ROBERTA



Composer: Jerome Kern
Lyricist: Otto Harbach

Opened: November 18, 1933, New Amsterdam Theatre, N.Y.C.
Performances: 294

Note: Only recordings of material not otherwise found on the 1952 studio cast album, Columbia ML 4765 [reissued as CD/DRG 19073] are noted below.


Act One Finale:

1. Roberta, CD/New World 80760-2 (Laura Daniel, Patrick Cummings, John Molloy, Kim Criswell, Annalene Beechey, Jeanne Lehman, Stephen Cole, Adam Alexander, Kyle Guglielmo, Justin Keyes, Michael Marcotte, Timothy McDevitt, Patrick Mellen, and Kevin Vortmann with the Orchestra of Ireland conducted by Rob Berman)


Armful Of Trouble (cut):

1. 78/Victor 24505 (Neil Buckley with Don Bestor and His Orchestra)
2. Roberta, CD/New World 80760-2 (Jason Graae, Laura Daniel, Tally Sessions, and Jeanne Lehman with the Orchestra of Ireland conducted by Rob Berman)


Clementina (cut):

1. Roberta, CD/New World 80760-2 (Kim Criswell, Tally Sessions, Jeanne Lehman, Laura Daniel, and Ensemble with the Orchestra of Ireland conducted by Rob Berman)


Dance Scene:

1. Roberta, CD/New World 80760-2 (Laural Daniel, Annalene Beechey, Jason Graae, and Tally Sessions with the Orchestra of Ireland conducted by Rob Berman)


Don't Ask Me Not To Sing (originally used in THE CAT AND THE FIDDLE):

1. Roberta, 78/Decca album DA 374 (Alfred Drake with Male Chorus directed by Jeffry Alexander and orchestra conducted by Harry Sosnik) [reissued as CD/Decca Broadway 440 018 731-2]
2. 78/Decca K-649 (unidentified female with the Palace Theatre Orchestra conducted by Hyam Greenbaum) [reissued on American In London In The 1930's, CD/Encore's Box Office ENBO-CD #3/92]
3. 78/Victor 12418 (Victor Light Opera) [reissued on The Music Of Jerome Kern, RCA Camden (M) CAL-243]
4. Roberta, Capitol (M) L 334 (Gordon MacRae with orchestra and orchestra conducted by George Greeley) [reissued on The Best Of Gordon MacRae, CD/Capitol/Special 18939]
5. Roberta, Rondolette (S) SA158 unknown performer with orchestra directed by Richard Muller-Lampertz)
6. The Merry Widow & The Cat And The Fiddle, Hollywood Soundstage 5015 (Ramon Navarro and Jeanette McDonald) [reissued on CAS/Hollywood Soundstage HSC-5015]
7. Life's A Funny Present: More Broadway Flops & Roadkills 1919-1955, CD/Rialto SLRR-9306 (Scott Harlan, Susan Watson, Ann Morrison, and Greg MacKellan with musical direction by David Holcenberg)
8. Just Kern, CD/Elba CACD 5005-2 (Andrea Marcovicci with orchestra conducted by Glenn Mehrbach)
9. Journeys, CD/Original Cast 10 (Sally Martin)
10. The Cat And The Fiddle, CD/Comic Opera Guild (Greg Wakefield and Elizabeth Cedroni with Adam Aceto and Patrick Johnson, pianos)
11. Hollywood Greats Presents Gordon MacRae, CD/Hitland HG 002 (Lucille Norman, Anne Triola, and Gorodn MacRae)
12. Roberta, CD/New World 80760-2 (Jason Graae, Adam Alexander, Kyle Guglielmo, Justin Keyes, Michael Marcotte, Timothy McDevitt, Patrick Mellen, and Kevin Vortmann with the Orchestra of Ireland conducted by Rob Berman)


Entr'acte:

1. Roberta, CD/New World 80760-2 (Orchestra of Ireland conducted by Rob Berman)


Exit Music:

1. Roberta, CD/New World 80760-2 (Orchestra of Ireland conducted by Rob Berman)


Fashion Show (L: Dorothy Fields) (written for the film version):

1. Roberta, 78/Decca album DA 374 (Alfred Drake and the Jeff Alexander Chorus with orchestra conducted by Harry Sosnik) [reissued as CD/Decca Broadway 440 018 731-2]
2. Roberta, Capitol (M) L 334 (Gordon MacRae with chorus and orchestra conducted by George Greeley) [reissued on Hollywood Greats: Gordon MacRae, CD/Hitland HG 002]
3. Hollywood On The Air Presents The Feminine Touch, Startone (M) ST-204 (Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Irene Dunne)
4. Hollywood Greats Presents Gordon MacRae, CD/Hitland HG 002 (Lucille Norman, Anne Triola, and Gorodn MacRae)


Finaletto (Act 1):

1. Roberta, CD/New World 80760-2 (Patrick Cummings, Jason Graae, Tally Sessions, Adam Alexander, Kyle Guglielmo, Justin Keyes, Michael Marcotte, Timothy McDevitt, Patrick Mellen, and Kevin Vortmann with the Orchestra of Ireland conducted by Rob Berman)


Go Tell Aunt Rhody (M: Traditional; L: Richard "Red" Skelton) (written for the film LOVELY TO LOOK AT):

1. Lovely To Look At, CD/Sony Music Special Products AK 47027 (Red Sketon) (labeled "The Irish Tenor")


Hot Spot:

1. Roberta, CD/New World 80760-2 (Kim Criswell, Aine Mulvey, Christina Whyte, Mary O'Sullivan, Tally Session, Adam Alexander, Kyle Guglielmo, Justin Keyes, Michael Marcotte, Timothy McDevitt, Patrick Mellen, and Kevin Vortmann with the Orchestra of Ireland conducted by Rob Berman)


Lafayette (L: Dorothy Fields) (based on "Clementina" with lyrics written for the film LOVELY TO LOOK AT):

1. Lovely To Look At, MGM E 150 (Howard Keel, Red Skelton, and Gower Champion with the M-G-M Studio Orchestra conducted by Carmen Dragon) [reissued on CD/Rhino RHM2 7842]


Lindy Hop:

1. Roberta, CD/New World 80760-2 (Orchestra of Ireland conducted by Rob Berman)


The Most Exciting Night (L: Otto Harbach; Dorothy Fields) (revised version of "Armful Of Trouble" written for the film LOVELY TO LOOK AT):

1. Lovely To Look At, CD/Rhino RHM2 7842 (Howard Keel with the M-G-M Studio Orchestra conducted by Carmen Dragon)
2. Lovely To Look At, CD/Rhino RHM2 7842 (M-G-M Studio Orchestra conducted by Carmen Dragon) (music part of "Fashion Show Part I")
3. Jerome Kern In London And Hollywood, CD/Rialto Recordings SLRR-9201 (Michael Piontek with musical direction by David Holcenberg)


Oh Frenchy (M/L: Con Conrad; Sam Ehrlich) (included in the film version):

1. 78/Columbia A 2569 (Arthur Fields with orchestra) [also 78/Edison 50476; 78/Victor 18489; 78/Victor 18489]
2. 78/Gramophone HE 2291 ("Fats" Waller and His Rhythm) [also 78/Bluebird B 10658; 78/Victor 20-1595; reissued on A Good Man Is Hard To Find: The Middle Years, Part 2, CD/Bluebird RCA 66552]
3. 78/V Disc 359 ("Fats" Waller and His Rhythm) [reissued on V-Disc Recordings, CD/Collectors' Choice Music 6672]
4. 78/Okeh 1061 (Elaine Gordon with orchestral accompaniment)
5. 78/Victor 18511 (Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra)
6. Song Hits Of 1918, Vocalion-Vl 7 (Ray Benson Orchestra)
7. Party All My Troubles Away, CD/Phantom Records 224090 (Pete "Banjo" Meyer & The European Jazz Giants)
A radio transcription performed by Bob Grant's Orchestra is also known to exist.


Opening Night (L: Dorothy Fields) (music based on "Don't Ask Me Not To Sing"; written for the film LOVELY TO LOOK AT):

1. Jerome Kern Revisited Vol. IV, Painted Smiles PS 1380 (Kaye Ballard and Chorus) [reissued on Jerome Kern Revisisted, CD/Painted Smiles PSCD-113]
2. Lovely To Look At, CD/Rhino RHM2 7842 (Howard Keel, Red Skelton, and Gower Champion with the M-G-M Studio Orchestra conducted by Carmen Dragon)
3. Lovely To Look At, CD/Rhino RHM2 7842 (Howard Keel, Red Skelton, and Gower Champion with the M-G-M Studio Orchestra conducted by Carmen Dragon) (unused extended version-partial outtake)


Opening of Scene 4:

1. Roberta, CD/New World 80760-2 (Annalene Beechey, Jason Graae, Laura Daniel, and Jeanne Lehman with the Orchestra of Ireland conducted by Rob Berman)


Russian Lullaby (L: Dorothy Fields) (written for the film version):

1. Roberta, Classic International Filmusicals C.I.F. 3011 (Irene Dunne) [also found on Jerome Kern 1934-8, JJA (M) 19747; Roberta, CAS/Sandy Hook CSH-2061]


Scene and Sidonie's Reprise:

1. Roberta, CD/New World 80760-2 (John Molloy, Eamonn Mulhall, Patrick Cummings, Annalene Beechey, and Mary O'Sullivan with the Orchestra of Ireland conducted by Rob Berman)


Scene and Trio:

1. Roberta, CD/New World 80760-2 (Kim Criswell, Michele McKenzie, Mary O'Sullivan, Aine Mulvey, and Christina Whyte with the Orchestra of Ireland conducted by Rob Berman)


Scene Change:

1. Roberta, CD/New World 80760-2 (Jason Graae and Patrick Cummings with the Orchestra of Ireland conducted by Rob Berman)


Sewing Dept. Dance (inst.):

1. Roberta, CD/New World 80760-2 (Orchestra of Ireland conducted by Rob Berman)


Wardrobe Scene:

1. Roberta, CD/New World 80760-2 (Annalene Beechey, Patrick Cummings, Michele McKenzie, Mary O'Sullivan, Christina Whyte, and Aine Mulvey with the Orchestra of Ireland conducted by Rob Berman)



Unrecorded Material:

Dance Finaletto
Entrance Of Clementina Schwarenka
Entrance Of Stephanie
Scene And Pas De Seul
Scene Music 
You Inspire A Mad Desire (cut)

Note:  One or more of the above unrecorded material might appear as underscoring on the New Worlds studio recording, or under a different title.