Anyone Can Whistle [Original Broadway Cast] [Bonus Tracks]

Anyone Can Whistle [Original Broadway Cast] [Bonus Tracks]

     
 

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Anyone Can Whistle, which opened on Broadway on April 4, 1964, and closed after only nine performances on April 11, remained, despite its failure, a memorable show in American musical theater history because of its songwriter, Stephen Sondheim, who went on to write some of the most important shows of the 1970s and '80s, and because of its score, which was…  See more details below

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Anyone Can Whistle, which opened on Broadway on April 4, 1964, and closed after only nine performances on April 11, remained, despite its failure, a memorable show in American musical theater history because of its songwriter, Stephen Sondheim, who went on to write some of the most important shows of the 1970s and '80s, and because of its score, which was preserved on this cast album. Columbia Records was only contracted to record the show if it played at least 21 performances, but company head Goddard Lieberson insisted an LP be made anyway, an early instance of the passion some people felt for the show. On-stage, it was experimental and, said its defenders, ahead of its time. Indeed, its satiric plot, concerning governmental corruption and the question of whether those diagnosed as insane are really saner than "normal" people, might have been inappropriate for the spring of 1964, months after the assassination of President Kennedy, and months before the Gulf of Tonkin resolution that led to the Vietnam War, but only a few years later it would have been very timely. On record, though, the three principals, Lee Remick, Angela Lansbury, and Harry Guardino, all movie actors making their Broadway debuts, had limited voices (particularly Guardino), the songs were impressive, especially "There Won't Be Trumpets" (actually cut from the show before the opening), "Everybody Says Don't," "With So Little to Be Sure Of," and the title tune. That was why the show lived on in people's minds for decades after it disappeared from the stage, unlike most Broadway flops. The 2003 CD reissue adds five demo recordings by Sondheim himself, and they include a snippet of "I'm Like the Bluebird" (which opened the show but was not recorded for the cast album), the cut song "The Lame, the Halt and the Blind," and an early version of "With So Little to Be Sure Of" with different lyrics and melody.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998686021
catalogNumber:
86860
Rank:
56606

Tracks

  1. Prelude  -  Orchestra
  2. Act 1. Me And My Town
  3. Act 1. Miracle Song  - Arnold Soboloff
  4. Act 1. There Won't Be Trumpets
  5. Act 1. Simple
  6. Act 2. Come Play Wiz Me
  7. Act 2. Anyone Can Whistle
  8. Act 2. A Parade In Town  - Angela Lansbury
  9. Act 2. Everybody Says Don't
  10. Act 3. I've Got You To Lean On
  11. Act 3. See What It Gets You
  12. Act 3. The Cookie Chase  - Don Doherty
  13. Act 3. With So Little To Be Sure Of
  14. I'm Like The Bluebird (Demo Track)
  15. The Lame, The Halt, And The Blind (Demo Track)
  16. Come Play Wiz Me (Demo Track)
  17. Anyone Can Whistle (Demo Track)
  18. With So Little To Be Sure Of (Demo Track)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Piano,Vocals
Lee Remick   Vocals
Herbert Greene   Musical Direction
Angela Lansbury   Vocals
Harvey Evans   Vocals
Peg Murray   Vocals
Harry Guardino   Vocals
Gabriel Dell   Vocals
Arnold Soboloff   Vocals
Janet Hayes   Vocals
Tucker Smith   Vocals

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Lyricist
Fred Catero   Engineer,Engineering
Didier C. Deutsch   Reissue Producer
Herbert Greene   Vocal Arrangements
Goddard Lieberson   Producer,Production Recording
Ed McCowsky   Engineer,Engineering
Fred Plaut   Engineer,Engineering
Don Walker   Orchestration
Murray Zimney   Engineer,Engineering
Darcy Proper   Reissue Producer
Theoni V. Aldredge   Costume Design
Ken Fredette   Art Direction
Betty Walberg   Dance Arrangement
Arthur Laurents   Production Director,Book
Herbert Ross   Dance Steps
Jean Eckart   Scenery
Stacey Boyle   Tape Research
Richard Ridge   Liner Notes
Triana D'Orazio   Packaging
Darcy M. Proper   Reissue Producer

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