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Roberta: A Musical Comedy In Two Acts

Beechey,Annalene / Criswell,Kim / Orhcestra
Release Date: 10/14/2014 
Label:  New World Records   Catalog #: 80760   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jerome Kern
Performer:  Pat CummingsPatrick MellenAdam AlexanderTally Sessions,   ... 
Conductor:  Rob Berman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Of Ireland
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Roberta, a musical comedy by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach, which opened at New York's New Amsterdam Theatre in November 1933, was intended to follow a similar structure of his two previous musicals, The Cat And The Fiddle (1931) and Music In The Air (1932). These musicals were chic, sophisticated tapestries of dialogue, song, and dance interwoven with nearly continuous underscoring. Based on Alice Duer Miller's novel, Gowns By Roberta, the musical is a romantic coming-of-age comedy about a young American's growth from naïve college athlete to sophisticated owner of his Great-aunt Minnie's Parisian fashion house. Like The Cat and The Fiddle, which had been set in Brussels, Roberta presents a comedic clash between Old World Europe and Read more brash New World America Likewise, the wonderful Kern score contrasts such haunting songs as "The Touch Of your Hand" and "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" with the brassy "I'll Be Hard to Handle" and "Let's Begin." Conducted by Rob Berman, one of Broadway's finest musical directors, the cast includes West End, Broadway, and opera stars Kim Criswell, Annalene Beechey, Jason Graae, and Diana Montague. There have been previous recordings of the songs from Roberta, but this is the first recording of the complete score in its original orchestrations by Kern's orchestrator-of-choice, Robert Russell Bennett. Read less

Works on This Recording

Roberta, musical by Jerome Kern
Performer:  Pat Cummings (Voice), Patrick Mellen (Voice), Adam Alexander (Voice),
Tally Sessions (Voice), Justin Keyes (Voice), Laura Daniels (Voice),
Michael Marcotte (Voice), Timothy McDevitt (Voice), Kevin Vortmann (Voice),
Kyle Guglielmo (Voice)
Conductor:  Rob Berman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Of Ireland
Period: Modern 
Written: 1933 

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