Sometimes the less said—or in this case, the less sung—the better.
Sometimes the less said—or in this case, the less sung—the better. In this tribute to Broadway composer Richard Rodgers, country stars Martina McBride and Collin Raye seem swallowed up by the swelling orchestrations. The Boston Pops, conducted by Keith Lockhart, do just fine on their own, delivering fizzy arrangements of old favorites. And anyone who finds Rodgers' melodies too saccharine will be surprised by the tongue-in-cheek "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" from On Your Toes and the stirring "D-Day" from Victory at Sea. For the visceral thrill of the curtain going up, there's the bouncy overture from Babes in Arms.—MS