Of Thee I Sing/Let ‘Em Eat Cake, In Concert ~ (03.20.87) ~ Brooklyn, NY ~ Larry Kert, Maureen McGovern, Jack Gilford, David Garrison, Paige O’Hara
ABOUT THIS TITLE
- Larry Kert
- Maureen McGovern
- Jack Gilford
- David Garrison
- Paige O’Hara
- George Dvorsky
Music by George Gershwin , lyrics by Ira Gershwin . Presented during the Gershwin Celebration at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music.
This is a concert presentation, so the actors are in gowns and tuxedos, and hold their scripts. “An unorthodox recipient of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in 1932 – the first musical ever so honored, though the prize was only for the book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind , with both music and lyrics being totally ignored in the process – Of Thee I Sing , George and Ira Gershwin’s brilliantly incisive political satire, opened on December 26, 1931 at the Music Box Theatre in New York, and enjoyed a run of 441 performances. It has seldom been revived since, though it was seen again ever so briefly, with Jack Carson billed over the title, when it opened on May 5, 1952, at The Ziegfeld Theatre, for a disappointing run of 72 performances.
A sequel, Let ’Em Eat Cake , which opened at the Imperial Theatre on October 21, 1933, only had a run of 90 performances, and disappeared altogether. Well, not entirely! In 1987, Gershwin expert, music archeologist, and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas brought together a reliable Broadway cast (including Maureen McGovern , Larry Kert , and Jack Gilford ), and the excellent Orchestra and Chorus of St. Luke’s, and led a spirited reading of both works in staged concert versions at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which also enjoyed a milestone cast recording”.
ABOUT THE CAPTURE
Filmed using one camera on a tripod. Some slight generational loss and occassional tracking sound heard, no visible issues; however, considering its age, a very good recording. (B+)
Run time: 156m
B&W / Color: Color