Monday, April 29, 2013

Dark Monday • Blow Gabriel Blow

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The magnificent Patti LuPone starred as Reno Sweeney in the 1987 revival of Cole Porter's sassy 'Anything Goes'. The show featured many of Cole Porter's iconic songs that LuPone sang eight nights a week in the Vivian Beaumont Theater. The revival opted to go in a slightly new direction, employing a swing band to sound more like Benny Goodman than Broadway musical. And it is impossible to go wrong with Patti LuPone in the lead, allowing her to put her own special twist on some classic songs. One of those was the glorious "Blow, Gabriel, Glow", which brought down the house in the second act each and every night. Enjoy this clip of Patti singing it at a 1988 performance at the White House, with the U.S. Marine Band.

But to give you a chance to see Patti dressed as Reno Sweeney and putting down a great performance, here is a clip of her singing "Anything Goes" at the 1988 Tony Awards ceremony, the song that brings down the first Act with a bang!

You can purchase the 1987 Broadway Revival Cast album on iTunes and Amazon.

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