Ziegfeld Follies of 1936

Ziegfeld Follies of 1936

     
 
So popular were Ziegfeld Follies that they continued to be produced well after the death of their originator, Flo Ziegfeld, in 1932. They were the vehicles to display the talents of many of the great musical performers of their day, including Bert Williams and Eddie Cantor. The 1936 iteration was no

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So popular were Ziegfeld Follies that they continued to be produced well after the death of their originator, Flo Ziegfeld, in 1932. They were the vehicles to display the talents of many of the great musical performers of their day, including Bert Williams and Eddie Cantor. The 1936 iteration was no exception, featuring Bob Hope, Fanny Brice, and Eve Arden, later replaced by Gypsy Rose Lee. The lyrics were written by Ira Gershwin, and rather than George Gershwin as his usual writing partner, he turned to Vernon Duke. The 1936 edition ran sporadically for two years, trying to overcome several production and artistic difficulties. The only song which survived to become a classic was "I Can't Get Started," sung by Bob Hope to Eve Arden in the original and in this Broadway Decca recording of the revival -- produced at the City Center in 1999 by Peter Scolari -- to Christine Ebersole. Scolari is a veteran of the Bob Newhart show and many movies and TV parts. Christine Ebersole is a veteran of TV and was in the revival of 42nd Street. These two and their friends give a spirited performance, working very hard to reinvigorate skit material that pretty much has become dated. Outstanding individual performances include "Words Without Music" by Ruthie Henshall and a whimsical "The Economic Situation" by Ebersole. The music is lively and well orchestrated by Rob Fisher. Recommended for those who are interested in those glory years of the Broadway musical and variety shows, of which the Ziegfeld Follies productions were shining lights.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2001
Label:
Decca Broadway
UPC:
0044001605628
catalogNumber:
016056

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Performance Credits

Kamau Adilifu   Trumpet
Martin Agee   Concert Mistress
John Beal   Bass
Kenneth Burward-Hoy   Viola
Glenn Drewes   Trumpet
Lawrence Feldman   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
John Frosk   Trumpet
Jack Gale   Trombone
Jill Jaffe   Viola
Rebekah Johnson   Concert Mistress
Suzanne Ornstein   Violin
Seymour Red Press   Clarinet,Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
John Redsecker   Drums
Albert Regni   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Clay Ruede   Celli
Mineko Yajima   Concert Mistress
Lanny Paykin   Celli
Richard Brice   Viola
Christoph Franzgrote   Concert Mistress
David Evans   Musical Direction
David Blinn   Viola
Maura Giannini   Concert Mistress
Richard Heckman   Clarinet,English Horn,Oboe,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Katherine LiVolsi Stern   Concert Mistress
Belinda Whitney   Concert Mistress
Christine Ebersole   Track Performer
Howard McGillin   Track Performer
Leslie Stifelman   Piano
Joseph Thalken   Piano
Xin Zhao   Concert Mistress
Karen Ziémba   Track Performer
Erik Charleston   Percussion
Timothy Breese   Track Performer
Coffee Club Orchestra   Track Performer
Ruthie Henshall   Track Performer
Mary Testa   Track Performer
Pamela Jordan   Track Performer
Stephanie Pope   Track Performer
Jim Walton   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Robert Russell Bennett   Original Orchestrations
John McClure   Producer
Conrad Salinger   Original Orchestrations
Russell Warner   Orchestration
Hans Spialek   Original Orchestrations
Mark Waldrop   Director,Adaptation
Mark Trent Goldberg   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Kathleen Marshall   Artistic Director
Don Walker   Original Orchestrations
Rob Fisher   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Musical Director

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