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Of Thee I Sing (1952 Revival Cast)
     

Of Thee I Sing (1952 Revival Cast)

by Original London Cast
 
George & Ira Gershwin's political farce Of Thee I Sing was a hit in the presidential election year of 1932, and it was revived on Broadway in the presidential election year of 1952, opening on May 5 in a production featuring movie star Jack Carson as President John P. Wintergreen. But the attitude of Broadway audiences toward politics seemed to have changed in

Overview

George & Ira Gershwin's political farce Of Thee I Sing was a hit in the presidential election year of 1932, and it was revived on Broadway in the presidential election year of 1952, opening on May 5 in a production featuring movie star Jack Carson as President John P. Wintergreen. But the attitude of Broadway audiences toward politics seemed to have changed in 20 years, and the show was gone after only 72 performances. Nevertheless, Capitol Records released a cast album, and since the original version had appeared more than a decade before cast albums became commonplace, this was the first full-length recording of the score. Don Walker's new orchestrations tended to speed things up, but the show remained largely a choral work and very much of its time. The leads, including Carson, Betty Oakes as his wife, Mary Turner, and Lenore Lonergan as the jilted Diana Devereaux, were not particularly impressive vocalists, and even on record this didn't seem like the best possible version of the show. But when it came out, it was the only one, and even 50 years later, when it was licensed by DRG and reissued on CD, it was one of the few, making it valuable as a record of an important Gershwin show.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/07/2002
Label:
Drg
UPC:
0021471902426
catalogNumber:
19024

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Performance Credits

Original Cast Recording   Primary Artist
Maurice Levine   Musical Direction
J. Pat OMalley   Actor
Jack Whiting   Vocals,Actor
Jack Carson   Vocals,Actor
Paul Hartman   Actor
Florenz Ames   Vocals
Paul Harman   Vocals
Patrick O'Malley   Vocals
Loring Smith   Vocals
Betty Oakes   Vocals
Donald Foster   Vocals,Actor

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer,Lyricist
Lucas Deaver   Art Direction
Dan O'Leary   Reissue Producer
Don Walker   Orchestration
George S. Kaufman   Director,Book

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