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 production, conducted 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!