LP0151. MUSIC IN THE AIR, (scheduled as an Original Cast Recording of the 1951 revival, however due to the show's unsuccessful run, the only cast member whose songs appear on the LP is Jane Pickens). RCA early blue label LK 1025. [Pristine copy of this rarity!]
“RCA Victor contracted to record the 1951 Broadway revival of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's 1932 musical MUSIC IN THE AIR, but the show lasted less than two months, and the label scaled back its commitment to this disc of the songs sung primarily by the star of the show, Jane Pickens. Pickens sings seven of the ten songs on the LP, with Al Goodman & His Orchestra. The recording is particularly welcome, since there was no full-length recording of the original production, nor even any individual tracks by members of the original cast. The hits of the score were ‘I've Told Ev'ry Little Star’ and ‘The Song Is You’, and those remain the most memorable songs here, but Pickens has a voice that displays both formal training (a good thing, given that this is an operetta) and also warmth and character, as called for in a popular stage musical, so she shines not only on the standards, but also on songs like ‘One More Dance’ (which she shares with the Guild Choristers) and ‘In Egern on the Tegern See’. She, the chorus, and the orchestra give a good sense of a Kern score that deliberately is one of his closest to being a Viennese-style operetta.”
- William Ruhlmann, allmusic.com
“MUSIC IN THE AIR is a musical written by Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics and book) and Jerome Kern (music). The musical premiered on Broadway in 1932, and followed on the team's success with the musical SHOW BOAT from 1927.
A 1951 Broadway revival ran from October 8, 1951 through November 24, 1951 at the Ziegfeld Theatre. Directed by Oscar Hammerstein II the cast featured Jane Pickens, Dennis King and Charles Winninger. Because of possible anti-German feeling after World War II Hammerstein changed the setting from Munich to Zürich with the resulting Swiss nationalities.”