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Album Release: Luba Mason, Jaime Lozano & The Familia: Songs by an Immigrant, THANKFUL and Multi-GRAMMY®-nominated Ryan Shaw

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With her last album, Mixtura, vocalist and Broadway star Luba Mason (Girl From the North CountryChicago, How to Succeed, Jekyll & Hyde) established her own musical genre, a “blend of different musical currents” that draws upon a staggeringly eclectic palette of influences and approaches. Her breathtaking new release, Triangle, carries the concept forward with a wholly unique, spare yet vibrant new line-up. Captured before an intimate gathering of invited friends, family and fans at Manhattan’s renowned Power Station studio, the album features an unprecedented trio of vocals, vibraphone and bass featuring master musicians Joe Locke and James Genus and produced by longtime Prince collaborator Renato Neto (who was Keyboardist in Prince’s New Power Generation band for a decade). Triangle is currently available for pre-order at Amazon, iTunes, Apple Music and will be available to stream on all platforms including Spotify. To pre-order and for more info people can also visit: www.bluecanoerecords.com/triangle

Due out October 23, 2020 via Blue Canoe Records, Triangle exemplifies the passion for fresh perspectives and unexpected choices that led Mason to trademark the “Mixtura” name. The material is jaw-droppingly diverse: from pop classics by the Beatles and Paul Simon to a Monk standard, a Slovak folk song and a recent Broadway hit, and surely the first time that Brazilian legend Antonio Carlos Jobim and heavy metal band System of a Down have been represented in the same repertoire. Add to that the surprising instrumentation and you have a collection that is absolutely gorgeous in its unfamiliarity while remaining vividly engaging.

Most recently Mason learned to play the drums for her role in Conor McPherson’s Girl From the North Country, a Broadway musical based on the songs of Bob Dylan that achieved critical acclaim before going on hiatus due to the Coronavirus pandemic. She’s also made the transition from stage to screen, guest starring in episodes of shows like Law & Order and Person of Interest and co-starring with her husband, the Panamanian musician, actor and activist Rubén Blades, in Tonya Pinkins’ upcoming political horror film Red Pill.

Jaime Lozano & The Familia: Songs by an Immigrant”. Heralded the “next big thing” on Broadway by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lozano’s new album will feature an eclectic collaboration of musical theatre, jazz, Mexican folklore, Tex-Mex, and Latin musicians and performers, with songs and stories about the immigrant experience, finding a new home, learning a new language, dealing with discrimination, trying to fit in, pursuing the American dream, being in love, and missing their native land. The album will also feature original liner notes from Lin-Manuel Miranda has been released to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. A song from the album was also featured at ¡Viva Broadway! Hear Our Voices, a digital celebration of Latinx talent.

“If dreams had a soundtrack, one of my best dreams would sound exactly like this album,” says Lozano. “The Familia is this group of people from around the world, getting together now to tell our own stories. We are all immigrants in this world, and we need to stand together. I feel so honored and proud to have these amazing musicians and performers join The Familia.” 

The album features collaborations with Alex Lacamoire (Hamilton’s multi award-winning orchestrator and music producer), Ana Isabelle (Spielberg’s West Side Story), Antonio Sánchez (Mexican-American multi award jazz drummer), Bobby Pulido (Tex-Mex Billboard artist), Gaby Moreno (Grammy nominee, Latin Grammy winner), Florencia Cuenca (A Never-Ending Line), Jorge Glem (Venezuelan cuatro player Latin Grammy winner), Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton), Marcial Istúriz (Venezuelan salsa singer Latin Grammy nominee), Marina Pires (The Heartstring Project), Mauricio Martínez (On Your Feet!), Migguel Anggelo (LatinXo), Mireya Ramos (from Latin Grammy Award winner female mariachi Flor de Toloache), Raul Midón (2 time Grammy nominee), among others, as well as an eclectic group of musicians from all over the world and music genres. 
The album is produced by Lozano and his long-time collaborators Demián Cantú and Jesús Altamira, with associate producer Victoria Kühne. Arrangements and orchestrations are by Lozano and Altamira with vocal arrangements by Roke MD. The album is edited, mixed and mastered by Demián Cantú, and illustration cover art is by Martha Orendain. Lozano’s writing partners for the upcoming album include David Davila, Jorge “Georgie” Castilla, Marina Pires, Mark-Eugene Garcia, Migguel Anggelo, Neena Beber and Noemi de la Puente.  

A portion of proceeds generated from sales of the album will benefit R.Evolución Latina. R.Evolución Latina, is led by founder/director Luis Salgado and co-directors Denisse Ambert, Heather Hogan and Gabriela García. It is an organization that activates individual and collective human growth through artistic experiences for transformation and social change. A Revolution of Evolution, Making a difference through the Arts. To learn more, visit www.revolucionlatina.org.

Jerad Bortz and Steven Skeels today announced that THANKFUL: A Benefit Album for Jerad Bortz will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, October 23 on iTunes. The album will officially be released on Friday, November 27.

Executive and lead producer Lynn Pinto of Rock-It Science Records is well-known in the Broadway Community both as a performer and for creating and producing each of the 21 volumes of the annual holiday album, “Broadway’s Carols for a Cure” which benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Since 1999, “Broadway’s Carols For A Cure” has captured original recordings by almost every cast on Broadway. In addition, she has produced several other albums in various genres including Off-Broadway, Pop & Cabaret.

The album is co-produced by Steven Skeels, THANKFUL presents 22 original songs written by Skeels and features an impressive lineup of singers, arrangers, orchestrators and musicians. All participants donated their time and award-winning skills to help raise funds for Jerad’s ongoing medical needs, and a portion of proceeds will go to The Actors Fund of America and Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). The organizations supported Bortz after a spinal cord injury left him paralyzed from the chest down. 

It has just been revealed that the next single from multi-GRAMMY®-nominated vocal powerhouse RyanShaw’s forthcoming album IMAGINING MARVIN will be a duet with GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter and pop superstar Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty).  “Love In Pain” is co-written by Shaw, Thomas and Derek Fuhrmann.  Thomas and Shaw are both signed to Round Hill Music for publishing with Thomas just joining that roster.  “Love In Pain” is the result of their first writing session together.  Click here to access the single cover.
In addition to Rob Thomas, IMAGINING MARVIN also features a stellar array of guests.  Joining Shaw on the album are guitar legends Robert Randolph and Derek Trucks, who each have been honored with multiple GRAMMY nominations (10 collectively for Randolph and 7 collectively for Trucks).  Trucks has garnered three GRAMMY Award wins.  Lending their respective unique playing styles to the mix, Derek Trucks can be heard on “Love In Pain,” while Randolph is featured on another Shaw original “Get Home”.  Also appearing on the album is Broadway star and recording artist Shoshana Bean, known for starring turns in “Waitress” and “Wicked”.  Bean duets with Shaw on the classic Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell duet, “Good Lovin’ Ain’t Easy To Come By,” written by Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford.  The tracks on the album are a combination of Shaw’s renditions of some of Marvin Gaye’s best-loved hits as well as original material.  Please see below for the track listing.
Of the album’s unsurpassed guests, Ryan Shaw commented, “I get by with a little help from my friends” are the words that come to mind when I think about all the guests on this new record. They are all connected to me in a special way.  Robert Randolph and the Family Band was the first tour I did when I signed to Columbia Records back in 2006.  Robert is a masterful musician and has a great heart.  Derek Trucks was the third and fifth tour I did in those days…he is also a master at his craft, we hit it off right away. He invited me back on stage to jam with his band after I did my set.  It created some of my most memorable nights of performing live. To now have him on this record is humbling and nostalgic for me.  
What can I say about Shoshana Bean?  Whatever is said about her usually follows the words “amazing” or “beast,” which would make everything after that true.  Shoshana and I have been talking about collaborating for years now and it’s finally here.  I couldn’t be more happy.  And my new good friend, Rob Thomas, is the best at what he does in both performance and writing.  He is a brilliant collaborator, as he absorbs music and comes back with many variations of an idea so you never feel trapped or gridlocked or at a dead end during the session. I’m thankful that Rob not only lent his pen, but his voice to this project. As I said, “I get by with a little help from my friends.”
In other news, Ryan Shaw is confirmed to appear in a very special livestream performance event, Live From Daryl’s House Club, on Wednesday, December 2nd, just days following the release of IMAGINING MARVIN.  Live From Daryl’s House Club stems from the iconic concert series hosted by pop legend Daryl Hall (one half of Hall & Oates).  For ticketing and more information, please click here.
IMAGINING MARVIN is set for a November 27th release via Shaw’s own FORM (Fans Of Real Music) Records and Broadway Records.  Inspired by one of Shaw’s idols, Marvin Gaye, IMAGINING MARVIN is the powerful new project that originally premiered live in New York City in 2019 to a sold-out crowd.  Showcasing Shaw’s soaring and impassioned vocals, the album features numerous Marvin Gaye hits alongside five of Shaw’s original songs; the latter inspired by Gaye’s legacy.  Click here to access the IMAGINING MARVIN cover art.  Click here to pre-order the album.  
The first single from the album recently had its worldwide premiere via Soul Tracks.  “Strong Men Can” is co-written by Shaw and iconic songwriter, Valerie Simpson (who with her late husband/partner, Nick Ashford, is responsible for some of Marvin Gaye’s biggest hits; Gaye is the inspiration behind IMAGINING MARVIN).  The heartfelt ballad encourages emotional vulnerability in men and supports good mental health via such expression.  “Strong Men Can” can be purchased here; click here to access the single art.
Ryan Shaw has received widespread critical acclaim over the course of his career with an abundance of accolades.  Of Shaw’s incredible vocal prowess, The Los Angeles Times declared, “Prepare to have your soul rocked…”, while Billboard deemed him “a massive talent with a huge voice.”  The Washington Post avowed, “So big and rangy, that voice.  So churchy and unmistakenly Southern.  So full of fire and conviction, exploding with emotion.”
Ryan Shaw is a three-time GRAMMY-nominated artist. He recently appeared as Judas at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in the U.S. premiere of the critically acclaimed London/Regent’s Park’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar, which won the Olivier for Best Musical Revival. He starred as the original Stevie Wonder in Motown: The Musical on Broadway, and on London’s West End as the Soul of Michael Jackson in Thriller Live. As a recording artist, Shaw has released three solo GRAMMY-nominated projects to date:  2008’s THIS IS RYAN SHAW, 2011’s IT GETS BETTER, and 2014’s REAL LOVE.  He has toured the world and shared the stage with such artists as Van Halen, Bonnie Raitt, Joss Stone, John Legend, B.B. King, Bruce Hornsby and Jill Scott, to name a few. On television, Ryan has been a guest artist on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen’s Really Big Show, Last Call with Carson Daly, and The Martha Stewart Show. His music has been featured in television on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance and ABC’s Dancing withThe Stars, Grey’s Anatomy, and Lincoln Heights, as well as in films My Blueberry Nights and Bride Wars and the Sex and the City soundtrack.
As a concert soloist, Shaw made his Radio City Music Hall debut at the Dream Concert benefit to build the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. His Carnegie Hall appearances include Elton John and Bernie Taupin Tribute, A Celebration of The African American CulturalLegacy, curated by Jessye Norman, and a recent Nat King Cole centennial concert with the New York Pops.  His concert schedule also includes Nat King Cole at 100 with the National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center, and A Tribute to the Queen of Soul:  Aretha Franklin with numerous major orchestras throughout North America.  Shaw continues to be a return featured special guest with the Houston Symphony, as well as performing with the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Philly Pops, Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Utah Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, Helena Symphony, Mississippi Symphony, Anchorage Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic and numerous others.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Sail On Sail On Great Ship Titanic To Broadway

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It has been forever since I have bought tickets for a show, however I believe in the Encore series and Titanic holds a special place in my heart. New York City Center production of the Tony-winning 1997 musical, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston (Broadway’s Nine), reminded me why I love musicals and what is sorely lacking in musicals now.

First there is Yeston’s magnificent score that sails, soars and captures you in its powerful cadence. Music Director Rob Berman, and the full orchestra brought the nuanced score to life from the depths, filling the theater with a powerful emotional tug.


The cast was the best Broadway has to offer. standing out was Ramin Karimloo ( Broadway’s Funny Girl) as the ship’s stoker whose solo’s were heartfelt and sung in perfect voice. His duet with Harold Bride played by Alex Joseph Grayson (Encores!/Broadway’s Parade) brought out what makes Titanic so tragic, the feelings of love, hope, and desire that will never be fulfilled.


“I Want To Be A Lady’s Maid” sung by sung by the 3rd class passengers and the three Kate’s Samantha Williams, Lilli Cooper, and Ashley Blanchet, Irish lasses who all dreams of lives in America that will never be attained, as more than 1,517 and out of the 710 in 3rd class, only 174 survived.

Outher key players who made this show their own were Jose Llama as the architect Andrews. Brandon Uranowitz (Tony winner in Broadway’s Leopoldstadt) as Ismay, the villainous owner of the shipping line. Chuck Cooper (Tony winner Broadway’s The Life), as the Captain of what should have been an unsinkable ship.

As the social climbing 2nd Class passenger Alice Beane, who feels she should not be deterred from hobnobbing with the rich and famous. Bonnie Milligan (Broadway Kimberley Akimbo) brings comic relief. Drew Gehling (Broadway’s Almost Famous) is her husband who can not see his wife’s vision of a new society where classes do not exist.

As the owners of Macy’s department store Chip Zien (Harmony) and Judy Kuhn portray Isidor and Ida Straus whose love keeps Ida staying to go down with her husband. There duet “Still” proves love can always conquer all.

We know the iceberg is coming but the haunting melodic “No Moon” makes it that much more sobering.

Anne Kauffman direction is seamlessly and she brings out the comedy, passion, and horror of Peter Stone’s words. Paul Tate Depot III (Broadway’s The Great Gatsby) is one of the best scenic designers around and his simple design is effective. The costumes by Márion Talán de la Rosa (Off-Broadway’s The Connector) keep us in the time frame.

City Center Encores! Titanic needs to be resurrected and come to Broadway. It is sure to be triumph, at least it was last night.

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New Jersey Hall of Fame Entertainment & Learning Center Opens at American Dream

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Dedicated to encouraging people to find their heroes and achieve their best, the New Jersey Hall of Fame unveiled its Entertainment and Learning Center today at American Dream before a crowd of supporters, inductees, and elected officials, including Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy opened to the public on June 28th.

“We are incredibly excited that America’s first state-focused Entertainment and Learning Center will be right here in the Garden State,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “Located at American Dream, the space will embrace our rich history and celebrate the achievements of over 230 outstanding New Jerseyans. This Center will serve as a testament to our one-of-a-kind entertainment culture and supply knowledge and inspiration for generations to come.”

The 10,000-square-foot Entertainment and Learning Center, now the permanent home for New Jersey Hall of Fame inductees, boasts state-of-the-art exhibits. These include a simulated space ride called “Fly Me to the Moon,” where visitors can experience the thrill of space travel. For music enthusiasts, there’s a karaoke stage where they can sing alongside holograms of Tommy James, Gloria Gaynor, Wyclef Jean, Frankie Valli, and other musical legends. Also, for those interested in the arts, visitors can interview holograms of Tommy James, Danny DeVito, Jason Alexander, Connie Chung, Laurie Hernandez, and other notable Jersey greats in the “Late Night Jersey” Television Studio.

“Through education and entertainment, we are inspiring people to realize their dreams by becoming their best,” added Jon F. Hanson, Chairman of the New Jersey Hall of Fame. “So, there’s no better place to be than here at American Dream!”

“The State of New Jersey boasts a rich history full of iconic moments and legendary heroes, which will now be celebrated for the world to see at American Dream,” notes Don Ghermezian, CEO of American Dream. “We are excited to inspire our guests with leading entertainers, athletes, and influential individuals from the arts, education, science, and public service sectors at this one-of-a-kind Entertainment and Learning Center.”

Added President Steve Edwards, “The soul of the New Jersey Hall of Fame mission is based on the concept of Areté, Ancient Greek wisdom that means the act of actualizing one’s highest and best sense of self, with a moral excellence of character, and for the greater good. Our inductees have indeed realized their Areté, and are heroes who inspire others to do the same.”

The New Jersey Hall of Fame (NJHOF) honors citizens who have made invaluable contributions to society, the State of New Jersey, and the world beyond. Since 2008, the NJHOF has hosted 15 ceremonies for more than 230 notable individuals and groups in recognition of their induction into the Hall of Fame. The NJHOF endeavors to present school children with significant and impactful role models to show that they can, and should, strive for excellence. The NJHOF is thankful for the support of its many sponsors, including Hackensack Meridian Health, without which none of our endeavors would be possible.

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The Glorious Corner

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G.H. Harding

MAHER’S APPRENTICE— (Via Deadline) Bill Maher stumped tonight on Real Time for the U.S. release of The Apprentice, the Cannes Competition title starring Sebastian Stan as Donald Trump and Emmy-winner Jeremy Strong as Trump’s onetime firebrand lawyer, Roy Cohn.

“It looks great,” said Maher before observing, “This is Trump’s origin story under the tutelage of Roy Cohn.”

The Real Time host continued, “It’s being released in Japan, Canada, the U.K., Germany, [but] no one here will touch it. It bothers me so much.”

Industry watchers were expectant the film would get a U.S. deal soon after its Cannes launch. Some assumed a streamer would be the most logical fit. However, in an election year, threats of legal action from Trump’s team (the film includes a controversial scene in which the Trump character rapes his former wife Ivana) and a report of one disgruntled financier, didn’t help progress towards a swift domestic pact.

The state of play earlier this month was that multiple parties remained interested in the film domestically, and there was confidence a deal will get done, probably this month.

Maher didn’t sound so sure, and he was not happy.

 “This is MY industry, you f*cking p*ssies,” he said, before commanding, “Find a way to release this movie.”

Maher then went on to explain how he says Trump works to get his way across the board.

“First he intimidates the congresspeople…then he intimidates juries, and now he’s intimidating THIS town? Oy.”

Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a guest on the show, replied, “He is very good at manipulation, at leverage, at the use of power.”

Cuomo continued: “Look at what happened with Fox and the Dominion lawsuit. Fox paid $800 million to the Dominion Voting [machine] company because they lied about the election and they knew they were lying. Why were they lying? Because the Trump people left Fox when they [Fox] said, ‘You lost the election.’ That’s his power: He’s got the dog whistle to his cult.”

Maher then summarized by waxing patriotic: “I’m an American and I want to see the movies that I want!”

I’m not a huge fan of Maher – he fired his agency for not getting invited to an Oscar-party- but he was the first one to get Daryl Hall to profess that he and then-partner John Oates, had a business relationship, not a partisanship. Then all the crap happened dissolving Hall & Oates – which still is a tragedy.

He definitely feels way-entitled … but his show does have its interesting moments. Think of an Andy Cohen-light.

Kelly Clarkson

SHORT TAKES — I happened to catch 2 episodes of Kelly Clarkson’s NBC-afternoon talk fest. Besides reading a tad to near her cue cards, she comes off nowhere as professional as Kelly Ripa or Katie Couric. Doing TV is the next step after making records, so she’s probably upped her income substantially, but she should stick to making records. She looks fabulous, but I was not impressed … Too bad about Justin Timberlake; having lived out there for years, extra-caution should always be applied. I understand the copy who arrested him was too young to even know who he was. Now that’s ironic …

Just saw a feature of NYC’s Virgin Hotel in NOMAD featured on NBC’s First Lookwith the always delightful Sara Gore. They showed the pool, the bar, the restaurant, but not the rooms. Weird, right? Don’t they want people booking rooms there? … Check out this terrific interview (Art Net) with art-maven (and maverick video-director) Ed Steinberg: https://news.artnet.com/market/interview-with-ed-steinberg-317245 … I like Kevin Costner; I always have …

His No Way Out is a major favorite, but as he promoted tirelessly his Horizon epic these last few weeks, he was quoted as saying he’d go back to Yellowstone if asked. Well, the show’s next season as been shot and yesterday Costner said he wouldn’t be going back at all. In a way, this sounds like the Jon Bon Jovi story all over again – will he or won’t he? I loved Yellowstone and loved it with Costner. A shame as it revived his career in a big way. I will see Horizon when it opens next week. Stay tuned …

Paul Giamatti and Robert Funaro

Here’s a great shot of our faves Robert Funaro and Paul Giamatti …

Caught a pretty good movie on Hulu this week, To Catch A Killer with Ben Mendelsohn and Shailene Woodely … New Coldplay album Moon Music (October) featuring the single “feelslikeimfallinginlove.” Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKQ1ai_ymh0 … That long-in-the-works autobiography from old-pirate Dave Masom has new release date: September 10. Seems to be it was to be released almost 2 years ago. Wonder if they’ve updated it …

Donald Sutherland was one of my favorite actors … ever. His performance in Oliver Stone’s JFK was utterly brilliant; as was his roles in MASH; Klute; and Ordinary People. Just a brilliant actor. Rest In Peace … 

Paul McCartney

HAPPY BDAY Paul McCartney and Carson Daly.

ENDQUOTE —From Deadline on Justin Timerberlake’s mug-shot: He should use that picture as an album cover. It actually is a really good picture. Name the album, Trouble Man. And make that remake of Marvin Gaye.

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Ed Steinberg; Zach Martin; Scott Shannon; Naples Stamp; Mark Bego; David Geffen; Larry Elllison; Megan Ellison; Nancy Jeffries; Howard Bloom; Mark Adelman; Jared Leto; Tony Seidel; Toby Mamis; Arthur Levy; Danny Fields; Brad Balfour; Jane Blunkell; Sara Gore; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Pete Sanders; Freda Payne; and SADIE!

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Randy Edelman At Chelsea Table & Stage On a Dark And Stormy Night

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I have seen Randy Edelman several times at Chelsea Table & Stage, but this time it was a new Edelman, with a sharp haircut and a stylish look. He was more engaging and his playing exquisite.  This prolific composer has scored over 100 film scores and TV musical themes including excerpts from “My Cousin Vinny”, “While You Were Sleeping”, “The Bruce Lee Story”, “Gettysburg”, “Twins”, “Dragonheart”, “Billy Madison”, the theme from “MacGyver”, “Last of the Mohicans”, and other recognizable themes.

See his first set here.

The audience was well sold despite the horrible weather, but not exactly the best behaved. There was a woman behind me and her friends that were the rudest humans I have ever met. At one point they stood up to take selfies in the middle of the concert. Ironically this woman wanted me to interview her.

Randy’s enchanted the audience with his well known “A Weekend in New England” recorded by Barry Manilow, “You” recorded by The Carpenters and so many more recorded by Olivia Newton-John, Willy Nelson, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Bing Crosby, Dionne Warwick, and other musical stars.

Randy’s comedic sharing of tales with the audience added an intimacy. His heart and soul show through his music but it his conversational style that puts the audience at ease.

Make sure to catch Randy at Carnegie Hall this December.

For more information on Randy Edelman go to www.randyedelman.com

Gary Springer, Sara Johnson Kaplan, Suzanna Bowling

Lorraine Silvetz, Sara Johnson Kaplan, Taty (Tatiana), Gary Springer, Quinn Lemley, Suzanna Bowling, Errol Rappaport

Flora and Liza Pllumaj, Lorraine Silvetz, David Sexta and Elieen Shapiro

 

 

 

 

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Music For A Summer Night With The Connector, Here We Are, The Heart of Rock and Roll, Hell’s Kitchen, Fangirls and Parting Gift: The Songs of Gerald Ginsburg

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One of my favorite musical last year was Jason Robert Brown’s The Connector. Concord Theatricals Recordings has released the original cast recording of MCC Theater’s acclaimed world premiere production. The album is now available on digital platforms worldwide. Digital sheet music for the songs, published by Concord Music Publishing and released by Hal Leonard, is also available today.

Stream or download the album, as well as purchase digital sheet music, Here.

Watch Hannah Cruz, Scott Bakula and the cast record “The Whole World Changed” Here.

Watch Ben Levi Ross sing “See Yourself” Here.

The album is produced by four-time Emmy® Award-winner Jeffrey Lesser and three-time Tony Award-winner Brown (Parade, The Bridges of Madison County), who also serves as arranger, orchestrator and pianist. Three-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Sean Patrick Flahaven, Chief Theatricals Executive for Concord, is the album’s co-producer. The album was recorded by Isaiah Abolinand mastered by Oscar Zambrano with art direction by Derek Bishop.

With a book by Jonathan Marc Sherman and conceived and directed by Daisy Prince, this timely new musical tells the story of two talented young journalists: a fast-rising writer who must confront how far he’ll go for the ultimate scoop, and an editor who must decide how far she’ll go to stop him. The Connector’s world premiere production from MCC Theater ran in a limited engagement from January 12 through March 17, 2024.

The album features original cast members Scott Bakula, Max Crumm, Hannah Cruz, Ashley Pérez Flanagan, Danielle Lee Greaves, Mylinda Hull, Daniel Jenkins, Jessica Molaskey, Fergie Philippe, Eliseo Román, Ben Levi Ross, Ann Sanders and Michael Winther.

Tom Murray is the album’s music director and Kristy Norter is music coordinator. The band includes Brown, Jamie Eblen, Hidayat Honari, Adam Kaufman, Randy Landau, Todd Reynolds and Alison Shearer.

Complete production credits can be found in the album booklet HERE.

The company of Here We Are. Photo by Emilio Madrid.

I don’t know how this happened but the original cast recording Here We Are the last musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim featuring Francois Battitse, Tracie Bennett, Bobby Cannavale, Micaela Diamond, Amber Gray, Jin Ha, Rachel Bay Jones, Denis O’Hare, Steven Pasquale, David Hyde Pierce, and Jeremy Shamos is on YouTube. Click here to listen. What a great summer treat.

The The Heart of Rock and Roll may be closing but the Original Broadway Cast Recording of the Broadway musical The Heart of Rock and Roll is out and available on all music streaming services.

The album is produced by Huey Lewis, Brian Usifer and Will Van Dyke with Hunter Arnold, Tyler Mitchell and Kayla Greenspan serving as Executive Producers.

Joy Machine Records is a new venture from Ian Kagey, Sonny Paladino, Brian Usifer and Will Van Dyke. The record label was formed in 2023 to bring an artist-driven approach to the recorded music industry by using the theatrical principles of collaboration and community. Their focus is on providing services that amplify the voices of new artists within the field of musical theater, releasing cast albums for Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, as well as collaborating on solo albums with established theater performers. The label’s services seek to support a developing musical from inception to its Broadway cast album.

The album will include the original cast of The Heart of Rock and Roll including Corey Cott, McKenzie Kurtz, Josh Breckenridge, F. Michael Haynie, Zoe Jensen, Tamika Lawrence, Raymond J. Lee, John-Michael Lyles, Orville Mendoza, Billy Harrigan Tighe and John Dossett.

The Heart of Rock and Roll, the new musical inspired by the iconic songs of Huey Lewis and The News, opened on Broadway on April 22, 2024 at The James Earl Jones Theatre (138 W 48th St, New York, NY)

The Original Broadway Cast Recording for critically acclaimed new Broadway musical, currently nominated for 13 Tony Awards, the most of any new musical this season, Hell’s Kitchen is available now via Alicia Keys Records/Interscope Records on streaming and digital platforms worldwide with a physical release to follow. Additionally, the official music video for “If I Ain’t Got You” featuring Brandon Victor Dixon and Maleah Joi Moon is out now and can be found here.

Ghostlight Records has announced the release of the new single “Learning to Be Lonely” from Fangirls the multi-award-winning, smash-hit musical with book, musical and lyrics by wunderkind Yve Blake. The song is available in both vocal and instrumental versions. Following unprecedented sell-out success across Australia, a brand-new production of FANGIRLS is being mounted in London as a co-production between Sonia Friedman Productions and the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, premiering on July 13. Tickets are available Here.

Shereen Ahmed, Mikaela Bennett, Philip Chaffin, Will Chase, Victoria Clark, Jason Danieley, Adrienne Danrich, Jordan Donica, Colin Donnell, Telly Leung, Paul Lincoln, Patti Murin, Kelli O’Hara, Elena Shaddow, Nathaniel Stampley, Elizabeth Stanley, and Lauren Worsham come together to record some of the most beautiful music never before heard on disc. The collection highlights the composer’s lifelong work, a style he dubbed “theater lieder.” Two dozen musical settings of poetry by such luminaries as W. B. Yeats, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and E. E. Cummings are being unveiled for the first time. The songs are orchestrated by Jonathan Tunick, Doug Besterman, Larry Hochman, Michael Starobin, Chris Jahnke, and John Baxindine, among others, and performed by an orchestra of 17 under the baton of Richard Carsey. The album is produced by Tommy Kraskerand Bart Migal.

Gerald Ginsburg — born in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1932 — attended Oberlin College and the Manhattan School of Music before embarking on a career as a composer. But after a lauded debut at Carnegie Hall in 1974, self-doubt led Ginsburg to keep much of his music to himself, although he continued to compose for the remainder of his life. When he died in 2019, the full evidence of his years of solitary work was revealed: an archive of highly lyrical, emotionally moving and entertaining songs. PS Classics is proud to present Parting Gift: The Songs of Gerald Ginsburg, the legacy of an under-recognized composer who channeled his emotions into the intersection of poetry and music — and left behind something glorious.

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