Roberta

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Studio Cast Recordings

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Studio Cast (1944)
Alfred Drake, Kitty Carlisle, Paula Laurence, Kathryn Meisle
Studio Cast (1952)
Gordon MacRae, Lucille Norman, Anne Triola
Studio Cast (1952)
Joan Roberts (i), Jack Cassidy, Kaye Ballard, Portia Nelson, Stephen Douglass

Demos & Pre-Production Recordings

  • No demos listed.

Source Material

Based on Alice Duer Miller's novel Gowns by Roberta


Synopsis

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Trivia & History

SCORE NOTES

  • "Prose Recital" arises from the bandleader giving Roberta the idea to use music and commentary for the fashion show. Recorded versions use this portion as part of the fashion show.
  • "The Showing at Roberta's", beginning with the 1935 film version, was replaced by "Lovely to Look At". Most revivals also use "Lovely to Look At" instead of the music for "The Showing at Roberta's".
  • The music for "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" was first written as a tap dance bit for a scene change in Show Boat (1927). Then it was used as a march for a theme song of a 1932 radio series of made-for-radio musicals which Jerome Kern was to write. The show, however, never got on the air.
  • "Clementina" is listed in some sources as a cut song. It was listed, however, in the original program as:
    • Scene Music Singer...............................George Djimos
  • Originally to have been sung by Lyda Roberti (who couldn't handle the pace of this almost patter-song), it was replaced by a reprise of "I'll Be Hard to Handle". In the Town Hall concert revival it was performed as listed above and was not marked as one of the cut songs.
  • We have been unable to determine if the music for "The Most Exciting Night" was used previously in a show or if it was written as an independent song. Kern died in 1945 so it could not have been written explicitly for the 1952 film. We believe it is most probable that it uses Kern music from something different with lyrics written for the film.

Alternate Titles

  • Gowns by Roberta (pre-Broadway title)
  • Lovely to Look At (film version title)


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