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Countdown To Christmas: CD’s For Your Stockings

Countdown To Christmas: CD’s For Your Stockings

Every year people panic to find the perfect gift. We at T2C have been collecting idea’s all year long to bring you the perfect gift guide at all price levels. When you’re at the end of your rope trying to find the perfect Christmas present this year, come to this guide for some great suggestions.

Top of our list is the original cast recording of the critically acclaimed musical comedy Desperate Measures, which recently reopened at New World Stages, is now available digitally from Masterworks Broadway. With music by David Friedman (Listen to My Heart) and lyrics by Peter Kellogg (Anna Karenina), the album is produced by Robert Sher with liner notes by Peter Filichia. The recording features Gary Marachek (Eleanor) as Father Morse, Lauren Molina (Rock of Ages) as Bella Rose, Emma Degerstedt (Smokey Joe’s Cafe) as Susanna/Sister Mary Jo, Conor Ryan (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert) as Johnny Blood, Peter Saide (Skin Tight) as Sheriff Green, and Nick Wyman (Les Misérables) as Governor von Richterhenkenpflichtgetruber with Anthony Festa (Bare at New World Stages), Celia Hottenstein (The Phantom of the Opera 25th anniversary national tour), and Tom Souhrada (Kinky Boots). The lyrics are crisp and witty, and David Friedman has a gift for melody like few others.

Sarah Brightman, Hymn

Sarah Brightman, Hymn

The world’s most successful and best selling soprano Sarah Brightman anticipated fifteenth full-length album, Hymn. This marks the multi-platinum, GRAMMY® award-nominated, classical crossover pioneer’s first new studio recording since she released the international chart-topper Dreamchaser in 2013. In addition to her new album, Sarah Brightman announced her world tour, Hymn: Sarah Brightman In Concert, which begins in South America and includes 125 shows across five continents throughout 2019. The North American dates of the tour, produced by Live Nation, will kick off in January 2019. To enhance her world of enchantment, Sarah Brightman has partnered with Swarovski on her world tour. Her elaborate costumes and dazzling tiaras will be composed of Swarovski crystals.

“I’m so excited to share this album with everyone. HYMN is excitingly eclectic, encompassing many different styles, and I’m looking forward to performing the new songs on my world tour. Every project I’ve done has come from an emotional place, and I wanted to make something that sounded very beautiful and uplifting.  To me, ‘hymn,’ suggests joy – a feeling of hope and light, something that is familiar and secure, and I hope that sentiment resonates through the music,” said Sarah Brightman.
Hymn’s mystical, uplifting tone is set with its title track – a song by British prog-rock band Barclay James Harvest. The release also encompasses songs by such modern composers as Eric Whitacre (“Fly To Paradise”), Japanese superstar musician and songwriter Yoshiki (“Miracle”), and German DJ Paul Kalkbrenner (“Sky and Sand”). The album closes with a new rendition of Brightman’s signature smash duet with Andrea Bocelli, “Time To Say Goodbye,” singing lyrics that she wrote herself, and sung in English for the first time.

The new recording of Something for the Boys featuring a cast of Broadway and recording veterans, including Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town), Danny Burstein (Fiddler on the Roof, Moulin Rouge), Andréa Burns (In the Heights), Edward Hibbert (The Drowsy Chaperone), Sara Jean Ford (Phantom of the Opera) and PS Classics co-founder Philip Chaffin, performing to the original charts under the baton of Constantine Kitsopoulos and Greg Jarrett. The deluxe package includes a 32-page full-color booklet with liner notes by Krasker; an essay on the original orchestrators – Hans Spialek, Don Walker, Robert Russell Bennett and Ted Royal – by John Baxindine; a brief note from Merman historian Al F. Koenig, Jr.; a synopsis by Robert Edridge-Waks; plus complete lyrics, production photos and a two-page illustration of the original production by Al Hirschfeld.

Ghostlight Records Lerner & Loewe’s Brigadoon – New York City Center 2017 Cast Recording is based on the New York City Center Annual Gala Production. Brigadoon stars Kelli O’Hara, Patrick Wilson and Stephanie J. Block, and features the Encores! Orchestra led by Music Director Rob Berman. The CD package includes a 32-page booklet with lyrics, show photos, a synopsis, and liner notes.  The album is produced by Lawrence Manchester, Rob Berman, Emily Altman and Kurt Deutsch. You can get the album at http://smarturl.it/brigadoon

The show stars Stephanie J. Block, Patricia Delgado, Sara Esty, Robert Fairchild, Rich Hebert, Jamie Jackson, Ross Lekites, Aasif Mandvi, Dakin Matthews, Kelli O’Hara and Patrick Wilson. The rest of the cast includes Mark Aldrich, Giselle O. Alvarez, Florrie Bagel, Callan Bergmann, Ward Billeisen, Peter Chursin, Peyton Crim, Christine DiGiallonardo, Rebecca Eichenberger, Anastacia Holden, Andrea Jones-Sojola, Jules-Romay Joseph, Timothy McDevitt, David Scott Purdy, Nicholas Ranauro, Lindsay Roberts, Shannon Rugani, Carly Blake Sebouhian, Lucas Segovia, Gabriela M. Soto, Madison Stratton, Emily Tate, Ron Todorowski and Nicholas Ward.

Ghostlight Records previously collaborated with New York City Center on cast albums such as Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (Premiere Cast Recording), George & Ira Gershwin’s Lady, Be Good! (2015 Encores! Cast Recording), The New Moon (2004 Encores! Cast Recording) and the upcoming Songs for a New World (2018 Encores! Off-Center Cast Recording).

Ghostlight Records Singing You Home: Children’s Songs for Family Reunification — is a new bilingual children’s album featuring multiple award-winning artists — has debuted at #1 on the Billboard “Top Children’s Current Albums” chart its first week of release. It also charted #2 on Billboard’s “Top Children’s Overall Albums” chart, #112 on the “Top Current Albums” chart and #162 on the “Top Albums” chart. Singing You Home features tracks from Lin-Manuel Miranda & Mandy Gonzalez, Josh Groban & Idina Menzel, Audra McDonald & Jason Robert Brown, Kristin Chenoweth, Cynthia Erivo, Laura Benanti & Isabella Preston and Ingrid Michaelson & Ana Villafañe, with backup vocals from the Broadway Baby Mamas.  The album was conceived by Laura Benanti and produced by Benanti, Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Lynn Pinto. To order Singing You Home, visit http://smarturl.it/singingyouhome

Video previews of tracks are available at www.youtube.com/ShKBoomGhostlight.

All artists, musicians, technicians and recording studios donated their time and talents to the project, so that a substantial portion of the proceeds from the English / Spanish language album will go directly to the non-profit organizations RAICES and ASTEP to help reunite and support families separated at the border.

“Watching children be ripped from their families is obviously very upsetting, and I felt completely helpless,” Benanti said. “Then I realized that I have a lot of really talented, wonderful friends, and together, we’ve put together this beautiful album. We hope the music we have created can bring love and empathy into the hearts of everyone who hears it, and that the money raised will aid in reuniting children with their loved ones.” 

 

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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 and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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