The New Moon (City Center Cast Recording)

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
After New York's City Center program "Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert"®, a series devoted to semi-staged performances of neglected shows, turned to the 1928 operetta The New Moon in March 2003, Ted Chapin, chairman of the advisory committee, as he says in his liner notes to this album, "discovered there had never been a full recording" of the show. Yet theater historian Kurt Gänzl wrote in his 1990 book The Blackwell Guide to the Musical Theatre on Record, "The score of The New Moon is very much better known than the show itself...." These two seemingly conflicting yet true statements can be resolved by noting that, while the "full" score has not made it to...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
After New York's City Center program "Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert"®, a series devoted to semi-staged performances of neglected shows, turned to the 1928 operetta The New Moon in March 2003, Ted Chapin, chairman of the advisory committee, as he says in his liner notes to this album, "discovered there had never been a full recording" of the show. Yet theater historian Kurt Gänzl wrote in his 1990 book The Blackwell Guide to the Musical Theatre on Record, "The score of The New Moon is very much better known than the show itself...." These two seemingly conflicting yet true statements can be resolved by noting that, while the "full" score has not made it to record until now, individual songs have become standards, in particular "Lover, Come Back to Me," "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise," and "Stouthearted Men." Although it was the hit of the 1928 Broadway season and quickly earned both a London production and a 1930 film adaptation, the work remains best if not solely remembered for the second movie version of 1940, which starred Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. No legitimate recording of any of the stage or screen versions was released, although unlicensed albums have had limited distribution. Over the years, several record companies have undertaken studio cast versions, the most complete of which was a 1963 LP containing ten tracks released by Capitol Records that featured Gordon MacRae and Dorothy Kirsten who had appeared in a 1944 stage revival mounted by City Center. Still, amazingly, this one really is the first "full recording" of The New Moon, and it's terrific. Operetta may have fallen out of fashion by the 1930s, and the plot of the show may be, as another theater historian once put it, "involved and farfetched," but here the characterizations are strong and sincere, the singing of the main numbers by leads Christiane Noll and Rodney Gilfry is thrilling, and the infrequently heard comic material is amusing. City Center and Ghostlight Records have done a real service to musical theater fans not only by bringing this score to disc at last, but by doing it so well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2004
  • Label: Ghostlight
  • UPC: 791558440324
  • Catalog Number: 84403

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Act 1. Overture (5:19)
  2. 2 Act 1. Opening (2:22)
  3. 3 Act 1. Marianne - Peter Benson (2:22)
  4. 4 Act 1. Marianne's Entrance (1:17)
  5. 5 Act 1. The Girl on the Prow (4:19)
  6. 6 Act 1. Gorgeous Alexander - Peter Benson (2:38)
  7. 7 Act 1. An Interrupted Love Song (3:45)
  8. 8 Act 1. Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise (3:35)
  9. 9 Act 1. Stouthearted Men - Rodney Gilfry (2:12)
  10. 10 Act 1. One Kiss (4:06)
  11. 11 Act 1. The Trial (Ladies of the Jury) - Peter Benson (3:07)
  12. 12 Act 1. Finaletto / Wanting You - Rodney Gilfry (5:30)
  13. 13 Act 1. Finale Act 1 - Rodney Gilfry (1:31)
  14. 14 Act 2. Intermezzo (2:24)
  15. 15 Act 2. Funny Little Sailor Men (2:21)
  16. 16 Act 2. Lover, Come Back to Me - Rodney Gilfry (3:21)
  17. 17 Act 2. Stouthearted Men reprise - Rodney Gilfry (0:47)
  18. 18 Act 2. Marriage Number / Try Her Out at Dances - Peter Benson (3:13)
  19. 19 Act 2. Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise reprise / Never for You - Rodney Gilfry (1:50)
  20. 20 Act 2. Lover, Come Back to Me reprise - Rodney Gilfry (2:15)
  21. 21 Act 2. Finale Ultimo - Rodney Gilfry (1:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
City Center Encores! Primary Artist
Simon Jones cast
Alix Korey cast
Martin Agee Violin
John Beal Acoustic Bass
Peter Benson Vocals
Willie Blount Clarinet
Jack Gale Tenor Trombone
Crystal Garner Viola
Lowell Hershey Trumpet
Jill Jaffe Viola
Suzanne Ornstein Violin, Concert Master
Joe Passaro Percussion
John Redsecker Drums
Clay Ruede Cello
Marilyn Reynolds Violin
Russ Rizner-French French Horn
Keith Spencer Baritone (Vocal)
Bruce Wang Cello
Roger Wendt French Horn
Mineko Yajima Violin
Lanny Paykin Cello
Lino Gomez Clarinet
Robert Ingliss English Horn, Oboe
David Blinn Viola
Maura Giannini Violin
Phil Granger Trumpet
Dominic Derasse Trumpet
Robert Fisher Conductor
Belinda Whitney Violin
Sheryl Henze Flute, Piccolo
Grace Paradise Harp
Eric Degioia Violin
Susan Shumway Violin
Mary Ann Lamb cast
Mia Wu Violin
Christiane Noll Vocals, cast
Samuel F. Smith Baritone (Vocal)
Alex Sanchez cast
Ann Kittredge Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Timothy Breese Baritone (Vocal)
Lisa Matricardi Violin
Lauren Ward Vocals, cast
Richard Sarpola Acoustic Bass
Jason Mills Baritone (Vocal)
Linda Mugleston Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Burke Moses Vocals, cast
F. Murray Abraham cast
Danny Rutigliano Vocals, cast
Rebecca Spencer Soprano (Vocal)
Julie Cox Soprano (Vocal)
Rodne Brown Tenor (Vocal)
Deborah Sepe Cello
David Masenheimer Baritone (Vocal)
John Pickle Tenor (Vocal)
Rob Fisher Conductor
Rodney Gilfry Vocals, cast
Carson Church Baritone (Vocal)
Tony Capone Tenor (Vocal)
Vale Rideout Tenor (Vocal)
Kristina Musser Violin
Peter Benson cast
Devin Richards Baritone (Vocal)
J.D. Webster Tenor (Vocal)
Alexander Korey Vocals
New Moon Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
New Moon Cast Ensemble cast
Brandon Jovanovich Vocals
Technical Credits
Sigmund Romberg Composer
Gary Griffin Orchestra Director
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer, Lyricist, Book
Scott Lehrer Engineer
Joel Moss Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Engineering
Steve Norman Business Consultant
Jack Viertel Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Plot Synopsis, Artistic Director
Scott Hull Mastering
Hans Spialek Orchestration
Robert Fisher Musical Director
Theodore S. Chapin Liner Notes
Jan Folkson Digital Editing
Terri Castillo Chapin Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Karen Moore Stage Manager
John Lee Beatty Scenic Design
Kathleen Marshall Director
Nathaniel James Jr. Mastering Associate
David Ives Adaptation
Kurt Deutsch Executive Producer
Philip Rinaldi Publicity
Jay Binder Casting
Rob Fisher Musical Director
Ted Chapin Executive Producer
Frank Mandel Lyricist, Book
Laurence Schwab Lyricist, Book
Benjamin Whiteley Choir Preparation
Nathan James Mastering Associate
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