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Songs for My Father
     

Songs for My Father

by Heather MacRae
 
Once there was a New York bistro called Eighty Eight's. Downstairs had a singalong piano bar while the second floor hosted performances by such stalwarts of Broadway and cabaret as Nancy LaMott, Julie Halston, and for its coda, Heather MacRae, daughter of Gordon MacRae. This album captures the last performance of this venue before it shut its doors in 1999. Daughter

Overview

Once there was a New York bistro called Eighty Eight's. Downstairs had a singalong piano bar while the second floor hosted performances by such stalwarts of Broadway and cabaret as Nancy LaMott, Julie Halston, and for its coda, Heather MacRae, daughter of Gordon MacRae. This album captures the last performance of this venue before it shut its doors in 1999. Daughter MacRae takes this opportunity to honor her famous talented father with a program of songs from shows in which he appeared. There are tunes from Carousel, The Desert Song, and Tea for Two. Understandably, the show that gets most attention is Oklahoma, where MacRae had perhaps his greatest role, that of the mostly out-of-work cowhand Curley. In addition to the music, daughter MacRae tells some family stories about father MacRae's comings and goings in this role. One of the more improbable, but true, tales is that James Dean was one of those actually considered for the Curley role, which MacRae says would have made him "a cowboy without a cause." The singer and piano accompaniment and sometimes vocal companion Mark Nadler delivers most tunes with what they call for -- vigor and enthusiasm. MacRae shows a great deal of sensitivity, however, as she runs the gamut from stern determination to tenderness in "Soliloquy" from Carousel. She and Nadler have a lot of fun with a music hall-flavored "Piano, Bass, and Drums" from About Face. There's a lovely vocal recounting of "What's the Use of Wondrin'," whose lyrics have special place here following a MacRae discourse about her sometimes-tumultuous relationship with her father. While the vast, thoroughly delightful Hollywood musicals that made household names out of rich baritones like Gordon MacRae are likely gone forever, albums like this one keep the memories warm. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2001
Label:
Harbinger
UPC:
0632433190227
catalogNumber:
1902
Rank:
261418

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Heather MacRae   Primary Artist,Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Mark Nadler   Piano,Vocals,Musical Direction

Technical Credits

Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer,Lyricist
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer,Lyricist
Otto Harbach   Composer,Lyricist
LuAnn Graffeo   Art Direction
Barry Kleinbort   Director,Producer,Concept,Direction
Mark Nadler   Arranger,Musical Director,Concept
Heather MacRae   Arranger,Concept,Arrangement Collaboration
Jamie deRoy   Executive Producer
Lu Ann Graffeo   Art Direction
Frank Mandel   Lyricist

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