Make a Wish [Sepia]

Make a Wish [Sepia]


The source material for Make a Wish made the rounds for a couple of decades before landing (for the second time) on Broadway on April 18, 1951. First, there was Ferenc Molnár's comic play The Good Fairy, about a French orphan on the loose in Paris and her relationships with a wealthy middle-aged man and a penniless artist, which had a New York run during the 1931-1932 season. That was adapted into a 1935 film starring Margaret Sullavan, directed by William Wyler from a screenplay by Preston Sturges. Sturges took another whack at the story for a second movie version retitled I'll Be Yours for director William A. Seiter and star Deanna Durbin (who of course did some singing) in 1947. Sturges again gets script credit for the "book" of Make a Wish, which makes the story a full-fledged musical by adding a song score by Hugh Martin. Nanette Fabray is now the orphan, with Melville Cooper (who does not sing on this cast album) as the rich man and Stephen Douglass as the artist, while Harold Lang and Helen Gallagher are the secondary romantic leads. All of the cast members make the best of Martin's songs, but the songs are only adequate. The best of the lot is "When Does This Feeling Go Away?," a ballad sung by Douglass. Martin's lyrics make contemporary references and manage to get out of Paris (one song is called "Take Me Back to Texas with You"); musically, he evokes his Hollywood period now and then, but rarely does the Paris setting seem to influence him, as it would, say, Cole Porter, if he had been given this property to musicalize.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/2005
Label: Sepia Recordings
UPC: 5055122110361
catalogNumber: 1036

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fran Warren   Vocals
Lehman Engel   Conductor
Hugo Winterhalter   Conductor
Milton Rosenstock   Musical Direction
Nanette Fabray   Vocals
Helen Gallagher   Vocals
Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Philip Green   Conductor
Philip Glass Ensemble   Performing Ensemble
Harold Lang   Vocals
Stephen Douglass   Vocals
John C. Wilson   Staging
Make A Wish Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Dean Campbell   Vocals

Technical Credits

Philip J. Lang   Orchestration
Hugh Martin   Composer,Lyricist,Vocal Arrangements
Gower Champion   Choreographer
Rexton S. Bunnett   Liner Notes,Records
Raoul Pene Dubois   Costume Design,Scenery
Stephen Marshall   Records
Stephen Douglass   Liner Notes,Records
Craig Hewitt   Graphic Design
Michael Nelligan   Records
Preston Struges   Book
Allan Small   Orchestration

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