City Center Encores! The New Moon (City Center Cast Recording)
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- Released: May 1, 2008
- Label: Ghostlight
- 1.The New Moon, operetta: Act 1. Overture
- 2.The New Moon, operetta: Act 1. Opening
- 3.New Moon, operetta: Act 1. Marianne, The - (with Christiane Noll / Peter Benson / Rodney Gilfry)
- 4.The New Moon, operetta: Act 1. Marianne's Entrance
- 5.New Moon, operetta: Act 1. The Girl on the Prow, The - (with Christiane Noll / Danny Rutigliano)
- 6.New Moon, operetta: Act 1. Gorgeous Alexander, The - (with Lauren Ward)
- 7.New Moon, operetta: Act 1. An Interrupted Love Song, The - (with Christiane Noll / Burke Moses)
- 8.The New Moon, operetta: Act 1. Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise
- 9.The New Moon, operetta: Act 1. Stouthearted Men
- 10.The New Moon, operetta: Act 1. One Kiss
- 11.New Moon, operetta: Act 1. The Trial, The (Ladies of the Jury) - (with Lauren Ward / Alix Korey)
- 12.New Moon, operetta: Act 1. Finaletto / Wanting You, The - (with Christiane Noll / Rodney Gilfry)
- 13.New Moon, operetta: Act 1. Finale Act 1, The - (with Rodney Gilfry)
- 14.The New Moon, operetta: Act 2. Intermezzo
- 15.New Moon, operetta: Act 2. Funny Little Sailor Men, The - (with Alix Korey)
- 16.New Moon, operetta: Act 2. Lover, Come Back to Me, The - (with Christiane Noll / Rodney Gilfry)
- 17.The New Moon, operetta: Act 2. Stouthearted Men reprise
- 18.New Moon, operetta: Act 2. Marriage Number / Try Her Out at Dances, The - (with Lauren Ward)
- 19.New Moon, operetta: Act 2. Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise reprise / Never for You, The - (with Rodney Gilfry)
- 20.The New Moon, operetta: Act 2. Lover, Come Back to Me reprise
- 21.New Moon, operetta: Act 2. Finale Ultimo, The - (with Rodney Gilfry)
Composer: Sigmund Romberg.
Lyricist: Oscar Hammerstein II.
Adapter: David Ives.
City Center Encores!: F. Murray Abraham, Brandon Jovanovich, Rodney Gilfry, Chistianne Noll.
Personnel: Julie Cox, Rebecca Spencer (soprano); Ann Kittredge, Linda Mugleston (mezzo soprano); Vale Rideout, Tony Capone, J.D. Webster, Rodne Brown, John Pickle (tenor); Carson Church, Jason Mills, David Masenheimer, Devin Richards, Timothy Breese, Keith Spencer, Samuel F. Smith (baritone); Grace Paradise (harp); Marilyn Reynolds, Kristina Musser, Maura Giannini, Lisa Matricardi, Eric Degioia, Mia Wu, Susan Shumway, Martin Agee, Suzanne Ornstein, Mineko Yajima, Belinda Whitney (violin); Crystal Garner, David Blinn, Jill Jaffe (viola); Deborah Sepe, Lanny Paykin, Clay Ruede, Bruce Wang (cello); Sheryl Henze (flute, piccolo); Willie Blount, Lino Gomez (clarinet); Robert Ingliss (oboe, English horn); Dominic Derasse, Lowell Hershey, Phil Granger (trumpet); Russ Rizner-French, Roger Wendt (French horn); Jack Gale (tenor trombone); John Beal, Richard Sarpola (acoustic bass); John Redsecker (drums); Joe Passaro (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Joel Moss .
Liner Note Authors: Terri Castillo Chapin; Jack Viertel.
Recording information: Right Track 509 Studios, New York, NY (07/12/2004/07/13/2004); Signet Sound, LA (07/12/2004/07/13/2004); Sound on Sound, New York, NY (07/12/2004/07/13/2004).
Director: Kathleen Marshall.
Photographer: Terri-Lynn Pellegri.
After New York's City Center program "Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert"r, a series devoted to semi-staged performances of neglected shows, turned to the 1928 operetta The New Moon in March 2003, Ted Chapin, chairman of the advisory committee, as he says in his liner notes to this album, "discovered there had never been a full recording" of the show. Yet theater historian Kurt G„nzl wrote in his 1990 book The Blackwell Guide to the Musical Theatre on Record, "The score of The New Moon is very much better known than the show itself...." These two seemingly conflicting yet true statements can be resolved by noting that, while the "full" score has not made it to record until now, individual songs have become standards, in particular "Lover, Come Back to Me," "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise," and "Stouthearted Men." Although it was the hit of the 1928 Broadway season and quickly earned both a London production and a 1930 film adaptation, the work remains best (if not solely) remembered for the second movie version of 1940, which starred Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. No legitimate recording of any of the stage or screen versions was released, although unlicensed albums have had limited distribution. Over the years, several record companies have undertaken studio cast versions, the most complete of which was a 1963 LP containing ten tracks released by Capitol Records that featured Gordon MacRae and Dorothy Kirsten (who had appeared in a 1944 stage revival mounted by City Center). Still, amazingly, this one really is the first "full recording" of The New Moon, and it's terrific. Operetta may have fallen out of fashion by the 1930s, and the plot of the show may be, as another theater historian once put it, "involved and farfetched," but here the characterizations are strong and sincere, the singing of the main numbers by leads Christiane Noll and Rodney Gilfry is thrilling, and the infrequently heard comic material is amusing. City Center and Ghostlight Records have done a real service to musical theater fans not only by bringing this score to disc at last, but by doing it so well. ~ William Ruhlmann
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