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Album Release Date:
 May 22, 2012

what the critics are saying

“Quite the wonderful discovery! George Gershwin's music is quite bright, bouncy, sprightly, spiffy, springy delight and, to paraphrase Cole Porter, so is the work of the lyricist: it's delightful, it's delicious, it's DeSylva -- at his best!”
–Talkin' Broadway

“A stunning studio recording. The disc is filled not only with some lighter-than-air and instantly infectious melodies, but also a host of flavorsome performances.”

“Delightfully good! A delicious slice of early Gershwin!”

“PS Classics has done it again! Delightful tunes by Gershwin, snappy lyrics by DeSylva and sensational singing!”
–Next Magazine

“A forgotten little gem from 1924! Gershwin's music is frothy and loaded with vintage twenties style. And the lyrics by B.G. DeSylva are at once wickedly amusing and, for their day and era, surprisingly clever and biting.”
–Style Chicago

Sweet Little Devil
2012 Studio Cast Recording
George Gershwin & B.G. DeSylva

George Gershwin's long-lost musical, 1924's Sweet Little Devil, receives its world premiere recording, as PS Classics continues its acclaimed Forgotten Musicals series. Featuring lyrics by George's then-regular collaborator, B.G. (Buddy) DeSylva - with whom he penned such early hits as "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise" and "Somebody Loves Me" - Sweet Little Devil, George's earliest surviving score, reveals Gershwin's gift for memorable melodies already in full flower, and hints at the driving rhythms and bold blues notes that would characterize his later work. During the Broadway run of Sweet Little Devil, George premiered his Rhapsody in Blue, forever changing the course of his career, then forged a lifelong partnership with his brother Ira; DeSylva went on to join Lew Brown and Ray Henderson on some of the Great White Way's merriest entertainments, including Good News and Flying High. Now, a cast of Broadway veterans - including Bethe Austin, Danny Burstein, Philip Chaffin, Sara Jean Ford, Jason Graae, Rebecca Luker and Sally Wilfert - join conductor Sam Davis and vocal arranger David Loud in bringing this forgotten Gershwin gem back to life with its original Robert Russell Bennett orchestrations. PS Classics invites you to enjoy the genius that is George Gershwin, at the moment when he was finding the musical voice that would come to define him.

track listing
  1. Overture
  2. Strike, Strike, Strike
  3. You're Mighty Lucky
  4. Virginia
  5. Someone Believes in You
  6. The Jijibo
  7. "Sam and Joyce scheme"
  8. Our Little Kitchenette
  9. Finale Act I
  10. Quite a Party
  11. Under a One-Man Top
  12. Flirtation Ballet
  13. "Joyce and May scheme"
  14. Matrimonial Handicap
  15. Just Supposing
  16. Hey! Hey! Let 'Er Go!
  17. Hooray for the U.S.A.
  18. Finale Ultimo

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