Leading Man: The Best of Broadway


Broadway songs by Kern, Menken, and more

Conducted by Paul Gemignani – Performed by American Theatre Orchestra


The luscious baritone Thomas Hampson says, “I grew up with this tradition (musical comedy), with the idea of singing straight from the heart.” And sing from the heart he does, while utilizing his extensive vocal training to enliven all nuance, realize each intimate moment, and expand into every climax. His big, broad, totally controlled baritone visits falsetto land more in this recording that in his entire operatic career–but it works! In a nostalgic moment, he sings “Hey, There” with John Raitt, who still possesses a hint of his former dominance in this repertoire. Most effective is his rendition of “Unusual Way,” which he winningly makes his own. A stunner. –Barbara Eisner Bayer

Track Listing:

  1. Very Warm For May: All The Things You Are
  2. LES MISÉRABLES: Bring Him Home
  3. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: The Music Of The Night
  4. Carousel: Soliloquy
  5. Gigi
  6. The Pajama Game: Hey There
  7. NINE: Unusual Way
  8. Merrily We Roll Along: Not A Day Goes By
  9. The Secret Garden: How Could I Ever Know?
  10. Beauty And The Beast: If I Can’t Love Her
  11. Camelot: If Ever I Would Leave You