On April 6, 1939, Jeanette was on concert tour in New Orleans and Broadway Serenade was to open in theaters nationwide the next day. But remember that Jeanette had left MGM (after Nelson’s marriage and the completion of Broadway Serenade) and not yet re-signed her contract. So it was left to the studio had to promote the film on its radio show, “Good News of 1939.”
With Jeanette absent, Robert Young was the show’s host. Meredith Willson, Fanny Brice, Frank Morgan, Lionel Barrymore, Douglas McPhail and Kitty Carlisle were the guests and discuss and pay tribute to Jeanette. Much of the music is selected numbers (performed live) from the movie. In his tribute to Jeanette, Douglas McPhail credits Jeanette for “discovering” him and launching his career.
Regarding Cinderella, this was Jeanette’s answer to Nelson’s “Willie the Whale.” In a 15-minute show she spoke and recorded all the voices. This show is perfect for children of all ages!
1. Jeanette MacDonald – Cinderella
2. Jeanette MacDonald Tribute on Good News of 1939 – a tribute to “Broadway Serenade”
1. High Flying – chorus
2. One Look at You – Douglas McPhail (Jeanette’s protege)
3. When You’re Away – Kitty Carlisle – (Jeanette’s friend)
4. Great Day and Hallelujah medley – Kitty Carlisle
5. For Every Lonely Heart medley from film – orchestra
Due to the age and scarcity of the original non-commercial recordings, sound quality on this album may not be up to today’s standards.