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passing stages
by Louis Botto

MUSICAL LOVERS' TREASURE
Musical theatre lovers will flip over a three-volume encyclopedia set called A chronology of American Musical Theater, edited by Richard C. Norton.

The three huge books cover every single musical show on the major New York stage from 1850 to present. Each production is listed with its full cast, composers, lyricists, choreographers, producers, directors and much more. readers can look up shows by either date or title, with variant titles included. Also included are the opening and closing dates of the show, number of performances and the theatre where it played.

An introductory chapter discusses some of the very earliest productions in the city's history, making these three volumes the most complete record of Broadway musicals ever published (Oxford University Press, $395,00 hardcover).

BRIGHTMAN BONANZA
The crystalline soprano of Sarah Brightman is memorably heard in a new CD, Encore, produced and arranged by her former husband, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. The recording includes both well-known show tunes and some obscure numbers from Broadway and London's West End musicals. Among the rarely heard songs is the charming "One More Walk round the Garden," by Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner, from their musical, Carmelina. Another rarity is "In the Mandarin's Orchid Garden," by George and Ira Gershwin, from their unproduced musical, east is West.

Two of Webber's greatest hits are sung in Italian: Sunset Boulevard's "With One Look" becomes "Piano." There are 15 songs on the CD, and every one of them is a gem (Decca Broadway).

DYNAMIC DUO
Nonesuch records has just released a magnificent CD called Mandy Patinkin Sings Sondheim, recorded live in February 2002 during a concert in Philadelphia. Mr. Patinkin, who is currently touring the U.S. with this concert, has said that "rather than an overview of Sondheim's 50-year career, it is figuratively journey of how Sondheim's lyrics and music speak to me."

With Paul Ford on piano, Mandy Patinkin Sings Sondheim contains over 30 Sondheim songs, all written for Broadway musicals, with two exceptions: "Live Alone and Like it," with music by Richard Rodgers, from Do I Hear A Waltz? The CD also features Patinkin's dynamic, frenzied renditions of such complex Sondheim songs as "Another Hundred People" and "You Could Drive A Person Crazy," both from Company.

A beautiful sketch drawn by Patinkin while he was starring as George Seurat in Sunday in the Park with George graces the cover of many Patinkin Sings Sondheim and is yet another example of this artists major talent.

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