Make a Wish [Sepia]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The source material for Make a Wish made the rounds for a couple of decades before landing (for the second time) on Broadway on April 18, 1951. First, there was Ferenc Molnár's comic play The Good Fairy, about a French orphan on the loose in Paris and her relationships with a wealthy middle-aged man and a penniless artist, which had a New York run during the 1931-1932 season. That was adapted into a 1935 film starring Margaret Sullavan, directed by William Wyler from a screenplay by Preston Sturges. Sturges took another whack at the story for a second movie version retitled I'll Be Yours for director William A. Seiter and star Deanna Durbin (who of course did some ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The source material for Make a Wish made the rounds for a couple of decades before landing (for the second time) on Broadway on April 18, 1951. First, there was Ferenc Molnár's comic play The Good Fairy, about a French orphan on the loose in Paris and her relationships with a wealthy middle-aged man and a penniless artist, which had a New York run during the 1931-1932 season. That was adapted into a 1935 film starring Margaret Sullavan, directed by William Wyler from a screenplay by Preston Sturges. Sturges took another whack at the story for a second movie version retitled I'll Be Yours for director William A. Seiter and star Deanna Durbin (who of course did some singing) in 1947. Sturges again gets script credit for the "book" of Make a Wish, which makes the story a full-fledged musical by adding a song score by Hugh Martin. Nanette Fabray is now the orphan, with Melville Cooper (who does not sing on this cast album) as the rich man and Stephen Douglass as the artist, while Harold Lang and Helen Gallagher are the secondary romantic leads. All of the cast members make the best of Martin's songs, but the songs are only adequate. The best of the lot is "When Does This Feeling Go Away?," a ballad sung by Douglass. Martin's lyrics make contemporary references and manage to get out of Paris (one song is called "Take Me Back to Texas with You"); musically, he evokes his Hollywood period now and then, but rarely does the Paris setting seem to influence him, as it would, say, Cole Porter, if he had been given this property to musicalize.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2005
  • Label: Sepia Recordings
  • UPC: 842704003624
  • Catalog Number: 1036
  • Sales rank: 249,817

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fran Warren Vocals
Lehman Engel Conductor
Hugo Winterhalter Conductor
Milton Rosenstock Musical Direction
Nanette Fabray Vocals
Helen Gallagher Vocals
Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Philip Green Conductor
Philip Glass Ensemble Performing Ensemble
Harold Lang Vocals
Stephen Douglass Vocals
John C. Wilson Staging
Make A Wish Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Dean Campbell Vocals
Technical Credits
Philip J. Lang Orchestration
Hugh Martin Composer, Lyricist, Vocal Arrangements
Gower Champion Choreographer
Rexton S. Bunnett Liner Notes, Records
Raoul Pene Dubois Costume Design, Scenery
Stephen Marshall Records
Stephen Douglass Liner Notes, Records
Craig Hewitt Graphic Design
L.K. Lee Remastering
Michael Nelligan Records
Preston Struges Book
Allan Small Orchestration
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