The New Moon (City Center Cast Recording)

The New Moon (City Center Cast Recording)

by City Center Encores!



After New York's City Center program "Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert"®, a series devoted to semi-staged performances of neglected shows, turned to the 1928 operetta The New Moon in March 2003, Ted Chapin, chairman of the advisory committee, as he says in his liner notes to this album, "discovered there had never been a full recording" of the show. Yet theater historian Kurt Gänzl wrote in his 1990 book The Blackwell Guide to the Musical Theatre on Record, "The score of The New Moon is very much better known than the show itself...." These two seemingly conflicting yet true statements can be resolved by noting that, while the "full" score has not made it to record until now, individual songs have become standards, in particular "Lover, Come Back to Me," "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise," and "Stouthearted Men." Although it was the hit of the 1928 Broadway season and quickly earned both a London production and a 1930 film adaptation, the work remains best (if not solely) remembered for the second movie version of 1940, which starred Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. No legitimate recording of any of the stage or screen versions was released, although unlicensed albums have had limited distribution. Over the years, several record companies have undertaken studio cast versions, the most complete of which was a 1963 LP containing ten tracks released by Capitol Records that featured Gordon MacRae and Dorothy Kirsten (who had appeared in a 1944 stage revival mounted by City Center). Still, amazingly, this one really is the first "full recording" of The New Moon, and it's terrific. Operetta may have fallen out of fashion by the 1930s, and the plot of the show may be, as another theater historian once put it, "involved and farfetched," but here the characterizations are strong and sincere, the singing of the main numbers by leads Christiane Noll and Rodney Gilfry is thrilling, and the infrequently heard comic material is amusing. City Center and Ghostlight Records have done a real service to musical theater fans not only by bringing this score to disc at last, but by doing it so well.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/16/2004
Label: Ghostlight
UPC: 0791558440324
catalogNumber: 84403

Album Credits

Performance Credits

City Center Encores!   Primary Artist
Simon Jones   cast
Alix Korey   cast
Martin Agee   Violin
John Beal   Acoustic Bass
Peter Benson   Vocals
Willie Blount   Clarinet
Jack Gale   Tenor Trombone
Crystal Garner   Viola
Lowell Hershey   Trumpet
Jill Jaffe   Viola
Suzanne Ornstein   Violin,Concert Master
Joe Passaro   Percussion
John Redsecker   Drums
Clay Ruede   Cello
Marilyn Reynolds   Violin
Russ Rizner-French   French Horn
Keith Spencer   Baritone (Vocal)
Bruce Wang   Cello
Roger Wendt   French Horn
Mineko Yajima   Violin
Lanny Paykin   Cello
Lino Gomez   Clarinet
Robert Ingliss   English Horn,Oboe
David Blinn   Viola
Maura Giannini   Violin
Phil Granger   Trumpet
Dominic Derasse   Trumpet
Robert Fisher   Conductor
Belinda Whitney   Violin
Sheryl Henze   Flute,Piccolo
Grace Paradise   Harp
Eric Degioia   Violin
Susan Shumway   Violin
Mary Ann Lamb   cast
Mia Wu   Violin
Christiane Noll   Vocals,cast
Samuel F. Smith   Baritone (Vocal)
Alex Sanchez   cast
Ann Kittredge   Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Timothy Breese   Baritone (Vocal)
Lisa Matricardi   Violin
Lauren Ward   Vocals,cast
Richard Sarpola   Acoustic Bass
Jason Mills   Baritone (Vocal)
Linda Mugleston   Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Burke Moses   Vocals,cast
F. Murray Abraham   cast
Danny Rutigliano   Vocals,cast
Rebecca Spencer   Soprano (Vocal)
Julie Cox   Soprano (Vocal)
Rodne Brown   Tenor (Vocal)
Deborah Sepe   Cello
David Masenheimer   Baritone (Vocal)
John Pickle   Tenor (Vocal)
Rob Fisher   Conductor
Rodney Gilfry   Vocals,cast
Carson Church   Baritone (Vocal)
Tony Capone   Tenor (Vocal)
Vale Rideout   Tenor (Vocal)
Kristina Musser   Violin
Peter Benson   cast
Devin Richards   Baritone (Vocal)
J.D. Webster   Tenor (Vocal)
Alexander Korey   Vocals
New Moon Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
New Moon Cast Ensemble   cast
Brandon Jovanovich   Vocals

Technical Credits

Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Gary Griffin   Orchestra Director
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer,Lyricist,Book
Scott Lehrer   Engineer
Joel Moss   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Engineering
Steve Norman   Business Consultant
Jack Viertel   Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Plot Synopsis,Artistic Director
Hans Spialek   Orchestration
Robert Fisher   Musical Director
Theodore S. Chapin   Liner Notes
Terri Castillo Chapin   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Karen Moore   Stage Manager
John Lee Beatty   Scenic Design
Kathleen Marshall   Director
Nathaniel James   Mastering Associate
David Ives   Adaptation
Kurt Deutsch   Executive Producer
Philip Rinaldi   Publicity
Jay Binder   Casting
Rob Fisher   Musical Director
Ted Chapin   Executive Producer
Frank Mandel   Lyricist,Book
Laurence Schwab   Lyricist,Book
Benjamin Whiteley   Choir Preparation
Nathan James   Mastering Associate

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