An Evening With Sutton Foster - Live at the Cafe Carlyle

An Evening With Sutton Foster - Live at the Cafe Carlyle

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by Sutton Foster
     
 
If Broadway had a reigning diva as of 2010, it was probably Sutton Foster, who had worked more or less without letup in starring roles in musicals starting with Thoroughly Modern Millie and continuing with Little Women, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Shrek. After Shrek's closing, however, she was available for two weeks to try cabaret at

Overview

If Broadway had a reigning diva as of 2010, it was probably Sutton Foster, who had worked more or less without letup in starring roles in musicals starting with Thoroughly Modern Millie and continuing with Little Women, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Shrek. After Shrek's closing, however, she was available for two weeks to try cabaret at New York's prestigious Café Carlyle in connection with her debut solo album, Wish, and this recording was made on the last night of her run. The café is not only tony, it's tiny, so that on live albums made there, it sometimes seems possible to identify every set of clapping hands. In this performance, Foster wisely plays to the little crowd, using the same comic charm she has brought to her stage roles. Naturally, she includes some of the songs associated with her musicals, notably "Show Off," her stand-out number from The Drowsy Chaperone, a humorous number in which the singer protests, "I don't want to show off" while doing exactly that. You can't help thinking a video would have done better justice to it than this mere audio experience, but it's still very funny. For Shrek, Foster includes the cut song "More to the Story," which is good enough to make it regrettable that she couldn't have sung it on Broadway. Elsewhere, the set is an expected combination of other show tunes and some mostly good pop songs (John Denver's "Sunshine on My Shoulders" just doesn't measure up to the attention Foster gives it). At one point, she introduces a piece of audience participation by putting the names of five Broadway showstoppers in a cup and having someone pick the next song. It turns out to be "Defying Gravity" from Wicked, which Foster then renders as if channeling Idina Menzel. Their voices are similar, but when, at the end, she encores with another song from the cup, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from Dreamgirls, she again impersonates the woman who sang it originally, Jennifer Holliday, this time to audience laughter. Foster certainly has the pipes for such songs, but maybe she should find her own interpretations of them if she's going to sing them; here, they sound, inappropriately, like parodies.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2011
Label:
Ghostlight
UPC:
0791558333022
catalogNumber:
83330
Rank:
3625

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Tracks

  1. I'm Beginning To See the Light
  2. Dialog, Pt. 1: Introductions
  3. Not for the Life of Me/N.Y.C./Astonishing
  4. Dialog, Pt. 2: Up On the Roof Intro
  5. Up On the Roof
  6. Air Conditioner
  7. Warm All Over
  8. Dialog, Pt. 3: Angel Cards
  9. Show Off
  10. More To the Story
  11. My Heart Was Set On You
  12. Down With Love
  13. I Like the Sunrise
  14. Dialog, Pt. 4: Ho Cup Surprise
  15. Defying Gravity
  16. Late Late Show
  17. Dialog, Pt. 5: Jeopardy
  18. Sunshine On My Shoulders
  19. Anyone Can Whistle/Being Alive
  20. Dialog, Pt. 6: Thank Yous
  21. Come the Wild, Wild Weather
  22. Here, There, Everywhere
  23. Dialog, Pt. 7: Encore
  24. And I Am Telling You

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sutton Foster   Primary Artist
Kevin Kuhn   Guitar
Michael Rafter   Piano

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Christine Lavin   Composer
John Denver   Composer
Carole King   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Johnny Hodges   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Noël Coward   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Gary "Harry" James   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Richard Kniss   Composer
Charles Strouse   Composer
Michael Rafter   Arranger,Musical Director,Music Direction
Martin Charnin   Composer
Mark Waldrop   Liner Notes
Lawrence Manchester   Producer,Engineer
Don George   Composer
Roy Alfred   Composer
Murray Berlin   Composer
Tom Eyen   Composer
Jeff Blumenkrantz   Composer
Stephen Schwartz   Composer
Jeanine Tesori   Composer
Laura Marie Duncan   Cover Photo,Tray Photo
Kurt Deutsch   Executive Producer
Henry Krieger   Composer
Sutton Foster   Executive Producer
Jason Howland   Composer
Dick Scanlan   Composer
Mindi Dickstein   Composer
Kristin Caskey   Executive Producer
David Lindsay-Abaire   Composer
Lisa Lambert   Composer
Michael Taylor   Composer
Mike Isaacson   Executive Producer
Greg Morrison   Composer

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