Category Archives: Books & Media

Les Misérables Tops UK Chart

A week after reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart in the US, the Les Misérables soundtrack has become the first cast recording in 16 years to hit No. 1 on the Official UK Albums chart. The previous … Continue reading

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Les Misérables Tops Billboard Chart

In the Jan. 19 issue of Billboard, the Les Misérables soundtrack has claimed the top spot on the “Billboard 200” chart, supplanting Taylor Swift’s country-pop Red, which held that perch for the past four weeks. In doing so, the soundtrack … Continue reading

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Rest of the Story: Book Reviews

In 2000, Applause Books released Original Story by Arthur Laurents: A Memoir of Broadway and Hollywood, to wide acclaim. In that book, Laurents not only detailed the creation of his landmark musicals West Side Story (1957) and Gypsy (1959) but … Continue reading

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Carrie: Album Reviews

Ghostlight Records has released the much-anticipated 2011 Off-Broadway “revisal” cast recording of the 1988 musical Carrie, the infamous adaptation of Stephen King’s 1974 novel and 1976 film, to appreciative reviews. The legendary original production opened at the RSC in Stratford, … Continue reading

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Lonesome: Video Reviews

Criterion has received universal praise for its release of the DVD with a triple-play of Universal features helmed by Paul Fejös from the late 1920s. The first movie is the hourlong silent romance Lonesome (1928), included on the U.S. National … Continue reading

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Pipe Dream: Album Reviews

Ghostlight Records has released the live 2012 Encores! concert revival cast recording of Pipe Dream, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1955 musical adaptation of John Steinbeck’s 1954 novel Sweet Thursday, to strongly positive reviews. The creative team includes Oscar Hammerstein II (book, lyrics), … Continue reading

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: Album Reviews

Sony Masterworks has released the 2012 Encores! concert revival cast recording of the 1949 musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes to very positive reviews. The creative team is Anita Loos and Joseph Fields (book), David Ives (book adaptation), Leo Robin (lyrics), Jule … Continue reading

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Call Me Madam: Album Reviews

Just in time for the 2012 election season, Sony’s Masterworks Broadway is offering the first digital release of the 1950 political satire Call Me Madam, which has been out of print since 1956, except for a brief LP pressing in … Continue reading

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Mario Lanza: Video Reviews

Warner Home Video has released a pair of Mario Lanza films (his final two) on DVD for the first time. The first is the 1957 United Artist musical Seven Hills of Rome (aka Arrivederci Roma), Mario Lanza’s penultimate film. The … Continue reading

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Sparkle: Album Reviews

Sony RCA Records has released the soundtrack to the upcoming film Sparkle, a remake of the 1976 musical picture (starring Irene Cara) inspired by The Supremes, to middling reviews. The recording includes new versions of four songs from Curtis Mayfield’s … Continue reading

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