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Pardon My English

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  • Audio CD (July 1 1994)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000005J2N
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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1. Ov - William Katt
2. Fatherland, Mother of the band - William Katt
3. The Lorelei - Arnetia Walker/William Katt/John Cullum/Arnetia Walker/Michelle Nicastro/Philip A. Chaffin...
4. In Three-Quarter Time - William Katt/John Cullum/William Katt/John Cullum/Arnetia Walker/Michelle Nicastro/Philip A. Chaffin
5. Dancing In The Streets - William Katt/John Cullum/Arnetia Walker/Michelle Nicastro/Philip A. Chaffin/Patty Tiffany...
6. So What? - ;Michelle Nicastro/John Cullum/William Katt/John Cullum/Arnetia Walker/Michelle Nicastro...
7. Isn't It A Pity? - Wiiliam Katt/Michelle Nicastro
8. Freud And Jung And Adler/He's Oversexed - John Cullum/William Katt/William Katt/John Cullum/Arnetia Walker/Michelle Nicastro/Philip A. Chaffin
9. Watch Your Head - Wiiliam Katt/William Katt/John Cullum/Arnetia Walker/Michelle Nicastro/Philip A. Chaffin...
10. My Cousin In Milwaukee - Arnetia Walker
11. Luckiest Man In The World - William Katt/Arnetia Walker
12. Hail The Happy Couple - William Katt/John Cullum/Arnetia Walker/Michelle Nicastro/Philip A. Chaffin/Patty Tiffany...
13. Dresden Northwest Mounted - John Cullum/Wiiliam Katt/Michelle Nicastro/Philip A. Chaffin/Peter Kevoian/David Engel
14. Tonight - William Katt/Michelle Nicastro/Patty Tiffany
15. Opening Act II - John Cullum/Michelle Nicastro/Roberta Wall/William Katt/John Cullum/Arnetia Walker/Michelle Nicastro
16. Where You Go, I Go - John Cullum/Arnetia Walker
17. I've Got To Be There - William Katt/William Katt/John Cullum/Arnetia Walker/Michelle Nicastro/Philip A. Chaffin...
18. Reprises - John Cullum/Peter Kevoian/William Katt/Michelle Nicastro/Philip A. Chaffin/Peter Kevoian/David Engel
19. Finale: He's Not Himself - Michelle Nicastro/Arnetia Walker/John Cullum/Wiiliam Katt/William Katt/John Cullum/Arnetia Walker...
20. Bows - William Katt/John Cullum/Arnetia Walker/Michelle Nicastro/Philip A. Chaffin/Patty Tiffany...

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This musical, although unsuccessful in the theatre due largely to a "weak" book, cast mutinies and extensive rewrites, nonetheless displays another side of George Gershwin's talents. A fine example of Gershwin's later style, it contains parodies of polkas, waltzes and marches interspersed with swing. Some great melodies, amusing lyrics, brilliant orchestration (Bennett, Deutsch, and others), and obvious enthusiasm for the material on the part of the performers make this CD worth listening to.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb665518c) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
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HASH(0xb61bd648) out of 5 stars Another side of the Gershwins... June 3 2002
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This musical, although unsuccessful in the theatre due largely to a "weak" book, cast mutinies and extensive rewrites, nonetheless displays another side of George Gershwin's talents. A fine example of Gershwin's later style, it contains parodies of polkas, waltzes and marches interspersed with swing. Some great melodies, amusing lyrics, brilliant orchestration (Bennett, Deutsch, and others), and obvious enthusiasm for the material on the part of the performers make this CD worth listening to.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb61b2054) out of 5 stars ONE OF THE GERSHWIN'S MOST INGENIOUS SCORES . . . Oct. 3 2006
By J. T Waldmann - Published on Amazon.com
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PARDON MY ENGLISH will always be known as the show the Gershwins would have liked to forget. Written as a special favor for a friend of theirs, the show " . . . became a revolving door of book writers, directors, and performers . . ." so that by the time it finally reached Broadway, it was a total mess. Songs had been reassigned to new characters, plot changes created odd musical references, what once were main characters were now inconsequential to the plot. No wonder it became 1933's first flop.

Long forgotten until 1982 when a number of musical manuscripts were discovered at the Warner Brothers Music Warehouse in Secaucus, New Jersey, the score was finally performed in 1987 at the Library of Congress. Mrs. Ira Gershwin was so delighted that she suggested PARDON MY ENGLISH be among the first restored Gershwin scores recorded for the outstanding Roxbury/Nonesuch series.

Thankfully, the new performing edition corresponds most closely to the one used for the Philadelphia premiere; the closer the show got to its Broadway opening, the more confusing and confused it got. The setting is Dresden, 1933, and the plot involves an English nobleman (Michael Bramleigh) who, when knocked on the head, becomes Golo, a speakeasy proprietor. (The German government has outlawed all soft drinks; only beer and wine are legal.) Michael is engaged to Ilsa - daughter of the inept Commissioner Bauer - who is kidnapped by Golo, whom she mistakes for Michael, because he actually is Michael . . .

Oh, just forget the plot and enjoy the music.

Gershwin biographer Edward Jablonski writes: "[The Gershwins], acknowledged masters of musical theatre composition, revealed an even greater sophistication, a disregard for writing song hits, and a unique resourcefulness highlighted by the tongue-in-cheek co-mingling of the Viennese waltz and the American foxtrot." " . . . One of their most ingenious scores, PARDON MY ENGLISH. . . with its rich choral passages, contrapuntal waltzes and other complex musical-lyrical passages, despite its book, was a musical stepping-stone toward PORGY AND BESS." In addition to the standards "Isn't It a Pity?" and "My Cousin in Milwaukee," there's the comical "Freud and Jung and Adler" and "Dresden Northwest Mounted" with the continuously deteriorating refrain "We always get our man -- if we can." In fact, the entire score is delightful.

John Cullum (NORTHERN EXPOSURE's Holling Vincoeur) is absolutely wonderful as the bungling Commissioner, as is William Katt (Perry Mason's assistant in the 1980s series and real-life son of Barbara Hale/Della Street) in the dual roles of Michael and Golo. And a bit of trivia: listed in the cast as Golo's sidekick "Katz," is Peter Kevoian, who played both El Gallo and J. Pierpont Finch in my productions of THE FANTASTICKS and HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS at Norwalk (CA) High School.

Very highly recommended.
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HASH(0xb61b203c) out of 5 stars Consistent brilliance from the 20th century's greatest composer of popular music Nov. 17 2015
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Marvelous. This should not be left in the past.
Many songs in this productions could have been classics
remembered as long as anything else in the genre.
Their loss to our current memory is accidental. Consistent brilliance
from the 20th century's greatest composer of popular music.
HASH(0xb61aeccc) out of 5 stars Three Stars Jan. 22 2016
By robert goldberg - Published on Amazon.com
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fair production
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xbb45a324) out of 5 stars GOOD MUSIC Nov. 28 2011
By JAVIER ALISEDA - Published on Amazon.com
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GREAT MUSIC FROM A ONE OF THE BEST COMPOSERS OF THE XX CENTURY ALONG WITH BURT BACHARCH, BRIAN WILSON AND PAUL MCcARTNEY.


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