Oh, Kay! [1994 Studio Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This is the fifth in a series of studio cast recordings of Gershwin musicals sponsored by the Gershwin estate through its Roxbury Recordings label, as issued by Nonesuch. As with such previous efforts, like the 1990 recording of Strike Up the Band, Roxbury president Tommy Krasker has opted to "restore" Oh, Kay! not by trying to re-create what an original Broadway cast album might have sounded like if one had been made just after the show opened on November 8, 1926, but rather to gather together all of the available materials relating to the show and then assemble a composite version to his own satisfaction. In this case, that means this Oh, Kay! is probably closer to ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This is the fifth in a series of studio cast recordings of Gershwin musicals sponsored by the Gershwin estate through its Roxbury Recordings label, as issued by Nonesuch. As with such previous efforts, like the 1990 recording of Strike Up the Band, Roxbury president Tommy Krasker has opted to "restore" Oh, Kay! not by trying to re-create what an original Broadway cast album might have sounded like if one had been made just after the show opened on November 8, 1926, but rather to gather together all of the available materials relating to the show and then assemble a composite version to his own satisfaction. In this case, that means this Oh, Kay! is probably closer to what preview audiences saw in Philadelphia than what the opening night crowd saw in New York. Krasker points out that the show ran long in tryout and that some of the early material was cut and some resequenced; he has restored songs like "The Moon Is on the Sea" and "When Our Ship Comes Sailing In" that were cut out of town and moved the hit ballad "Someone to Watch Over Me" back to the first act. What may matter more to modern listeners is the curious casting for the recording, a mixture of Broadway singers, opera singers, and actors. In 1955, when Goddard Lieberson made the first studio cast recording of Oh, Kay! at Columbia Records, he used the Broadway star Jack Cassidy in the leading male role of Jimmy Winter. Thirty-nine years later, Cassidy's son Patrick Cassidy, also a Broadway performer, is in this one, but in the relatively minor role of Larry Potter, which, however, does allow him to sing one of the better-known songs, the gospel rave-up "Clap Yo' Hands." If only he had been allowed to follow more closely in his father's footsteps. Instead, Jimmy is sung by opera singer Kurt Ollmann, who overdoes the part. His counterpart is another opera singer, Dawn Upshaw, playing the title character. Upshaw makes more of an effort to play the material than Ollmann, but she is still a more interested in her vocal quality than in her characterization. This is especially odd given that the role was written for the pitch-challenged Gertrude Lawrence. Along with the opera singers, however, are actors who can barely carry a tune. The contrast is greatest in "Ain't It Romantic," which Upshaw shares with actor Adam Arkin, who not only can't sing, but also is aggressively playing a gangster character. Maybe the dichotomy is supposed to be funny, but it's really just strange. The recording, thus, is worthwhile more as an academic exercise than for listening pleasure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/16/1995
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597936124
  • Catalog Number: 79361

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture - Orchestra of St. Luke's (6:45)
  2. 2 The Moon Is on the Sea - George Gershwin (1:20)
  3. 3 When Our Ship Comes Sailing In - Adam Arkin (2:57)
  4. 4 Don't Ask - Stacey A. Logan & Liz Larsen (2:20)
  5. 5 Someone to Watch Over Me (2:51)
  6. 6 The Woman's Touch - George Gershwin (2:25)
  7. 7 Dear Little Girl - Kurt Ollmann (2:40)
  8. 8 Maybe - Kurt Ollmann (3:15)
  9. 9 Clap Yo' Hands - Patrick Cassidy (4:16)
  10. 10 Do, Do, Do - Kurt Ollmann (3:06)
  11. 11 Finale Act I - Stacey A. Logan (5:14)
  12. 12 Entr'acte - Joseph Thalken (4:22)
  13. 13 Bride and Groom - George Gershwin (2:31)
  14. 14 Ain't It Romantic? - Adam Arkin (3:59)
  15. 15 Fidgety Feet - Patrick Cassidy & Liz Larsen (3:13)
  16. 16 Heaven on Earth - Kurt Ollmann (2:09)
  17. 17 Finaletto Act II, Scene 1 - Stacey A. Logan (4:14)
  18. 18 Dance Specialty - Orchestra of St. Luke's (1:30)
  19. 19 Oh, Kay! (3:06)
  20. 20 Finale Ultimo - George Gershwin (2:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kevin Cole Piano, Dancer
Fritz Weaver Track Performer
Patrick Cassidy Track Performer
Orchestra of St. Luke's Performing Ensemble
Dawn Upshaw Track Performer
Willie Blount Clarinet
Ronald Carbone Viola
Philip Chaffin Tenor (Vocal)
Melanie Feld Oboe
Chris Gekker Trumpet
Evelyn Halus Soprano (Vocal)
John Redsecker Drums
Marilyn Reynolds Violin
Scott Thompson Bass (Vocal), Dancer
Roberta Wall Soprano (Vocal)
Carl Albach Trumpet
Christoph Franzgrote Violin
Maya Gunji Percussion
Liz Larsen Track Performer
Myron Lutzke Cello
Stephen Taylor Oboe
Mitsuru Tsubota Violin
Michael Powell Trombone
Eric Stern Conductor
Elizabeth Mann Flute
Christian Nova Tenor (Vocal)
John Feeney Bass
Anca Nicolau Violin
Kurt Ollmann Track Performer
William Purvis French Horn
Joseph Thalken Piano
Robert Westenberg Track Performer
Susan Shumway Violin
Steve Steiner Bass (Vocal)
Robert DuSold Bass (Vocal)
Adam Arkin Track Performer
Stacey Logan Track Performer
Charlie Jones Tenor (Vocal)
Gerhardt Koch Clarinet
Susan Lucci Track Performer
Technical Credits
Stan Freberg Composer
Leonard Bernstein Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Miklós Rózsa Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Composer
Paul Davis Composer
Trevor Rabin Composer
Michel Legrand Composer
Larry Young Composer
Nick LaRocca Composer
Johnny Costa Art Direction
Richard Rodgers Composer
Harold Rome Composer
Buck Ram Composer
Kander Composer
Jerry Ross Composer
Richard Adler Composer
Richard Barrett Composer
Barney Bigard Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Howard Dietz Composer, Lyricist
Ira Gershwin Librettist, Composer
Robert Hurwitz Executive Producer
Tommy Krasker Producer, Liner Notes
Tom Lazarus Engineer
Mark Mancina Composer
John McClure Producer
Paul Ryder Composer
Shaun Ryder Composer
Larry Shields Composer
David Shire Composer
Gary Whelan Composer
George Goldner Composer
Ric Wilson Mastering
Bez Composer
Evan Ross Liner Notes
Lee Davis Liner Notes
Thomas Lazarus Engineer
John William Costa Artwork
A. Barrett Composer
Mark Day Composer
Richie Barrett Composer
Janet Gari Composer
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