Forty-six years after the Jerome Moross-John Latouche musical The Golden Apple was named Best Broadway Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle, composer Moross' daughter, Susanna Moross Tarjan, says she is finalizing plans to record a new album of her father's works--based on a recent revue of his works at Joe's Pub-- while continuing to push for a revival of his award-winning musical.
"Tommy Krasker has made all the arrangements for the Joe's Pub recording and it should be done in the latter part of April in New York," Tarjan told Playbill On-Line.
On March 13, Tarjan was in New York for the closing night of "A Tribute to Jerome Moross," a three-date engagement at Joe's Pub in New York City featuring her father's songs. Tommy Krasker served as the program's musical consultant and Eric Stern was musical director.
The singers for the tribute were familiar names in theatre: Philip Chaffin (Sweet Adeline, King David) Jenny Giering (now working in development on Alan Menken and David Spencer's adaptation of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz), Jessica Molaskey (Wise Guys), Richard Muenz (now filling in for Tom Wopat in Annie Get Your Gun; other stage credits include 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, The Most Happy Fella) and Alice Ripley (Side Show, The Dead, Sunset Boulevard).
Tarjan said that her goal is to make her father's music known. "There are many wonderful songs that my father wrote," Tarjan said, "and many that haven't been heard." To that end, Tarjan estimates there are as many as 30-40 Moross songs (or collaborations) in addition to his most popular works from The Golden Apple and Ballet Ballads. "For most of these songs," Tarjan said, "the recent Joe's Pub evenings provided their first exposure, so I'm very gratified with that show, especially the response of the cast." While most of the current interest in launching a revival of Moross' musical, The Golden Apple, resides with Tarjan, she continues to work toward the day when it will be staged. For now, she says, everyone has been very supportive -- including the lyricists and various heirs associated with Tarjan in promoting Moross' works.
"Every time the show has been produced the audiences love it" Tarjan explains. "Even when a given production has been less than perfect and the critics may not be happy with it, they always loved the show."
Moross' other theatrical scores include Parade, Gentlemen, Be Seated! and Underworld.
Moross' music is available on various recordings. These include two concert recordings on the Koch label featuring conductor JoAnn Falletta; the original 1954 cast album from The Golden Apple on RCA/BMG; a collaboration with composer and former ASCAP president Morton Gould titled Broadway Dreams on the Premier label; a CD due this fall based on Moross' one-act opera, Sorry, Wrong Number (based on the Lucille Fletcher play); and "The Valley of Gwangi, The Classic Film Music of Jerome Moross" on Silva Screen Records.
Further information is available from Barbara Hogenson at (212) 874 8084 or by visiting www.moross.com
-- By Murdoch McBride