Milk and Honey [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

Milk and Honey [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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Milk and Honey was the first Broadway musical set in Israel, which gave songwriter Jerry Herman (making his Broadway debut after several Off-Broadway revues, notably Parade) the opportunity to use words like "Shalom" (a song title) and "Hora" as well as borrow some local musical styles as influences. But actually the music had two main parts. There were

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Milk and Honey was the first Broadway musical set in Israel, which gave songwriter Jerry Herman (making his Broadway debut after several Off-Broadway revues, notably Parade) the opportunity to use words like "Shalom" (a song title) and "Hora" as well as borrow some local musical styles as influences. But actually the music had two main parts. There were operatic ballads for the big-voiced leads, especially Robert Weede (of The Most Happy Fella), and there was special comic material for Yiddish theater star Molly Picon. The story concerned a group of middle-aged Jewish-American widows traveling to Israel in search of husbands (was there ever a better scenario to draw in New York area theater parties?), so the songs focused on characters seeking second chances at love, including Weede's Phil Arkin, actually a man separated from his wife who meets Mimi Benzell's Ruth Stein. "Let's Not Waste a Moment," he tells her, despite the little matter of his estranged wife. Picon's Clara Weiss, meanwhile, has to seek the approval of her dead husband to move on, which she does in her big eleven o'clock number "Hymn to Hymie." Herman, who had previously written special material for the likes of Tallulah Bankhead and Hermione Gingold, seemed more at home with such material (Picon's march, "Chin Up, Ladies" was also a winner) than he did with the ballads. But he clearly was a craftsman in the Irving Berlin mold, not particularly clever, but a natural melodist. As a result, Milk and Honey was a winning score, and it is well sung by this cast.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/1995
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266199723
catalogNumber:
61997

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Performance Credits

Molly Picon   Vocals,Track Performer,cast
Tommy Rall   Vocals,Track Performer,cast
Max Goberman   Conductor
Mimi Benzell   Vocals,Track Performer,cast
Stuart Hodes   Vocals
Sandra Stahl   Vocals
Arthur Tookoyan   cast
Robert Weede   Vocals,Track Performer,cast
Juki Arkin   Vocals,Track Performer,cast
Myrna Aaron   Vocals
Dave London   cast
Burt Bier   cast
Johnny Borden   cast
Renato Cibelli   cast
Ceil Delli   cast
Diane Goldberg   Vocals,cast
Ronald Holgate   cast
Linda Howe   cast
Rose Lischner   cast
Ellen Madison   cast
Addi Negri   cast
Michael Nestor   cast
Thelma Pelish   cast
Lou Polacek   cast
Dorothy Richardson   cast
Lanna Saunders   Vocals,cast
Reuben Singer   cast
Matt Turney   cast
Jane Zachary   cast
Ellen Berse   cast
Gerrianne Raphael   Vocals
David London   Vocals
Jose Gutierrez   Vocals,cast

Technical Credits

Robert DeCormier   Choir Arrangement
Molly Picon   Contributor
Jerry Herman   Lyricist,Liner Notes
George Avakian   Producer
Hugh Fordin   Reissue Producer
Kenneth Day Jones   Liner Notes
Joe Linhart   Producer
Ernie Oelrich   Engineer
Eddie Sauter   Orchestration
Bill Rosenfield   Liner Notes
Hershy Kay   Orchestration
Max Goberman   Musical Director,Music Direction
Mimi Benzell   Contributor
Genevieve Pitot   Dance Arrangement
Robert Weede   Contributor
Alice Butts   Art Direction
Don Appell   Book
Albert Marre   Production Stage Manager
Donald Saddler   Choreographer

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