Cole Porter was the mastermind behind the original 1934 production of Anything Goes, writing both the Music & Lyrics, and a clever book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay, and Russel Crouse. Some of Porter's most famous songs can be found in this show and on this album, including "Blow, Gabriel, Blow," "It's De-Lovely," "Friendship," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "All Through the Night," and of course, the title song and belted anthem, "Anything Goes."
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This NCBR features the cast that opened the Tony Award-winning Best Revival at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in 2011. The production also earned Tonys for Best Actress in a Musical for Sutton Foster and Best Choreography for Director/Choreographer Kathleen Marshall.
Vocals & Music
Proving she has the chops to handle roles meatier than the average ingenue, Foster belts the showstoppers "Anything Goes" and "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" for all they are worth, firmly cementing her place in the line-up of belting Broadway babies like Ethel Merman and Patti LuPone. Choosing to be a little nasal and cutesy in her delivery at times, Foster manages to traverse the wide vocal range required for the full-bodied woman and entertainer that is "Reno Sweeney."
Joel Grey plays up the role of "Moonface Martin" with his unique Puck-ish charm, bringing a sweetness to the role that is all too often played as a sneering conman.
The dulcet tones and effortless high notes of tenor Colin Donnell are left for prosperity on this cast album. Donnell was overlooked for a Tony Award because of the groundswell popularity for shock musical The Book of Mormon. Unfortunately, well-trained singers who make the art and craft of singing seem easy are rarely truly appreciated.
Adam Godley, nominated for a Tony as a Featured Actor, brings his quirky exuberance to the recording that stole the show on stage. Not a singer by training (and it shows), Godley excels in this role as the introvert-turned-tango-impresario with the song, "The Gypsy in Me."
The Americana and jazz score is expertly played under the baton of James Lowe, as he leads the orchestra through Porter's incredible music. The title track even features the outstanding tap performances of the entire cast, showcasing the Tony-winning choreography of Kathleen Marshall.
Any qualms to be had with this album are synchronistic with those of the show itself. This revival left out several well-known songs for the purpose of tightening the story around the main characters. Listeners will also notice the big (famous) belt note in "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" was taken out so Foster could get to tap dancing sooner, as conductor Lowe revealed in a radio interview.
Cast of Singers
This cast album features Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as “Reno Sweeney” and Tony and Academy Award winner Joel Grey as “Moonface Martin,” who secretly hopes to be "Public Enemy No. 1." Also reprising their roles from the stage show are Colin Donnell as “Billy Crocker,” Laura Osnes as “Hope Harcourt,” John McMartin as “Elisha Whitney”, Jessica Walter as “Evangeline Harcourt,” Tony Award nominee Adam Godley as “Lord Evelyn Oakleigh,”Jessica Stone as “Erma,” Walter Charles as “Captain,” Robert Creighton as “Purser,” Andrew Cao as “Luke,” and Raymond J. Lee as “John.”
Additional cast members include Clyde Alves, Ward Billeisen, Daniel J. Edwards, Kearran Giovanni, Justin Greer, Derek Hanson, Tari Kelly, Michelle Loucadoux, Shina Ann Morris, Linda Mugleston, Kevin Munhall, Mary Michael Patterson, Hayley Podschun, Brandon Rubendall, William Ryall, Jennifer Savelli, Vanessa Sonon, Kristen Beth Williams.
Cast Album Song Listing:
1. “Overture” performed by the Orchestra
2. “I Get A Kick Out Of You” sung by Sutton Foster
3. “There's No Cure Like Travel/Bon Voyage” sung by Walter Charles, Robert Creighton, and Ensemble
4. “You're The Top” sung by Sutton Foster and Colin Donnell
5. “Easy To Love” sung by Colin Donnell
6. “Easy To Love Reprise” sung by Laura Osnes
7. “The Crew Song” sung by John Mcmartin
8. “There'll Always Be A Lady Fair” sung by Ward Billeisen, Josh Franklin, Daniel J. Edwards, and William Ryall
9. “Friendship” sung by Joel Grey and Sutton Foster
10. “It's De-Lovely” sung by Colin Donnell and Laura Osnes
11. “Anything Goes” sung by Sutton Foster and Company
12. “Public Enemy Number One” sung by Walter Charles, Robert Creighton, Anything Goes New Broadway Company Ensemble
13. “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” sung by Sutton Foster, Shina Ann Morris, Kimberly Fauré, Jennifer Savelli, Joyce Chittick, and Ensemble
14. “Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye” sung by Laura Osnes
15. “Be Like The Blue Bird” sung by Joel Grey
16. “All Through The Night” sung by Colin Donnell, Laura Osnes, Ward Billeisen, Josh Franklin, Daniel J. Edwards, and William Ryall
17. “The Gypsy In Me” sung by Adam Godley and Sutton Foster
18. “Buddie Beware” sung by essica Stone and Ensemble
19. “Finale” sung by The Company