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Anything Goes Cast Recording
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The story of romantic follies aboard a transatlantic liner, the show opens with a scratchy recording of Cole Porter himself singing the title tune before the soundtrack segues into a dazzling overture by an excellent orchestra--and then proceeds to bounce out one great Porter tune after another: "I Get A Kick Out of You," "You're The Top," "Easy to Love," "Friendship," "It's De-Lovely," the title cut, "Blow Gabriel Blow," and "All Through the Night," to name but the most obvious titles.
While the entire cast is nothing short of brilliant, the show clearly belongs to Patti LuPone in the role of Reno Sweeney, an evangelist who does a little nightclub act on the side. LuPone hasn't been in better form since she dazzled New York audiences in EVITA, and her knock-you-flat vocal style is perfectly suited to both the role and the complex Porter tunes originally written for Broadway powerhouse Ethel Merman... and indeed, even Merman's memorable renditions seem to pale a bit in comparison.
Purists may complain about fiddling with the score, and it is true that this revival drops as many Porter classics from the original score as it adds from other sources; "Let's Misbehave" is particularly missed. But it's hard to argue with the addition of "De-Lovely" and "Easy to Love" (the latter of which Porter originally gave to Jimmy Stewart, of all people, to perform in the memorable 1936 film BORN TO DANCE.) And when Patti LuPone launches into "Anything Goes," you'll know it really does. Recommended as a knock-out in every possible way!
GFT, Amazon Reviewer
In contrast, EMI's 1988 London studio cast version with Kim Criswell is an entirely different production, attempting an exact reconstruction of the original 1934 score. On the other hand, Sony's 1962 Off-Broadway revival original cast album with Eileen Rodgers retains only about half the songs originally written for the 1934 production, and adds several other Porter favorites in their place. This Lincoln Center production (in both of its recordings) also drops and adds a few songs. Before buying any version, compare the different songlists, and listen to a few clips if possible. EMI's songlist, and probably also its overall presentation, will be the most authentic but not necessarily the most satisfying of these four CDs. My own favorite is the 1962 Rodgers on Sony.
Considering you can still buy the 1988 CD (for a few bucks cheaper), I'm not sure what Sony was thinking with this re-release, especially as it comes in a cardboard wallet rather than a plastic jewel case. It's the exact same tracks from that version, only with a 2011 copyright date. It also doesn't help that this CD is the first result when searching for "anything goes 2011" or "anything goes sutton foster" on Amazon. Very confusing.
After a bit of googling, I discovered that the real 2011 revival recording was just announced last week, so hopefully it will be available later this year.
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My daughter loves show tunes, and vinyl. I couldn't go wrong with this one! Love it!Published 6 days ago by lhassler
I saw the musical in Broadway a long time ago with my children and never forgot it. I loved the chance to hear it again by the original players, specially Patty Lupone. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Proud Granny
I hoped the purchase would open a door to buy a DVD of the entire musical. Frankkly, I have not listened to the.CD.Published 6 months ago by RICHARD L. GUSTAFSON
I have always enjoyed this musical. At first I thought that casting Patti LuPone was a mistake but she brings a mature quality to the role that I enjoyPublished 15 months ago by bma
This CD is based on a 1987 Lincoln Center revival of Cole Porter's venerable ANYTHING GOES (1934), and stars Patti LuPone as Reno Sweeney, the female lead; co-star is Howard... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Allen Smalling
I love this music. I saw a local production several years ago and could have gone every night.Published 17 months ago by Katherine A Smith
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That's what I'm wondering. I can't find anything saying they're releasing the new cast recording. Saw the show in March, it was WONDERFUL!!!! I'd see it again in a heartbeat. And I really want the soundtrack.
May 25, 2011 by D. Calcagno | See all 8 posts