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SOUNDTRACK/CAST ALBU - STATE FAIR Cast Recording

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  • Audio CD (June 18 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: eOne Music
  • ASIN: B000000PL4
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,163 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Overture - The Orchestra
2. Opening - John Davidson, Charles Goff, Kathryn Crosby, Ben Wright
3. It Might As Well Be Spring - Andrea McArdle
4. Driving At Night/Our State Fair - Able, Dave, Melissa, Wayne & Margy Frank, The Company
5. That's For Me - Ben Wright
6. More Than Just A Friend - John Davidson, J. Lee Flynn, Newton R. Gilchrist, John Wilkerson
7. Isn't It Kinda Fun? - Scott Wise, Andrea McArdle
8. You Never Had It So Good - Donna McKechnie, Ian Knauer, James Patterson, Micheal Lee Scott, Scott Willis
9. Reprise: It Might As Well Be Spring - Andrea McArdle, Kathryn Crosby
10. When I Go Out Walking With My Baby - John Davison, Kathryn Crosby
11. So Far - Ben Wright, Donna McKechnie
12. It's A Grand Night For Singing - The Company
13. Entr'acte - The Orchestra
14. The Man I Used To Be - Scott Wise, Tina Johnson, Leslie Bell
15. All I Owe Ioway - John Davidson, The Company
16. That's The Way It Happens - Andrea McArdle, Donna McKechnie, Ian Knauer, James Patterson, Micheal Lee Scott, Scott Willis
17. Boys and Girls Like You and Me - John Davidson, Kathryn Crosby
18. The Next Time It Happens - Andrea McArdle
19. Finale Ultimo - The Company

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STATE FAIR, Rodgers and Hammerstein's made-for-movies musical about a family's adventures with romance and music at the annual Iowa State Fair, was adapted for the Broadway stage in 1996. It was a moderate success, and featured several songs from other R&H shows interpolated into its score. It arrived on Broadway after a mostly-successful national tour (with Susan Egan starring as Margy; who later took over the role on Broadway after Andrea McArdle broke her foot).
The story concerns the Frake family; parents Abel and Melissa (John Davidson and Kathryn Crosby), daughter Margy (Andrea McArdle) and son Wayne (Ben Wright). During their annual trip to the Iowa State Fair, the children's warm romances and their parents' fair activities provide the uncomplicated storyline.
Wayne becomes infatuated with the sexy older woman; singer/dancer Emily Arden (Donna McKechnie) and Margy finds the answer to her romantic dreams in the kind and handsome Pat Gilbert (Scott Wise).
The score features the Oscar-nominated "It Might As Well Be Spring", sung with achingly-romantic longing by Andrea McArdle, "Isn't It Kind of Fun?" and "It's a Grand Night for Singing". A couple of songs have been lifted from the 1960's Ann-Margret/Pat Boone remake, including "More Than Just A Friend". "You Never Had it So Good" has been lifted from ME AND JULIET, while "The Next Time it Happens" and "The Man I Used To Be" have been borrowed from PIPE DREAM. The ALLEGRO! song "So Far" also appears in the score.
All the songs are performed with gusto, though perhaps Andrea McArdle and Ben Wright were, in hindsight, a little too-seasoned for the teenage brother and sister.
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I have to say I was somewhat disappointed with this CD. I was hoping for more. It's okay, but has problems. I don't think the orchestrations, in most cases, do the music justice. The orchestra also sounds a little thin. Not sure if this is the orchestrations, the recording or the number of musicians. You notice this right off from the overture. I'm also not that wild about the voices. I guess I can't get Dick Haymes and Vivian Blaine out of my head, and the people here are good, but nothing special. The CD isn't a total washout. Some songs, like IT'S A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING and ALL I OWE I OWE IOWAY come across well, others like ISN'T IT KINDA FUN and THAT'S FOR ME not so much. I also don't think any of the songs that were added to the Broadway show really improve things. I guess all this is why the show ran only 110 performances in New York. I guess if you are a diehard fan, you might be interested, but the original 1945 recording, although in mono, is still superior.
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Having been lucky enough to see this production when it was on Broadway I was glad to see that it made it to CD. I was overjoyed to see that so much of this score(an amalgamation of both movie versions plus songs from other R&H musical including a cut song from Oklahoma!) was preserved. There is so much about this recording to treasure. The cast is first rate! Their interpretation of the score is excellect and in character with the time the play is set in. The orchestration and vocal arrangemets are absolutely first rate. Most of the dance music was included on the recording making for an almost theatrical experince. To bad no video of this show was made the sets, lighting, costumes, choreograhpy and acting were steller. I would highly recomend this cd to anyone interested Musicals the way they should be, Great songs, great arrangments, great performances.
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Rodgers & Hammerstein's only score written directly for the screen has finally come to the stage with great results. The original six songs from the 1945 movie and one from the '62 remake have been augmented with others from ALLEGRO, ME AND JULIET and PIPE DREAM to create a full Broadway score. The songs have been so beautifully interpolated that they all feel like they belong in the same show telling the same story. The orchestrations really swing, perfectly capturing the '40's post-War big band feel of the period in the extensive dance music. This excellent recording that does what all show recordings should: it makes you want to see the show!
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This recent Broadway incarnation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic film is lovingly captured in this recording. Broadway's original "Annie," Andrea McArdle, is in fine form, with her clear strong voice shining on "Might As Well Be Spring" and "The Next Time It Happens." The score from the original film has been augmented with material from some lesser known - and less successful - R&H shows, but with only minor exceptions, the result is a pleasing whole. The orchestrations are first rate, and this recording will make a fine addition to any show music collection.
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I bought this CD three weeks ago.
I have played it several times, but nothing has yet leapt out and grabbed me about it.
I like much of Rodgers & Hammerstein's work, and some of the music here was written when they were at their most influential, directly after Carousel. Somehow though, this show just doesn't ring true. Some of the songs here are having their public debut - maybe R&H had a point in storing them away.
I cannot pinpoint why, but this recording just leaves me pretty much cold.
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