||GEORGE GERSHWIN and IRA GERSHWIN
Book by Guy Bolton and Fred Thompson
Starring Emily Loesser, Lewis J. Stadlen, Andy Taylor, Lee Wilkof, Mark Baker, Cynthia Sophiea, Rachel Coloff, Alet Oury; with Joseph Thalken and John Musto at the pianos and the cast and orchestra from the Carnegie Hall concert production
Restored, produced and conducted by Rob Fisher
GEORGE GERSHWIN, IRA GERSHWIN and B.G. DeSYLVA
Tell Me More
Book by Fred Thompson and William K. Wells
David Garrison, Christine Ebersole, Sally Mayes, Diane Fratantoni, Philip Chaffin, and Patrick Cassidy, special guest appearance by Kathleen Noone
Orchestrations by Russell Warner; Restored and produced by Tommy Krasker
Music Direction by Rob Fisher
Tip-Toes, which made its Broadway debut on December 28, 1925, was produced by Alex A. Aarons and Vinton Freedley, who had been the producers of the Gershwins' smash hit Lady, Be Good! the year before. Attempting to repeat that success, they once again combined the same book writers, Guy Bolton and Fred Thompson, with the Gershwin brothers. Tip-Toes was well received by audiences and the press, and ran for 194 performances. It was given a subsequent production at the Winter Garden Theatre in London, opening August 31, 1926, running for 181 performances.
One of the most overlooked Gershwin shows, Tell Me More was also the most unlikely of Jazz Age musicals. In an era marked by lavish extravaganzas and brash star vehicles, Tell Me More, which opened on April 13, 1925, relied on charm, modesty, and an impish sense of humor. Because it failed to recoup its investment on Broadway, it was relegated to the list of Gershwin flops; because its score was largely forgotten, it has been widely regarded as a minor effort. In truth, it's a key show. As the only full-length collaboration between George and Ira Gershwin and B.G. DeSylva, it combines the delicacy and grace of the scores George had written earlier in the decade with DeSylva and the bold wit he had pioneered in partnership with his brother Ira four months earlier in Lady, Be Good! The best of both worlds, Tell Me More was a one-of-a-kind achievement.