Cast Albums Blog 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.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has a decent entry on Musical Theatre Cast Recordings, which references

Feature Article: What's Wrong With The Tonys?

Robert J. Elisberg presents an intriguing argument about the state of the Tony Awards show. What he leaves out, however, is the fact that theatre itself has unquestionably suffered a decline in multiple respects since the days when the Tonys were a must-see.

Feature Article: Deutsch on royalties

Playbill On-Line asks Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight president Kurt Deutsch how royalties are calculated for cast albums. It's a question I've often wondered about. Take a look.