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"Sherry!" is great fun and a total delight. No, it is not quite a long neglected masterpiece, but it is a first rate score, given a wonderful rendition by the all star cast. Having seen (and adored) "Sherry!" when it played briefly on Broadway thirty-seven years ago, I am thrilled to finally have a recording of this score.
The story behind the CD is fascinating - the score was lost for many years after the show closed, and the trunk containing the complete score was found at the Library of Congress just a few years ago. More details are in the notes, written by James Lipton ("Inside the Actors Studio,") who wrote the book and lyrics to the show. Nathan Lane is perfect as Sheridan Whiteside; I don't think Carol Burnett would be right to play Lorraine on stage, and her singing voice isn't quite what it used to be, but she is still a delight to listen to and has a lot of fun with her numbers. Bernadette Peters delivers on two nice ballads - her "Maybe It's Time for Me" is particularly nice. After listening to the CD several times, the quality of the tuneful score is really growing on me, and it is more ambitious and accomplished than I initially would have given it credit for. I've always known that the title song is terrific. In addition, there's a wonderful and funny showstopper for Burnett, "Putty in Your Hands," complete with a tap dance segment, a lovely, sweet "Au Revoir" that's delivered by Tommy Tune and reprised touchingly by Lane and Burnett, and a marvelous, wistful eleven o'clock number for Lane, "Marry the Girl Myself," that is a sophisticated and winning extended musical scene. Lane makes the most of all his numbers - they are witty and fun, and they sound better each time I listen. There is even a cameo appearance by Mike Myers, who is quite good in the role of Banjo, a character based on Harpo Marx.
There really isn't a bad song in the score. Some of the numbers are a bit long, and a couple, such as "Crockfield" and "I Always Stay at the Ritz," seem extraneous and unnecessary, but they are still fun. Whether they would work on stage or possibly slow down the show remains to be seen. There are a couple of other songs I'd describe as mediocre, but most of the numbers are tuneful, effective, and quite entertaining, with the songs I've previously mentioned being real highlights. The huge, fifty-two piece orchestra sounds terrific.
As the title song states, "Sherry, you fill my cup with happiness . . . I swear champagne is overrated, I'm just plain intoxicated, Sherry, with you!" Now, hopefully, we'll get to once again see a stage production of this delightful musical.