrews, Tony Roberts, Michael Nouri, Rachel York

WAR OF THE WORLDS - 2 disc special edition of Jeff Wayne’s musical adaptation of H.G. Wells’s classic novel. Recorded live on stage and featuring Russell Watson, Tara Blaise, Alexis James, Justin Hayward and Chris Thompson.

WHEN HELL FREEZES OVER I'LL SKATE - 1979 Great Performances presentation of the Vinnette Carroll's musical, starring Cleavant Derricks, Lynne Thigpen, Lynne Clifton-Allen, Clinton Derricks-Carroll, Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter and Brenda Braxton. Directed by Emile Ardolino & Vinnette Carroll.


WHICH WITCH – DVD-Rs release, exclusive at Footlight Records, of the 1992 Original London Cast filmed live at the Piccadilly Theatre in London. Featuring Benedicte Adrian, Graham Bickley, Stig Rossen, Issy van Randwyck, Gay Soper and Jahn Teigen. Music by Benedicte Adrian & Ingrid Bjornov and lyrics by Kit Haesketh-Harvey.



WORKING - Songs by: James Taylor, Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead - Starring: Barry Bostwick, Rita Moreno, James Taylor, Eileen Brennan, Charles Durning, Barbara Hershey, Patti Labelle, The Scatman Crothers