Evening with Sutton Foster:Live at - (Import CD)
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- Pop Vocal
- Show Vocals
- Mono / Stereo
- Lawrence Manchester
- An Evening with Sutton Foster, Live at the Caf‚ Carlyle *
Personnel: Kevin Kuhn (guitar); Michael Rafter (piano).
Audio Mixer: Lawrence Manchester.
Liner Note Author: Mark Waldrop.
Recording information: Caf‚ Carlyle, The Carlyle Hotel, New York, NY (06/26/2010).
Photographers: Laura Marie Duncan; Matthew Murphy .
Arranger: Michael Rafter.
If Broadway had a reigning diva as of 2010, it was probably Sutton Foster, who had worked more or less without letup in starring roles in musicals starting with Thoroughly Modern Millie and continuing with Little Women, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Shrek. After Shrek's closing, however, she was available for two weeks to try cabaret at New York's prestigious Caf‚ Carlyle in connection with her debut solo album, Wish, and this recording was made on the last night of her run. The caf‚ is not only tony, it's tiny, so that on live albums made there, it sometimes seems possible to identify every set of clapping hands. In this performance, Foster wisely plays to the little crowd, using the same comic charm she has brought to her stage roles. Naturally, she includes some of the songs associated with her musicals, notably "Show Off," her stand-out number from The Drowsy Chaperone, a humorous number in which the singer protests, "I don't want to show off" while doing exactly that. You can't help thinking a video would have done better justice to it than this mere audio experience, but it's still very funny. For Shrek, Foster includes the cut song "More to the Story," which is good enough to make it regrettable that she couldn't have sung it on Broadway. Elsewhere, the set is an expected combination of other show tunes and some mostly good pop songs (John Denver's "Sunshine on My Shoulders" just doesn't measure up to the attention Foster gives it). At one point, she introduces a piece of audience participation by putting the names of five Broadway showstoppers in a cup and having someone pick the next song. It turns out to be "Defying Gravity" from Wicked, which Foster then renders as if channeling Idina Menzel. Their voices are similar, but when, at the end, she encores with another song from the cup, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from Dreamgirls, she again impersonates the woman who sang it originally, Jennifer Holliday, this time to audience laughter. Foster certainly has the pipes for such songs, but maybe she should find her own interpretations of them if she's going to sing them; here, they sound, inappropriately, like parodies. ~ William Ruhlmann
- Country of Origin
- Razor & Tie Music
- Studio / Live
- Sutton Foster
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] I'm Beginning to See the Light
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Dialog, Pt. 1: Introductions
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Not for the Life of Me/N.Y.C./Astonishing
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Dialog, Pt. 2: Up on the Roof Intro
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Up on the Roof
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Air Conditioner
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Warm All Over
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Dialog, Pt. 3: Angel Cards
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Show Off
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] More to the Story
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] My Heart Was Set on You
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Down with Love
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] I Like the Sunrise
- [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Dialog, Pt. 4: Ho Cup Surprise
- [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Defying Gravity
- [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Late Late Show
- [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] Dialog, Pt. 5: Jeopardy
- [ Disc 01 Track 18 ] Sunshine on My Shoulders
- [ Disc 01 Track 19 ] Anyone Can Whistle/Being Alive
- [ Disc 01 Track 20 ] Dialog, Pt. 6: Thank Yous
- [ Disc 01 Track 21 ] Come the Wild, Wild Weather
- [ Disc 01 Track 22 ] Here, There, Everywhere
- [ Disc 01 Track 23 ] Dialog, Pt. 7: Encore
- [ Disc 01 Track 24 ] And I Am Telling You
- Sony BMG
- 64m 8s
- Lawrence Manchester
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