June 19, 2007
CD110 in the Shade (PS Classics). The original-cast recording of the Roundabout Theatre Company's small-scale revival of the 1963 Tom Jones-Harvey Schmidt musical version of The Rainmaker, starring Audra McDonald as a plain Jane from rural Texas who longs for love. McDonald's performance is every bit as sensational as you've heard, but the show itself is the real star: the score is by turns wistful, sprightly and warmly lyrical. If you've never heard it and can't get to Studio 54 before it closes on July 29, this CD will give you a good idea of what you've been missing all these years (TT).
Posted June 19, 2007 11:40 PM