Annie Get Your Gun [1999 Broadway Revival Cast]

Annie Get Your Gun [1999 Broadway Revival Cast]

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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 andSee more details below

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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.

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/1999
Label:
Angel Records
UPC:
0724355681225
catalogNumber:
56812
Rank:
10375

Tracks

  1. There's No Business Like Show Business  - Tom Wopat
  2. Doin' What Comes Natur'lly  - Ronn Carroll
  3. The Girl That I Marry  - Tom Wopat
  4. You Can't Get a Man with a Gun  - Bernadette Peters
  5. There's No Business Like Show Business (Reprise)  - Peter Marx
  6. I'll Share It All with You  - Nicole Ruth Snelson
  7. Moonshine Lullaby  - Bernadette Peters
  8. There's No Business Like Show Business (Reprise)  - Bernadette Peters
  9. They Say It's Wonderful  - Tom Wopat
  10. My Defenses Are Down  - Tom Wopat
  11. Finale Act I: You Can't Get a Man with a Gun: Reprise  - Bernadette Peters
  12. Entr'acte: The European Tour
  13. I Got Lost in His Arms  - Bernadette Peters
  14. Who Do You Love, I Hope?  - Nicole Ruth Snelson
  15. I Got the Sun in the Morning  - Bernadette Peters
  16. An Old Fashioned Wedding  - Tom Wopat
  17. The Girl That I Marry (Reprise)  - Tom Wopat
  18. Anything You Can Do  - Tom Wopat
  19. Finale Act II: They Say It's Wonderful: Reprise

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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

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