Sally (Jerome Kern) 2-CDs (2005 Comic Opera Guild Recording)
Composer: Jerome Kern
Audio CD (double)
Comic Opera Guild
2-CDs with 22 songs from the Comic Opera Guild's performance of Sally, a musical comedy by Jerome Kern, with a book by Guy Bolton and lyrics by Clifford Grey, Buddy De Sylva, Anne Caldwell and P. G. Wodehouse. Inspired by the 19th century show, Sally in our Alley, it was originally produced by Florenz Ziegfeld, opening on December 21, 1920 at the New Amsterdam Theater on Broadway. It ran for 570 performances, one of the longest runs on Broadway at the time and by the time it closed in 1924, it was one of the most successful shows of the 1920s.
The show was designed as the musical comedy debut of Marilyn Miller, a 22-year old Ziegfeld Follies girl, who continued to be a star on Broadway until her death in 1936. Kern, Bolton, and Wodehouse had collaborated on a number of musical comedies at the Princess Theater and Sally combined the innocence of these earlier "Princess musicals" with the lavishness of the Ziegfeld Follies. Some material in the score is from previous Kern shows, including "Look for the Silver Lining" and "Whip-poor-will" (with lyrics by De Sylva, from the flop "Zip Goes a Million"); "The Lorelei" (lyrics by Anne Caldwell); and "You Can't Keep a Good Girl Down" and "The Church 'Round the Corner" (lyrics by Wodehouse). At the request of Ziegfeld, Victor Herbert was engaged to write the music to "The Butterfly Ballet" in Act Three.
The plot hinges on a mistaken-identity when Sally, a waif dishwasher at the Alley Inn poses as a famous foreign ballerina, rises to fame and finds love through joining the Ziegfeld Follies. There is a rags to riches story, a ballet as a centerpiece and a wedding as a finale.
The Night Time
Way Down East
On with the Dance
This Little Girl
Joan of Arc ("You Can't Keep a Good Girl Down")
Look for the Silver Lining
The Social Game
(On the Banks of) The Schnitza Komisski
The Church Around the Corner
Land of Butterflies
Finale - Dear Little Church 'Round the Corner