EAST IS WEST

(aka MING TOY)



Composer: George Gershwin
Lyricist: Ira Gershwin

Opened: Unproduced (circa 1928 - early 1929)


Lady Of The Moon (music later used for "I Just Looked At You" intended for but not used in SHOW GIRL and also used for "Blah, Blah, Blah" in the film DELICIOUS).
For recordings of "Blah, Blah, Blah," see:

1. George And Ira Gershwin Specials, 78/General 4013 (George Byron with Bobby Tucker, piano)
2. Rediscovering Gershwin, 10"/Desto (M) D 502 (George Byron with piano accompaniment by Dick Hyman)
3. Lyrics By Ira Gershwin, Walden (M) 300 (David Craig with David Baker and John Morris, pianos) [reissued as CD/Harbinger HCD 2502]
4. Riot In Rhythm, RCA Victor (S) LSP-2002 (Henri Rene and his Orchestra)
5. Georgie Brown Loves Gershwin, London LL 3331 (Georgia Brown with the Mike Sammes Singers and orchestra conducted by Ian Fraser) [reissued on Georgia Brown Sings Gershwin/Georgia Brown, CD/Dutton Vocalion 4171]
6. Fun Life, Atlantic (S) SD-8048 (Diahann Carroll with orchestra conducted by Peter Matz) [reissued as CD/Collectables 6192]
7. Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song, Atlantic 601 (Chris Connor with orchestra conducted by Ralph Burns) [reissued as CD/WEA/Warner 251645]
8. Bistro Ballads, RCA X (M) NL-46043 (Audrey Morris, piano and voice, with Johnny Rate, bass, and Charles Walton, cymbals) [reissued as CD/Cloud 9 74407]
9. Broadway Ditties, 45EP/Capitol EBF-517 (Dorothy Shay with orchestra conducted by Billy May) [reissued on Here's Dorothy Shay, CD/Sepia 1078]
10. Snowbound, Roulette (S) SR-52091 (Sarah Vaughan with orchestra conducted by Don Costa) [reissued on Snowbound/The Lonely Hours, CD/EMI 855394]
11. Blue Monday-Piano Improvisations-Delicious, CD/Ermitage ERM 167S-2 (El Brendel and Manya Roberti) [soundtrack rendition also appears on George Gershwin, CD/Documents 223491-321/J]
12. My One And Only , CD/Altantic 7 80110-2 (Tommy Tune with orchestra conducted by Jack Lee)
13. George Gershwin Songs 1919-1949, Vol. 1, CD/Walden II (Jack Brent, piano)
14. American Dreamer: Heart Songs, CD/Troy 319 (Jean Danton with Thomas Stumpf, piano)
15. Everything I Love, CD/Blue Note 20827 (Elaine Elias, piano and voice, with rhythm accompaniment)
16. Gershwin, CD/Metronome 1060 (Nicola Hodges, piano)
17. Not A Care In The World, CD/Arbors 19169 (Rebecca Kilgore with Dave Frishberg, piano)
18. Classical Cabaret, CD/Rosa Lamoreaux no number (Rosa Lamoreaux)
19. Biding My Time, CD/Vivid Sound 097 (John Miller, guitar and voice)
20. Marni Nixon Sings Gershwin, CD/Reference RR-19CD (Marni Nixon with Lincoln Mayorga, piano)
21. Solo Flight, CD/Stash 573 (Bucky Pizzarelli, guitar)
22. Solos And Duets, CD/Jazz Classics JZCL-5007 (Bucky & John Pizzazelli)
23. Delishious, CD/Original Cast 9523 (Benjamin Sears with Bradford Connor, piano)
24. Delishious, CD/Original Cast 9523 (Benjamin Sears and Bradford Connor with Bradford Connor, piano) (Russian version)
25. Blah Blah Blah And Other Trifles, CD/Hyperion 66289 (Sarah Walker with Roger Vignoles)
26. Ladies Sing Gershwin, CD/Blue Moon 99907 (Jerri Winters)
27. George And Ira Gershwin: A Musical Celebration, CD/MCA MCAD2-10865 (Christine Ebersole with orchestra conducted by Ron Abel)
28. The Men In My Life, CD/RCA Victor 09026-62647-2 (Marilyn Horne with the American Theatre Orchestra conducted by Paul Gemignani)
29. Tell Me The Truth About Love, CD/ASV CDWHL 2124 (Mary Carewe)
30. American Rhapsody, CD/Jessisaraly Music JSD-001 (KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler with Mark Nadler, piano)
31. The Me Nobody Knows: A Tribute To New York, CD/RCA Victor 74321 957552 (H.R.H. Princess Christina of The Netherlands with Nico van der Linden, piano, and the Netherlands Promenade Orchestra conducted by Jurre Haanstra)
32. Nice Work If You Can Get It, CD/Shout! Factory 826663-13740 (Chris Sullivan and Robyn Hunter with orchestra conducted by Tom Murray)


In The Mandarin's Orchid Garden:

1. Blue Monday, Turnabout (S) TV-S 34638 (Rosalind Rees with Oresta Cybriwsky, piano)
2. Encore, CD/Decca 589050 (Sarah Brightman)
3. Where, Oh Where: Rare Songs Of The American Theatre, CD/Premier 1001 (Judy Kaye with Peter Howard, piano)
4. Green Up Time, CD/Plantiques 1127 (Ellen Zachos with Fred Hersh, piano, and rhythm accompaniment)


Yellow Blues [music later published as "Impromptu in Two Keys" and sometimes called "Blues In Two Keys"].
For recordings of "Impromptu In Two Keys," see:

1. George Gershwin: Piano Music, CD/Nonesuch 79151 (William Bolcom, piano)
2. Sweet And Low Down, CD/Klavier 11117 (Richard Dowling, piano)
3. George Gershwin: Complete Piano Works, CD/Bis 404 (Dag Achatz, piano)
4. That Certain Feeling, CD/Classics For Pleasure 3523462 (Richard Rodney Bennett, piano) [also found on Gershwin: Piano Works, CD/Carlton 372]
5. Rhapsody In Blue, CD/Vista CPD942 (Paul Bisaccia, piano)
6. George Gershwin, CD/Harmonia Mundi 901883 (Frank Braley, piano)
7. A Gershwin Celebration, CD/Sheffield Lab 10044 (Lincoln Mayorga, piano, and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra)
8. America, CD/ASV 2099 (Pro Arte Guitar Trio)
9. The Disc Drive Disc, CD/CBC 91 (Jurgen Gothe)
10. Fantasy In Blue: Purcell & Gershwin, CD/Atma Classique 22253 (Fuoco e Cenere with musical direction by Jay Bernfield)
11. Fascinating Rhythm: The Complete Music For Solo Piano By George Gershwin, CD/Hyperion 55006 (Angela Brownridge, piano)
12. Fascinating Rhythms, CD/Mastersound 214 (John Arpin, piano)
13. Gershwin, CD/Teldec 26202 (Fazil Say, piano)
14. George Gershwin: Original Works And Transcriptions For Solo Piano, CD/Koch 7595 (Sara Davis Buechner, piano)
15. George Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, CD/Solstice (unknown performer)
16. Gershwin Rediscovered, CD/Carlton 6600052 (Alicia Zizzo, piano)
17. Gershwin, CD/Carlton 70063 (Andrew Davis, piano)
18. Gershwin: Original Works And Transcriptions For Solo Piano, CD/Connoisseur Society 4191 (David Buechner, piano)
19. Gershwin: Piano Works, CD/Carlton 372 (Richard Rodney Bennett, piano)
20. Gershwin: Porgy & Bess; Preludes, CD/IMP 6700632 (unknown performer)
21. Rhapsody In Blue, CD/Glissando 779000 (Sebastian Knauer, piano)


Other Songs:

Awake, Children, Awake (unfinished lyric only)
China Girl (no lyric found in The Complete Lyrics Of Ira Gershwin)
East Is West# (unfinished lyric only)
Embraceable You## (later used in GIRL CRAZY)
I Speak English Now (unfinished lyric only)
Sing-Song Girl (unfinished)
Under The Cinnamon Tree
We Are Visitors Here### (unfinished lyric; music for patter section later used with new lyric for patter section of "Love Is Sweeping The Country" in OF THEE I SING but the remaining music is lost).

# The original 1918 version of EAST IS WEST included original Chinese songs by Robert Hood Bowers, including a number called "East Is West" (credited variously to either Bowers or to Silvio Hein and Hassard Short). Coincidentally, a piano roll recording of George Gershwin performing this earlier non-Gershwin version "East Is West" happens to exist but should not be confused with the Gershin song.

## I have not attempted to list all extant recordings of this well-known and oft-recorded Gershwin standard.

### Since pop covers of "Love Is Sweeping The Country" tend not to include the patter section and the use of patter section can only be verified by playing all such covers, I have not attempted to list all extant recordings of that song. However, there are several cast or studio cast albums of OF THEE I SING containing the patter section in question:

1. Of Thee I Sing, Capitol S-350 (Jonathan Lucas and Joann Mann with chorus and orchestra directed by Maurice Levine) [reissued as Capitol T-11651; CD/Angel ZDM 2435 65025 2 9; CD/DRG 19024]
2. Of Thee I Sing, CBS (S) S 31763 (Garrett Lewis and Chorus with orchestra directed by Peter Matz)
3. Of Thee I Sing, Custom Pressing (S) Z90091/94 (Germantown Friends School Chorus with musical direction by Larry Hoenig)
4. Of Thee I Sing/Let 'Em Eat Cake, CD/CBS M2K 42522 (George Dvorsky, Louise Edeiken, and The New York Chorale Artists with the Orchestra of St. Luke's conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas)