Delishious — The Latest Gershwin
December 31, 2019
Some highlights in the world of George and Ira Gershwin for the last month of 2019:
Let ‘Em Eat Cake, the Gershwins’ sequel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning satirical comedy Of Thee I Sing, received a rare performance in November. The one-night concert at Carnegie Hall was put on by MasterVoices and featured Broadway stars Bryce Pinkham, Kevin Chamberlin, and Mikaela Bennett. Reviewers called the evening “splendid,” “sublimely sung and divinely played,” and a “delicious treat.” The concert marked the third Gershwin show MasterVoices has done in the last two years: they staged Of Thee I Sing in 2017 and Lady in the Dark this past spring.
The late Judy Garland received an unexpected posthumous Top 10 hit with a remix of “The Man That Got Away,” Ira Gershwin and Harold Arlen’s classic number from A Star Is Born, which was featured in the recent biopic, Judy, starring Renée Zellweger.
Michael Feinstein’s upcoming disc, Gershwin Country, to be released next spring by Concord Records, will feature the premiere Gershwin interpreter alongside a raft of country music stars, including Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Amy Grant, Brad Paisley, Lyle Lovett, and Rosanne Cash.
— Michael Owen