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Anything Goes [1989 London Revival Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The 1989 London revival of Cole Porter's 1934 musical Anything Goes was the same production as the 1987 Broadway revival, employing the same revised libretto by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman; the same revised song list including interpolations such as "Friendship" and "It's De-Lovely"; the same new orchestrations of those songs by Michael Gibson; the same director, Jerry Zaks; and one of the same stars, Howard McGillin, as male romantic lead Billy Crocker. The cast album is also pretty much the same as the Broadway one -- it even has almost the same running time. The big difference, of course, is the casting. Here, British star Elaine Paige replaces Patti LuPone in ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The 1989 London revival of Cole Porter's 1934 musical Anything Goes was the same production as the 1987 Broadway revival, employing the same revised libretto by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman; the same revised song list including interpolations such as "Friendship" and "It's De-Lovely"; the same new orchestrations of those songs by Michael Gibson; the same director, Jerry Zaks; and one of the same stars, Howard McGillin, as male romantic lead Billy Crocker. The cast album is also pretty much the same as the Broadway one -- it even has almost the same running time. The big difference, of course, is the casting. Here, British star Elaine Paige replaces Patti LuPone in the female lead role of evangelist-turned-nightclub singer Reno Sweeney, who gets to sing "I Get a Kick Out of You," "You're the Top" with McGillin, "Friendship" with Bernard Cribbins as Moonface Martin aka Public Enemy Number 13, the title song, and "Blow, Gabriel, Blow." In this version, "Buddie, Beware," originally one of Reno's numbers, is given to a minor character, Erma, played by Kathryn Evans. Paige is unquestionably a star and she certainly gives the part her all. But most of the characters in Anything Goes are supposed to be Americans, and her American accent is inconsistent in a way typical of British actors; it's alternately overdone, relating to no specific region a little cowboy here, a little gangster there, or simply absent. In Paige's case, she has particular trouble finishing off words ending in "r." In "Friendship," for example, "ever" keeps coming out "evah." At least she tries, however. Ashleigh Sendin, as the ingénue, Hope Harcourt, just gives up and sounds British most of the time. Cribbins isn't bad, but he seems to be auditioning for Guys and Dolls, unlike Broadway's Bill McCutcheon, who won a Tony for underplaying the part. McGillin stands out more than he did on Broadway, where he was overshadowed by LuPone. And Martin Turner has the easiest time of it, since his character, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, is supposed to be British. The best of the lot is Evans, whose "Buddie, Beware" is a late triumph on the album. London theatergoers and Paige completists may want to own this album, but others looking for a recording of the 1987 revised version of Anything Goes should stick with the Broadway cast album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/1998
  • Label: First Night Records
  • EAN: 5014636603820
  • Catalog Number: 6038
  • Sales rank: 195,967

Album Credits

Performance Credits
London Revival Cast Primary Artist
Bernard Cribbins cast
Trevor Barber Trumpet
Eddie Blair Trumpet
Helen Cooper Violin
John Francis Saxophone
Martin Frith Saxophone
Paul Maguire Piano
Cole Porter Track Performer
Don Richardson Bass
Vince Sullivan Trombone
Martin Turner cast
Dennis Walton Saxophone
Peter Walton Guitar
John Whelan Saxophone
Roy Willox Piccolo
Michael Winfield Oboe, Cor anglais
Joe Lively Oboe, Cor anglais
Anita Pashley cast
Nigel Waugh cast
Elaine Paige Track Performer
David Bexon cast
Jacqui Boatswain cast
Stan Bourke Drums
Ken Dryden Piccolo
Darryl Knock cast
Howard McGillin Track Performer
Janice Torrens cast
Stephen Wilkes Trombone
Philip Griffiths cast
Jim Wilson Trombone, Trumpet
Ensemble Track Performer
Phil Brown Trombone
David Samuel cast
Stephen Mear cast
Patrick Long cast
Anthony Lyn cast
John Shin cast
David Bacon cast
Kathryn Evans cast
Stephen Graf cast
Stephen Tye cast
Brian Ellis cast
Ursula Smith cast
Original Cast Recording Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Tom Fay Arranger
Tim Rice Producer
David Hamilton-Smith Producer, Engineer
Elaine Paige Producer
John Owen Edwards Musical Director
Michael Gibson Orchestration
John Shin Contributor
Brian Ellis Contributor
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