We Think You're Just Sensational — The Essential Angela Lansbury on Disc
11 Jan 2014
Anyone Can Whistle — Original Broadway Cast Recording
All this Angela Lansbury musical stardom was made possible by her performance in the innovative, if unsuccessful, Anyone Can Whistle, and in her first attempt at the form, Lansbury proved she was game to the task. While her character, Mayoress Cora Hoover Hooper, was without the soaring ballads, Lansbury got to demonstrate style and power stopping the show with both "Me and My Town" and "A Parade in Town." It's one thing to be an actor who can sing, but Lansbury's deft panache makes this album a hearty entertainment on its own.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.