Cast Albums Blog

Arkiv Releases Out of Print Recordings has begun issuing CD-Rs of an out-of-print or otherwise generally unavailable recordings. For the usual cost of a CD, they'll burn you a disc and include reproductions of the original artwork and liner notes. But unlike the bootleggers on eBay, the recordings are fully licensed from the record labels. Max Preeo hinted on CASTRECL that a major label is negotiating to use ArkivMusic to release its back catalog...

For now, the following recordings are available through Arkiv:

Canterbury Tales -- 1969 Original Broadway Cast Canterbury Tales -- Original Broadway Cast

Robert and Elizabeth -- 1964 Original London Cast Robert and Elizabeth -- Original London Cast

A Little Night Music -- 1975 Original London Cast Little Night Music, A -- Original London Cast

 --  Wildcat -- Original Broadway Cast

 --  Do Re Mi -- Original Broadway Cast

 --  Oliver! -- Film Soundtrack

 --  Finian's Rainbow -- Broadway Cast

Silk Stockings -- 1955 Original Broadway Cast Silk Stockings -- Original Broadway Cast

Hello, Dolly! -- 1967 Broadway Cast Hello, Dolly! -- Broadway Cast

 --  Starting Here, Starting Now -- Original Off-Broadway Cast

 --  Legs Diamond -- Original Broadway Cast

Le roi et moi -- 1999 French Soundtrack Roi Et Moi, Le -- French Soundtrack

Little Me -- 1962 Original Broadway Cast Little Me -- Original Broadway Cast

 --  How Now, Dow Jones -- Original Broadway Cast

Darling of the Day -- 1968 Original Broadway Cast Darling of the Day -- Original Broadway Cast

Broadway Showstoppers -- 1991 Studio Cast Broadway Showstoppers -- Studio Cast

Kismet -- 1964 London Studio Cast Kismet -- London Studio Cast

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum -- 1963 Original London Cast A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum -- Original London Cast

 --  Kwamina -- Original Broadway Cast

 --  Where's Charley? -- Original London Cast

 --  Walking Happy -- Original Broadway Cast

Goodtime Charley -- 1975 Original Broadway Cast Goodtime Charley -- Original Broadway Cast

 --  Celebration -- Original Broadway Cast

 --  Zorba -- Original Broadway Cast

 --  St. Louis Woman -- Original Broadway Cast

 --  Tenderloin -- Original Broadway Cast

That's Entertainment! III -- 1994 Film Soundtrack That's Entertainment III -- Film Soundtrack

 --  Chu Chin Chow -- Studio Cast

 --  White House Cantata, A -- London Studio Cast

Magdalena -- 1988 London Studio Cast Magdalena -- London Studio Cast

 --  On the Town -- London Concert Cast

Johnny Johnson -- 1955 Studio Cast Johnny Johnson -- Studio Cast

 --  Seventh Heaven -- Original Broadway Cast

 --  Street Scene -- London Studio Cast

Xanadu - Original Broadway Cast Recording

Recording Cover

I admit it. Just like librettist Douglas Carter Beane writes in the liner notes of the newly-released Original Broadway Cast recording of Xanadu, when I attended the first preview in May, I was hoping to catch a flop of Carrie-like proportions. After all, the original film musical was a financial and artistic failure, even if it did produce a best-selling soundtrack. Trying to roller-skate on the Helen Hayes Theatre's postage stamp-sized stage would surely be the least of the cast's worries...

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New Year, New Recordings!

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to since our "reboot" almost a year ago!

It's a new year and a new recordings are scheduled to be released. You can always keep abreast of recent & scheduled recordings by visiting our Upcoming Releases page.

What recordings are you looking forward to in the new year? Personally, I'm looking forward to the campfest Xanadu (featuring the breathy Kerry Butler channeling Olivia Newton-John) and also Make Me A Song, the recent William Finn revue which featured a ravishing performance of "Anytime" by Sally Wilfert. to remain open

Huzzah! won't be closing after all!

To One & All: First I must apologize to everyone; you probably think that I am the Boy Who Cried Wolf. Believe me the last thing I wanted to do was shut down. With the help of some other people in the industry I have worked out a plan to restructure the website. This will hopefully work out and keep Footlight alive. First of all it is amazing how well records have been selling on the site. We plan to keep on expanding this area. I feel what will work to keep us afloat is to narrow our focus to Cast Recordings, Vocalists, a limited selection of Film Soundtracks, and DVDs. This will entail stocking all the new releases domestic and imports in these categories as we have done in the past, but only having them available for a limited time (two or three months) this is the period in which we sell about 90% of the sales of any title. We will carry a selection of featured labels; for instance Bay View, Original Cast, Jay, Fynsworth Alley and others. We will continue to stock the complete catalog of these labels. We plan to expand our Rare Section of CDs by offering to purchase CDs you may want to sell. You may e-mail us lists and we would let then let you know which ones we are interested in and make you an offer. Of course they must be in mint or near mint condition. We plan to make these changes to the site over the next couple of weeks. We will be getting in the newly released A. L. Webber titles from London next week. All the best, Ron Saja
I wonder if Footlight Records has every tried an affiliate link program to send traffic their way?

Footlight Closing for Good

Following up on the closing of the store in NYC, is closing up shop.

To one and all: It is with deep regret that I must inform you that we will be closing on July 4th. It has been a difficult decision, but there seems to be no choice. The company was going into debt by keeping the store open. Our rent went from $2500.00 to $5000.00 then to $7000.00 and the landlord wanted to raise it again the following year. This was a dream I had since I was a kid, to own a record store. If I had closed the store sooner and not incurred such a debt than maybe we could have continued as a web-based company. . . Even that is doubtful in today’s market. Downloading is a affecting us more and more plus you have the fact that many smaller companies that produce Cast Recordings pre-sell their recordings at a discount price. This has probably cut into about 40% of our sales in cast CDs. I find it interesting that neither one of the internet based soundtrack companies that produce CDs (Intrada and Screen Archives) find the need to undercut the people they distribute their CDs to. They pre-sell their CDs on their site, but at the retail cost. Last of all many of you may not realize that even though I have a direct account with companies like Sony Music I do not pay the same price as Amazon. Amazon’s cost is much less than I have to pay, so how can I compete with this unfair practice. For instance the new Lucille Ball DVD Box Set cost me more than Amazon is selling it on sale for. All of this being said all of here Ron, David, Arnold, Will, Richard, and Steve have worked very hard the past couple of years. We love the music and really care about Footlight. Most of us have been with the company almost 20 years. It is a sad day for all of us. Most of all I would like to thank all of you that have been our regular customers and stuck by us even when you could have saved a dollar going some where else. We will miss the communications that we have had with our customers, many of you for dozens of years. After the site is closed on the 4th you will still be able to reach us at 718 963 0750 or through our old e-mail address: [email protected]. We will still be here working for weeks after the site is closed. You will be able to find the balance of our stock on Amazon under the name Footlight-com. All the best to each and every one of you now and in the future, Ron, Arnold, Dave, Richard, Steve, & Will
A sad day for US collectors.