Anything Goes [1989 London Revival Cast]

Anything Goes [1989 London Revival Cast]

by London Revival Cast



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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/1998
Label: First Night Records
UPC: 5014636603820
catalogNumber: 6038

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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

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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