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110 in the Shade (1999 Studio Cast) Cast Recording

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While 110 in the Shade isn't as familiar to audiences as Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones's The Fantasticks (but then what is?), the original Broadway production was a modest success in 1963 and this 1999 studio recording makes a compelling case for its evocative and beautiful music. Based on N. Richard Nash's play The Rainmaker, it's set in a western state in the middle of a devastating drought. Enter a stranger (Ron Raines) who promises to bring rain, but first must convince the town spinster (Karen Ziemba, 2000 Tony winner for Contact) of his powers--and of course romance ensues. (Music Man, anyone?) This excellent studio cast (also including Richard Muenz and Walter Charles, plus Kristin Chenoweth in a cameo) features a number of principals from the 1992 New York City Opera revival, and the two-disc set incorporates new songs from that production as well as transitional music and underscoring to create a complete recording that is a near-theatrical experience. The choral and orchestral work is outstanding, and the beautiful booklet includes a detailed synopsis, an essay on Schmidt and Jones as well as new notes by both, and photographs, but no lyrics. As an extra treat, though, the booklet also has Schmidt's striking paintings, which he used to help him visualize certain scenes as he was composing. This is very simply one of JAY's best releases ever. --David Horiuchi

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ov - NSO/John Owen Edwards
  2. Gonna Be Another Hot Day - Richard Muenz/Tom Jones/Janet Watson/Harvey Schmidt/Mark Slama...
  3. Train Whistle/Lizzie's Comin' Home - Sam Samuelson/Walter Charles/George Lee Andrews
  4. Love, Don't Turn Away - Sam Samuelson/Walter Charles/George Lee Andrews/Karen Ziemba
  5. Opening Scene Two/Poker Polka - Richard Muenz/Sam Samuelson/Walter Charles/George Lee Andrews
  6. The Hungry Men - Karen Ziemba/Marcus Allen Cooper/Bill Tatum/Hilary Western/Liza Hobbs/Art Ostrin
  7. Starbuck's Entrance/Rain Song - Sam Samuelson/Karen Ziemba/Ron Raines
  8. You're Not Foolin' Me - Karen Ziemba/Ron Raines
  9. Cinderella - Karen Ziemba/Scott Charles/Thomas Connor/Sapphire Elia/Camilla Hunsley/Rory Muir/Fiona Taylor
  10. Raunchy - George Lee Andrews/Karen Ziemba
  11. A Man And A Woman - Richard Muenz/Karen Ziemba
  12. Finale Act One/Old Maid - George Lee Andrews/Karen Ziemba

Disc: 2

  1. Entr'acte - NSO/John Owen Edwards
  2. Everything Beautiful Happens At Night/Dance (Reprise) - Company/Dancers
  3. End Of Scene - NSO/John Owen Edwards
  4. Melisande - Karen Ziemba/Ron Raines
  5. Simple Little Things - Karen Ziemba/Ron Raines
  6. Scene/Incidental Music - Karen Ziemba/Ron Raines
  7. Little Red Hat - Sam Samuelson/Kristin Chenoweth
  8. Is It Really Me? - Karen Ziemba/Ron Raines
  9. End Of Scene Four - Karen Ziemba/Ron Raines
  10. Wonderful Music - Richard Muenz/Sam Samuelson/George Lee Andrews/Karen Ziemba/Ron Raines
  11. Finale Act Two/Rain Song - Ron Raines
  12. Curtain Music - NSO/John Owen Edwards
  13. Exit Music - NSO/John Owen Edwards
  14. Everything Beautiful Happens At Night/ Shooting Star - Ron Raines/Company
  15. You're Not Fooling Me - Karen Ziemba/Ron Raines
  16. Raunchy - George Lee Andrews/Karen Ziemba
  17. Is It Really Me? - Karen Ziemba/Ron Raines
  18. Why Can't They Leave Me Alone? - Richard Muenz

Product Details

  • Performer: Harvey Schmidt, Rod Raines, Karen Ziémba, Tom Jones, George Lee Andrews, et al.
  • Orchestra: Hershy Kay, National Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: John Owen Edwards
  • Composer: Harvey Schmidt
  • Audio CD (March 9, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Jay Records
  • ASIN: B00000IIPS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,384 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones are best known for their chamber musical, THE FANTASTICKS. 110 IN THE SHADE is another sweet little musical with a simple story, so I must admit that I was hesitant to purchase such a pricey recording of the show. Why the high price? It's a foreign import and it's a double CD, even though it features only 97 minutes of music. Despite the price, this is one of my favorite recordings I own of any musical.
Lizzie Curry, a likeable, well-educated, but somewhat awkward woman, worries that she will become an old maid. However, in the course of a 24-hour period in the Western town in which she lives with her brothers and father, her self confidence is restored through her conversations with two men: File, the local sheriff who's considered the most eligible bachelor in town, and Starbuck, a fast-talking traveler who claims he can break the town's drought.
In my opinion, although the story is well-written (based on N. Richard Nash's THE RAINMAKER) and the score is great (except for "Lizzie's Comin' Home"), this is a difficult musical to do well. The actress playing the part of Lizzie must walk a fine line between being sympathetic or merely pathetic.
Fortunately for us, one of the first musicals that album producer John Yap saw in London was 110 IN THE SHADE, and it moved him. Inspired by the 1992 New York City Opera revival of the show, Yap has given it a complete symphonic recording, including the underscoring and the alternate arrangements of several pieces by the City Opera production. The liner notes, so often a problem in JAY Productions recordings, are detailed and informative, much of them written by Jones. It's obvious that the production of this recording has been a labor of love by all involved.
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Schmidt and Jones are tragically underrrated as Broadway composers; everything they do combines beauty with intelligence. Nowhere is this more in evidence than 110 IN THE SHADE, and this recording is absolutely fabulous.
There have always been some people who hate this score -- I suspect they find the Texas accents corny or trivial, a tad "Lone Ranger". And there is little sex or "grit" in the score other than "Raunchy" -- this one is not about "You Go Girl" in any way.
But if you can see vernacular beauty in the accent and don't need bumping and grinding à la CHICAGO, then this score is truly magnificent -- the Rodgers and Hammerstein model divested of saccharinity and applied to some real people.
This recording is just stunning. The orchestra sounds fantastic. Karen Ziemba is not a GREAT singer, but thoroughly adequate and, as such, a more plausible gal out on the plains than the creator of the role, Inga Swenson, who sounded like she would rather have been doing LA BOHEME. Everybody else is cast just right, including the nice treat of Kristin Chenoweth in LITTLE RED HAT.
The going wisdom has always been that Robert Horton's Starbuck was somehow inadequate, that he was just stuck in because he was a TV star, and wasn't up to the task. I have never quite understood this -- maybe there was something wrong with him on stage (I am too young to have caught the original), but as far as singing goes, he sounds great on the original to me, and I suspect that the verdict on him was due in part to a reflexive anti-television snobbery. And if anything, his youth fit the part in lending him an earnest callowness that the more burnished Ron Raines does not have. However, Raines does quite well.
Of course there are little issues.
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By Lily on October 25, 2000
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I've always loved this story, but had never heard the musical before. This is amazing!!! And Ron Raines is terrific. Another reviewer said he "sings the hell out of the score" and I enthusiastically second that. "Rain" is one heckuva song, and Raines is one heckuva singer. It's a dynamite combination. Karen Ziemba's first rendition of "Raunchy", however, is like fingernails on a chalkboard. The second, in the bonus tracks, is much better. The score is so wonderful and Raines is so powerful that Ziemba's few screeching moments can be overlooked (most of what she sings is lovely). Buy this set - you won't be disappointed.
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Thank God for JAY Records and John Yap! The musical theatre is a much better for these two force, and how. This score is a masterpiece. The story is simple and beautiful, and the ending will have you moved. Tracks 5 and 8 on the second disc alway bring a tear to my eye, and they will to your's, too. The London National Symphony Orchestra can play the hell out of this score, and Ron Raines can sing the hell out of it (particularly in his rendition of "The Rain Song," which the author's love the most out of every rendition they've heard). Karen Ziémba can act very well, and handles most of her songs with great style, but she is somewhat lacking in the vocal department. She sings the song "Raunchy" better in the bonus track, New York City Opera version on the second disc (at a slower tempo, and a lower key), than on the first disc, within the context of the show. Kristyn Chenoweth (as always) is so cute, and she and Sam Samuelson make for a sexy, and hilarious rendition of "Little Red Hat," their second act (not to mention ONLY) duet. George Lee Andrews gives a touching performance as Lizzie's father, and Richard Muenz is a Sheriff File that is of good voice, and great character. He and Ziémba are beautiful in their act one duet "A Man and A Woman." Buy this album to hear one of the most beautiful musical theatre scores written, EVER.
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