Magazine article The Sondheim Review

An Evening with Sutton Foster - Live at the Cafe Carlyle

Magazine article The Sondheim Review

An Evening with Sutton Foster - Live at the Cafe Carlyle

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Singing Sondheim

An Evening with Sutton Foster Live At The Cafe Carlyle (Ghost-light Records)

This live recording of Tony Award-winner Foster's cabaret show could prove to be the most charming album to reach listeners' music libraries this year. Not only is the disc grin-inducing, it also demonstrates Foster's diversity, as she offers up both pop tunes from Carole King and John Denver as well as selections from the world of musical theatre, ranging from Noel Coward to Stephen Schwartz.

For Sondheim enthusiasts, there's a thoughtfully conceived and delivered medley of "Anyone Can Whistle" and "Being Alive." It's a combination that's been gorgeously assembled by Michael Rafter, who serves as arranger and musical director of the show, which also features Kevin Kuhn on guitar.

Foster's offerings from the world of musical theatre classics also include Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg's "Down With Love," which she infuses with an amusing country-western twang, and Coward's "Come the Wild, Wild Weather," to which she brings a child's wide-eyed innocence that's tremendously moving. …

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