Roberta (Original Score)

ROBERTA: A Musical Comedy In Two Acts

Adapted from the novel by Alice Duer Miller Book and Lyrics by Otto Harbach Music by Jerome Kern

Annalene Beechey, Kim Criswell, Patrick Cummings, Jason Graae, Diana Montague, Laura Daniel, Jeanne Lehman, John Molloy, Eamonn Mulhall, Tally Sessions and Orchestra of Ireland Conducted by Rob Berman

Roberta, a musical comedy by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach, which opened at New York's New Amsterdam Theatre in November 1933, was intended to follow a similar structure of his two previous musicals, The Cat And The Fiddle (1931) and Music In The Air (1932). These musicals were chic, sophisticated tapestries of dialogue, song, and dance interwoven with nearly continuous underscoring. Based on Alice Duer Miller's novel, Gowns By Roberta, the musical is a romantic coming-of-age comedy about a young American's growth from naïve college athlete to sophisticated owner of his Great-aunt Minnie's Parisian fashion house. Like The Cat and The Fiddle, which had been set in Brussels, Roberta presents a comedic clash between Old World Europe and brash New World America Likewise, the wonderful Kern score contrasts such haunting songs as "The Touch Of your Hand" and "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" with the brassy "I'll Be Hard to Handle" and "Let's Begin." Conducted by Rob Berman, one of Broadway's finest musical directors, the cast includes West End, Broadway, and opera stars Kim Criswell, Annalene Beechey, Jason Graae, and Diana Montague. There have been previous recordings of the songs from Roberta, but this is the first recording of the complete score in its original orchestrations by Kern's orchestrator-of-choice, Robert Russell Bennett.

Kim Criswell

Roberta (Original Score)

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Roberta, Act I: Let's Begin
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Roberta, Act I: Lindy Hop
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Roberta, Act I: Madrigal
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Roberta, Act I: You're Devastating
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Roberta, Act I: Dialogue 1
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Roberta, Act I: Finaletto
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Roberta, Act I: Dialogue 2
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Roberta, Act I: You're Devastating - Stephanie's Reprise
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Roberta, Act I: Dialogue 3
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Roberta, Act I: Yesterdays
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Roberta, Act I: Dialogue 4
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Roberta, Act I: Dialogue 5
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Roberta, Act I: Something Had to Happen
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Roberta, Act I: Rhapsody in Prose
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Roberta, Act I: Dialogue 6
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Roberta, Act I: The Touch of Your Hand - Aunt Minnie's Death
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Roberta, Act I: Scene and Trio
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Roberta, Act I: Scene and Sidonie's Reprise
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Roberta, Act I: Scene 4 - Opening
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Roberta, Act I: Fashion Show
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Roberta, Act I: I'll Be Hard to Handle
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Roberta, Act I: "Yesterdays" Dance
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Roberta, Act I: Finale
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Roberta: Entr'acte
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Roberta, Act Ii: Hot Spot
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Roberta, Act Ii: Dialogue 7
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Roberta, Act Ii: Scene - Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
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Roberta, Act Ii: Dialogue 8
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Roberta, Act Ii: Let's Begin - Reprise 1
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Roberta, Act Ii: Dance Scene
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Roberta, Act Ii: Dialogue 9
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Roberta, Act Ii: Something Had to Happen - Reprise
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Roberta, Act Ii: Dialogue 10
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Roberta, Act Ii: Let's Begin - Reprise 2 and Sewing Dept. Dance
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Roberta, Act Ii: Don't Ask Me Not to Sing
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Rroberta, Act Ii: The Touch of Your Hand - Party Performance
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Roberta, Act Ii: Scene Change
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Roberta, Act Ii: Wardrobe Scene
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Roberta, Act Ii: Clementina
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Roberta, Act Ii: Reprises - I'll Be Hard to Handle & Let's Begin
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Roberta, Act Ii: Finale Ultimo
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Roberta, Appendix: Armful of Trouble
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Roberta, Appendix: I Won't Dance
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Roberta, Appendix: Lovely to Look At
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Roberta: Exit Music
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Roberta: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
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