State Fair [Original Broadway Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/1996
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471476521
  • Catalog Number: 94765
  • Sales rank: 86,011

Album Credits

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
Cecelia Hobbs Gardner Violin
Danny Miller Cello
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Hugh Fordin Producer, Audio Production
Alan Silverman Mastering
Cynthia Daniels Engineer
Jeff Faville Art Direction
Bruce Pomahac Liner Notes, Orchestration
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    This State Fair is a Great State Fair

    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.

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