At Christmas a few years ago, Jeff gave me a copy of Broadway in a Box: The Essential Broadway Musicals Collection. He has now given me the opportunity to use his blog to share my impressions of each of the 25 cast recordings contained in the set, in alphabetical order.
This week’s entry is about the 1979 Broadway Revival Recording of Oklahoma!
We do get more variety from the actors performing in the supporting roles. In particular, Harry Groener (Will Parker), even if his singing is a little nasal for my taste, makes a strong impression with his version of “Kansas City.” And Christine Ebersole’s performance as Ado is the highlight of the recording: she really does achieve an effective marriage of beautiful singing and vivid characterization.
Next up is the Original Broadway Cast Recording of another show ending in an exclamation point: Oliver!