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Annie: 30th Anniversary Production

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The 30th anniversary of the opening of the 1977 Broadway musical Annie is celebrated -- one year late -- by the release of this cast album, drawing on the talents of the performers of the 30th anniversary tour of the show which actually hit the road two years early, in 2005. The recording is billed as the "World Premiere Complete Recording," not only because this version of the score takes up the 64 minutes of the first CD, but also because there is a second CD containing bonus material. Producer Robert Sher traveled to Slovakia to record the instrumental tracks with the Istropolis Philharmonic Orchestra which presumably costs less than using musicians who are union ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The 30th anniversary of the opening of the 1977 Broadway musical Annie is celebrated -- one year late -- by the release of this cast album, drawing on the talents of the performers of the 30th anniversary tour of the show which actually hit the road two years early, in 2005. The recording is billed as the "World Premiere Complete Recording," not only because this version of the score takes up the 64 minutes of the first CD, but also because there is a second CD containing bonus material. Producer Robert Sher traveled to Slovakia to record the instrumental tracks with the Istropolis Philharmonic Orchestra which presumably costs less than using musicians who are union members in the U.S.. This means that the orchestrations are considerably larger than those heard in a typical Broadway pit orchestra. The cast, led by Marissa O'Donnell as Annie, Alene Robertson as the villainous Miss Hannigan, and Conrad John Schuck who also appeared in the 1997 Broadway revival as Daddy Warbucks, is strong, and this is overall a winning performance of the music. The second disc will interest music theater fans, especially that particular subgenre fascinated by spectacular flops. It represents the creators' especially lyricist Martin Charnin attempt to re-present the Annie sequel, Annie 2: Miss Hannigan's Revenge, a show that closed out of town without ever reaching Broadway, and was never recorded. A revised version, Annie Warbucks, had an off-Broadway run and was recorded. The material is a strange combination of in-character narrative, provided by Carol Burnett who played Miss Hannigan in the 1982 movie version, songs from the lost show, and explanations and justifications by Charnin. It's actually not hard to hear why Annie 2 failed: the tone is too mean Daddy Warbucks, for instance, is relatively unsympathetic, and the songs are inconsistent. Why, for instance, is the big production number "Coney Island" played in ragtime style, when the show is set in 1934? Charnin, like other creators pondering their failures, seems to think that some minor tweak could have changed everything, and he pointedly introduces three different sets of lyrics to the same tune of a song heard late in the show, each with a different focus, as if that would have made Annie 2 a hit. It wouldn't have, but flop fans will enjoy hearing the variations.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2008
  • Label: Time Life Records
  • UPC: 610583221626
  • Catalog Number: 19538
  • Sales rank: 148,219

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (3:59)
  2. 2 Maybe (3:29)
  3. 3 It's the Hard-Knock Life (3:04)
  4. 4 It's the Hard-Knock Life (Reprise) (1:03)
  5. 5 Tomorrow (3:19)
  6. 6 We'd Like to Thank You Herbert Hoover (2:43)
  7. 7 Little Girls (2:43)
  8. 8 Little Girls (Reprise) (0:47)
  9. 9 I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here (2:43)
  10. 10 N.Y.C. (6:51)
  11. 11 Easy Street (4:33)
  12. 12 You Won't Be an Orphan for Long (2:53)
  13. 13 Maybe (Reprise) (0:31)
  14. 14 Entr'acte (2:40)
  15. 15 You've Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile (2:23)
  16. 16 You've Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile (Reprise) (2:46)
  17. 17 Easy Street (Reprise) (0:48)
  18. 18 Tomorrow (Reprise) (3:45)
  19. 19 Something Was Missing (3:33)
  20. 20 Annie (2:12)
  21. 21 I Don't Need Anything But You (2:09)
  22. 22 Maybe (Reprise) (1:31)
  23. 23 A New Deal for Christmas (2:18)
  24. 24 Tomorrow (Finale) (1:23)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Story as Told by Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan - Carol Burnett (1:57)
  2. 2 1934 - Amanda Balon (3:32)
  3. 3 Miss Hannigan Continues - Carol Burnett (0:45)
  4. 4 1934 (Reprise) - Amanda Balon (1:12)
  5. 5 Miss Hannigan Continues - Carol Burnett (0:32)
  6. 6 How Could I Ever Say No? - Sally Struthers (3:34)
  7. 7 Miss Hannigan Continues - Carol Burnett (0:11)
  8. 8 The Lady of the House - Shelly Burch (3:20)
  9. 9 He Doesn't Know I'm Alive - Shelly Burch (2:17)
  10. 10 Miss Hannigan Continues - Carol Burnett (0:43)
  11. 11 The Lady of the House (Reprise) - Shelly Burch (1:09)
  12. 12 Miss Hannigan Continues - Carol Burnett (0:59)
  13. 13 Coney Island - Amanda Balon (9:42)
  14. 14 Miss Hannigan Continues - Carol Burnett (0:28)
  15. 15 Interruption & Explanation - Martin Charnin (1:14)
  16. 16 All I've Got Is Me - Amanda Balon (2:31)
  17. 17 I Guess Things Happen for the Best - Marissa O'Donnell (2:31)
  18. 18 My Daddy - Andrea McArdle (2:29)
  19. 19 Miss Hannigan Continues - Carol Burnett (1:17)
  20. 20 Tomorrow Is Now - Amanda Balon (1:36)
  21. 21 Introduction of Bonus Material - Andrea McArdle (0:07)
  22. 22 Why Should I Change a Thing - Conrad John Schuck (3:46)
  23. 23 Don't Mess with Mother - Kathie Lee Gifford (3:48)
  24. 24 It's Christmas - Marissa O'Donnell (3:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kathie Lee Gifford Track Performer
Carol Burnett Track Performer
Cubby O'Brien Drums
Scott Willis cast
Alan Baker cast
Marvin Laird Piano, Conductor
Andrea McArdle Track Performer
Raymond Thorne Track Performer
Gary Beach Track Performer
Kathryn Zaremba Track Performer
Ed Romanoff Ensemble, cast
David Chernault Ensemble, cast
Wayne Coniglio Trombone, Bass Trombone
Sally Struthers Track Performer
Allen Kendall Ensemble, cast
Peter Gennaro Staging
Shelly Burch Track Performer, cast
Harve Presnell Track Performer
Jason Collins Ensemble, cast
Richard Costa Ensemble, cast
Sara Brians Dancer
Noah Racey Dancer, Soloist
Conrad John Schuck Track Performer, cast
Amanda Balon Track Performer, cast
Steve Schenkel Banjo, Guitar
Marissa O'Donnell Track Performer, cast
Technical Credits
Mike Nichols & Elaine May Presentation
Larry Wilcox Orchestration
Dominic Camardella Engineer
Peter Howard Vocal Arrangements, Dance Arrangement
Philip J. Lang Orchestration
Jamie Lawrence Composer
Dick Lieb Orchestration
Alan Rubens Executive Producer
Michael Starobin Orchestration
Charles Strouse Composer, Liner Notes
Marvin Laird Arranger
Dan Lawrence Engineer
Martin Charnin Composer, Liner Notes, Production Director
Keith Levenson Arranger, Orchestration, Music Direction
Robert Sher Producer
Theoni V. Aldredge Costume Design
James Lawrence Orchestration
William Ivey Long Author
Lewis Allen Producer
Mike Jason Executive Producer
William Berloni Contributor
Olivia Kim Editorial Research
Harold Gray Animation, Character Design
Sara Brians Assistant Choreographer
Martin Roller Engineer
Darrell McClanahan Mastering
Noah Racey Choreographer
Brandon Wardell Producer, Engineer
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