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|Irving Berlin, Bernadette Peters, Tom Wopat|
Annie Get Your Gun (1999 Broadway Revival Cast)
Genre: Broadway & Vocalists
This 1999 revival of Irving Berlin's timeless 1946 musical fantasy depicting the love affair between Wild West sharpshooting stars Annie Oakley and Frank Butler has been somewhat updated for modern times. Not only has Pe... more »
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This 1999 revival of Irving Berlin's timeless 1946 musical fantasy depicting the love affair between Wild West sharpshooting stars Annie Oakley and Frank Butler has been somewhat updated for modern times. Not only has Peter Stone made revisions to Herbert and Dorothy Fields's original book (the story is now a show within a show, namely Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show), but there have been revisions to Berlin's original score as well. Some of it relates directly to late-'90s political correctness--"I'm an Indian, Too" joins "Colonel Buffalo Bill" and "I'm a Bad Bad Man" among the exclusions. But the tunes that made the cut remain some of the greatest moments of American musical theater, which is especially ironic when one considers that Berlin had to be coaxed into writing the show after original composer Jerome Kern suddenly died. Many of these songs--"They Say It's Wonderful," "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly," "I Got the Sun in the Morning," "The Girl That I Marry," "Anything You Can Do"--have become standards on their own, and the revival thankfully retains the wonderful "An Old Fashioned Wedding," which Berlin wrote for the 1966 Lincoln Center revival of the show, with original Annie Ethel Merman reprising the role. Years after the fact, Merman remains a tough image to follow. But while she lacks Merman's brass and crassness, Bernadette Peters stands as the prettiest and sexiest Annie to date, even in the shadows of Mary Martin and Betty Hutton (the latter in the 1950 film version), not to mention probably the greatest singer of the bunch--her "You Can't Get a Man with a Gun" is an instant Broadway classic. They overdo "There's No Business Like Show Business" just a tad in this new version; it's seemingly reprised endlessly early in the CD. But, hey, if you're going to overdo it, what a song to overdo it with. --Bill Holdship
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Outstanding, fresh, and full of sparkle
Catherine S. Vodrey | East Liverpool, Ohio United States | 08/06/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In my heart of hearts, I expected not really to like Bernadette Peters doing the role of Annie Oakley in Irving Berlin's terrific "Annie Get Your Gun"--I am delighted to say that I was wrongedy-wrong-wrongo and she is stellar! Peters has a crystalline purity to her voice that I was afraid wouldn't stand up to the robust American tunes Berlin wrote for this show, but she does them justice and then some. So many outstanding musical actresses have played this role--from Hutton to Merman and beyond--that it must be difficult to overcome the audience's expectations and make the role your own. Even though I did not see Bernadette Peters in the role on Broadway, I can tell you that merely from listening to the CD I have a different perspective about the character because she so fully claims it from the very start. Peters' Annie is frustrated with her Oklahoma background at the same time that she's fiercely proud of it. She's afraid of and admiring of Frank Butler (played with lazy charm by Tom Wopat), and irritated by him at the same time that she's falling in love with him. Peters gets Annie's spark and verve exactly right, while also imbuing her with a little-girl quality of wanting to prove herself to everyone around her. When she first starts into the classic "There's No Business Like Show Business," her voice is tentative and quiet with wonder at the gaudy world surrounding her now that she's performing for audiences instead of just her little sisters and brothers. This makes a much more effective platform for building to the song's rousing crescendo than simply starting off booming and trying to take it from there.Peters and Wopat are absolutely hilarious and wonderful on "I Can Do Anything Better Than You." The part where they are challenging each other to see who can sing more sweetly is especially great--each puts frilly, over-the-top operatic spins on the "Yes, I can" and "No, you can't" lyrics that makes you giggle just to listen. And on "An Old-Fashioned Wedding," Peters' lip-smacking anticipation of the "big church, with bridesmaids and flower girls" is palpable.The supporting cast is fine, too, and Wopat acquits himself very handsomely, but this is really Bernadette Peters' show and she seizes it and runs with it--beautifully!"
Cast albums don't get any better than this!
S. Fennell | Somewhere out there.....beneath the pale moon ligh | 07/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"An absolutely impeccable recording of a Broadway classic! Yes, this version deletes a couple of numbers from the score, (Colonel Buffalo Bill, I'm an Indian Too...etc...), but let's face it; they ain't missed. What's on this disc is so overwhelmingly enjoyable, it MORE than makes up for any omissions. Bernadette Peters is outstanding in the lead. Her performance of "I Got Lost In His Arms" is breathtakingly beautiful, not to mention "You Can't Get a Man With a Gun" where she gets to display her comedic talents. Her co-star, Tom Wopat, is equally great here on his solos, "My Defenses are Down", "The Girl that I Marry", and "They Say it's Wonderful". There simply is not a bad track on the entire disc, and the new arrangements of the songs are fantastic. Now if only someone had the sense to FILM the show and release it on video........."
Songs are Good, Accent Is Not
harry2477 | 04/26/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Bernadette Peters, who is just too cute for words, tackles the role of Annie in "Annie Get Your Gun." She is more than able to handle all of the vocal stuff thrown at her in the classic Irving Berlin score, yet seems to be coming up a little short in the acting department. With an accent and over pronouncing the "thar's" and other colloquial expressions, the magic of her voice seems to disappear little by little.This is too bad, because overall the disc itself is a wonderful collection of the songs int he show, with new arrangements in dance and vocal numbers, the leads are more than ample in their parts, and the instrumentation, with the exception of the crazy fiddlers, provides us, the listeners, with a wonderful image of what this show might look like on the Great White Way.Peters is especially stunning with her renditions of "I Got Lost In His Arms" and "Moonshine Lullaby." With Tom Wopat, the two of them are simply endearing in the comical song, "Anything You Can Do," and it provides one of the best songs on the disc. Their take of "Old Fashioned Wedding," with the exception of the accented dialogue from peters at the beginning, is a fun song and makes all who listen awestruck at the purity and sheer force behind Bernadette Peter's voice.If you are a collector of musical theater discs, or simply a fan of Bernadette Peter's, this is definitely one disc not to miss."