FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: ALIVE AND KICKING Cast Album Released Today
Producer Hugh Fordin was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from the School of Speech and Dramatic Art at Syracuse University, he began to produce summer touring shows and road companies of Broadway plays and musicals... He then produced Edith Piaf's final concerts in Paris and had arranged her farewell American tour shortly before her death in 1963. He worked as head of casting for David Merrick before joining Twentieth Century-Fox, where he cast "The Boston Strangler" and "Hello, Dolly!" In 1973, he wrote his first book, "The World of Entertainment - The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM" which was followed by the authorized biography of Oscar Hammerstein II, "Getting To Know Him."
DRG Records Incorporated was formed by Hugh Fordin in 1977. Its first recording was "A Party with Betty Comden and Adolph Green," recorded live on May 1, 1977. Since then, Mr. Fordin has produced and recorded over three hundred and fifty Broadway cast albums (including one - "The Producers" produced for SONY Music Entertainment - for which Mr. Fordin received a Grammy Award). In addition, DRG Records has received sixteen of its own Grammy Award nominations through the years.
The DRG Records catalog currently contains three hundred twenty-seven studio albums of jazz or popular recording artists including Peggy Lee, Anita O'Day, Grammy Award winner Cleo Laine, Grammy Award winner Shirley Bassey, Hadda Brooks, Ruth Brown, Grammy Award winner Patti Page, Grammy Award winner Gerry Mulligan, Annie Ross, Grammy Award nominee Barbara Cook, Karen Akers and many others. DRG has also reissued over forty-seven studio and motion picture soundtrack albums under licenses with Capitol Records, SONY BMG Entertainment and Warner Bros. Records.
In 1991, Michael Koch purchased a major interest in DRG Records and DRG was made a part of Koch Distribution in the United States and Canada. In January, 2006, Koch Entertainment was purchased by EntertainmentOne (eOne), a publically traded Canadian company. In June 2009, Koch Distribution U.S. legally changed its name to eOne Entertainment U.S. Though part of the eOne Entertainment family, DRG Records remains autonomous and apart from eOne, and Mr. Fordin remains as its president. DRG Records continues to work internationally through its network of direct worldwide licensees and affiliates which include JVC and Victor in Japan; RSK in England; Universal in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg; Nuba/Karonte in Spain; Shock in Australia; and Gallo in South Africa and other English speaking territories.
The DRG Records website/mail order division (which is fulfilled by eOne) currently comprises nearly twenty percent of DRG's retail sales volume. DRG distributes its product digitally under a direct agreement with Itunes and also distributes product digitally on the eOne website.
For more information, visit www.drgrecords.com.