Leave It To Kern

Welcome to a new Musical Theatre Monday! This month, we’re celebrating the 105th anniversary of a charming “Princess Theater Show” — the bouncy Leave It To Jane, which boasts a score by Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, and actually opened not at the then-booked Princess Theater, but instead at the Longacre, in August 1917. (More here.)

In honor of this formative piece of musical theatre, I’m happy to offer — for subscribers who comment below to alert me of their private, non-commercial interest — access to a songs-only audience recording of the 1985 Town Hall concert productionconducted by John McGlinn (who would later record Leave It To Jane in studio, with much of this same cast, for a still unreleased album). As a sample of this audio, here’s the glorious “The Sun Shines Brighter.”



Come back next month for a new musical rarity! And stay tuned for more Evening Shade!

28 thoughts on “Leave It To Kern

  1. Hii Jackson
    Love to hear “Leave it to Jane”. Please send the access to the show.. Thanks for bringing these older musicals back so they won’t be lost.


  2. Hi Jackson, yes please can i hear this recording of Leave it to Jane. I love Jerome Kern and John Mcglin, who devited a lot of his talents to resurrecting Old shows of Jerome. Thank you so much for sharing this.
    Bob Murphy

  3. Hello,
    Please send the Town Hall concert of “Leave it to Jane”.
    I would like to thank you for vastly expanding the public’s access to the works of Jerome Kern.
    Thank you,
    F. R.

  4. Dear Jackson: Yes! Please send me the Leave It To Jane recording. Thank you so much for so many interesting discoveries and all of your wonderful posts! Paul Berg

  5. I can never get enough of Kern’s songs. I would love to hear this recording. hopefully more of the McGlinn recordings will be released.

  6. Hi, Jackson. I think my earlier request for the Leave It to Jane download has gone astray. I am very eager to hear this score under McGlinn. Thank you!


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