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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The 1961 Broadway musical Milk and Honey is remembered as the first show to be set in Israel, but it is more significant in theater history for marking composer Jerry Herman's Broadway debut. Never revived on Broadway (there was a 59-performance Off-Broadway production by the American Jewish Theatre in 1994), it is most intriguing 47 years later in 2008 -- the date of this reissue of the cast recording -- for the insights it gives into Herman's style. It is easy to hear in the lively march "Chin Up, Ladies" and the comic ballad "Hymn to Hymie," both written for Yiddish theater star Molly Picon in a supporting role, the seeds of similar material that would turn up in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The 1961 Broadway musical Milk and Honey is remembered as the first show to be set in Israel, but it is more significant in theater history for marking composer Jerry Herman's Broadway debut. Never revived on Broadway (there was a 59-performance Off-Broadway production by the American Jewish Theatre in 1994), it is most intriguing 47 years later in 2008 -- the date of this reissue of the cast recording -- for the insights it gives into Herman's style. It is easy to hear in the lively march "Chin Up, Ladies" and the comic ballad "Hymn to Hymie," both written for Yiddish theater star Molly Picon in a supporting role, the seeds of similar material that would turn up in Herman's next Broadway show, the far more successful Hello, Dolly! Think of "Before the Parade Passes By" and Dolly's entreaties to her dead husband Ephraim, not far removed from Clara's (Picon's character) addresses to her dead husband Hymie. And then there's "Let's Not Waste a Moment," which seems like an early draft of "It Only Takes a Moment" from Hello, Dolly! There is no direct equivalent for "Hello, Dolly!" itself, but there is a song that clearly was intended to be the hit of the show, "Shalom." (In this reissue, Robert Goulet's cover of the song has been added as a bonus track.) The problem with the score, as with the show, is that as a whole it simply isn't as lively as its best material can be. Herman is tied down to writing operatic ballad material for the two leads, Robert Weede (of The Most Happy Fella fame) and Mimi Benzell, rather than more for Picon. He does so, but not to anyone's benefit, making this score one for musical theater fans who want to know what he did before Hello, Dolly! Kenneth Jones' newly conducted interview with the composer, included in the CD booklet, is informative.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2008
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471911428
  • Catalog Number: 19114
  • Sales rank: 17,640

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (4:21)
  2. 2 Shalom - Robert Weede (3:28)
  3. 3 Independence Day Hora (2:05)
  4. 4 Milk And Honey - Juki Arkin (3:04)
  5. 5 There's No Reason In The World - Robert Weede (3:04)
  6. 6 Chin Up, Ladies - Molly Picon (4:17)
  7. 7 That Was Yesterday - Mimi Benzell (3:04)
  8. 8 Let's Not Waste A Moment - Robert Weede (1:44)
  9. 9 The Wedding - Robert Weede (2:42)
  10. 10 Like A Young Man - Robert Weede (2:22)
  11. 11 I Will Follow You - Tommy Rall (2:52)
  12. 12 Hymn To Hymie - Molly Picon (5:07)
  13. 13 As Simple As That - Robert Weede (2:26)
  14. 14 Finale (2:18)
  15. 15 Shalom - Robert Goulet (2:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Goulet Vocals
Molly Picon Vocals, cast
Marty Manning Conductor
Tommy Rall Vocals, cast
Mimi Benzell Vocals, cast
Robert Weede Vocals, cast
Juki Arkin Vocals, cast
Diane Goldberg Vocals, cast
Lanna Saunders Vocals, cast
Gerrianne Raphael Vocals, cast
Milk and Honey Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Robert DeCormier Choir Arrangement
Jerry Herman Composer, Lyricist, Liner Notes
George Avakian Producer
Hugh Fordin Reissue Producer
Kenneth Day Jones Reissue Liner Notes
Joe Linhart Producer
Marty Manning Arranger
Ernie Oelrich Engineer
Eddie Sauter Orchestration
Alan Silverman Mastering
Hershy Kay Orchestration
Max Goberman Musical Director, Music Direction
Genevieve Pitot Dance Arrangement
Alice Butts Art Direction, Reissue Design
Don Appell Book
Anaida Garcia Reissue Production Assistance
Kenneth Jones Liner Notes
Ernest Oelrich Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Very authentic

    This is Jerry Herman's first Broadway show and it shows his genius even then. The songs are very authentic as well as beautiful and witty.

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