Annie Get Your Gun
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In '96, Richard Rogers (then President of the Music Theater of Lincoln Center) succeeded in bringing back Ethel Merman to the show that made her a star. Broadway-goers were thrilled; listen as she, Bruce Yarnell and the rest of the cast sing They Say It's Wonderful; There's No Business Like Show Business; Doin' What Comes Natur'lly , and more!
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Historically this was the first time that the AGYG score had been heard in stereo, albeit with revised orchestrations provided by Phil Lang. Franz Allers leads the orchestra and the results are very fine. There is however a certain *something* missing from the duets featuring Day and Goulet, and that's because, due to other work commitments, the two performers were unable to get together and had to record their vocals on different coasts--Day in Los Angeles, and Goulet in New York. So that means that Broadway's hottest casanova never waxed lyrical with Day in the same studio! Imagine the chemistry if they had though.
Annie Oakley is one of the musical theatre roles which strangely eluded Ms Day throughout her career; happily this recording gives us a nice idea of how she would have fared in the part. Likewise Robert Goulet never got the chance to play Frank Butler in a major revival of the show, even though the material seems tailor-made for a singer of his range.
ANNIE completists will appreciate DRG's efforts in finally bringing this recording back on CD. Recommended.
If you enjoy Doris Day and this musical, you wont be disappointed.