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Tip-Toes and Tell Me More


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Tip-Toes, which made its Broadway debut on December 28, 1925, was produced by Alex A. Aarons and Vinton Freedley, who had been the producers of the Gershwins' smash hit Lady, Be Good! the year before. Attempting to repeat that success, they once again combined the same book writers, Guy Bolton and Fred Thompson, with the Gershwin brothers. Tip-Toes was well received by audiences and the press, and ran for 194 performances. It was given a subsequent production at the Winter Garden Theatre in London, opening August 31, 1926, running for 181 performances.

One of the most overlooked Gershwin shows, Tell Me More was also the most unlikely of Jazz Age musicals. In an era marked by lavish extravaganzas and brash star vehicles, Tell Me More, which opened on April 13, 1925, relied on charm, modesty, and an impish sense of humor. Because it failed to recoup its investment on Broadway, it was relegated to the list of Gershwin flops; because its score was largely forgotten, it has been widely regarded as a minor effort. In truth, it's a key show. As the only full-length collaboration between George and Ira Gershwin and B.G. DeSylva, it combines the delicacy and grace of the scores George had written earlier in the decade with DeSylva and the bold wit he had pioneered in partnership with his brother Ira four months earlier in Lady, Be Good! The best of both worlds, Tell Me More was a one-of-a-kind achievement.


This two-CD set collects a couple of shows by George and Ira Gershwin. Both produced in 1925, the two musicals--Tip-Toes and Tell Me More--are fairly obscure and don't boast as many famous songs as contemporary Gershwin offerings such as Oh, Kay! and Lady Be Good. Still, they are bursting with wit, invention, and joie de vivre. Based on a 1998 concert production, Tip-Toes is delicious, and several songs deserve a place in the Gershwin pantheon: the ballad "Looking for a Boy," the love duet "That Certain Feeling," and the rousing dance number "Sweet and Low-Down." The score is also notable for its spectacular writing for duo pianos. Tell Me More is not as immediately accessible (indeed, it had the shortest run of any Gershwin musical, with 32 performances), but it's delivered with élan by its topnotch cast, which includes Sally Mayes, Christine Ebersole, Diane Fratantoni, and David Garrison. Under the expert musical direction of Rob Fisher (from New York's famed Encores! series), this double set is, of course, essential for Gershwin completists. In fact, just about any fan of zany Jazz Age artifacts should relish it. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Overture
  2. Florida
  3. Nice Baby
  4. Looking For A Boy
  5. Lady Luck
  6. When Do We Dance?
  7. These Charming People
  8. That Certain Feeling
  9. Sweet And Low-Down
  10. Finale-Act I
  11. Entr'acte
  12. Our Little Captain
  13. Looking For A Boy
  14. It's A Great Little World!
  15. Nightie-Night!
  16. Tip-Toes
  17. Finale-Act II
  18. Overture
  19. Tell Me More
  20. Tell Me More
  21. Shopgirls And Mannequins
  22. Mr & Mrs. Sipkin
  23. When The Debbies Go By
  24. Three Times A Day
  25. Why Do I Love You?
  26. How Can I Win You Now?
  27. Kickin' The Clouds Away
  28. Finale-Act I
  29. Love Is In The Air
  30. My Fair Lady
  31. In Sardina
  32. Baby!
  33. Finaletto-Act 2
  34. Opening Ensemble
  35. Ukelele Lorelei
  36. Finale-Act II

Product details

  • Audio CD (October 29, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: New World Records
  • ASIN: B00005RGM8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,638 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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