Music News: The Music Man, The New York Pops, Platinum Dreams, Ingrid Michaelson, Mary Bridget Davies and Eden Espinosa
The Producers of The Music Man today announced that Accidental Jacket Entertainment will release the official cast recording of Meredith Willson’s beloved Broadway revival. The Music Manfeaturing twice Tony Award®grammy awards®and Emmy Award®-winning star Hugh Jackman as Professor Harold Hill and two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as Marian Paroo Friday, September 23 at 10 a.m. ET.
As previously announced, the last block of tickets for The Music Man are currently on sale for performances until January 1 at download.com.
The album is produced by seven times Grammy Award® nominated Robert Sher, in partnership with producers Brian Gillet and Huck Walton.
The Music Manit is The original Broadway cast recording was released in 1958 and spent a staggering 245 weeks on the Billboard charts. In 1959, the album received the first-ever Grammy Award for “Best Original Cast Album”. Its enduring appeal was highlighted when it was certified Platinum in 1992 – 30 years after its original release. It is ranked No. 15 on Playbill’s list of best-selling cast recordings of all time. The song “Till There Was You” was immortalized in popular culture by none other than the Beatles, who included it on their second album (1964’s Meet the Beatles!). It was the only one musical theatrical song the band ever recorded and became an enduring and beloved part of their live shows.
The cast taping will feature the rest of the original cast, including Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley as Marcellus Washburn, Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays as Mayor Shinn, Tony winner Jayne Houdyshell as Mrs. Shinn and Tony Award winner Marie Mullen as Mrs. Paroo, Remy Auberjonois as Charlie Cowell, Gino Cosculluela as Tommy Djilas, Emma Crow as Zaneeta Shinn, Benjamin Pajak as Winthrop, Kayla Teruel as Amaryllis, Garrett Long as Ethel Toffelmier, Linda Muglestonas Alma Hix, Jessica Sheridan as Maud Dunlop, Rema Webb as Mrs. Squires, Phillip Boykin as Olin Britt, Eddie Korbich as Jacey Squires, Daniel Torres as Ewart Dunlop, Nicholas Ward as Oliver Hix, Lance Roberts as Constable Locke, Max Clayton as Harold Hill and Nick Alvino, Jordan Beall, Ronnie S. Bowman Jr., Maria Briggs, Audrey Cardwell, JT Church, Kammie Crum, Aydin Eyikan, Carlee Flanagan, Ethen Green-Younger, Emily Jewel Hoder, Curtis Holland, Eloise Kropp, Ethan Lafazan, Kayla LaVine, Andrew Minard, Sean Montgomery, Tanner Quirk, Daniel Patrick Russell, Ann Sanders, Sherisse Springer, Mitchell Tobin, Kathy Voytko, Branch Woodman and Ryan Worsing complete the Ensemble.
New York pops kicks off its 40th anniversary season at Carnegie Hall with Star Wars music on Friday, October 21, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. at the Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. The all-new, comprehensive program, led by Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke, includes music from all nine films of the Skywalker Saga epic as well as the two anthology films, A thug and Solo: A Star Wars Storypresented in chronological order.
The New York Pops season will include “Broadway Blockbusters” on November 18 with guest artists Nikki Renée Daniels, Jordan Donica, Matt Doyle and Melissa Errico. On December 16, the Pops will perform Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA; Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” with Ingrid Michaelson and Judith Clurman’s “Essential Voices USA; Winter Song” with Ingrid Michaelson on December 17. Additionally, they are scheduled to perform “One Night Only: An Evening with Heather Headley” on February 10. Marvelous Marilyn Maye” commemorating the cabaret legend’s birthday on March 24.
54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club, Presents First-Ever Concert Featuring Songs From New Musical Platinum Dreams.
The score plus some contextual dialogue from the new musical Platinum Dreams will be performed in what is sure to be an unforgettable historic and entertaining evening. The concert will feature Stevie Holland (Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter), Justin Sargent (Spiderman: Turn off the dark, Rock of Ages) and Noah Ricketts (Disney’s Frozen, Magnificent: Carole King’s Musical). Joe Barros will conduct, with musical direction from Jason Wetzel.
Platinum Dreams in concert plays 54 below (254 West 54e Street) on January 30, 2023 at 7 p.m. There is a $40-$50 cover charge and a $25 minimum for food and beverages. Tickets and information are available at https://54below.com/events/new-musical-platinum-dreams-by-gary-william-friedman-and-stevie-holland/ Day of show tickets after 4:00 p.m. are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.
Platinum Dreams was created by award-winning composer Gary William Friedman (The Me Nobody Knows, Taking My Turn, TV’s “The Electric Company”) and acclaimed, award-winning singer-songwriter Stevie Holland. Platinum Dreams was designed and developed using scores from the Broadway/Off-Broadway shows of Friedman and Will Holt Platinum and Sunset (plus some new songs from Holland and Friedman).
Set in 1977, with a score encompassing 70s rock, 40s big band and contemporary theater sound, Platinum Dreams tells the story of a 1940s musical movie star who hopes to make a comeback by recording his very first solo album. A rock ‘n’ roll star looking to stay on the charts, and a record producer/studio owner who is the rock ‘n’ roll star’s former writing partner and former lover. The story is about how fate brings together three disparate, talented people with their own agendas, and how they end up accepting each other, moving on with their lives, and achieving their dreams.
The first shows Platinum and Sunset are rich in theatrical traditions and include legendary names like Tommy Tune, Joe Layton, Alexis Smith, Tammy Grimes and Bruce Vilanch.
Emmy Award-nominated singer, songwriter and composer, Ingrid Michaux, announced the next dates for his “It’s Almost Christmas Tour”, including his highly anticipated Holiday Hop, on December 4, 2022, at City Winery NYC. Straight out of his debut in musical theater composition with Notebookat the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Michaelson will rediscover his roots in this holiday tour that will stretch from England to the continental east coast.
The dates for the “It’s Almost Christmas” tour are as follows, all in 2022:
● November 21: London, UK – Union Chapel
● November 26: Washington, DC – Lincoln Theater
● November 27: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Keswick Theater
● November 29: Boston, MA – The Wilbur
● December 4: NY, NY – City Winery NYC – Holiday Hop
● December 16: NY, NY – Carnegie Hall with NY Pops
● December 17: NY, NY – Carnegie Hall with NY Pops
Tony Award nominee Mary Bridget Davies (A night with Janis Joplin) will star in Virginia Woolf A room of one’s ownSaturday, October 1, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette St) channeling his powerful voice and room presence with original music. Tickets are $30 and are available at tinyurl.com/aroomjoespub.
A room of one’s own is both a landmark in feminist thought and a masterpiece of rhetoric, which began life as Virginia Woolf’s lectures at the literary societies of Newnham and Girton Colleges, Cambridge, in October 1928. It has later was published by Hogarth Press in 1929 in a revised and expanded version. edition that has never been out of print. Aimed at an audience of female students, this book has become an unforgettable and passionate affirmation of the emancipation of women by one of the great writers of the 20th century.
Courtesy of The Estate of Virginia Woolf, producers Armand & Paiva LLC (Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812, We ride happily, The Queen’s Six) and Bev Ragovoy (Come from afar, A night with Janis Joplin, Cry sister Cry) present a unique version of this classic text in the form of a play with original blues and rock music.
Kirsten Z. Cairns conducts the concert reading. She is artistic director and founder of the Enigma Chamber Opera, and former director of opera studies at the Boston Conservatory, where she directed numerous productions including that of Benjamin Britten. The turn of the screw and Curlew Riverwhich was hailed in the Boston Globe as “a transcendent experience”.
The songwriting team includes TJ Armand, a full scholarship recipient from Berklee College of Music and a protege of the late Atlantic Records Vice President Arif Mardin (Bette Midler, Chaka Khan, Bee Gees), who is also Davies’ producer and music manager. Mark Berman (“Sex and The City”, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, Bullets on Broadway) co-wrote the songs and is the show’s pianist. Guitar virtuoso Alex Prezzano (A night with Janis Joplin) will also join Berman and Davies on stage.
CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE – New York’s new hotspot for intimate dining and extraordinary music – will present two special shows with stage and film star Eden Espinosa Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7, both at 7:00 p.m. In this intimate evening of music and stories, Eden reflects on her roots and offers a glimpse of what’s to come. Tickets cost between $30 and $70, plus service charge and a minimum of two food and drink items. A live streaming option is available for $20. CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE is located at 152 West 26e Street.
Eden Espinosa is best known for her critically acclaimed portrayal of Elphaba in Nasty on Broadway and in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Other credits include the main character’s origin in Brooklyn the musicalFlora in Flora the red menaceand Maureen in the closing company of Lease on Broadway. Eden also originated the role of Sadie Thompson in the world premiere of Rain at the Old Globe Theatre. She played Eva Peron in the TPAC and Studio Tenn production of Avoided. In 2017 she toured Denmark and London playing Emma Borden in the rock musical Lizzy. She played Mary Flynn to rave reviews in Maria Freidman’s productions of We ride happily at the Huntington Theater in Boston. Eden was Daniela at the Kennedy Center In the heights. Also portrayed Anita in West Side Story for the BBC PROMS at the Royal Albert Hall. More recently, she originated the role of Tamara De Lempicka in the world premiere of Lempicka at the Williamstown Theater Festival and at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, directed by Rachel Chavkin.
Her television appearances include such shows as “Law and Order”, “Ugly Betty” and “Elementary”. Voiceover credits include Cassandra in Disney Channel’s “Tangled: The Series,” “Robot Chicken,” “MAD TV,” “Elena of Avalor,” and “Titan Maximum.” Eden’s first album, Look around youranked in the top 50 Pop iTunes between Adele and Katy Perry. Revelationhis second album of all new original music, followed in 2019.