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WORZEL GUMMIDGE (STAGE 9037)
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WORZEL GUMMIDGE
ORIGINAL LONDON CAST
Following the successful UK television series based on Barbara Euphan Todd's children's classic, writers Keith Waterhouse, Willis Hall and composer Denis King created a new stage musical adaptation of the story of 'Worzel Gummidge'. Featuring the principal cast members from the TV series (Jon Pertwee, Una Stubbs and Geoffrey Bayldon), the ‘Worzel Gummidge’ musical was first staged at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre over the 1980 Christmas period, receiving sensational reviews from the press. The production transferred to London’s Cambridge Theatre for the following Christmas season, opening on December 22nd, 1981 and by popular demand extended its run through till February 27th, 1982. An original cast album produced by Norman Newell was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in the weeks preceding the London opening. The Original London Cast Recording now makes its debut on CD and is accompanied with the 'The Worzel Gummidge Christmas Maxi Single' featuring songs from the 1980 Christmas TV spectacular 'A Cup Of Tea And A Slice Of Cake'.


TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES (STAGE 9036)
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TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES
ORIGINAL LONDON / STUDIO CAST
'Evoking the physical passion and romantic landscape of the original novel, Stephen Edwards' musical adaptation of 'Tess Of The D'Urbervilles' was conceived for the stage over a five-year period. After various work shops, the musical was cast in April 1999 with Philippa Healey and Poppy Tierney alternating the title role alongside Alasdair Harvey as Alec D'Urberville and Jonathan Monks as Angel Clare.Between September and October 1999, ‘Tess’ toured the United Kingdom, opening at the Sheffield Lyceum to sensational reviews. ‘Tess’ transferred to the West End, opening at London’s Savoy Theatre on November 10th, 1999 and was soon after branded "the last great musical flop of the Millennium”. The London critics were unanimous in their damning of the large-scale through-sung musical and audience numbers subsequently dropped. The show closed on January 15th, 2000 after just 77 performances. Stage Door are pleased to present a full length album of 'Tess Of The D’Urbervilles' with highlights from the complete unreleased studio cast recording alongside the original 6 track EP as recorded by the Original London Cast.


SWAN ESTHER (STAGE 9035)
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SWAN ESTHER
ORIGINAL CAST
'Swan Esther' is a musical retelling of the biblical story of Esther, the Jewish queen of the Persian King Ahaseuerus. The musical was the brainchild of legendary theatre producer David Land in a bid to replicate the earlier success he had achieved with 'Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat'. Featuring an upbeat and memorable score by Nick Munns and J. Edward Oliver, the musical was recorded as a concept album in February 1983 featuring Stephanie Lawrence as Esther, Denis Quilley as Haman and Clive Carter as the minstrel Mordecai. 'Swan Esther' opened for a limited run at London's Young Vic Theatre in December 1983 starring Amanda Redman in the title role. 'Swan Esther' now debuts on CD featuring the complete 1983 concept album coupled with studio rehearsal demos of the additional songs composed for the touring production 'Swan Esther And The King'.


ANDY CAPP (STAGE 9034)
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ANDY CAPP
ORIGINAL LONDON CAST 
'Andy Capp' is an exuberant musical, with a delightful score by Alan Price and Trevor Peacock. The show conjures up the timeless dream world of work-shy, beer-swilling "Andy Capp", known the world over from Reg Smythe's long running cartoon strip in the Daily Mirror. 'Andy Capp' opened in June 1982 at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre starring Tom Courtenay as Andy, Val McLane as Flo, John Bardon as Chalkie and Alan Price as Geordie. The production transferred to London's Aldwych Theatre in September 1982 where it ran for 120 performances and was nominated for Best Musical at the 1982 Olivier Awards. The Original London Cast album, recorded in October 1982, makes its debut on CD and has been digitally remastered from the original master tapes.


PRIVATES ON PARADE (STAGE 9033)
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PRIVATES ON PARADE
ORIGINAL LONDON CAST 
'Privates On Parade' is an award winning musical comedy written by Peter Nichols with music by Denis King. The plot focuses on the activities and exploits of the fictional Song And Dance Unit South East Asia (SADUSEA) who are stationed in Singapore and Malaysia during the late 1940s. The production was first staged by the RSC at Stratford before transferring to London's Aldwych Theatre in February 1977 where it went on to win The 1977 Laurence Olivier Award for "Comedy Of The Year". The production was also honoured at the 1977 Ivor Novello Awards as 'Best Musical'. The Original London Cast album (featuring Denis Quilley, Nigel Hawthorne and Emma Williams), recorded in January 1978, makes its debut on CD and has been digitally remastered from the original master tapes. 


CHITA RIVERA - CHITA! / AND NOW I SING! (STAGE 9032)
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CHITA RIVERA
THE DEBUT SOLO ALBUMS - CHITA! / AND NOW I SING! 
Tony Award winning actress Chita Rivera is considered one of the foremost accomplished performers in Broadway history. In a career spanning over seven decades, Rivera has starred in some of the most groundbreaking musicals of our time, originating roles in 'West Side Story', 'Bye Bye Birdie', 'Chicago' 'Kiss Of The Spiderwoman' and many others.

We are pleased to present Chita Rivera's debut solo albums 'Chita!' (1962) and 'And Now I Sing!' (1963). Presented in glorious stereo sound, these digitally remastered recordings make their debut on CD. 


ANTHONY NEWLEY - THE LAST SONG (STAGE 9031)
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ANTHONY NEWLEY
THE LAST SONG - THE FINAL RECORDINGS 
THE LAST SONG is the long awaited final studio album from legendary performer Anthony Newley. Recorded in London between 1996 and 1997, these timeless songs represent Anthony Newley's final recordings and have remained unreleased, until now. The stunning collection features a wealth of material from the Newley songbook and includes notable collaborations with iconic theatre performers Petula Clark, Julia McKenzie and Marti Webb. As a bonus, the album features two Christmas songs composed by Newley and recorded in 1997. Originally intended for release as a Holiday single, the tracks now make their debut for Christmas 2012. Also featured are a number of unreleased live tracks, including performances of the songs most synonymous with Anthony Newley; 'What Kind Of Fool Am I?' and 'Who Can I Turn To?'.


DAVE WILLETTS - ONCE IN A LIFETIME (STAGE 9030)
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DAVE WILLETTS
ONCE IN A LIFETIME - THE 25th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 
For over 25 years, Dave Willetts has been one of the UK's leading theatre musical stars. Dave has been praised by critics and contemporaries alike for his worldwide performances in some of the most renowned musicals of our time. Over the last 25 years however, his ability to cover all genres of musical styles from jazz to country rock has only been heard at his many sell out concerts. 
'Once In A Lifetime' has brought together all of these styles on one special album, and of course no album of Dave’s would be complete without his own unique interpretation of some of the greatest songs from the greatest shows of all time. So sit back and enjoy this ONCE IN A LIFETIME, 25 YEAR ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION, and experience brand new songs, live concert recordings and 16 previously unreleased tracks by one of the UK's favourite artists.


MEREDITH BRAUN - SOMEONE ELSE'S STORY (STAGE 9029)
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MEREDITH BRAUN
SOMEONE ELSE'S STORY 
Since 1990 Meredith Braun has been considered one of the West End's brightest stars. After a ten year absence, Meredith returns to performing with the release of her debut solo album on March 26th, 2012. 'Someone Else's Story' is a hand-picked collection of songs from contemporary musical theatre, each one of them telling a very personal story. Composers include Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Michel Legrand, Claude-Michel Schonberg, Stiles and Drewe and Stephen Schwartz. This stunning, intimate collection features Arrangements and Musical Direction by Paul Bateman (Musical Director for Sarah Brightman, Lesley Garrett). Recorded at London's Angel Studios September - December 2011.


THE SOUND OF MUSIC - ORIGINAL AUSTRALIAN CAST (STAGE 9028)
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THE SOUND OF MUSIC
ORIGINAL AUSTRALIAN CAST 
The Sound of Music, brings us the last of the magnificent scores from the pens of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The Australian production of The Sound of Music opened and was recorded at Melbourne's Princess Theatre in 1961 and ran for three years with a cast headed by the talented Australian soprano June Bronhill. This recording was the first time a major overseas production featuring Australian artists was transferred to disc. Released on CD for the first time, the original Australian cast recording is complemented by a selection of rare bonus tracks including June Bronhill's studio recordings of the show highlights.


MUTINY! - ORIGINAL LONDON CAST (STAGE 9026)
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MUTINY!
ORIGINAL LONDON CAST (DAVID ESSEX)
Mutiny is the epic musical conceived and penned by David Essex with book and lyrics by Richard Crane, based on the historic Mutiny of The Bounty. The musical was originally recorded as a concept album in 1983 and would later produce the hit singles 'Tahiti' and 'Falling Angels Riding'. The show opened at London's Piccadilly Theatre in July 1985 and ran for over 500 performances, co-starring Frank Finlay and Sinitta. To celebrate the shows 25th anniversary, the 1985 London cast recording makes its debut on CD, with all tracks digitally remastered from the master tapes.


OUT OF THE BLUE - ORIGINAL LONDON CAST (STAGE 9025)
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OUT OF THE BLUE
ORIGINAL LONDON CAST 
'Out Of The Blue' is a ground breaking musical drama written by leading Japanese composer Shunn-Ichi Tokura and English lyricist / poet Paul Sand. Set against the dramatic backdrop of post-war Japan, the musical centres on John Marshall and his Japanese wife Hideko and the aftermath of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki in August 1945. The musical starred an array of the West End's finest leading performers including Meredith Braun, Greg Ellis, James Graeme, Michael McCarthy and Simon Burke. 'Out Of The Blue' opened at London's Shaftesbury Theatre in November 1994 however the cast recording has remained commercially unavailable until now.


BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED (STAGE 9024)
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BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED
ORIGINAL CONCEPT / LONDON CAST 
'Beautiful and Damned' is an evocative and glittering musical based on the extraordinary lives of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The original, inspirational songs on this unique disc, written and performed by two of the world’s greatest songwriters, Les Reed and Roger Cook, secured multi-million pound funding for Beautiful and Damned, a full-blown, glittering Art Deco musical extravaganza. As bonus tracks - the album concludes with three exclusive recordings from the London cast featuring Michael Praed and Helen Anker, recorded live at the Lyric Theatre.


STEVE BARTON - ENCORE (STAGE 9023)
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STEVE BARTON
ENCORE - THE PRIVATE COLLECTION 
In this collection of private and previously unreleased recordings and in a variety of musical styles, the many faces and moods of Steve Barton come alive, in full focus. Compiled and carefully restored from Steve's own private archive of tapes, Encore is a very special souvenir and a private glimpse of a song stylist and performer at work. Steve's vocals are clear and confident in the previously unreleased recordings from the musicals 'The House On The Corner', 'Company' and 'Guys & Dolls', while his 'Drawn To You' from 'The Anastasia Affaire', alters the tempo and texture of this collection.


ANTHONY NEWLEY - NEWLEY DISCOVERED (STAGE 9022)
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ANTHONY NEWLEY
NEWLEY DISCOVERED
This unique Anthony Newley collection compiles the original concept recordings from three self penned movie musicals. The semi-autobiographical film 'Can Heironymus Merkin...' has gained cult status since its 1969 release and features an exceptional score by Newley and Herbert Kretzmer. Newley also performs the songs for 'Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory' the 1971 family favourite composed with Leslie Bricusse. The album concludes with Newley's recordings for the 1974 film 'Mr, Quilp' a musical adaptation of Dickens' 'Old Curiosity Shop' in which he played the title role. All these recordings are previously unreleased and have been restored from Newley's own private archive.


COLETTE (STAGE 9021)
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COLETTE
ORIGINAL LONDON CAST (CLEO LAINE / JOHN DANKWORTH)

'Colette' is based on the life of one of France's most celebrated writers. Tracing her career from childhood through three marriages and two World Wars, 'Colette' gives an insight into the life of this fascinating personality, the centre of many a scandal. The score by Sir John Dankworth gives ample opportunity to demonstrate the incredible talents of Dame Cleo Laine. The three husbands (and the woman) in Colette's life are played by Kenneth Nelson ('The Fantasticks'); John Moffatt narrates the story. 'Colette' opened at London's Comedy Theatre in September 1980.


ONCE UPON A TIME (STAGE 9020)
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ONCE UPON A TIME
ORIGINAL STUIDO CAST
Roger Webb and Norman Newell's musical 'Once Upon A Time' was staged at the Duke Of York's Theatre in 1972 and ran for 26 matinee performances over the Christmas period. The magical tale was directed by Gillian Lynne with sets and costumes by Tony Walton. The show was presented by David Frost and starred a young Tim Curry (pre 'Rocky Horror Show'). Songs from the score were issued on an album by The Mike Sammes singers, released here on CD for the first time but the showstopper 'Make Your Own Rainbow' was omitted from the recording session. The song later went on to win The Danny Kaye Award at the UNICEF International Song Contest in 1988 with the version featured here performed by Tara McDonald.


THE FAR PAVILIONS (STAGE 9019)
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THE FAR PAVILIONS
THE JOURNEY TO THE STAGE
Stage Door are proud to present for the first time on CD the musical 'The Far Pavilions'. This ground breaking release charts the musical journey from concept to reality between 1997 - 2005.  Featuring 25 unique studio recordings performed by such top West End singers as Paul Baker, Helen Hobson, Ian Bartholomew and Hadley Fraser. The musical adaptation of M. M. Kaye's epic novel features a sumptuous score by Philip Henderson and evocative lyrics by Michael E. Ward.


TWIGGY - GOTTA SING, GOTTA DANCE (STAGE 9018)
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TWIGGY
GOTTA SING, GOTTA DANCE

Twiggy celebrates the music of the Twenties, Thirties and Forties with this impressive collection of melodies from the golden age of song. Performing the songs of Noel Coward, Cole Porter and Richard Rodgers in her own inimitable style, Twiggy recaptures the essence and originality of these timeless classics. Released to coincide with Twiggy's 60th birthday - this album showcases Twiggy as a song stylist and torch singer.


 

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