Picks and Pans Review: Front Row Center—the Broadway Gold Box

updated 04/01/1996 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/01/1996 01:00AM

Various Artists

This four-CD set from the Great White Way is not the "comprehensive" collection it claims to be. Not a single note from major hits like South Pacific, My Fair Lady, Camelot or Hair—to name a few. It's a partial assembly, of the well-known (Ray Bolger's "Once in Love with Amy" from Where's Charley?), the incomparable (Eddie Cantor's "Making Whoopee" from Whoopee!) and the obscure (Nancy Walker's "I'm the First Girl in the Second Row" from Look Ma, I'm Dancin'). Actually the box is comprehensive, in one sense—the sole source is the Music Corporation of America's archives. The result is an indiscriminate grab bag. (MCA)

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