New York, NY — Order CD! Remastered A Chorus Line 40th Anniversary Celebration released!!
A visionary, game-changing theatrical achievement as well as a blockbuster commercial hit, A Chorus Line — conceived, directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett — reinvigorated the traditional Broadway musical in a legendary production. After premiering at the New York Public Theater late in the spring of 1975, A Chorus Line moved to Broadway the following July, where it ran for almost fifteen years, closing in 1990 after 6,137 performances. The show not only swept The Tony Awards in the 1975–76 Broadway season, it also won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, as well as the Olivier Award when it first appeared on London’s West End in 1976.
The package includes an expanded booklet with new liner notes by Oskar Eustis (artistic director of The Public Theater in New York), Terre Blair Hamlisch, Linda Kline (co-bookwriter of A Class Act) and Robert Viagas (managing editor of Playbill.com and co-author of the book “On the Line: The Creation of A Chorus Line”).
Titled “A Chorus Line—40th Anniversary Celebration,” the recording introduces a new high-resolution (24/96) master of the original cast recording, taken from the surround-sound remix created for Super Audio CD (SACD) and previously available only in that format.
A Chorus Line Album Gets 40th Anniversary Re-Release With Bonus Tracks of Deleted and Rewritten Songs
Never-before-heard songs “Joanne” and “Shoes” and alternate versions of well-known songs from A Chorus Line will be included among eight bonus tracks on the 40th anniversary re-release of the show’s original Broadway cast album from Sony.
A Chorus Line is currently the sixth longest-running show in Broadway history. It held the record for the longest run for seven years, until Cats surpassed it in 1997.
The reissue features eight bonus tracks that — for the first time — allow the listener to eavesdrop on the creative process of composer Marvin Hamlisch and lyricist Edward Kleban, including songs that did not make it into the final version of their acclaimed score. A Chorus Line — 40th Anniversary Celebration is now available on CD, downloads in enhanced audio formats and via streaming audio providers.
Opening at a time when the very idea of the Broadway musical seemed out of step with the new direction in American pop music, Hamlisch and Kleban defied the odds with an exuberant, razor-sharp but heartfelt score that even yielded a breakout hit, the show’s penultimate number, “What I Did for Love.”
The album is also released in a new audiophile vinyl LP edition. Cut from high-resolution files by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and manufactured on 180-gram vinyl at Memphis Record Pressing, the set includes a digital download card redeemable for the entire 40th Anniversary Celebration set.
A perennial best-seller and 1975 Grammy nominee for Best Musical Show Recording, A Chorus Line was the last of the great original cast albums produced by Columbia Records’ Goddard Lieberson, producer of dozens of classic OBCs including West Side Story.
Bonus tracks include recordings made during the show’s workshop period, and feature composer Marvin Hamlisch and lyricist Ed Kleban performing demos of their first drafts of the score for director Michael Bennett. In some cases the songs were later cut, including “Joanne,” “Shoes,” and “It’s All in Here.” In some cases, the tracks include early versions of songs “I Can Do That” (a choral number here) and “At the Ballet.” Among the bonus tracks is an instrumental titled “Finale Ballad” which Hamlisch scat-sings. With lyrics added later, it became “What I Did For Love.”
The eight bonus tracks were found under the title “A Chorus Line work reel” in the holdings of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, recorded by Hamlisch and Kleban during the first workshop of the show in 1974. They reveal an early opening number entitled “It’s All in Here,” as well as “Joanne” and “Shoes,” songs that came and went with the development of the show’s gallery of characters. Also included are early working versions of “I Can Do That,” “At the Ballet,” “Sing!,” “One” and (identified on the work-reel tape only as “Finale Ballad”) “What I Did for Love.”
Masterworks Broadway is a label of Sony Music Masterworks.
Here is a complete track list:
1. Opening: “I Hope I Get It” — Company
2. “I Can Do That” — Wayne Cilento
3. “At The Ballet” — Carole Bishop, Nancy Lane, Kay Cole
4. “Sing!” — Renee Baughman, Don Percassi
5. “Montage, Part 1: Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love” — Company (with restored material featuring Cameron Mason and Baayork Lee)
6. “Montage, Part 2: Mother” — Ron Kuhlman, Patricia Garland
7. “Montage, Part 3: Gimme The Ball” — Michel Stuart, Ronald Dennis
8. “Nothing” — Priscilla Lopez
9. “Dance: Ten; Looks: Three” — Pamela Blair
10. “The Music And The Mirror” — Donna McKechnie
11. “One” — Company
12. “What I Did For Love” — Priscilla Lopez, Company
13. “One” (reprise)/“Finale” — Company
Marvin Hamlisch, piano, vocals
Ed Kleban, vocals
14. “It’s All In Here”
15. “I Can Do That”
16. “At The Ballet”
21. “Finale Ballad” (“What I Did For Love”)
WATCH: SONG: “ONE” from A Chorus Line:
Sources: BroadwayWorld & Playbill