61541-7 Tarzan: The Broadway Musical
Produced by Phil Collins, Frank Filipetti,
Paul Bogaev and Chris Montan
Released on June 27, 2006
US CHART POSITION #170
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K ronomyth 12.0: THE LION LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY. Phil Collins followed in the footsteps of Elton John that led to Broadway for the stage adaptation of Tarzan. In addition to the four popular holdovers from the film (“You’ll Be In My Heart,” “Son of Man,” “Two Worlds,” “Strangers Like Me”), Phil wrote nine new songs for the musical, and thought enough of one (“Everything That I Am”) to record it himself. I happened to see the musical on Broadway and thought it was very well done, although darker and more intense than the animated film. Despite not having written for the stage before, Collins does a good job of writing material that combines action and interaction: “Who Better Than Me,” “Sure As Sun Turns To Moon,” “Everything That I Am.” Some of the score is forgettable, sure, but this is a Broadway musical we’re talking about, and most of those are yawnfests. While the songs have an unmistakable Phil Collins stamp (ballads, Motown and drums figure prominently), the man clearly tried to step out of his comfort zone and write material that would entertain and advance the plot at the same time. The original cast members all have strong singing voices; Jenn Gambatese (Jane Porter) in particular is interesting for the vocal similarities she has to Annie Haslam (listen to “Waiting For This Moment”), which had me thinking how awesome a Phil Collins/Annie Haslam duet would be. Although he’ll probably never write another Broadway musical, Phil Collins approaches the project with the same care and craftsmanship he brings to most efforts, making this disc a nice supplemental choice to your standard Phil Collins collection. As an added bonus, the disc closes with Phil’s own version of “Everything That I Am,” which would have been a deserving choice for a single and is a discovery worth making.

TRACK LISTING

  1. TWO WORLDS
  2. YOU'LL BE IN MY HEART
  3. WHO BETTER THAN ME
  4. NO OTHER WAY
  5. I NEED TO KNOW
  6. SON OF MAN
  7. SURE AS SUN TURNS TO MOON
  8. WAITING FOR THIS MOMENT
  9. DIFFERENT
  10. TRASHIN' THE CAMP
  11. LIKE NO MAN I'VE EVER SEEN
  12. STRANGERS LIKE ME
  13. FOR THE FIRST TIME
  14. WHO BETTER THAN ME (REPRISE)
  15. EVERYTHING THAT I AM
  16. YOU'LL BE IN MY HEART (REPRISE)
  17. SURE AS SUN TURNS TO MOON (REPRISE)
  18. TWO WORLDS (FINALE)
  19. EVERYTHING THAT I AM

    Music and lyrics by Phil Collins

CREDITS

MERLE DANDRIDGE -- Kala
JENN GAMBATESE -- Jane POrter
CHESTER GREGORY II -- Terk
SHULER HENSLEY -- Kerchak
TIM JEROME -- Profoessor Porter
DONNIE KESHAWARZ -- Mr. Clayton
DANIEL MANCHE -- Young Tarzan
HORACE V. ROGERS -- Snipes
ALEX RUTHERFORD -- Young Tarzan
JOSH STRICKLAND -- Tarzan
Jim Abbott -- conductor, keyboard 1
Martyn Axe -- keyboard 3
Andrew Barrett -- synthesizer programmer
Anders Boström -- flutes
Javier Diaz -- percussion
Bruce Eidem -- trombone
Anthony Kadleck -- trumpet
Jeanne LeBlanc -- cello
Theresa MacDonnell -- French horn
Hugh Mason -- bass
JJ McGeehan -- guitar
Charles Pillow -- reeds
Ethan Popp -- associate conductor, keyboard 2
Gary Seligson -- drums, percussion
Roger Squitero -- percussion
Michael Keller -- music coordinator
Doug Besterman -- associate producer
Frank Filipetti -- engineer, mixing
Janet Weber -- recording production manager
Jason Stasium -- cue mixer
Trevor Barry -- bass (19)
Jason Boshoff -- programming (19)
Phill Collins -- vocals, drums (19)
Marius de Vries -- producer, orchestral arrangement, programming (19)
Robbie McIntosh -- guitar (19)
Alexis Smith -- orchestral arrangement, programming (19)
Elliot Scheiner -- engineer (19)
Andrew Page -- additional engineering (19)
Andy Bradfield -- mixing (19)
Steve Gerdes -- creative direction
Add to the Noise -- album design
Joan Marcus -- cast photos
Heinz Kluetmeier -- cast photos

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US June 27, 2006 Walt Disney Records CD 61541-7  
UK 2006 EMI CD 368463-2  

 

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