Gwen Verdon in Damn YankeesNew York Public Library
1955. Billy Rose Theatre Collection,
Before long, Columbia's Masterworks series was treating listeners to Stravinsky and Copland conducting their own works. But the bonanza for them and for lovers of American Popular Song was their series of original cast recordings. The cavalcade began with 1949's smash hit South Pacific (with Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza) and continues to the present day with reissues of lulus like Damn Yankees (with the delightful Gwen Verdon) and Anything Goes (with Merman successor Patti LuPone).
Anybody want to weigh in on their favorite musicals? Or are there too many to mention?