Singer/Songwriter, Composer Sam Phillips reunites with Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino for the brand new Amazon original pilot, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Written and directed by Amy and Dan Palladino, the show tells the story of a New York housewife who becomes a stand up comedienne in the late 1950s. Listen out for Peggy Lee‘s rendition of Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh‘s classic “Pass Me By”! Now streaming on Amazon and starring the delightful Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards), read more HERE.
This day in 1978, Cy Coleman, Betty Comden, Adolph Green‘s multi-Tony Award winning musical On The Twentieth Century opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre! Considered the last great production of the golden era of Broadway musicals, the show was based on the classic 1934 Howard Hawks comedic film Twentieth Century and set to a lush Rossini-like operatic score. You can board for a ride March 9 – April 30th courtesy of the Cygnet Theatre Company, San Diego. Don’t miss the train! Click HERE for more information and tickets.
Described by the New York Times as “Broadway’s best kept secret” The Life features a rarely heard score by celebrated composer Cy Coleman (City of Angels, Sweet Charity). The original production of The Life, directed by Michael Blakemore, opened on April 26, 1997. With dance and cocal arrangements by Cy Coleman and based on an Original idea by Ira Gasman, the show received 12 Tony Nominations of which it won two, and 9 Drama Desk Awards of which it won three, including Best Musical.
20 years later to the day, Michael Blakemore will be directing the musical again for its UK premiere, starring stage legends Sharon D. Clarke and Cornell S. John. Running March 25th through April 29 at the Southwark Playhouse, the cast will also star John Addison (Jojo), David Albury (Fleetwood), Jalisa Angrews (Chichi), Matthew Caputo (Oddjob), Lawrence Carmichael (Snickers), Omari Douglas (Slick), Aisha Jawando (Carmen), Thomas-Lee Kidd (Bobby), Charlotte Reavey (April), Jo Servi (Lacy), Lucinda Shaw (Tracy), Johnathan Tweedie (Theodore), T’Shan Williams (Queen) and Joanna Woodward (Mary). Click HERE for tickets and information.
A thoughtful, sensitive, personal collection of songs, Tift Merritt‘s stellar new album Stitch of the World is here! Tift once again has plucked a top supporting cast for the album which includes Marc Ribot and lap-steel specialist Eric Heywood on guitars, drummer extraordinaire Jay Bellerose and the wonderful Jennifer Condos on bass. Iron & Wine‘s Sam Beam serves as co-producer and backup singer on what marks Merritt’s sixth studio release.
Tift on her album title: “for my 40th birthday, I rented a cabin in California. It had such an amazing vista — the Pacific forever, cliffs, trees and stars — it didn’t seem real. I thought how lucky I was, and about invisible ties that link us to one another and to the world. And sewing — it’s a delicate thing. You can pull too hard or get thread twisted or torn. You’ve got to be careful – and still go blindly and joyfully forward.” The album features singles “Dusty Old Man”, “Love Soldiers On”, and “Heartache Is an Uphill Climb”. Merritt delivers a poignant set and is currently on tour through May 2017! Order HERE.