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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Tony Award-winning actress/singer Sutton Foster has, for the most part, made her mark starring in Broadway musicals that looked back to the era between the World Wars, even if much of the music was newly written: Thoroughly Modern Millie her award winner, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Young Frankenstein. Little Women, her other Broadway showcase, had no particular musical time period, even if it was set in the 19th century. On her debut solo album, Foster suggests that she will stay in her comfort zone of the 1920s and '30s, starting and finishing the disc with songs that, even if they technically come from the '40s, are given hot '20s jazz treatments complete with banjo ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Tony Award-winning actress/singer Sutton Foster has, for the most part, made her mark starring in Broadway musicals that looked back to the era between the World Wars, even if much of the music was newly written: Thoroughly Modern Millie her award winner, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Young Frankenstein. Little Women, her other Broadway showcase, had no particular musical time period, even if it was set in the 19th century. On her debut solo album, Foster suggests that she will stay in her comfort zone of the 1920s and '30s, starting and finishing the disc with songs that, even if they technically come from the '40s, are given hot '20s jazz treatments complete with banjo and Dixieland horns, "I'm Beginning to See the Light" and "Oklahoma!" In between, however, she displays her taste in theater music of the past and present, as well as folk and pop. When it comes to show tunes, she tends to eschew big hits in favor of lesser-known gems like Noël Coward's "Come the Wild, Wild Weather" and Lee Adams and Charles Strouse's "Once Upon a Time." Her pop choices point to an urban sensibility with "Up on the Roof" and comic folksinger Christine Lavin's "Air Conditioner" another song given a traditional jazz arrangement. But she also betrays a taste for nature in the surprising selection of John Denver's "Sunshine on My Shoulders," the plainspoken some would say simple-minded '70s folk-pop hit. The song is given a pivotal placing, dead center of the disc, in between two witty numbers, "Air Conditioner" and Jeff Blumenkrantz's show tune "My Heart Was Set on You." And it probably provides the album title, Wish although wishing also comes up in Patty Griffin's "Nobody's Cryin'". Therefore, one can only assume that it is a favorite of the singer's, although -- despite the effectiveness of her performance -- it's still a sappy song. But then, it allows Foster to demonstrate that she can handle a wide variety of kinds of material effectively, and that may be the major conclusion from this album, if it weren't already obvious from her stage performances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/17/2009
  • Label: Ghostlight
  • UPC: 791558331622
  • Catalog Number: 83316
  • Sales rank: 60,994

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sutton Foster Primary Artist
Martin Agee Violin
Clint DeGanon Drums
Charles Descarfino Percussion
Glenn Drewes Trumpet
M. Birch Johnson Trombone
Karl Kawahara Violin
Kevin Kuhn Guitar
Ralph Olsen Reeds
Michael Rafter Piano, Conductor, Musical Direction
Belinda Whitney Violin, Concert Master
Laura Bontrager Cello
Eric Degioia Violin
Anik Oulianine Cello
Megan McGinnis Vocals, Guest Appearance
Leo Huppert Bass
Patrick Pridemore French Horn
Michael Atkinson French Horn
Jonathan Dinklage Violin
Adam Krauthamer French Horn
Technical Credits
Christine Lavin Composer
John Denver Composer
Carole King Composer
Johnny Hodges Composer
Harry James Composer
Noël Coward Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Craig Carnelia Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Douglas Besterman Orchestration
Duke Ellington Composer
Patty Griffin Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Richard Kniss Composer
Joel Moss Producer, Engineer
Charles Strouse Composer
Maury Yeston Composer
Michael Rafter Arranger, Producer, Music Direction
Scott Hull Mastering
Richard Rogers Composer
Don George Composer
Roy Alfred Composer
Murray Berlin Composer
Jeff Blumenkrantz Composer
Jeanine Tesori Composer
Kurt Deutsch Executive Producer
Lee Adams Composer
Sutton Foster Executive Producer, Artwork
Missy Webb Digital Editing
Jessica Disbrow Art Direction
Tom Gloady Digital Editing
Brian Crawley Composer
Michael Taylor Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Sutton Foster is in top form!

    Sutton Foster is known for her Broadway acting and singing career but this CD brings a whole new light to her fabulous voice. Her rerecording of some old songs like "Up On the Roof" and "Sunshine on My Shoulders" turn these into brand new and brilliant tunes. Honestly, I never liked John Denver's version (found it too sappy) but I love the way Sutton signs this song. The most amazing song, by far, is the duet between Sutton and Megan McGinnis, signing "Flight". It is hauntingly beautiful. This CD is well worth owning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Dream Come True

    Sutton Foster's debut CD is as honest, warm, and soulful as the artist herself. Although generally known for her ability to bring down the house with her powerhouse belt on this album you get to see the more introspective and softer side of this singer/actress/dancer who is silly, sexy, sassy, sincere, and sublime all at the same time! Her album sweeps you away and takes you to a quiet retreat where you actually do believe wishes can come true!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Glorious

    This album shines with Sutton Foster's pure genius as an artist. It is pure, rich, soulful, and extremely elegant. Each song is unique and full of life. I recommend this album to anyone looking to hear a natural voice. Someone with pure talent and true heart in her work. Wonderful.

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    Posted May 5, 2009

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