LOONY's latest CD release on the Albany label
Contains complete music and truncated dialogue.
Jerome Kern's hilarious 1920 musical with cast and ensemble from our May 2016 performance at Theatre80, St. Mark's Place, New York City
Carol Davis and David Kelleher-Flight, producers
Gerald Steichen, conductor
Gary Slavin, stage director
John Ostendorf, recording producer
Featuring performances by Emma Grimsley, Alex Corson, Bryan Ellesser, Adam Cannedy, Claire Kuttler, Richard Holmes, Natalie Ballenger and Rachael Braunstein
This musical began as a small-scale Princess Theater work called The little Thing, a collaboration of Kern, librettist Guy Bolton and lyricist PG. Wodehouse. It soon grew to include the talents of Ziegfeld Follies star Marilyn Miller under the aegis of Florenz Ziegfeld himself. Sally opened Christmastime 1920 and played for an unprecedented 570 performances with Follies chorus girls and elaborate sets.
LOONY's production at the historic Theatre80 on the Lower East Side is closer to Kern's original intimate conception and features all the music from the original show, including an instrumental interlude-The Butterfly Ballet-which Ziegfeld commissioned from none other than Victor Herbert! It underscores the moment when Sally, a plucky orphan girl, emerges as a genuine Broadway Follies star. The show's most enduring number is "Look for the Silver Lining." The superb cast and orchestral ensemble is conducted by celebrated New York conductor/pianist Gerald Steichen.
This Albany CD (TROY 1638) represents the third in a series of historic musicals recorded tor LOONY by John Ostendorf: the others, Victor Herbert's Orange Blossoms (TROY 1535) and The Only Girl (TROY 1590), have already met with fine critical success for Light Opera of New York.