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The Siren's Song: Wodehouse and Kern on Broadway

by Maria Jette & Dan Chouinard

21 sparkling examples of PG Wodehouse & Jerome Kern's witty, silly and poignant collaborations for the revolutionary "Princess Musicals" on Broadway, 1917-1924.
Genre: Classical: Musical Theater
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1. All Full of Talk (From "Miss Springtime")
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2. Honeymoon Inn (From "Have a Heart")
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3. Polly Believed in Preparedness (From "Have a Heart")
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4. Have a Heart (From "Have a Heart")
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5. Napoleon (From "Have a Heart")
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6. Bright Lights (From "Have a Heart")
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7. An Old-Fashioned Wife (From "Oh Boy!")
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8. We're Going to Be Pals (From "Oh Boy!")
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9. Ain't It a Grand and Glorious Feeling (From "Oh Boy!")
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10. Poor Prune (From "Leave It to Jane")
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11. The Siren's Song (From "Leave It to Jane")
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12. The Sun Shines Brighter (From "Leave It to Jane")
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13. Bungalow in Quogue (From "The Riviera Girl")
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14. The Picture I Want to See (From "Miss 1917")
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15. I'm the Old Man in the Moon (From "Miss 1917")
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16. Moon Song (From "Oh Lady! Lady!!")
Maria Jette, Richard Kriehn & Dan Chouinard
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17. Our Little Nest (From "Oh Lady! Lady!!")
Maria Jette, Richard Kriehn & Dan Chouinard
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18. Bill (From "Oh Lady! Lady!!")
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19. Joan of Arc (From "Sally")
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20. The Church 'round the Corner (From "Sally")
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21. Days Gone By (From "Sitting Pretty")
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This is the trio of musical fame,
Bolton and Wodehouse and Kern:
Better than anyone else you can name,
Bolton and Wodehouse and Kern.
Nobody knows what on earth they’ve been bitten by;
All I can say is I mean to get lit an’ buy
Orchestra seats for the next one that’s written by
Bolton and Wodehouse and Kern.

This famous verse, published anonymously but now generally attributed to George S. Kaufman (although Bud de Sylva and Lorenz Hart have their boosters), sums up the New York public’s enthusiasm for the wildly successful entertainments devised by these three Titans of the nascent American musical stage. This partnership—Guy Bolton writing the book, P.G. Wodehouse the lyrics, and Jerome Kern the music— spanned 1916 to 1924. They worked together on nine musicals whose enormous popularity in the early Jazz Age had largely faded by WWII. Today, you’d be hard pressed to find a musical theater maven who’s heard of Oh, Lady! Lady!! outside the world of ardent Kern devotees— or, of course, your local chapter of The Wodehouse Society.

The dainty, 299 seat Princess Theatre opened in 1913, designed as a venue for straight drama. When several productions failed to draw an audience, though, theatrical agent Bessie Marbury and producer Ray Comstock brought the promising young Jerome Kern on board, suggesting something new: smaller-scale musicals for the Princess’ intimate space and excellent acoustics. Kern suggested British writer Guy Bolton as collaborator, and they embarked on nudging American musical theater away from the expensive operetta-style extravaganzas, and toward something more modern: funnier, nimbler, and just as importantly, cheaper. Bolton and Kern created two successes for the Princess in 1915, Nobody’s Home and Very Good, Eddie. A young Englishman who was reviewing Eddie for Vanity Fair (and actually writing just about every word in Vanity Fair at the time) caught Jerry Kern’s eye. He and Pelham Grenville (Plum) Wodehouse had worked happily together in London ten years earlier, on The Beauty of Bath. It was pretty clear that Bolton and Kern could use a higher quality lyricist, and Plum was shortly signed on. 

The series of shows they wrote for the Princess were ground-breaking in several ways: much smaller casts and instrumentation—only eleven players could fit in the Princess’ pit, as opposed to a 35 piece operetta orchestra;  modern American characters in nice American clothes and settings, as opposed to magnificent Ruritanian aristocrats in bejeweled gowns and gilded palaces; and perhaps best of all, musical numbers which emerged from the story, rather than various novelty songs and singers’ pet showpieces dropped willy-nilly into a vague “plot.”

The happy bond between Bolton and Wodehouse lasted the rest of their lives, but their friendships with Kern withered, and he moved on to other librettists and lyricists. For just under a decade, though, this potent troika had shown Broadway a really great time.

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Performing a short program of Wodehouse songs at a delightful 2009 convention of The Wodehouse Society led Dan Chouinard and me to record a passel of Wodehouse lyrics in 2011, In Our Little Paradise: Songs of PG Wodehouse. As Plum had been a “lyrist” (the moniker he preferred to “lyricist”) for numerous shows by composers who weren’t the famous and much-recorded Jerome Kern, we decided Novello, Schwartz, Hirsch, Kálmán et al. merited their days back in the sun, and included just four Kern numbers (the irresistible Cleopatterer, for one).

The Wodehouse world’s reception of that effort was so heartening that we decided to tackle another recording— and this all-Kern program is the result. Of the numbers we've included from these nine shows, there are only a handful which get regular airings today, and several which have never been recorded. Some brilliant thinker at Masters Music Publications has made scores for many of the songs from these shows available in several nicely-priced volumes by year of publication, and most academic music libraries own them. Sheet music rarities have been popping up online, too, including entire piano/vocal scores of shows like Sally, thanks to the partnership between Google Books and our great academic libraries. It’s a grand and glorious time to resurrect this fascinating and entertaining material— just add piano and voice, and serve!

NOTE: The CD contains a jolly, fat booklet, jam-packed with info about the shows, all the lyrics, footnotes and links (e.g the Wodehouse Societies, both US and UK), and biographies of the artists. Unfortunately, there's no way to include that in CD Baby's digital sales-- yet. Until that happy day, we hope you'll enjoy any digital downloads-- but suggest you'll get even more out of this music if you go for the luxury package, otherwise known as the old-fangled CD!

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