Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Annie Get Your Gun [1999 Broadway Revival Cast]

Annie Get Your Gun [1999 Broadway Revival Cast]

5.0 2
Composer Jerome Kern once said, "Irving Berlin has no place in American music -- he is American music." One listen to the wonderful new cast recording of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, Berlin's 1946 masterwork, turns Kern's praise into understatement. Starring Tony-winning diva Bernadette Peters as the celebrated sharpshooter Annie Oakley and


Composer Jerome Kern once said, "Irving Berlin has no place in American music -- he is American music." One listen to the wonderful new cast recording of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, Berlin's 1946 masterwork, turns Kern's praise into understatement. Starring Tony-winning diva Bernadette Peters as the celebrated sharpshooter Annie Oakley and former "Dukes of Hazzard" star Tom Wopat as her scrapping boyfriend, Wild West showman Frank Butler, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN is a veritable greatest hits of Broadway, featuring standards like "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly," "I Got Lost in His Arms," "I Got the Sun in the Morning," and the all-time theater anthem, "There's No Business Like Show Business." Peters is charming as the ornery gal who learns "You Can't Get a Man with a Gun," adding a touch of vulnerability to the role once copyrighted by the brassier Ethel Merman. Wopat's warm baritone glows on "The Girl That I Marry," while his feisty duets with Peters -- "Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)" and "They Say It's Wonderful" -- convince you once again that Berlin's music is as fresh, vibrant, and endearing today as it was more than a half-century ago.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although the role of Annie Oakley in Irving Berlin's 1946 musical Annie Get Your Gun was written for and most closely associated with bold and brassy Ethel Merman, the part has been effectively interpreted by other actress/singers with less bravura approaches. Betty Hutton brought her usual dizzy energy to the 1950 film version, for example, while Mary Martin gave a warmer and more subtle portrayal both in the first national tour in 1947 and on a live television broadcast in 1957 (chronicled on a TV soundtrack album). Bernadette Peters pays greater attention to the Martin version than any other in her personable performance in the 1999 Broadway revival, an approach consistent with the overall style of the production. Orchestrator Bruce Coughlin takes the music down from the sub-operatic arrangements of Robert Russell Bennett in the original. Responding to the Western subject matter, the decision to add dance sequences, and the new show-within-a-show structure (with its exaggerated staginess), he has come up with charts emphasizing country & western influences that had no place in earlier versions. Coughlin is also fond of building numbers; for example, the show now starts with a slow, thoughtful rendition of "There's No Business Like Show Business" sung by male lead Tom Wopat that turns into an introduction of the show and the cast, while "I Got the Sun in the Morning" similarly starts as a tender ballad sung by Peters that turns into a square dance-based production number. Meanwhile, "Who Do You Love, I Hope?" gives way to ragtime dance music halfway through. In keeping with this earthier interpretation, the singers eschew the belting of Merman and her cohorts for a close-miked, conversational crooning style full of expressive line readings and interjections. Just as Peters suits this approach, it suits her. She is anything but the kind of stentorian singer Merman was, tending instead toward a breathy huskiness and using a country accent that probably exaggerates Oakley's (she was from Ohio, not Oklahoma) but is right, for instance, for the hillbilly arrangement of "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly." Wopat, best known as a television actor despite obvious vocal gifts, remains more an actor than a singer, but he has considerable presence and his tenor versions of ballads like "They Say It's Wonderful" are very effective. The stage production on which this cast album is based was criticized on a number of fronts. Peters, it was said, was miscast (though she managed to win the Tony Award); the overall staging was cheaply done; and Peter Stone's politically correct update of the book, which eliminated "I'm an Indian, Too," was excessive. These are fair criticisms, but they don't have much effect on the album. Most recorded versions cut minor songs, anyway. This one also drops "Colonel Buffalo Bill" and "I'm a Bad, Bad Man," but it restores the two songs sung by the second leads, "I'll Share It All With You" and "Who Do You Love, I Hope?," which were cut from the 1966 Broadway revival, and since Andrew Palermo and Nicole Ruth Snelson are a winning couple, that's a plus. On record, anyway, this is an Annie Get Your Gun for the '90s (and given the show's long run, the new century as well), with a more intimate and eclectic style than any before it.

Product Details

Release Date:
Angel Records


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bernadette Peters   cast
Tom Wopat   cast
Kevin Bailey   cast
John Campo   Reeds
Richard Hendrickson   Violin
Chris Jaudes   Trumpet
Dale Kirkland   Tenor Trombone
Jesse Levy   Cello
Larry Lunetta   Trumpet
Joe Mosello   Trumpet
Cubby O'Brien   Drums
John Pintavalle   Violin
Tony Posk   Violin
Beth Ravin   Percussion
Scott   Reeds
Heidi Stubner   Violin
Roger Wendt   French Horn
Clay Reude   Cello
William Ellison   Bass
Marvin Laird   Conductor
Ed Hamilton   Banjo,Guitar
Marisol Espada   Cello
Todd Reynolds   Concert Master
Susan Follari   Viola
Victor Schultz   Violin
Nicholas Archer   Synthesizer
Carlos López   cast
Cassidy Ladden   cast
Ronn Carroll   cast
Ronald Holgate   cast
Kisha Howard   cast
Eric Sciotto   cast
Shaun Amyot   cast
Valerie Wright   cast
Rick Spaans   cast
Jenny Lynn Suckling   cast
Terrence Cook   Reeds
Brad Bradley   cast
Randy Donaldson   cast
Trevor M Eaton   cast
Madeleine Ehlert   cast
Richard Clark   Violin,Viola
Kerri Lee   cast
Peter Marx   cast
Andrew Palermo   cast
Nicole Ruth Snelson   cast
Gregory Zaragoza   cast
Patrick Wetzel   cast
Mia Walker   cast
David Villella   cast
Timothy Edward Smith   cast
Nina Simon   Violin
Morty Silver   Reeds
Kelli Bond Severson   cast
Desiree Parkman   cast
Morris Kianuma   Trombone,Tuba
Leason Beth Almquist   cast
Christopher Coucill   cast
Pattie D'Beck   cast
Ken Dybisz   Reeds
Julia Fowler   cast
William Gailson   Harmonica
Blair Goldberg   cast
Adrienne Hurd   cast

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Bruce Coughlin   Orchestration
Steve Ferrera   Producer
Frank Filipetti   Engineer
John McDaniel   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Mark Stutzman   Illustrations
Gordon H. Jee   Art Direction

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Annie Get Your Gun [1999 Broadway Revival Cast] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a clear and crisp recording of an American Broadway classic! It's true, this version This is deletes a couple of numbers from the score, (Colonel Buffalo Bill, etc.), but come on, let's get contemporary and keep the audience alive, shall we! Bernadette Peters is excellent in the lead (is she ever going to return to the role?). Tom Wopat, is sexy, and rugged in his role, singing ''The Girl that I Marry'', and probably one of the most recorded songs of all time, ''They Say it's Wonderful''. By the way, Michael Poss, a recording vocalist in the Cabaret/Pop genre, has included Irving Berlin's ''They Say It's Wonderful'' on his new CD release entitled ''Silver Screen Serenades''. This particularly rendition is beautifully and cleverly infused with Richard Carpenter's ''I Need To Be In Love'' for an added emotional dimension. It's amazing to think of all the women who have portrayed the character's title role on Broadway. Through the years, many actresses from Bernadette Peters to Cheryl Ladd and now even Reba McEntire have added another shade and color to the role of Annie Oakley, yet, one still often thinks of the original role created and stamped by Ethel Merman. At the time, Irving Berlin was extremely unsure about writing songs for a Broadway musical. Yet, in retrospect, this true American success story combined with Mr. Berlin's sixth sense of songwriting demonstrate a good lesson in ''I don't know what I'm writing, but let's take a shot at it, and see what happens''. With today's exorbitant costs of producing an original major Broadway musical, and with so much more at stake, this CD is a gift and also a sad reminder of ''the way Broadway once was''. Great job on a great CD of a timeless Broadway classic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it's awesome