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

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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: 5/13/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998686021
  • Catalog Number: 86860
  • Sales rank: 14,241

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, Mastering
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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