Stage Door Canteen: Broadway Responds to World War II CD Release

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Inspired by Ted Chapin’s Lyrics & Lyricists program at New York’s 92nd Street Y, Stage Door Canteen: Broadway Responds to World War II, a new cast recording, was released by DRG Records. Produced by Hugh Fordin, Stage Door Canteen presents an array of both standards and rare song selections of the day in response to World War II with pieces from composer and/or lyricists Rogers and Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, Lorenz Hart, Irving Berlin, Ira Gerswhin, Cole Porter, Kurt Weill, Leonard Bernstein, and Comden and Green.  The cast includes New York talent Anderson Davis, Jeffry Denman, Brandon Victor Dixon, Debra Monk, and Besty Wolfe who bring the songs to life in their performances.

Aiming to feature their contributions to the war effort, Chapin’s Lyrics & Lyricists program in Spring 2011 dives into the music of the stage and screen giants of World War II.  In particular, Chapin was inspired by the American Wing’s Stage Door Canteen and Irving Berlin’s 1940′s musical This is the Army, as he states “World War II was a rich time in American culture.” Chapin writes, “Many of the period’s composers and lyricists are names we associate with classic Broadway…It is interesting to see both how they were influenced by the war, and where they were as artists during this period.”

In collaboration with Andy Einhorn, musical director and arranger, “together [Chapin and Einhorn] chose songs for the program…starting with those [they] liked, that had something to say. The gamut ranged from what was on Broadway prior to the war, through the war years, to post-war reflections.” The show’s selections include “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,” “Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning,” “White Christmas,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “God Bless America,” “Some Other Time” and a few lesser known songs such as Berlin’s “Ve Don’t Like it,” Cole Porter’s “Farming,” Rogers and Hammerstein’s “We’re on Our Way,” and Kurt Weill & Oscar Hammerstein’s “Buddy on the Nightshift.”

Chapin says what is heard on the recording “is an impression of a time in history, as seem through some extraordinary song in extraordinary performances.”



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