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State Fair [Original Broadway Cast]
     

State Fair [Original Broadway Cast]

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Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote State Fair as a movie musical, and upon its release in 1945, three of its six songs -- "It Might as Well Be Spring," "That's for Me," and "It's a Grand Night for Singing" -- became chart hits for Dick Haymes (who starred in the film) and for several other artists as well. The movie

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Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote State Fair as a movie musical, and upon its release in 1945, three of its six songs -- "It Might as Well Be Spring," "That's for Me," and "It's a Grand Night for Singing" -- became chart hits for Dick Haymes (who starred in the film) and for several other artists as well. The movie itself, though slighter than Rodgers & Hammerstein's stage successes of the era, shared many of their themes. The restlessness of "It Might as Well Be Spring" recalled the seasonal lustiness of Carousel's "June Is Busting Out All Over," while "All I Owe Ioway" echoed the regional pride of the title song from Oklahoma! In transforming the film into a stage show 50 years later, a team of producers and directors that included Hammerstein's son James faced the immediate problem of finding more music. There were two songs cut from the original movie score and five written by Rodgers alone for the 1962 screen remake that might have been used, but only one, "More Than Just a Friend," was employed. Elsewhere, songs were borrowed from less successful shows such as Me and Juliet, Allegro, and Pipe Dream, and a couple of Oklahoma! castoffs were unearthed. The result isn't as patchy as you might expect, though it still doesn't add up to a great Rodgers & Hammerstein score. The cast, led by John Davidson and Kathryn Crosby and featuring Andrea McArdle and Donna McKechnie, is enthusiastic, especially Davidson. Nostalgic by definition, the show and its cast album nevertheless have been ably assembled. State Fair remains slight, but this version has charm.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/18/1996
Label:
Drg
UPC:
0021471476521
catalogNumber:
94765
Rank:
16145

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Performance Credits

David Nadien   Violin
Sanford Allen   Violin
Belinda Whitney-Barratt   Violin
Rocky Ciccarone   Trombone
Jean R. Dane   Viola
Larry Farrell   Trombone
Greg Gisbert   Trumpet
Olivia Koppell   Viola
Jeanne LeBlanc   Cello
Jesse Levy   Cello
Leon Maleson   Bass
Peter Olstad   Trumpet
Sue Pray   Viola
Sheila Reinhold   Violin
Debra Shufelt   Viola
Dale Stuckenbruck   Violin
David Wakefield   French Horn
Scott Schachter   Woodwind
Phil Granger   Trumpet
Caryl Paisner   Cello
Charles Pillow   Woodwind
Steve Kenyon   Woodwind
Don McGeen   Woodwind
Rich Rosenzweig   Drums
Park Stickney   Harp
Rob Shaw   Violin
Rob Berman   Synthesizer,Piano
Danny Miller   Cello
Cecilia Hobbs Gardner   Violin

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Hugh Fordin   Producer,Audio Production
Cynthia Daniels   Engineer
Jeff Faville   Art Direction
Bruce Pomahac   Liner Notes,Orchestration

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State Fair [Original Broadway Cast] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
tatertot4249 More than 1 year ago
This CD is amazing. The singers are fantastic and contemporary, and the songs are a compilation of the classics we know and love ("It Might As Well Be Spring" and "It's a Grand Night For Singing") and some new songs that are just as wonderful ("The Next Time It Happens", "Isn't It Kinda Fun" "Sweet Hog of Mine"). The CD is wonderful as well as the packaging. I am extremely picky when it comes to how the CD's look- I will spend a lot of time in stores looking through each CD to make sure the case doesn't have a scratch on it, and when I got my State Fair CD in the mail, it was in absolute pristine condition. I am very happy with Barnes and Noble shipping. I love listening to My State Fair CD and I am eager to buy more CDs from the Barnes and Noble site.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago