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Meredith Willson's AND THEN I WROTE THE MUSIC MAN Album Out Today

Stage Door Records are pleased to announce the debut CD release of Meredith and Rini Willson's 1959 studio album ...AND THEN I WROTE THE MUSIC MAN today, February 24th, 2017.

The release continues Stage Door's COLLECTOR'S SERIES, a line of limited edition CD products that celebrate Broadway / Hollywood musicals and vocalists of the 1950s and '60s.

2017 marks 60 years since the iconic American musical 'The Music Man' premiered on Broadway and to celebrate this anniversary, Stage Door are pleased to present on CD, Meredith and Rini Willson's 1959 album '...and then I wrote The Music Man' coupled with the instrumental album 'Music from "The Music Man" conducted by Meredith Willson'.

'...and then I wrote The Music Man' features composer Meredith Willson at the piano, informally commenting on the show, telling its story, and singing the songs with his wife Rini. The recording effectively recreates the backer's audition Meredith and Rini presented to producer Kermit Bloomgarden which secured the production a home on Broadway. The album offers a unique and intimate insight into the creation of 'The Music Man' and has since become a cult favourite with collectors of theatre music. The recording even inspired an Off Broadway cabaret reading based on the album at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in June 2010, with Brian d'Arcy James as Meredith Willson and Kelli O'Hara as Rini Willson.

The CD concludes with a rare 1962 promotional interview with Shirley Jones, co-star of the film version of 'The Music Man', followed by Jones' interpretation of 'Being In Love', the song Willson wrote especially for the film to replace 'My White Knight'. The release continues Stage Door's COLLECTOR'S SERIES, a line of limited edition CD products presented in the retro style of a miniature long-playing record. All Collector's Series titles are limited to 500 units.

...AND THEN I WROTE THE MUSIC MAN
Rini and Meredith Willson tell and sing their story of 'The Music Man'
1. ROCK ISLAND
2. YA GOT TROUBLE
3. PIANO LESSON
4. GOODNIGHT MY SOMEONE
5. SEVENTY SIX TROMBONES
6. PICK-A-LITTLE, TALK-A-LITTLE / GOODNIGHT LADIES
7. MY WHITE KNIGHT
8. MARIAN THE LIBRARIAN
9. THE SADDER BUT WISER GIRL FOR ME
10. SHIPOOPI
11. LIDA ROSE
12. WILL I EVER TELL YOU
13. TILL THERE WAS YOU

THE MUSIC FROM Meredith Willson'S 'THE MUSIC MAN'
Conducted By Meredith Willson
14. IOWA STUBBORN
15. GOODNIGHT MY SOMEONE
16. GARY INDIANA
17. PICK-A-LITTLE, TALK-A-LITTLE
18. SINCERE
19. SHIPOOPI
20. LIDA ROSE / WILL I EVER TELL YOU
21. SEVENTY SIX TROMBONES
22. TILL THERE WAS YOU
23. MARIAN THE LIBRARIAN
24. IT'S YOU
25. WELLS FARGO WAGON
26. PIANO LESSON
27. THE SADDER-BUT-WISER GIRL
28. MY WHITE KNIGHT

BONUS TRACKS
29. Shirley Jones INTERVIEW (1962)
30. BEING IN LOVE - Shirley Jones

For more information, visit www.stagedoorrecords.com/stage2380.html.


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