‘S Audio!

Welcome to a new Wildcard Wednesday, on a Tuesday! Tomorrow we’ll see the start of Empty Nest coverage, but in the meantime, this week also marks the 35th anniversary of Fred Astaire’s passing. So, I thought we’d salute this talented gent by revisiting one of his hits — the ‘s wonderful Funny Face (1927), in which he starred with his sister Adele and got to introduce a top-drawer Gershwin score, including such gems as the title song, “High Hat,” “‘S Wonderful,” “Let’s Kiss And Make Up,” “He Loves And She Loves,” and “My One And Only.”

We’ve singled out this iconic tunestack several times before, but now I’ve got a real treat for subscribers — who comment below to alert me of their private, non-commercial interest. It’s access to an audio (with songs tracked out) of the 2016 Musicals Tonight production of Funny Face, which features cut classics and some heretofore never-before-recorded numbers. Below is an example — the opening “Birthday Party.” It’s cute and oh-so-melodically Gershwin!



Come back next week for another Wildcard! And stay tuned tomorrow for Empty Nest! 

26 thoughts on “‘S Audio!

  1. It’s astonishing that there’s no complete (or even semi-complete) recording of ‘Funny Face,’ especially when one considers how many wonderful hit songs it generated. I so admire Musicals Tonight for tackling a reconstruction of the show. Would love to be able to hear their renditions of the hit songs alongside the all-but-unknown songs like “Birthday Party.” Thanks!

  2. Jackson, as a Gershwin fan, I’d love to hear this recording. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hi Jackson

    It will be wonderful” and marvelous to hear the music to “Funny Face”.

    So many familiar songs and songs not heard before will be a treat.

    Thanks for bringing the ” old” and the unfamilar songs to us.


    • Hi, Miranda! Thanks for reading and commenting — and subscribing!

      I have emailed you at your gmail address.

  4. Yes. Please. Very grateful if you’d send the 2016 version of Funny Face. And thank you so much for this offer.

  5. Hi, Jackson! I haven’t posted in a long time, but I have kept up with your blog and continue to enjoy your masterful knowledge of the history and myriad pleasures of the sitcom form. Classic American musicals are my first love and the opportunity to hear rare and unrecorded songs by the masters of the art is greatly appreciated.
    You were kind enough to send me the Goodspeed recording of Funny Face and I would love to hear the Musicals Tonight version.

  6. Love your wildcards! You come up with the most amazing things. I’d love a copy of Funny Face. Thanks so much for the offer.

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