Roberta


Musical | Release date: 10/07/2014 | Format: CD
 

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# Track   Duration
1.Let's Begin 
2.Lindy Hop 
3.Madrigal 
4.You're Devastating 
5.Dialogue 1 
6.Finaletto 
7.Dialogue 2 
8.You're Devastating: Stephanie's Reprise 
9.Dialogue 3 
10.Yesterdays 
11.Dialogue 4 
12.Dialogue 5 
13.Something Had to Happen 
14.Rhapsody in Prose 
15.Dialogue 6 
16.The Touch of Your Hand 
17.Scene and Trio 
18.Scene and Sidonie's Reprise 
19.Opening of Scene 4 
20.Fashion Show 
21.I'll Be Hard To Handle 
22.Yesterdays Dance 
23.Act One Finale 
# Track   Duration
1.Entr'Acte 
2.Hot Spot 
3.Dialogue 7 
4.Scene: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes 
5.Dialogue 8 
6.Let's Begin: Reprise 1 
7.Dance Scene 
8.Dialogue 9 
9.Something Had to Happen: Reprise 
10.Dialogue 10 
11.Let's Begin: Reprise 2 and Sewing Dept. Dance 
12.Don't Ask Me Not to Sing 
13.The Touch of Your Hand: Party Performance 
14.Scene Change 
15.Wardrobe Scene 
16.Clementina 
17.Reprises: I'll Be Hard to Handle & Let's Begin 
18.Finale Ultimo 
19.Appendix: Armful of Trouble 
20.Appendix: I Won't Dance 
21.Appendix: Lovely to Look At 
22.Exit Music 
23.Song: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes 
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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 nave 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 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.


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