Tip-Toes/Tell Me More [1998 Concert Cast/1995 Studio Cast]

Tip-Toes/Tell Me More [1998 Concert Cast/1995 Studio Cast]

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This double disc presents the first cast recordings of two George Gershwin musicals from 1925, their music restored from the trove of scores found in a warehouse in 1982. Tell Me More!, which opened on April 13, 1925, was a failure and did not produce any hit songs, though Billie Holiday later recorded the title song and "Kickin' the Clouds Away" was revived in…  See more details below


This double disc presents the first cast recordings of two George Gershwin musicals from 1925, their music restored from the trove of scores found in a warehouse in 1982. Tell Me More!, which opened on April 13, 1925, was a failure and did not produce any hit songs, though Billie Holiday later recorded the title song and "Kickin' the Clouds Away" was revived in the anthology show My One and Only in 1983. Tip-Toes, which opened December 28, 1925, was a moderate success that threw off three hits: "Looking for a Boy," "That Certain Feeling," and "Sweet and Low-Down." Neither show lives up to better-known Gershwin musicals of the same period, such as Lady, Be Good! and Oh, Kay!. But much of the music is delightful, and the lyrics (those for Tell Me More! were co-written by Ira Gershwin and Buddy DeSylva, the others were by Gershwin alone) are often very witty. The difference between these scores and the more successful ones is that there are no big standards like "Fascinating Rhythm" or "Someone to Watch Over Me." But there are several songs that work in the context of the frivolous stories, especially "Mr. and Mrs. Sipkin" and "In Sardinia" from Tell Me More!. That show is presented here in a studio cast recording made in 1995 that features Christine Ebersole and Patrick Cassidy among its three romantic couples, though David Garrison makes the strongest impression. Tip-Toes was actually produced in a concert version at Carnegie Hall for a week in the spring of 1998, and this recording, made that December, features the concert cast, among them Emily Loesser. The obscurity of the material probably caused the delay in release and the combination of both recordings onto a single album. But this is a welcome addition to George Gershwin's recorded legacy.

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New World Records

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Disc 1

  1. Overture
  2. Florida  - Margaret Shafer
  3. Nice Baby  - Cynthia Sophiea
  4. Looking For A Boy
  5. Lady Luck  - Margaret Shafer
  6. When Do We Dance?  - Margaret Shafer
  7. These Charming People  - Lewis J. Stadlen
  8. That Certain Feelin  - Emily Loesser
  9. Sweet and Low-Down  - Lewis J. Stadlen
  10. Finale Act I  -  Company
  11. Entr'Acte
  12. Our Little Captain  - Damon Kirsche
  13. Looking For A Boy (reprise)  - Emily Loesser
  14. It's A Great Little World!  - Margaret Shafer
  15. Nightie-Night!  - Emily Loesser
  16. Tip-Toes  - Margaret Shafer
  17. Finale Act II  -  Company

Disc 2

  1. Overture
  2. Tell Me More  - Diane Fratantoni
  3. Tell Me More (encore)  - Diane Fratantoni
  4. Shopgirls and Mannequins  -  Female Ensemble
  5. Mr. And Mrs. Sipkin  -  Female Ensemble
  6. When The Debbies Go By  - Christine Ebersole
  7. Three Times A Day  - Diane Fratantoni
  8. Why Do I Love You  - Christine Ebersole
  9. How Can I Win You Now
  10. Kickin' The Clouds Away  - Christine Ebersole
  11. Final Act I  - Kathleen Noone
  12. Love Is In The Air
  13. My Fair Lady  -  Male Ensemble
  14. In Sardinia  -  Female Ensemble
  15. Baby!
  16. Finaletto Act II  - Kathleen Noone
  17. Opening Ensemble
  18. Ukulele Lorelei  -  Female Ensemble
  19. Finale Act II

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andy Taylor   Vocals
Sid Page   Violin
Patrick Cassidy   Vocals
Sally Mayes   Vocals
Martin Agee   Violin
Mark Baker   Vocals
Willie Blount   Clarinet
Bruce Bonvissuto   Trombone
John Campo   Bassoon
Philip Chaffin   Vocals
Joe DiBlasi   Ukulele
Barry Finclair   Violin
Evelyn Halus   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Lowell Hershey   Trumpet
Dan Higgins   Reeds
Sheri Izzard   Choir, Chorus
Warren Luening   Trumpet
John Musto   Piano
Bobbi Page   Choir, Chorus
Marilyn Reynolds   Violin,Concert Mistress
Russ Rizner-French   Horn
Terrence Schonig   Drums
Scott   Clarinet
Daryl Shaw   Trumpet
Ken Wild   Bass
Mineko Yajima   Violin
Lanny Paykin   Cello
Keith Underwood   Flute
Richard Brice   Viola
Peter Flynn   Vocals
Christoph Franzgrote   Violin
Lee Wilkof   Vocals
David Blinn   Viola
Arnie Kinsella   Percussion,Drums
David Garrison   Vocals
Robert Fisher   Conductor,Vocals,Musical Direction
Bob Joyce   Choir, Chorus
Belinda Whitney   Violin
Daniel Culpepper   Horn
Christine Ebersole   Vocals
Phil Gold   Choir, Chorus
Alet Oury   Vocals
Joseph Thalken   Piano
Alan M.L. Wager   Choir, Chorus
Theresa Lee   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Richard Sarpola   Bass
Jesse Means   Vocals
Cynthia Sophiea   Vocals
Emily Loesser   Vocals
Sandra Allen   Choir, Chorus
Steven D. Bowen   Vocal Director
Rob Fisher   Piano,Vocals
Rachel Coloff   Vocals
Bryan Donovan   Vocals
Diane Fratantoni   Vocals
Damon Kirsche   Vocals
Kathleen Noone   Vocals
Karyn Overstreet   Vocals
Margaret Shafer   Vocals
Lewis J. Stadlen   Vocals
Mark Baker   Vocals

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Evelyn Halus   Choir Contractor
Tommy Krasker   Producer,Liner Notes
Joel Moss   Engineer,Engineering
Russell Warner   Orchestration
Cynthia Daniels   Engineer,Engineering
Robert Fisher   Producer,Liner Notes,Music Direction
Robert Kimball   Liner Notes
Alet Oury   Choir Contractor
Fred Thompson   Book
Reginald "Guy" Bolton   Book
Desmond Carter   Lyricist
Rob Fisher   Producer
Mark Trent Goldberg   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Elizabeth Auman   Executive Producer
Rob Fisher   Producer,Liner Notes,Music Direction,Score Restoration
Aaron Gandy   Archival Assistant,Score Reconstruction

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Tip-Toes/Tell Me More [1998 Concert Cast/1995 Studio Cast] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the Princess shows of Kern, Bolton and Wodehouse back in 1917 tried to introduce a solid plot into the American musical comedy, the story lines still did not amount to much until ''Show Boat '' set the standard. So when George and Ira Gershwin opened with two musicals in 1925, the first was based on a mistaken-identity situation already a cliché in the genre (Bolton did the book); and the second (again with Bolton, plus B.D. de Sylva) was about the Florida land boom that also formed the basis of Berlin's ''The Coconuts'' the very same year. Both ''Tell Me More'' and ''Tip-Toes'' were part of the discovery of many Gershwin manuscripts buried in a New Jersey warehouse; and we can be most thankful to New World Records for restoring the scores and bits of the dialogue in a two-CD boxed set (80598-2). The music is what you would expect from Gershwin: 1920s jazzy with that special core of Gershwin genius. Yes, a good deal of it sounds like Berlin and Kern--as did just about every other contemporary composer except Romberg (who sounded like Herbert). On the other hand, ''Kickin' the Clouds Away'' from the earlier show seems to be the inspiration for Berlin's ''Shakin' the Blues Away'' written two years later! ''Tell Me More'' also does not shy away from ethnic jokes (i.e., mistaking a request to disguise oneself as British for doing so as Yiddish) that do not offend at all. And if we moderns grow impatient with the rich bubbleheads of the F. Scott Fitzgerald crowd, they are still a breath of fresh air after the population of ''Miss Saigon'' and plays of that sort. The game casts have voices just right for this sort of characterization and delivery. The ''Tip-Toes'' production is taken from the Carnegie Hall Concert version and is outstanding. This New World set deserves a place of honor among the other Gershwin Brothers restorations on other labels. And do not forget the New World complete recording of Kern's ''Sitting Pretty,'' which (like these two Gershwin shows) did not produce any hits but is delightful from overture to Finale Ultimo.