Lucky in the Rain [2000 Studio Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Lucky in the Rain is a book musical, that book written by Sherman Yellen, whose Broadway credits include The Rothschilds and Rex, that uses for its score existing songs from the catalog of veteran songwriter Jimmy McHugh 1895-1969 composed with lyricists Ted Koehler, Dorothy Fields, Harold Adamson, and Al Dubin. There is also one song, "When Love Goes Wrong," by Adamson and Hoagy Carmichael. Yellen's story, set in Paris in 1927, concerns the romantic and professional adventures of reporters for an American newspaper as they interact with such real historical figures as Gertrude Stein, Josephine Baker, and Isadora Duncan. The musical was produced at the Goodspeed Opera ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Lucky in the Rain is a book musical, that book written by Sherman Yellen, whose Broadway credits include The Rothschilds and Rex, that uses for its score existing songs from the catalog of veteran songwriter Jimmy McHugh 1895-1969 composed with lyricists Ted Koehler, Dorothy Fields, Harold Adamson, and Al Dubin. There is also one song, "When Love Goes Wrong," by Adamson and Hoagy Carmichael. Yellen's story, set in Paris in 1927, concerns the romantic and professional adventures of reporters for an American newspaper as they interact with such real historical figures as Gertrude Stein, Josephine Baker, and Isadora Duncan. The musical was produced at the Goodspeed Opera House, a major regional theater in East Haddam, CT, in the summer of 1997, where it received favorable notices from the national press. Unfortunately, that was that until this studio-cast recording made by DRG Records two and a half years later. There is a plot summary in the CD booklet as well as liner notes by Yellen, but in practice the recording is basically a Jimmy McHugh songbook. Peter Matz's orchestrations lend musical consistency to songs written over a period of decades, and the cast performs them in a theatricalized way. But the lyrics speak of love, the joy of dancing, and other issues without a hint of particular characterization, and the recording contains no dialogue. Also, the assignments of character are not strict by any means. Barbara Cook, for example, is cast as Gertrude Stein singing "On the Sunny Side of the Street," but doubles as Isadora Duncan with "Love Me as If There Were No Tomorrow." "Don't Blame Me" is supposed to be sung by a fictional character, Zach, but once again the singer is Cook, as the notes advise, "forget gender here, it's all about artistry." Indeed, and forget the story, too. Instead, just enjoy Cook and her fellow singers including Debbie Gravitte, Malcolm Gets, and Patrick Wilson doing their best with McHugh's greatest hits.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2000
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471262520
  • Catalog Number: 12625
  • Sales rank: 138,537

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (0:33)
  2. 2 I'm Shooting High (1:41)
  3. 3 Exactly Like You - Marcus Neville (3:03)
  4. 4 On the Sunny Side of the Street - Barbara Cook (3:25)
  5. 5 Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer - Michael Gets (4:02)
  6. 6 Doin' the New Low Down (3:29)
  7. 7 A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening - Debbie Gravitte (4:03)
  8. 8 I Walked In - Jennifer Smith (2:03)
  9. 9 Love Me as If There Were No Tomorrow - Barbara Cook (2:47)
  10. 10 When Love Goes Wrong - Lillas White (2:29)
  11. 11 I Must Have That Man - Barbara Cook (3:34)
  12. 12 Don't Blame Me - Barbara Cook (3:02)
  13. 13 South American Way (3:01)
  14. 14 I Can't Give You Anything But Love (2:53)
  15. 15 The Music Stopped - Patrick Wilson (2:25)
  16. 16 I Got Lucky in the Rain - Debbie Gravitte (1:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barbara Cook Track Performer
Jay Berliner Guitar
Mark Hummel Piano
John Beal Bass
Jeff Carney Bass
Harvey Estrin Woodwind
Lawrence Feldman Woodwind
John Frosk Trumpet
Jack Gale Trombone
William Mays Piano
Lee Musiker Piano
Seymour Red Press Woodwind
John Redsecker Drums
Andy Stein Violin
Lillias White Track Performer
Patrick Wilson Track Performer
Ronald Zito Drums
Debbie Gravitte Track Performer
Wally Harper Conductor
Malcolm Gets Track Performer
Jennifer Smith Track Performer
Richard Sarpola Bass
Rachel Cohen Track Performer
Marcus Neville Track Performer
Michael Gets Track Performer
Technical Credits
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Peter Matz Orchestration
Al Dubin Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Hugh Fordin Executive Producer
Alan Silverman Mastering
Cynthia Daniels Engineer
Wally Harper Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Dance Arrangement
Lucas Deaver Cover Design
Harold Adamson Composer
Amy Morton Art Direction
Sherman Yellen Producer, Writer, Liner Notes, Concept
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