- 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: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,980 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
110 in the Shade 1999 Studio Cast
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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
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I was fortunate enough to be in a regional revival of this work several years ago. At that time, I was astounded that "110" wasn't more widely performed. I am even more astounded that it still remains relatively unknown and unheard.
Without a doubt, "110" is one of the most beautiful Broadway scores I've ever experienced.
Lush orchestration. Gorgeous, memorable (and oh, SO sing-able tunes). And songs which directly express and support the characterization/plot/action/setting found within the play upon which it is based.
The Original Cast album has been out of print on LP for decades. And the CD reissue of that is also out of print.
The recent, more complete CD recording, was a revelation to me. I found it only a few days ago.
I was thrilled to hear many of the excerpts (I remembered from the staged production in which I took part) restored on the two CD set. I had forgotten many of those. I didn't realize how much I had missed them in the Original Cast recording.
I do have to say that I prefer (somewhat) Inga Swenson in the role of Lizzie. Especially in "Old Maid." Swenson packs an emotional wallop (in the final notes of that) which may be very slightly lacking in the recent CD recording. But I do love what the recent Lizzie does with the role. I admit that my ears are attuned to Swenson, and I probably will come revise my opinion on this.
But as far as Starbuck.
WOW! What a difference!
Ron Raines (with whom I once worked) is a wonderful singer/actor.
There is so much more depth in his protagonist...and so much more voice.
Robert Horton (the original Starbuck) was no lightweight. And he sings better than many would expect. But he was no Ron Raines.
The rest of the cast (in the present CD issue) are all exceptional.
I have to beg to differ with someone who posted a review saying that the show (of which he saw a production) was forgettable, except for one good dance sequence.
I had never heard the dance music before this CD edition. What I'm talking about is the dance in the second act picnic scene. The production I was in omitted it.
I can't tell you how jarring it was for me to hear a dance (tap?) break inserted into that scene. It seems totally incongruous and out of character with the rest of the show. I can see why the director with whom I worked chose to omit it. Still, it is interesting to finally hear it. It probably works better on stage than on CD.
I can't recommend this CD (or the show itself) highly enough.
Anyone who is interested in hearing a musical which hasn't been performed very often (or anyone who is looking for a forgotten classic of American Musical Theatre) really MUST listen to this recording.
You will not be sorry for having bought this CD set.
That said, there is a great deal to like about this recording and it's a treat to hear the entire score, carefully performed and well-recorded. If you are a fan of this show, or of Schmidt/Jones shows in general, it definitely belongs on your shopping list.