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

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2001
  • Label: New World Records
  • UPC: 093228059820
  • Catalog Number: 80598
  • Sales rank: 176,108

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (5:02)
  2. 2 Florida - Margaret Shafer (2:24)
  3. 3 Nice Baby - Cynthia Sophiea (3:51)
  4. 4 Looking For A Boy (3:45)
  5. 5 Lady Luck - Margaret Shafer (2:28)
  6. 6 When Do We Dance? - Margaret Shafer (3:52)
  7. 7 These Charming People - Lewis J. Stadlen (4:40)
  8. 8 That Certain Feelin - Emily Loesser (4:00)
  9. 9 Sweet and Low-Down - Lewis J. Stadlen (4:36)
  10. 10 Finale Act I - Company (3:17)
  11. 11 Entr'Acte (2:44)
  12. 12 Our Little Captain - Damon Kirsche (1:22)
  13. 13 Looking For A Boy (reprise) - Emily Loesser (2:00)
  14. 14 It's A Great Little World! - Margaret Shafer (2:58)
  15. 15 Nightie-Night! - Emily Loesser (5:39)
  16. 16 Tip-Toes - Margaret Shafer (2:05)
  17. 17 Finale Act II - Company (1:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Overture (5:00)
  2. 2 Tell Me More - Diane Fratantoni (2:39)
  3. 3 Tell Me More (encore) - Diane Fratantoni (1:42)
  4. 4 Shopgirls and Mannequins - Female Ensemble (3:13)
  5. 5 Mr. And Mrs. Sipkin - Female Ensemble (3:53)
  6. 6 When The Debbies Go By - Christine Ebersole (2:36)
  7. 7 Three Times A Day - Diane Fratantoni (2:52)
  8. 8 Why Do I Love You - Christine Ebersole (5:12)
  9. 9 How Can I Win You Now (1:47)
  10. 10 Kickin' The Clouds Away - Christine Ebersole (3:22)
  11. 11 Final Act I - Kathleen Noone (4:55)
  12. 12 Love Is In The Air (3:13)
  13. 13 My Fair Lady - Male Ensemble (2:54)
  14. 14 In Sardinia - Female Ensemble (4:34)
  15. 15 Baby! (2:04)
  16. 16 Finaletto Act II - Kathleen Noone (2:40)
  17. 17 Opening Ensemble (1:13)
  18. 18 Ukulele Lorelei - Female Ensemble (2:19)
  19. 19 Finale Act II (4:51)
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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
Les 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 II 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Two restored little Gershwin gems

    <Gershwin> 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.

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