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Musicals auf Vinyl

Die ersten Original-Cast-Recordings deutschsprachiger Musicalproduktionen in den 1960er-Jahren

Wolfgang Jansen

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Wolfgang Jansen, Michael Fischer(Hg.), Wolfgang Jansen(Hg.), Tobias Widmaier(Hg.), Musicals auf Vinyl (2013), Waxmann Verlag, 48159 Münster, ISSN: 1619-0548, 2013 #1, p.107

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When vinyl replaced shellac as the main medium for recordings at the end of the 1940s, long-play records of a duration of roughly 25 minutes per side were made possible. In musical theatre this new technique was immediately used to produce original cast recordings. In German theatre the era of musical long-play albums started with the recording of the first German-language production of My Fair Lady at the Theater des Westens in Berlin in 1961. There were several functions that original cast recordings fulfilled: They distributed the music beyond local theatregoers, provided material for radio broadcasts, served as advertisements and additional revenue streams for producers and writers, documented the musical level of the respective theatre and helped keep the shows alive after the productions closed. By the end of the 1960s musical-theatre long-play records had become a self-evident commodity, even under the conditions of a theatre system that was mostly subsidised.

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