Wikipedia defines "jukebox musical" as a stage or film musical that uses previously released popular songs as its musical score". I've never liked them very much, particularly when a plot is created and songs written as pop songs or songs from other shows are awkwardly shoehorned in. I'm beginning to realize, though, that I particularly don't like jukebox musicals when I don't like the songs. I'm not a rock and roll kind of guy, so shows like ROCK OF AGES or MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET are automatically on my stay-at-home list. On the other hand, I've always liked ABBA songs, do so I don't mind MAMMA MIA. Also, I've really enjoyed productions of MARRY ME A LITTLE, a compilation of Sondheim trunk songs, and AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' introduced me to the music of Fats Waller.
This is all a prelude to comments on PS Classics' THE LAND WHERE THE GOOD SONGS GO, a new 2-CD recording of songs with music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by several of his collaborators. The booklet includes a synopsis of the plot into which the songs fit. Thus it really is a form of jukebox musical. I officially don't care! I love the songs of Jerome Kern - I guess "I'm Old Fashioned". The show includes a few standards, including "All the Things You Are", "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", and "Long Ago and Far Away". The classic "Bill" is here, though in its pre-SHOW BOAT form with only the P.G. Wodehouse lyrics. I could single out some individual songs - the medleys of "In the Heart of the Dark" and "Just Let Me Look at You"; "Till the Clouds Roll By" and "Look for the Silver Lining"; songs new to me, particularly comic songs like " Ain't it Funny What a Difference a Few Drinks Make", "Bill's a Liar", and "Never Marry a Girl with Cold Feet". Even when some of them have been re-arranged, I just don't mind. The performances are great. I have to mention all the singers - Kate Baldwin, Heidi Blickenstaff, Rebecca Luker, Philip Chaffin, Graham Rowatt, Matthew Scott, plus musical direction and arrangements by David Loud, with a small ensemble of 8. If you like the music of Jerome Kern, I recommend this highly.