Musical Notes: 18 May 2010

TV Talk

Open Books, the television pilot starring musical theatre divas Patti LuPone and Laura Benanti, has not been picked up by CBS. The New York-set comedy would have focused on book editor, June (played by Benanti), and her tough-cookie mom (played by LuPone). Can you picture what it must have been like? Gypsy set in the world of boutique publishing: ” I had a dream, a wonderful dream, Papa. All about June and the Random House circuit….”

On the CD Rack

The new Glee album hits stores today. The third album, subtitled Showstoppers, features covers of songs from the musical theatre canon like “Rose’s Turn”, “I Dreamed a Dream” “A House Is Not A Home” and “Home,” as well as a number of pop hits sung in the show. Two versions of the album have been released: the 14 track standard recording and a deluxe edition with 20 tracks.

Liza Minnelli’s new recording, Confessions, will be released in September this year. Accompanied only by a piano, Liza will perform songs like “I Got Lost in His Arms”, “He’s a Tramp”, “I Must Have That Man” and “At Last” on the disc. The CD is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Purchases from

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: 1. Zorba 1983 Broadway Revival Cast Recording CD. 2. A Little Night Music 2009 Broadway Revival Cast Recording CD. 3. Glee: Showstoppers Standard Edition CD. 4. Glee: Showstoppers Deluxe Edition CD. 5. Liza Minnelli’s Confessions CD.

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