Annie Get Your Gun [1999 Broadway Revival Cast]

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Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
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.
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: 4/20/1999
  • Label: Angel Records
  • UPC: 724355681225
  • Catalog Number: 56812
  • Sales rank: 10,176

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 There's No Business Like Show Business - Tom Wopat (5:07)
  2. 2 Doin' What Comes Natur'lly - Ronn Carroll (2:14)
  3. 3 The Girl That I Marry - Tom Wopat (2:25)
  4. 4 You Can't Get a Man with a Gun - Bernadette Peters (4:04)
  5. 5 There's No Business Like Show Business (Reprise) - Peter Marx (1:43)
  6. 6 I'll Share It All with You - Nicole Ruth Snelson (1:44)
  7. 7 Moonshine Lullaby - Bernadette Peters (3:58)
  8. 8 There's No Business Like Show Business (Reprise) - Bernadette Peters (1:36)
  9. 9 They Say It's Wonderful - Tom Wopat (3:42)
  10. 10 My Defenses Are Down - Tom Wopat (3:52)
  11. 11 Finale Act I: You Can't Get a Man with a Gun: Reprise - Bernadette Peters (1:05)
  12. 12 Entr'acte: The European Tour (1:35)
  13. 13 I Got Lost in His Arms - Bernadette Peters (4:12)
  14. 14 Who Do You Love, I Hope? - Nicole Ruth Snelson (2:24)
  15. 15 I Got the Sun in the Morning - Bernadette Peters (4:30)
  16. 16 An Old Fashioned Wedding - Tom Wopat (2:32)
  17. 17 The Girl That I Marry (Reprise) - Tom Wopat (0:46)
  18. 18 Anything You Can Do - Tom Wopat (3:17)
  19. 19 Finale Act II: They Say It's Wonderful: Reprise (1:09)
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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
Les 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
Ted Jensen Mastering
John McDaniel Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Mark Stutzman Illustrations
Gordon H. Jee Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    hello

    it's awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Go Annie Go! Broadway Knows A True American Hit!

    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!

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