Out of This World [1995 New York Concert Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Out of This World was an unsuccessful musical that ran for 157 performances (about five months) on Broadway in 1950-1951. It had a score by Cole Porter, which is probably the only reason that Columbia Records recorded an original Broadway cast album. But Porter's name was not enough to give the show any life beyond the initial production; no film adaptation, no major revivals. This history makes it an ideal candidate for exhumation by the New York organization called City Center's Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert. The group probably should be called "Forgotten American Musicals by Famous Writers," since its intention is to give a few concert performances of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Out of This World was an unsuccessful musical that ran for 157 performances (about five months) on Broadway in 1950-1951. It had a score by Cole Porter, which is probably the only reason that Columbia Records recorded an original Broadway cast album. But Porter's name was not enough to give the show any life beyond the initial production; no film adaptation, no major revivals. This history makes it an ideal candidate for exhumation by the New York organization called City Center's Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert. The group probably should be called "Forgotten American Musicals by Famous Writers," since its intention is to give a few concert performances of musicals that have good scores, but were commercial failures and have been neglected since. Current Broadway stars don gowns and tuxedos and stand on-stage at City Center in midtown Manhattan holding scripts to present the songs and a cut-down version of the script for each show. Here, DRG Records has opted to go one step further, having the cast go into a recording studio to make only the second recorded version of Out of This World. The greater capacity of CDs allows for an additional 15 minutes of Porter's music, which translates into a couple of minor songs ("Maiden Fair" and "You Don't Remind Me"), a couple of instrumentals ("Dance of the Long Night" and "The Dawn"), and a song that was actually cut from the show in previews, then went on to become the best-remembered number associated with it, "From This Moment On." That addition improves the score, of course, and the cast is stellar. But, while theater historians fault the script for the musical's demise, even this wonderful recording shows that Porter's work, while often amusing, was not his best, and certainly not in a class with his previous stage production, Kiss Me, Kate. There are several witty patter songs, most of them written for the comic actress Charlotte Greenwood, who played the Greek goddess Juno (the plot is a modernized version of the Amphitryon myth, in which Jupiter descends to earth to seduce a human woman): "I Sleep Easier Now" and "Nobody's Chasing Me" as solos, plus "What Do You Think About Men?," done as a trio, and "Cherry Pies Ought to Be You," a quartet. The only funny one given entirely to another character is "They Couldn't Compare to You," a list song about women of history that compares unfavorably with "Where Is the Life That Late I Led?" from Kiss Me, Kate. In Greenwood's place, Andrea Martin channels Ethel Merman, a reasonable choice. (If Merman hadn't been too busy appearing in Call Me Madam, she might have made a success out of Out of This World.) Marin Mazzie applies her considerable soprano talent to the part of Helen, the romantic lead, and Ken Page is a commanding Jupiter. The recording was certainly worth making, just as the show was worth reviving for a few black-tie nights. Unlike some of the other shows presented by Encores!, however, the new version does not suggest that audiences were wrong in failing to support Out of This World in the first place.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/20/1996
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471476422
  • Catalog Number: 94764
  • Sales rank: 112,012

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture - Eddie Fisher (4:55)
  2. 2 Prologue - Peter Scolari (1:11)
  3. 3 I Jupiter, I Rex (2:11)
  4. 4 Use Your Imagination (2:30)
  5. 5 Entrance of Night - Coffee Club Orchestra (0:52)
  6. 6 Hail, Hail, Hail - Ensemble (3:03)
  7. 7 I Got Beauty - Ensemble (2:25)
  8. 8 Maiden Fair (1:02)
  9. 9 Where, Oh Where? (3:51)
  10. 10 They Couldn't Compare to You - Peter Scolari (4:13)
  11. 11 From This Moment On (3:11)
  12. 12 What Do You Think About Men? - La Change (2:29)
  13. 13 Dance of the Long Night - Coffee Club Orchestra (2:34)
  14. 14 You Don't Remind Me (1:57)
  15. 15 I Sleep Easier Now - Andrea Martin (4:22)
  16. 16 I Am Loved (2:39)
  17. 17 Climb up the Mountain - Ensemble (4:41)
  18. 18 The Dawn - Coffee Club Orchestra (1:26)
  19. 19 No Lover (2:54)
  20. 20 Cherry Pies Ought to Be You - Peter Scolari (3:14)
  21. 21 Hark to the Song of the Night (2:42)
  22. 22 Nobody's Chasing Me - Andrea Martin (4:42)
  23. 23 Finale (0:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jay Berliner Guitar
Sue Evans Percussion, Drums
Robert Russell Bennett Performing Ensemble
Belinda Whitney-Barratt Violin
Bruce Bonvissuto Trombone
Rodney Brown Vocals
Gayle Dixon Violin
Harvey Estrin Woodwind
Lawrence Feldman Woodwind
Barry Finclair Violin
John Frosk Trumpet
Jack Gale Trombone
Joyce Hammann Violin
Lowell Hershey Trumpet
Jill Jaffe Viola
Dennis James Acoustic Bass
Kathryn Kienke Viola
Jeanne LeBlanc Cello
Andrea Martin Vocals, Track Performer
Ray Mase Trumpet
Lise Nadeau Harp
Suzanne Ornstein Violin
Ken Page Vocals, Track Performer
Matthew Raimondi Violin
Albert Regni Woodwind
Clay Ruede Cello
Marilyn Reynolds Violin
Les Scott Woodwind
Mitsue Takayama Viola
David Tofani Woodwind
Roger Wendt French Horn
Ernie Sabella Vocals, Track Performer
Marin Mazzie Vocals, Track Performer
Francis Ruivivar Vocals
Maura Giannini Violin
Katherine LiVolsi Stern Violin
Beth Robinson Harp
La Chanze Vocals, Track Performer
Edward Zuhlke Woodwind
Mary Ann Lamb Vocals
Mia Wu Violin
Christiane Noll Vocals
Andrea Green Vocals
Gregg Edelman Vocals, Track Performer
Coffee Club Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Dale Hensley Vocals
David Masenheimer Vocals
Rachel Coloff Vocals
Margaret Shafer Vocals
Peter Scolari Vocals
Technical Credits
Robert Russell Bennett Contributor
Elliott Federman Mastering
Cynthia Daniels Engineer
Robert Kimball Liner Notes
Andrew Kagan Art Direction
Walter Bobbie Art Direction
Ben Whiteley Contributor
Rob Fisher Director
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