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‘Now That’s What I Call Music’ series to release Broadway album in April

"Now That's What I Call Broadway" is an

"Now That's What I Call Broadway" is an album consisting of tunes from popular Broadway shows. Credit: Boneau / Bryan-Brown

Come on along and listen to those lullabies of Broadway.

The creators of the long-running “Now That’s What I Call Music” series of pop CDs are raising the curtain on “Now That’s What I Call Broadway,” a disc of 18 memorable show tunes taken from original Broadway cast recordings that drops on April 29. The tracks “represent and celebrate the rich history of Broadway from the last 40 years,” according to a statement from Jeff Moskow, head of A&R for “Now That’s What I Call Music.” The album includes liner notes by Time Out New York theater editor David Cote.

Among the showstoppers are “Tomorrow,” sung by the first mop-topped star of “Annie,” Andrea McArdle; “Music of the Night” from Mr. “Phantom of the Opera” Michael Crawford, and “Seasons of Love” from “Rent.”

Long Island is represented in two of the numbers: “Defying Gravity” features Syosset native Idina Menzel and her “Wicked” co-star Kristin Chenoweth, and “On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada/Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” gives Northport’s Patti LuPone a chance to shine in her signature role as “Evita.”

If the album’s a success, you can bet fans will be yelling, “Encore!”

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