|1991 Tony nominees|
Cady Huffman, Keith Carradine
|Double 1991 Tony winner Tommy Tune|
and the New Ziegfeld Girls
That score was, fortunately, preserved in a very excellent Original Broadway Cast Recording. Even the big production numbers come off as exciting as seeing them performed. Just as in the show, the opening number, "Will-a-Mania" builds and builds, so that by the end of the track, you can sense the company welcoming Will Rogers making his entrance from a giant lasso descending from the rafters. And the big political rally number, "Favorite Son," made even more famous with its show-stopping appearance on the Tony Awards that year. It's almost as fun to listen to as it is to watch! "Presents for Mrs. Rogers" is a tribute to the fashion extravaganza numbers that were a hallmark of the real Ziegfeld Follies. What is wonderful here is that the music and lyrics evoke this stylish bit of theater history so brilliantly.
|The Rogers Family: Keith Carradine and|
Dee Hoty (top) with the Kids
If you aren't familiar with this Tony-winning classic, this beautiful cast recording is a great place to start. And with its wry sense of humor toward everything from the press to the presidency to the environment, it is both refreshing and very present. Revival, anyone?