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Continuing Stage Door's line of Deluxe Edition Broadway Cast Recording reissues is an expanded release of Richard Adler's musical 'Kwamina'. Featuring music and lyrics by Adler and a book by Robert Alan Aurthur, 'Kwamina' opened at New York's 54th Street Theatre on October 23rd 1961 following try out performances in Toronto and Boston. Starring Adler's then wife Sally Ann Howes alongside Terry Carter, Brock Peters and Robert Guillaume, the ambitious musical told the story of Peter Kwamina Mwalla, the son of an African tribal chief who returns home after attending medical school in London and finds his modern methods conflict with his village's traditions. He clashes with the village's white female doctor, Eve, but ultimately falls in love with her.

Although the musical's subject matter broke new ground, the production was met with a lukewarm response from critics and closed on Broadway after just 32 performances. Despite the show's abrupt closure, Capitol Records committed to recording the Original Broadway Cast Recording on the Monday following the final performance, marking the first time an Original Broadway Cast Recording had been produced after a show had closed. The 'Kwamina' Original Broadway Cast Recording effectively captures Richard Adler's powerful and exuberant score (for which he received a Tony Award nomination as 'Best Composer') and since its original release has gained a cult following with cast album collectors.

Presented across 2CDs, this definitive release of 'Kwamina' presents the Original Broadway Cast Recording accompanied by alternate takes from the album sessions and a special bonus recording of 'Another Time, Another Place' by the show's star Sally Ann Howes, recorded in July 1962 for the public information broadcast 'Stars For Defense'. The release is complemented by a bonus disc of cover recordings from 'Kwamina' including a never before released on CD studio cast recording, a jazz interpretation by the Billy Taylor Orchestra and pop covers by such diverse artists as Al Martino, The Kingston Trio and Gordon MacRae. The CD release boasts extensive liner notes by Broadway historian and archivist George Dansker.

The 'Kwamina' Deluxe Edition Broadway Cast Recording 2CD set is strictly limited to 500 units only.

RELEASE DATE: JANUARY 31st, 2020
CATALOGUE #: STAGE 9069
BARCODE:
5055122190691

 


 
DISC ONE

ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING (Stereo)
1. THE COCOA BEAN SONG - Company 
2. WELCOME HOME - Company
3. THE SUN IS BEGINNING TO CROW - Company 
4. DID YOU HEAR THAT? - Sally Ann Howes, Terry Carter
5. YOU'RE AS ENGLISH AS - Sally Ann Howes
6. SEVEN SHEEP, FOUR RED SHIRTS, AND A BOTTLE OF GIN - Company
7. NOTHING MORE TO LOOK FORWARD TO - Robert Guillaume, Ethel Ayler 
8. WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME? - Sally Ann Howes 
9. SOMETHING BIG - Company
10. ORDINARY PEOPLE - Sally Ann Howes, Terry Carter 
11. A MAN CAN HAVE NO CHOICE - Brock Peters
12. WHAT HAPPENED TO ME TONIGHT? - Sally Ann Howes
13. ONE WIFE - Lillian Hayman, Rosalie Maxwell, Issa Arnal, Victoria Harrison, Lee Hooper
14. ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE - Sally Ann Howes 
BONUS TRACKS
15. DID YOU HEAR THAT? (Alternate Take) - Sally Ann Howes, Terry Carter
16. YOU'RE AS ENGLISH AS (Alternate Take) - Sally Ann Howes 
17. WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME? (Alternate Take) - Sally Ann Howes
18. ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE ('Stars For Defense' Version) - Sally Ann Howes

DISC TWO

SELECTIONS FROM 'KWAMINA' - STUDIO CAST RECORDING
1. SOMETHING BIG
2. ORDINARY PEOPLE 
3. NOTHING MORE TO LOOK FORWARD TO
4. THE SUN IS BEGINNING TO CROW
5. WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME?
6. I'M SEEING RAINBOWS
7. HAPPY IS THE CRICKET
8. THE COCOA BEAN SONG
9. ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE
COVER RECORDINGS
10. SOMETHING BIG - Hollyridge Strings and Chorus 
11. ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE - Jerry Vale
12. WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME? - Joanie Sommers
13. NOTHING MORE TO LOOK FORWARD TO - The Kingston Trio 
14. ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE - Al Martino 
15. ORDINARY PEOPLE - Gordon MacRae 
16. ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE - Robert Goulet
THE ORIGINAL JAZZ SCORE OF 'KWAMINA' (Stereo)
17. SOMETHING BIG - The Billy Taylor Jazz Orchestra
18. I'M SEEING RAINBOWS - The Billy Taylor Jazz Orchestra 
19. ORDINARY PEOPLE - The Billy Taylor Jazz Orchestra
20. THE COCOA BEAN SONG - The Billy Taylor Jazz Orchestra
21. WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME? - The Billy Taylor Jazz Orchestra
22. NOTHING MORE TO LOOK FORWARD TO - The Billy Taylor Jazz Orchestra
23. ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE - The Billy Taylor Jazz Orchestra
24. HAPPY IS THE CRICKET - The Billy Taylor Jazz Orchestra 
25. THE SUN IS BEGINNING TO CROW - The Billy Taylor Jazz Orchestra
 

 
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