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1998, BMG Entertainment / 38 tracks
Terrence McNally’s dramatization of E.L. Doctorow’s 1975 novel, with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, after a tryout in Toronto from December 8, 1996, opened at New York’s Ford Center for the Performing Arts (now the Hilton) on January 18, 1998. With Brian Stokes Mitchell, Audra McDonald, Marin Mazzie, Judy Kaye, Mark Jacoby and Lea Michele, directed by Frank Galati, and choreographed by Graciela Daniele, it played 834 performances. It won the Tony Awards for Best Book, Best Score, and Best Featured Actress (Audra McDonald), and most of its principals received nominations, but it lost the coveted Best Musical Award. A lavish show that reportedly cost 11 million dollars to put together, it has been largely held responsible for the demise of its production company, Livent, Inc.