I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of the Andrew Lloyd Webber (some might recall my anecdote about being elbowed awake for snoring during Cats) but when PBS aired My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies back in 1999 (that long ago already?!) I was very much taken with the “Andrew Lloyd Webber Love Trio,” taking three of the Lord’s ballads and putting them together. Audra McDonald sang “Love Changes Everything” from Aspects of Love, Marin Mazzie sang “Unexpected Song” from Song & Dance and Judy Kuhn delivered “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar before the three finished together in a showstopping counterpoint.
Browsing through the news section of Liz Callaway’s website, I came across this recent update:
Liz recently recorded two songs for the new recording of the show ALLEGRO. Among those also appearing on the CD will be Patrick Wilson and Judy Kuhn. Liz recorded “The Gentlemen Is a Dope” and “Allegro”.
I’m hoping for a complete studio cast recording as the original Broadway cast album of this legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein obscurity is considerably abridged (no overture and a length of thirty-three minutes). Given that the show is the most experimental of the R&H canon, it would be nice to have it on record in its entirety, to give us a better idea of the overall scope and size of the show. Unfortunately, when it was presented as the premiere Encores! vehicle in 1994, no one thought to record it. Hopefully this will change in the near future. Anyone hear anything about this?