Dear Edwina

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Zina Goldrich music and Marcy Heisler's book and lyrics children's musical Dear Edwina has been available for licensing for local productions for over a decade, but it was only scheduled for a commercial production in an off-Broadway theater to begin five days after the release of this recording. The album does not feature the cast of that production, but rather a studio cast made up of Broadway-caliber performers like Rebecca Luker. They give it an ideal performance that should stand as an example to amateur theater groups in the future. The show is about a 13-year-old girl in Paw Paw, MI, whose special talent unlike, say, her sister the math whiz is giving advice, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Zina Goldrich music and Marcy Heisler's book and lyrics children's musical Dear Edwina has been available for licensing for local productions for over a decade, but it was only scheduled for a commercial production in an off-Broadway theater to begin five days after the release of this recording. The album does not feature the cast of that production, but rather a studio cast made up of Broadway-caliber performers like Rebecca Luker. They give it an ideal performance that should stand as an example to amateur theater groups in the future. The show is about a 13-year-old girl in Paw Paw, MI, whose special talent unlike, say, her sister the math whiz is giving advice, or, as she puts it, "telling people what to do." Ominous as this may sound, she thankfully is more of a junior Miss Manners than a member of the Hitler Youth, and she conducts a show devoted to helping her fellow children with such problems as dealing with obnoxious brothers, figuring out how set a table, and discovering what "R.S.V.P." stands for. More often than not, Edwina's clients seem to be concerned with appropriate behavior in social gatherings, and she and her friends give them helpful examples to ease their minds. Goldrich takes the opportunity to present musical pastiches of various styles including doo wop, Scottish music, French music, and Caribbean music, and she even creates a tune that might have been borrowed from a children's version of The Rocky Horror Show or a pale imitation of "The Monster Mash" in "Frankenguest," which describes what happens when a birthday party is crashed by an obnoxious boy. That's right, obnoxious boys seem to be a recurrent problem. The theater professionals lending their talents here seem to be having a good time, and they demonstrate that Dear Edwina is likely to be an enjoyable show for children in the five to 12 age range to enjoy and even participate in.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2008
  • Label: P.S. Classics
  • UPC: 803607087128
  • Catalog Number: 871
  • Sales rank: 279,282

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Paw Paw, Michigan (2:20)
  2. 2 Up on the Fridge (2:03)
  3. 3 Dear Edwina (1:55)
  4. 4 Here Comes a Letter (0:17)
  5. 5 Hephaestus (0:56)
  6. 6 Say No Thank You (3:17)
  7. 7 Abigail (0:42)
  8. 8 Frankenguest (3:05)
  9. 9 Carrie (0:39)
  10. 10 Fork Knife Spoon (4:03)
  11. 11 Periwinkle (0:57)
  12. 12 Hola, Lola (3:54)
  13. 13 Seamus (0:44)
  14. 14 R.S.V.P. (3:16)
  15. 15 Ziggy (1:40)
  16. 16 Put It in the Piggy (2:58)
  17. 17 Edwina (3:09)
  18. 18 Sing Your Own Song (3:14)
  19. 19 Up on the Fridge (Reprise) (0:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brian Koonin Guitar
Lynnette Perry Track Performer
Rebecca Luker Track Performer
Mark Hartman Piano
Richard Heckman Reeds
Merwin Foard Track Performer
Jeff Blumenkrantz Track Performer
Dan Willis Reeds
Scott Neumann Percussion, Drums
Sean Martin Hingston Track Performer
Dan Lipton Conductor
Danny Burstein Track Performer
Andrea Burns Track Performer
Terrence Mann Track Performer
Kate Shindle Track Performer
Kerry Butler Track Performer
Michael Blanco Bass, Bass Guitar
Todd Buonopane Track Performer
Zina Goldrich Piano, Conductor, Track Performer
Marcy Heisler Track Performer
Telly Leung Track Performer
Natalie Weiss Track Performer
Ryan Scott Oliver Conductor
Technical Credits
Philip Chaffin Executive Producer
Paul Rolnick Producer, Audio Production
Stephen Schwartz Author
Bart Migal Engineer
Dan Lipton Orchestration
Zina Goldrich Composer, Producer, Orchestration, Audio Production, Music Direction
Marcy Heisler Composer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Book
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Singing along

    My grandchildren are preforming "Dear Edwina" in their muscial theater production this year. They loved gettting the CD to listen to and sing along with the songs.

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