Sutton released her first solo cd "Wish" two years ago, and her latest cd, "An Evening with Sutton Foster Live at the Café Carlyle" was just released a few weeks ago.
Sutton has charm, sweetness, a good sense of humor and an extremely clear voice - all of which come through in spades on this recording. The material she covers on the cd is varied and somewhat eclectic, but she delivers every song with a soulfulness that few performers have. She is a Broadway leading lady who is known for her ability to deliver and belt to the rafters. But the great thing about her voice is she also has a soft side to it that has such charm and passion underneath. A slow and quietly sung "Warm All Over" and an jazzy "Down With Love" are perfect examples that show the passion and warmth she has without having to belt. Of course, she does deliver on the "belt songs" as well including a humorous bit when she has a member of the audience pick one of five potential "broadway belt" songs from a cup. The winner on the recording is Wicked's "Defying Gravity" - along with a second one, "And I Am Telling You" from Dreamgirls which she performs as an encore. Her delivery of both is as expected, sublime and perfect theatrical delivery of two big show stopping songs. As far as non-theatre songs goes, her performance of John Denver's "Sunshine On My Shoulder" is delivered in such a dream like state, with emphasis on the lyrics, that it makes you pay attention to what I always thought of as a throw-away pop song in a new light. She also couples "Anyone Can Whistle" - which she performed in last year's Encores! production of that musical, with another Sondheim gem, "Being Alive" - and gets across the hopeful yet fearful feelings that both songs conjure up.
|Sutton in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Little Women, The Drowsy Chaperone, |
Young Frankenstein and Shrek and below with Joel Grey in Anything Goes.
This recording is highly recommended!
Songs on the recording include:
I'm Beginning To See The Light
Not For The Life Of Me / NYC / Astonishing
Up on the Roof
Warm All Over
More to the Story
My Heart Was Set On You
Down With Love
I Like The
Late Late Show
Sunshine on my Shoulders
Anyone Can Whistle / Being Alive
Come The Wild Wild Weather
Here, There, Everywhere
And I Am Telling You
Amazon link for the cd - An Evening With Sutton Foster - Live At The Cafe Carlyle
Amazon link for the cd Wish
Amazon link for the cd Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002 Original Broadway Cast)
Amazon link for the cd The Drowsy Chaperone (2006 Original Broadway Cast)
Amazon link for the cd
"Gimme, Gimme" from Thoroughly Modern Millie - performed on the Rosie O'Donnell Show -
The Drowsey Chaperone performance from the Tony Awards - "Show Off"
Rehearsal performance of "Anything Goes" from Anything Goes -
"Flight" with Megan McGinnis - appears on Sutton's "Wish" album -
Shrek Tony Awards Perfromance- "I Know It's Today" -
Singing "Up On the Roof" from her Barnes and Noble appearance- song appears on "Wish"