A very nice project, and very welcome to hear. This show may not be the most important Gershwin ever. But this is a very fine recording with excellent performances from all concerned, impressive arrangements. and there's some sparkling, impressive music that shows the composer's ability on the 'verge' of creating 'Rhapsody in Blue' and other classics.
And it also shows his ability and distinction with the kind of fare that Irving Berlin or Jerome Kern were doing too early '20's. So it's a nice addition to that 'early
musical' style and also aptly demonstrates Buddy De Sylva's lyrical ability. If the songs are lighter perhaps than those GG would write with
Ira, they also have their own impudent and amusing style. Very nice liner notes about the early Gershwin years, the story around the creation of
the musical, and some facts about the now-forgotten star, Constance Binney. In some respects, this show is almost an early precursor of other
'New York character' musicals like the much later Guys and Dolls, so impressive that way too. I think this would appeal to anyone who likes Gershwin,
'20's/early '30's musicals, or just wants to hear what some of the best theatrical voices around today can do with older Broadway fare.