Monday, June 1, 2009

A Little Bit of Broadway

The Cabaret Girl
May 31, 2009

A warm, sunny Sunday afternoon deserves fun music – farce, frolicking and just a fine time. So we are listening to Jerome Kern and P.G. Wodehouse’s delightfully silly “lost musical” The Cabaret Girl. Written in 1922 especially for Dorothy Dickson, it played for over a year in London but never made it across the pond….until these past few years, where small companies across the US have been reviving this gem.

It’s a simple story of Jim, who wants to marry Marilynn, but his aunt has to approval the marriage or he loses all his money. Marilynn is an unemployed musical comedy actress who wants fame on the London stage and does not want to be the country girl Jim wants her to be.

The plot line may read “serious” but don’t you believe it! There are lots of wonderful one-liners and patter and silly complications until, in the end, everything turns out to be “the berries”.

This recording is by the Ohio Light Opera and includes some of the dialogue! This operetta sounds and feels like pre- WWI British music hall and is one of the last of this type that Kern wrote. By 1925 Kern had met Oscar Hammerstein II, and begun work on his masterpiece – Show Boat.

Composer: Jerome Kern
Lyricist: P. G. Wodehouse
Artists: Ohio Light Opera
Label: Albany TROY1103-04

Don’t forget, next week is the Tony Awards –Broadway’s night to honor their own. We’ll be tracking:

Best Musical
Billy Elliot, The Musical
Next to Normal
Rock of Ages
Shrek The Musical

Best Revival of a Musical
Guys and Dolls
Pal Joey
West Side Story

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