110 in the Shade (1999 Studio Cast) Cast Recording
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I just finished playing this CD, not for the first time after a long time sitting on my shelf. I saw the show, pre-Broadway in Boston. Read morePublished 11 months ago by William S. Oser
This recording satisfies the need to bring the fully realized score of Harvey Schmidt's 110 in the Shade to modern listeners, after 49 years of having just the original,... Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by DavidW
Of the three major recordings of this score (original Broadway cast, recent Broadway revival, and this one) this one is the most complete and is in some ways the most consistent. Read morePublished on February 13, 2008 by Scott L. Foglesong
What a rare treat to find a recording of a long lost show, that was actually far better than anyone gave it credit for at the time of the original production. Read morePublished on October 19, 2007 by Tom George
I performed this musical back in high school. It was great to relive the songs and dance. Will make a wonderful addition to any musical lovers collection!Published on July 8, 2005 by J.L. Reed
I can't tell you how much I love "110 in the Shade."
I was fortunate enough to be in a regional revival of this work several years ago. Read more
... 110 in the Shade is a great show with wonderful music, one of which, Is It Really Me? became a standard. It is brought to brilliant life by this recording. Read morePublished on October 9, 2001
This is easily the worst musical I have ever seen. I don't remember a song. I do remember a dance scene that was OK, but to call it dull and boring is to flatter it. Read morePublished on October 4, 2001 by john h. Barthel