An Evening With Sutton Foster - Live at the Cafe Carlyle

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2011
  • Label: Ghostlight
  • UPC: 791558333022
  • Catalog Number: 83330
  • Sales rank: 16,917

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
Fred Kevorkian Mastering
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
Harry James Composer
Michael Taylor Composer
Mike Isaacson Executive Producer
Greg Morrison Composer
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